Most safety folks know that safety success is all about sales. They also know that selling safety to CEOs, Managers, Supervisors and even the workforce is tough, because most are not buying. The perception is that safety adds time, it’s inconvenient and adds to the bottom line.
There are many steps to developing a safety program, the first of which is determining the scope of the program to be developed. We have developed safety programs for single OSHA standards such as lockout/tagout (LOTO), electrical safety, machine guarding, etc. We have also developed entire safety programswhich cover all of the applicable standards for a given client. For general industry this could mean up to 35-40 individual OSHA standards as well as related standards issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), among others.
In the past 7 years we have been using college co-ops in a Corporate Safety Engineering role at Optimation. Three of the six we have had have moved on to careers in the health and safety field, one will be returning to college shortly and one will continue to work for Optimation on a part-time basis while finishing up some final course work. All of our co-ops so far have been students from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with various backgrounds and experiences but none with experience in the safety business. The safety co-op role at Optimation is a very sought-after position because of the variety of the work we do and the different exposures to safety work the co-op experiences. The following is a list of some of the activities the Optimation safety co-op gets involved in: