Written Safety Programs

Effective safety programs depend on the credibility of management's involvement in the safety program; inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions; rigorous worksite analysis to identify existing safety hazards and potential hazards.
 
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Why Have Written Safety Programs?

OSHA has concluded that effective written safety programs, accident prevention plans as well as management of worker safety and health protection is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses.
Measuring the results of workplace safety programs and health changes benefits employers and employees because both gain confidence that the change results in a safer workplace. Since most changes occur by trial and error or in stages, information about the effectiveness of each stage is naturally helpful to the process. These changes often result in increased productivity and demonstrate that employee safety programs and health can be a good investment.

  

 


Other Written Safety Programs (Partial Programs)

Accident Investigation Safety Program Formaldehyde Safety Program
Accident Prevention Plan General Workplace Safety Policies
Accident Reporting & Record Keeping General Workplace Safety Rules
Aerial & Scissor Lift Safety Program Hazard Communication HAZCOM Program
Air Quality & Air-Contaminant Safety Hazardous Material Transportation
Asbestos Safety Program Hearing Protection & Conservation
Back Injury Prevention Safety Program Heat Stress Prevention Safety Program
Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Program Hot Work Safety Program
Boiler Safety & Inspection Program Housekeeping Safety Program
Compressed Air Safety Program Hydroblast Safety Program
Compressed Air Storage Tank Safety JSA Job Safety Analysis Safety Program
Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety Program Laboratory Chemical Safety Hygiene
Compressed Gas Safety Program Ladder Safety Program
Concrete Mixing & Pouring Safety Laser Safety Program
Confined Space Safety Program Lead Safety Program
Confined Space Safety Program (Alt) Lockout-Tagout - Hazardous Energy
Construction Fall Prevention Safety Machine & Equipment Safety Program
Construction Fall Prevention Safety (Alt) Medical Records - Employee Access
Construction Safety Employee Training Metal Working Fluids Safety Program
Contractor Safety Program Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Program
Crane Hoist Safety Program Office Safety Program
Critical Lift Safety-Program Passenger Vehicle Safety Policy
Defensive Driving Policy & Procedures Personal Protective Equipment Safety
Demolition - Construction Safety-Program Powered Carts Safety Program - Golf Carts
Drug Free Workplace Program Powered Industrial Trucks Forklift Safety
Dry Ice Carbon Dioxide Program Respiratory Protection Respirator Safety
Electrical Safety-Program Return to Work Safety Program (Alt)
Employee-Safety-Training-Program Return to Work Safety Program
Excavation Trenching Safety Program Safety Audits Inspections Workplace
Fall Prevention Safety Program Safety Committee Program Policy
Fall Protection Safety Harness Inspection Scaffold Safety Program
Fall Prevention Safety Work Plan Sling & Rigging Safety Program
Fall Protection Safety Program Tool Safety Program
Fire Prevention Safety Program Universal Waste Control Program
Fire Safety Prevention Program Unsafe Workplace Conditions Safety
Flammable Liquids Safety Program Vehicle Driver Safety Program
Fleet Vehicle & Driver Safety Program Violence Prevention Safety Program
 
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Small Business Safety Program
Air Courier Businesses
Air Transportation
Aircraft Engine Repair
Airports, Flying Fields
Aluminum Foundries
Amusement & Recreation Services
Armature Rewinding Facilities
Auto Exhaust System Shops
Auto Repair Shops
Boat Building & Repair
Bottling Industry Safety
Brick, Stone Materials
Building Cleaning & Maintenance
Carpentry Services
Carwashes
Churches
Commercial Printing
Electrical Work
Gasoline Service Stations
General Warehouse & Storage
Grocery Stores
Hardware Stores
Hotels & Motels
Laundry Facilities
Local Trucking Services
Lumber, Plywood & Millwork
Boat Marinas
Car Rentals Services
Pest Control Services
Photo Finishing Laboratories
Physical Fitness Facilities
Radio & Television Broadcasting Equipment
Refuse Services
Security Systems Services
Sheet Metal Fabrication
Steel Erection
Steel Works & Blast Furnace
Television Broadcasting
Tree Services
Wrecking & Demolition Services
One of the most important roles of managers is to send their employees home in as good a condition as when they arrived at work; free from injuries or illnesses due to work related incidents.
In 1970 Congress created the Occupational Safety Heath Administration (OSHA) under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  President Richard M Nixon signed the act into effect on December 29, 1970.  OSHA's mission is to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America.   Penalties for non-compliance can range from $0 to $200,000, depending on the probability of the violation resulting in serious harm to workers.  If a company is charged with repeat or willful violations, the penalties and fines can be even stiffer. Effective safety programs including an accident prevention plan help ensure compliance with the law.
In addition to ensuring a safer workplace, an effective safety program and accident prevention plans can decrease workplace injuries and illnesses, reduce lost time, increase compliance with the law and lower insurance costs.  Effective safety programs can also help build employee morale, commitment and trust.
Effective safety programs and accident prevention plans can also help improve a company’s public image.  Public perception is extremely important in today’s workplace.  No company can afford to be perceived as unsafe, and companies have responsibilities to their employees as well as responsibilities to the community and to society as a whole.  Effective safety programs and accident prevention plans help ensure that a company maintains a reputation for good stewardship.
Having a company that is recognized for its good safety performance can also help in recruiting and retaining highly skilled and talented individuals.   Bottom line, in today’s competitive environment, no company can afford an unsafe workplace.
Basic components of a comprehensive safety program and accident prevention plan includes such things as:
- Clearly established safety program goals and objectives
- Implementation plans with actions, responsibilities, and timeframes
- Written safety policies and safety procedures-
- Ongoing communications, education/training, and safety meetings
- Workplace/job hazard safety analysis process
- Employment/job related medical requirements
- Effective safety performance measures
- On-going evaluations, safety audits, and job safety inspections
- Corrective action process for identified safety hazards/deficiencies
- Recognition/rewards/incentives
- Disciplinary process
- Documentation and recordkeeping
- Employee assistance program
- Employee involvement/a workforce that owns its safety program
 
More detailed information and topic specific written safety programs are in the Members Area
 

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