How Many Safety Pros Do You Need to Hire?

How Many Safety Pros Do You Need to Hire?

Ever wondered how many occupational health and safety professionals your organization needs?

Well, there’s an equation for that...

Number of qualified health and safety professionals } = A x B x C x D x E x F x G + H

A - Number of Employees

B - Degree of Hazard (a measure of the average degree of risk for all employees)

C - Degree of Dispersion (number of employees located where more than one day is required for visit and return)

D - Degree of Responsibility: Operating Level (for safety and health)

E - Degree of Responsibility: Establishment of Health & Safety Policies and Procedures

F - Degree of Assignment to the Line Organization (of responsibility for safety & health)

G - Duplication (factors to avoid staffing that would duplicates performance of safety functions)

H - Additional Considerations: Measurements of safety over-staffing (Additional duties adjustment; exceptional safety/health situations; unusal circumstances)

Example: The Occupational Safety & Health of an FDA Laboratory

A - Number of Employee: 210 (0.8 factor)

B - Degree of Hazard: 70 employees LOW (0.8 factor) = 56; 100 employees MEDIUM (1.5 factor) = 150; 40 employees HIGH (2.5 factor) = 100; TOTAL: 306; Average factor for degree of hazard = 306/210 (1.5 factor)

C - Dispersion: Less than 10% of employees are dispersed beyond same day travel (1.0 factor)

D - Degree of Responsibility for Overall Safety & Health: TOTAL DIRECT (1.5 factor)

E - Degree of Assigend Responsibility for Safety Policies and Procedures: between MINIMAL & PARTIAL (0.5 factor)

F - Established Assignemtn of Responsibility for Employee Safety & Health to Line Orgnaization: FULL (0.5 factor)

G - Duplication Factor: None

H - Additional Considerations: None

Computation for Required Staffing: 0.8 x 1.5 x 1.0 x 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 = 0.450

Staffing Required: Part-time Safety & Health Officer to perform safety duties 45% of the time.

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