A safety program for management of change should include the following key elements:
- Hazard assessment: Establish procedures for identifying and assessing potential hazards associated with changes to equipment, processes, procedures, or materials.
- Authorization: Establish procedures for authorizing changes and assigning responsibility for ensuring that changes are properly evaluated and implemented.
- Evaluation: Develop a process for evaluating proposed changes to ensure that all potential hazards have been identified and appropriate controls have been put in place.
- Communication: Ensure that all affected employees are informed of the changes and any associated hazards, and that any changes to procedures or equipment are clearly communicated to them in a timely manner.
- Training: Provide training for all employees who will be affected by the changes, including any new procedures or equipment, to ensure that they understand the potential hazards and how to properly operate the new equipment or follow the new procedures.
- Documentation: Establish a system for documenting changes, including the reasons for the change, the hazards identified, the controls put in place, and any associated training.
- Program evaluation: Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the management of change program, including reviewing incident data and employee feedback. Use this information to make continuous improvements to the program.
By implementing a comprehensive management of change safety program that includes these elements, employers can ensure that their workers are protected from potential hazards associated with changes to equipment, processes, procedures, or materials. This can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries associated with this type of work, as well as improve the overall safety and health of the workplace. The program should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that it remains effective in preventing incidents from occurring.