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Overview

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 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.

Location

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

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