What Should You Include In Your General Safety Policies and Procedures? - 05/14/2018

Safety E-QuickTips

U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, May 14, 2018

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What Should You Include In Your General Safety Policies and Procedures?

The question I have for you today is do you want to protect 3 of your most valuable assets: employees, company reputation and profits?

If so, there is a simple 4-step plan that will help you to accomplish it quickly and effectively.

Here are the 4 steps:

1.Establish company safety policies and procedures

2.Effectively communicate the policies and procedures to your employees

3.Perform regular and frequent jobsite safety inspections

4.Employ consistent enforcement procedures

So let’s get started with the first step - establishing company safety policies and procedures.

In the next few weeks we’ll discuss each of these steps – and yes, for some of you who have been reading Safety E-QuickTips for a while, we have discussed these before. Consider this a refresher.

The reason for policies and procedures is to allow your employees to accomplish their work tasks in an environment that is free from recognizable hazards while protecting your company's reputation and profits.

What should you include in your general safety policies and procedures?

Include items that apply to all job site situations, such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, housekeeping, etc. Of course, your program should include some method of ensuring your employees are trained
and aware of their obligation to work in a safe manner. Jobsite inspections and enforcement procedures would also apply to all worksite situations.

If appropriate, include jobsite specific policies and procedures, such as ladders, hand tools, power tools, machinery, electrical cords, etc. In addition to specific tools and machinery, your employees may be involved in concrete and masonry construction, demolition, excavating work, steel erection, and so on. These types of work require compliance with appropriate OSHA standards.

Within your safety program, you must include specific topics, such as those listed below, if
they apply to your operations:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Scaffolds

And last, but not least, you will need to include at least awareness information on hazards your employees may be exposed to that might be created by others. This is a critical, and often overlooked, area when it comes to protecting your employees from hazards, as well as costly OSHA citations.

When putting together your program you might want to include your supervisors and other employees to assist in your safety program development. You could start by establishing a dialogue between you
and your employees to gain insight into their safety concerns. This will help ensure your program is designed to protect against those everyday hazards.

Next, you might review your accident and injury logs (OSHA Form 300). This will point out
safety areas that must be addressed. You might also look outside your company. Check out online resources, associations or utilize the services of a local safety consultant.

The key to developing good safety policies and procedures for your company is to make sure they will work for your company; don’t just use a copy of another company’s program.

Next week we’ll talk about how to effectively communicate your company policies and procedures to your employees.

If you have questions about establishing your company’s policies and procedures contact me by email at keith@uscompliancesystems.com or give me a call at 1-888-475-5353.

Have you have just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues, check out our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.

If you know of someone or a company that might benefit from receiving Safety E-QuickTips, please take a moment to share this with them so they can sign-up today.

Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Receive Safety E-Quick Tips First Thing Monday Morning 4:30 EST

Quick Links...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Customized Online Safety Programs
Online 1 Hour Safety Training
Workplace Safety Posters

If you have just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues, check out our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.

If you know of someone or a company that might benefit from receiving Safety E-QuickTips, please take a moment to share this with them so they can sign-up today.

Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Receive Safety E-Quick Tips First Thing Monday Morning 4:30 EST

Quick Links...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Customized Online Safety Programs
Online 1 Hour Safety Training
Workplace Safety Posters