Occupational Health and Safety Policy

WHEREAS, the City of Minneapolis, as an employer, recognizes that employees of the City are its most valuable resource; and

WHEREAS, the City recognizes its responsibility for the safety and occupational health of its employees, considers accident prevention an integral part of job performance and the quality of completed projects; and

WHEREAS, the City wants to assure, so far as possible, every employee safe, healthful working conditions and to preserve human resources; and

WHEREAS, the City of Minneapolis deems it in the best interest of the City and the citizens of Minneapolis that continued and expanded efforts be made to protect the lives and health of its employees;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Minneapolis:

That the City adopts the following Policy:

A. The City will give Safety (loss control) primary importance in the planning and performance of all activities in order to protect employees against the hardships and suffering caused by accidents and occupational disorders.

B. The City will obey all legal requirements imposed by federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations to protect against financial burden and reduced efficiency.

C. Each employee of the City of Minneapolis has a safety responsibility which includes the safety and well being of himself/herself, fellow employees and members of the general public.

D. To carry out this policy the City of Minneapolis shall:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the City Council authorizes the Risk Management Department to assist the departments of city government in the development and implementation of procedures and programs to:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all City Departments, agencies and employees are directed to cooperate to the fullest extent with Risk Management in the implementation of this policy, and the development and implementation of procedures and programs to ensure its success.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Responsibility, authority and accountability are key elements of any successful management effort. Safety (loss control) can be successfully managed. Therefore, the following sections summarize but do not limit responsibility, authority and accountability of all levels of personnel.

A. CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR:

An effective loss control program begins with the total support and commitment of the City Council and the Mayor. Without it the loss control program will fail and the expected increase in morale, efficiency, and savings will not be fully realized.

Therefore, the City Council and Mayor:

B. DEPARTMENT HEADS:

Management is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an effective loss control and accident prevention program. Every individual who supervises, directs, or controls the work of others is responsible for the safety of each individual under his/ her control, direction, or supervision. He/She is responsible for the safety of equipment and property within his/her area of responsibility.

Therefore safety records shall be measured along with other phases of all Department Head's perform- ance. Accidents are indicative of wasteful, inefficient operations that result in human suffering and needless damage to property and equipment. Operationally, they lead to interference with work plans and to public complaints, dissatisfaction, and loss of good will, therefore, all managers shall make accident prevention a matter of prime concern and shall:

C. DEPARTMENT SUPERVISORS:

Supervisors are responsible for thoroughly instructing their personnel in the safe practices to be observed in their work situation, enforcing safety & health standards, eliminating any potential hazards within the activities under their jurisdiction, and setting a good example. Safety records shall be measured along with other phases of all supervisors' performance.

Therefore supervisors shall:

D. FIRST-LINE SUPERVISOR:

First line supervisors are the most essential element of any safety effort because they have an opportunity to observe and teach the proper methods of job performance on a daily basis.

Therefore, first-line supervisors shall:

E. EMPLOYEES:

Employees are the most valuable asset of the City. Each individual is in the very best position to conduct his/her own personal safety program, which will impact not only on the individual but on others in his/her immediate work environment.

Therefore, each employee shall:

F. RISK MANAGEMENT:

The Risk Management department has the responsibility to ensure enforcement of federal, state, and City safety standards and to provide advice, guidance and any such aid as may be needed in preventing accidents and occupational illnesses.

Therefore, the Risk Management department shall:

Last updated Sep 27, 2011