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The primary goal of the Safety Division is to identify measure, analyze and reduce Anne Arundel County government’s exposure to risk. This goal is achieved through the coordinated efforts of the safety manager and safety coordinators. Risk control measures are developed and implemented to reduce the County’s liability associated with risk. These control measures include worksite safety inspections, emergency response plans, OSHA Safety Training and trend analysis.

About OSHA

  • Training
    The Safety Division is responsible for delivering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) courses to Anne Arundel County employees. This training focuses on general safety information, safety procedures, accident prevention, accident/Injury reporting, biological agents/pathogens, CPR and AED, first aid, work zone safety, chemical storage, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Protection and Prevention to name a few areas. The goal is to introduce staff and employees to the fundamentals of workplace safety hazards. 
     
    Training provided by Risk Management:
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 10
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 30
    • Driver Awarenesss
    • Suspicious Mail
    • Chainsaw Training
    • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Flagger Training
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • First Aid
    • Automated External Defribrillators (AED)
  • Inspections
    Risk Managements Safety Division conducts worksite safety assessments, inspections and audits to identify potential risks, and then recommends actions necessary to abate, control and/or minimize hazards or to fully implement measures to control the risks and provides environmental, safety and risk management technical assistance to Anne Arundel County agencies to ensure employee safety in the workplace. These inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA, 29 CFR 1910) standards and guidelines. The top priority for inspection is an imminent danger-a situation where workers face an immediate risk of death or serious physical harm. The Safety Division also aids in the development of policies to foster, promote, and develop a safe work environment for all Anne Arundel County departments and employees.
    To ensure that all County buildings meet the minimum Occupational Safety and Health requirements, Risk Management follows the Code of Federal Regulations, International Fire Code, and Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines. 
     
    Occupational Safety and Health Complaints
     
    Occupational Safety and Health complaint investigations are conducted in response to complaints received from employees and referrals.  Risk management will follow up to verify that the hazard has been identified and that corrective action is being undertaken.  Complaint inspections generally are limited to the hazards listed in the complaint, although other violations in plain sight may be cited as well. Risk management may decide to expand the inspection based on the Occupational Safety and Health Specialist professional judgment or conversations with workers. Complaints are inspected based on the severity of the alleged hazard and the number of employees exposed. 
     
  • Emergency Action Plans
    Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is an integral part of every agencies safety program. The EAP addresses the safety and security of its employees and the public, communications strategies during an event, plans for evacuation and shelter in place. When it comes to emergency response planning, many employees immediately think of major events like fires, terrorism, and other major catastrophes. In some cases, however, an event may be an employee or visitor suffering chest pains and a possible heart attack. The event may also be a perceived or actual threat from an employee or visitor in the workplace, or even an employee injury. The Safety Division is charged with ensuring that every Anne Arundel County agency has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).  OSHA Industry standards require written emergency evacuation plans under the General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.38.  EAP’s include the required evacuation plans and ensure that each department has a plan of action to secure the safety of employees in the event of an emergency.
  • Safety Glasses

    Prescription Safety Eyewear Program – Instructions 

    On the Countyweb you will find the form for prescription safety eyewear at 3M - AOSafety. When you have identified an employee who must wear prescription safety eyewear, the P-Card holder will need to obtain a Secure Credit Card ID through the 3M website or toll-free number. Both the website and telephone number are listed on the Prescription Eyewear Order Form. The P-Card holder will enter this number on the second line (Customer) in the section “Secure Credit Card ID” of the form. 

    Employees may request eyewear be replaced. Eyewear should be replace if it is no longer serviceable (severely scratched or broken and cannot be repaired). Eyewear should also be replaced if their prescription has changed to the point that it is hazardous to the employee to use their present eyewear. 
    To complete the AOSafety form: 

    To ensure that all County buildings meet the minimum Occupational Safety and Health requirements, Risk Management follows the Code of Federal Regulations, International Fire Code, and Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines. 

    Determine if the employee needs to have transition or progressive lenses. Consider approving transition lenses for employees who are expected to work both inside and outside. Consider approving progressive lenses for the types of work employees perform (switching from close to distant). Please be consistent in authorizing transition and progressive lenses. You must indicate on the form if transition or progressive lenses are authorized. In the Special Instructions box at the bottom of the form you must mark YES or NO and sign in that box.

    Complete the blocks at the left of the form – EMP LAST NAME, EMP FIRST NAME, EMPLOYEE DEPT. and EMPLOYEE PHONE NUMBER. At the bottom right complete the Supervisor/Contact block. 

    If the employee elects options that are not going to be paid for by the County, the employee will also have to obtain a Secure Credit Card ID from the website or the toll-free number. The employee will enter that number on the first line (employee) of the Secure Credit Card ID section of the form.

    Once the form has been completed, sign it and give it to the employee along with a copy of the instructions on the second page of this memo. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contract Risk Management at 410-222-7630. Phone: 222-7630 Mailstop: 9303 FAX: 222-7640 

    PRESCRIPTION SAFETY EYEWEAR EMPLOYEE INSTRUCTIONS

    Once you have received the AOSafety form from your supervisor, you should call the optical professional you have chosen to get your safety glasses from and set up an appointment. You are responsible for having a current prescription or arranging to have your eyes examined through your prescription eyewear program. If you are insured through the County you may check for this information at the County web site or by calling the benefits section of Personnel at (410) 222-7400. 

    You can locate an optical professional that participates in the AOSafety prescription eyewear program by going to the Countyweb under online forms < Central Services < Risk Management< Find an Optical Professional in Your Area. If you do not have access to a County computer, you can have one of the office staff assist you in doing this. 


    Be sure your supervisor has signed the AOSafety form in two places. On the bottom of the form your supervisor should have indicated if the County will pay for transition or progressive lenses. 

    Once you are at the optical professional you may choose to add features or up grade the frame to a different selection. You will have to pay for the added features or up grade at the time of order. This will be at your expense and will not be reimbursed by the County. Checks or money orders will be accepted. If you will be using a credit card you must obtain a Secure Credit Card ID number by accessing the 3M website https://aosafetyrx.com/secure_id or by calling (866) 235.5506. 

    After you order your safety glasses, you need to return a copy of the paperwork to the individual who is paying for the County portion with a P-Card. If that is you, you will need this for your P-Card log.


    If you have any difficulty in obtaining your prescription safety eyewear, please contract your supervisor. If your supervisor cannot resolve the problem, you should contact Risk Management at (410) 222-7630.

    Eye Protection
    Prescription Eyewear Instructions

Location

2660 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-7630

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