How To Put Together A Site Specific Safety Plan... - 12/11/2017

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Monday, December 11, 2017


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How To Put Together A Site Specific Safety Plan...

Today employers are finding it tougher than ever to meet all their clients’ safety program requirements. With the high costs associated with accidents in the workplace everyone is stepping up their game, requiring more and more.

So what I'd like to talk about today is - how to put together a site specific safety plan without completely rewriting your company safety program every time. Now don't get the idea that there won't be any work involved, but at least it might simplify things for you a little.

When I talk to clients about site specific safety plans, there are a minimum of three items that will need to be addressed in your plan. The first is you need to determine the work you will be performing at the site; this is often referred to as the scope of work.

If you have a contract for the work that you will be doing, this should be an easy one to address because it should be spelled out pretty clearly in the contract and can be copied into your plan. If you don't have a written contract, then you may have to spend a little time spelling out the work that you will be doing on the site.

The second is to complete a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) or similar forms such as JSA's or JTHA's. These forms allow you to break down the tasks associated with completing the scope of work, determine the hazards associated with completing those tasks, and what you will need to do to prevent those hazards.

The third thing you will need to do is to make sure your plan covers any potential exposure to hazards created by others at the site where you are working. This is a step that is often overlooked because when people hear job-specific, they have the tendency to think only about the hazards being created by the work they are performing and not hazards caused by others at the site.

If your company safety program was designed with the understanding that you would need to protect your employees from hazards created by others, then this will already be addressed.

By taking your existing safety program and adding in a scope of work along with your completed JHA's, you now have a site specific plan.

To make your plan even more site specific, you may also choose or be asked to include a project name, a company organizational chart, a list of competent persons that will be onsite, and an emergency action and evacuation plan. If those are needed you should be able to add those into your plan fairly easily.

If you are a currently using our Safety Program System we’ve developed a Site Specific Safety Plan that will allow you to quickly meet your clients’ requirements – log into your account, click on “Download & Print Documents” under “Your Safety Program” and then click on “Site Specific Safety Plan” to see how it works. 

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