Regional Safety Management Program
In 2003, the MEUW Regional Safety Management Program (RSMP) was developed to address the needs of members to stay abreast of the latest safety and health regulations for all employees beyond what is offered through MEUW's Job Training & Safety Program targeted at electrical lineman. The RSMP was designed to provide a qualified safety professional to members that would provide consistent training, inspections, audits and facilitate a safety culture. The program has grown over the years from one regional safety coordinator (RSC) serving six municipally owned utilities, to nine RSC’s serving 60 municipal entities comprised of 335 departments and over 3,400 public sector employees. We have also expanded eligibility beyond municipally owned electric utilities to make this program available to any public sector employer at the local or county level in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
MEUW operates the largest safety program in the state of Wisconsin that is custom tailored for public sector employers.
Why join the MEUW Regional Safety Management Program?
The RSMP provides an extremely cost effective way to ensure that a municipality not only meets regulatory compliance, but focuses on developing a safety conscious workforce. Once this safety culture is instilled, compliance is merely a byproduct of a safe and productive workforce. These programs and their behavior-based approach follow proven injury reduction strategies, industry best practices, and concentrate on reducing and eliminating unsafe acts and unsafe behaviors.
One of the early theories on reducing fatalities and serious injuries was developed by H.W. Heinrich in 1931. This theory, known as the Safety Pyramid, established that goal by concentrating on the near miss accidents (unsafe acts and unsafe behaviors) showing that the statistical likelihood of serious injury incidents was reduced.
Since 1931, there have been several variations of this theory, however the principles and statistical approach has withstood the test of time. In the state of Wisconsin, public sector employers and employees fall under the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and not OSHA. DSPS through statutes SPS 330 (fire departments) and SPS 332 (public sector employees), adopts the majority of OSHA 29 CFR 1910 general industry and 29 CFR 1926 construction standards for application to public sector employees in the state. In addition to those OSHA regulations that are adopted, there are also several additional requirements that must be met by public sector employers in the state of Wisconsin.
|Safety Pyramid Developed by H. W. Heinrich
Under this state statute, employers are required to do the following: SPS 332.11 Safety and health program. (1) BASIC REQUIREMENT. Each employer shall develop and implement a safety and health program that describes the procedures, methods, processes and practices used to manage workplace safety and health. The program shall include, but not be limited to, elements for hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, and information and training.
Because of the quality of MEUW's RSMP and number of participating municipal entities, the six public sector safety inspectors located throughout the state are very familiar with the comprehensive quality of our programs. Should an inspector arrive for an unannounced inspection, your regional safety coordinator will respond to your site as soon as reasonably possible to assist with the process. The relationship built by enrolling in the program is very much a collaborative effort to ensure employee safety and stands in contrast to what most people think when they hear “OSHA inspection.”
Of course everyone wants to be safe, however the reality is that many times how they approach that comes down to time and expense. The program was developed to provide essentially a full-time safety professional at a fraction of the cost. The cost of employing, training and equipping a coordinator is essentially split among several entities within a participating region. The annual cost is then based on the number of employees of an entity and how many days per month are needed or desired. Rather than trying to add safety responsibilities to someone in-house, MEUW provides a safety professional that is well-trained as well as a complete infrastructure of support for that coordinator - ensuring they receive the latest training, maintain applicable certifications, and have the appropriate tools and resources to do the job, including a support system team of other safety professionals.
Unlike other service providers, our service is a flat fee and all-inclusive. There are no unexpected costs or extra fees. In addition to being more cost effective than contracting the individual services elsewhere, we also offer more service options than any other provider.
Who can join the MEUW Regional Safety Management Program?
As the program has grown, we have also expanded the scope of eligible participants from municipal electric utilities to any public sector employer within the state of Wisconsin or Upper Peninsula of Michigan at the local or county level. Examples of eligible employers include:
Our program is specifically tailored to address the occupational hazards encountered in the public sector setting for the various departments such as:
- Municipal electric utilities
- Municipal water, sewer and/or sanitary districts
- Towns, villages and/or cities
- Wastewater and sewer
- Public works and highway
- Law enforcement
- Fire department
- Emergency medical services
- Any other department of a municipality
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