Written Safety Plan: Your Blueprint for Zero Injuries
(For Workers & Your Bottom Line)
ASC’s comprehensive, 100% OSHA-Compliant written Safety Plan will include the following:
- A statement about how your company will ensure worker safety & strive for zero injuries. Your Employee Policy should include a section stating if an employee does not follow the rules you set forth in the Safety Plan, they risk termination.
- A list of personnel responsible for maintaining your company’s Safety Plan & Safety Program Oversight. Safety starts at the top and to that end, supervisors, managers, directors must always follow the rules outlined in the company Safety Plan.
- A description of how your company identifies and assesses existing of potential exposure to hazards while under your supervision. This process is called conducting a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) which looks at each job task performed by your employees & assessed each step in the process of that task for existing or potential hazards. JSA’s are a large component of the Plan & should be a ‘live’ document as job tasks change, updates are needed & new JSA’s are developed when the scope of work changes.
- A description of how, once identified, you plan to protect your employees by using hazard controls (engineering controls, administrative controls, PPE etc.). Employers should be familiar with the Hierarchy of Controls, which is OSHA’s pyramid depicting each type of control to use before the last resort, PPE when you cannot eliminate the Hazard with Administrative Controls or use Engineering Controls to minimize exposure. Additional task specific PPE may be required (respirators, harnesses, welding hood & face shield, etc.)
- An outline of required Employee Safety Training topics based on various types hazards to which workers could be exposed. Employers coordinate safety training for hazards identified while conducting JSA’s and while conducting Risk Hazard Assessments prior to project commencement. Workers will sign-in to all training sessions, tool box talks or other situations where information is conveyed by the Employer regarding worker safety. This will promote worker accountability as they attest to the fact they’ve been adequately training to identify hazards, control hazards & protect themselves from hazards they could encounter while under your supervision.
- The process explaining how your company plans to communicate & coordinate safety planning on multi-employer jobsites. GC’s should provide orientation for all sub-contractors, temp workers & staffing agencies covering the GC’s Safety & Health Plan & the Site-Specific Safety & Health Plan. Each worker coming on-site should receive this training prior to starting work. This is the most efficient & effective method of communicating site hazards & informing workers of their responsibilities to adhere to both the GC’s Safety Plan guidelines and, if applicable, the Project or Site-Specific Safety Plan.
- A description of how your company plans to maintain the integrity of the Plan by doing inspections, conducting tool box talks, keeping up with employee training & ensure that procedures in your company’s written plan are being adhered to by all employees. Effective Safety Program managers are constantly evaluating the program & pro-actively search for improvements before an incident occurs.