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Appendix 8-2

Appendix 8-2



The nature and severity of disciplinary action should be appropriate for the seriousness and frequency of the violation. Below are a series of questions designed to help you develop a disciplinary system that best meets the needs of your workplace. You already may have addressed the first two areas when you developed safe work practices for various jobs. If you have not yet developed these practices, it makes sense to do so before developing a disciplinary system. Other workplace problems, such as attendance and attitude, are equally important but are not addressed here.

  1. Operations. What key operation(s) occur at your workplace? What equipment is used? By whom? What materials are used, and by whom? Are there any hazards associated with the use of the equipment or the materials?
  2. Practices and Procedures. What are the key types of jobs at your workplace? What do most people do in the course of their work? What is the most efficient way for them to perform their jobs? What is the safest way for them to perform their jobs? (Note: You will need to perform a job hazard analysis to properly answer this. For information, see OSHA Publication 3071 (Revised 1992), "Job Hazard Analysis."
  3. Problems. What would happen if a job or a procedure were not done safely? Exactly what would happen if an employee performed in an unsafe or unhealthful manner? What would happen if all employees did the same thing? How serious would the consequences be? Would the unsafe action or behavior affect just one employee, or all employees?
  4. Correction. For each type of safety and health violation you have identified, what kind of corrective action seems appropriate? What would you do for a second offense, or for repeated violations of the same rule? Should warnings be oral or written? How long a suspension is warranted for what type of violation? Are there any actions that should automatically result in termination?

For this last stage in developing your disciplinary system, you may find it helpful to develop a grid, like the one on the next page, to identify corrective actions for different kinds of violations and repetitions.

Unsafe work habits      
Refusal to follow safety instructions      
Unsafe actions that jeopardize self and others