Workplace safety rules and general safety policies are necessary parts of a comprehensive safety program. In addition to general safety rules, job specific safety rules are needed to ensure task safety training addresses all hazards for each job.
Identification and reporting of potentially unsafe or unhealthful working conditions is the responsibility of all employees. Employees should be encouraged to report unsafe or unhealthful working conditions to their immediate supervisor to promptly investigate the situation and take appropriate corrective actions. .
Signs and tags are not intended as substitutes for preferred abatement methods such as engineering controls, substitution, isolation, or safe work practices. Rather, they are additional safety guidance and increase the employee's awareness of potentially hazardous situations.
Tags are temporary means of warning all concerned of a hazardous conditions, defective equipment, etc. Tags are not to be considered as a complete warning method, but should only be used until a positive means can be employed to eliminate the hazard; for example, a "Do Not Start" tag is affixed to a machine and is used only until the machine can be locked out, de-energized, or inactivated.
Work shall be planned and supervised to prevent injuries in the handling of materials and in working together with equipment. Employees shall not enter manholes, underground vaults, chambers, tanks, silos, or other similar places that receive little ventilation unless it has been determined that it is safe to enter. Confined spaces can be quite hazardous from toxic fumes, gas, and other hazards can gather in the spaces creating a dangerous hazard.
Machine guards and other protective devices must be in their proper place before machinery and equipment is used and employees must report any deficiencies or hazards to the supervisor when they are detected. If the equipment is unsafe to operate, do not operate the equipment until it has been replaced or repaired.
Substitution. The risk of injury or illness may be reduced by replacement of an existing process, material, or equipment with a similar item having more limited hazard potential Some examples include: brush painting instead of spray painting to reduce inhalation hazards, welding instead of riveting to reduce noise levels, use of safety cans instead of bottles to store flammable liquids, etc. Care must be exercised in any substitution to ensure that the substitute materials are technically acceptable and to avoid introducing a new or unforeseen hazards.
Isolation. Hazards are controlled by isolation whenever an appropriate barrier or limiter is placed between the hazard and an individual who may be affected by the hazard. This isolation can be in the form of physical barriers, time separation, or distance. Examples include machine guards, electrical insulation, glove boxes, acoustical containment, and remote controlled equipment.
Ventilation. The control of a potentially hazardous airborne substance by ventilation can be accomplished by one or two methods: diluting the concentration of the substance by mixing with uncontaminated air or capturing and removing the substance at its source or point of generation. Local exhaust ventilation is generally the preferred and more economical method of hazard control. However, dilution ventilation can be very effective for the removal of large volumes of heated air or for the removal of low concentrations of non-toxic or low toxicity contaminants from minor and decentralized sources.
Administrative Control. This method of hazard mitigation depends on effective operating practices that reduce the exposure of individuals to chemical or physical hazards. These practices may take the form of limited access to high hazard areas, preventive maintenance programs to reduce the potential for leakage of hazardous substances, or adjusted work schedules which involve a regimen of work in high hazard and low hazard areas. Adjusted work schedules are appropriate only when the hazard is recognized as having a limit below which nearly all workers may be repeatedly exposed without adverse effect.
Personal Protective Equipment. This method of hazard control is least preferred because personal protective devices may reduce a worker's productivity, while affording less effective protection against the recognized hazard than other methods of control. Nevertheless, there are instances where adequate levels of risk reduction cannot be achieved through other methods, and personal protective devices must be used, either alone or in conjunction with other protective measures.
|General Health Safety Program|
|General Safety Rules Safety Program|
|Fleet Driver Drug Alcohol Rules|
|Safetyrules Armored Car Rule|
|Safetyrules Auto Body Paint Rules|
|Safetyrules Automotive Lifts Rules|
|Safetyrules Bakery Rules|
|Safetyrules Compressed Gas Rules|
|Safetyrules Concrete Block Rules|
|Safetyrules Concrete Ops Rules|
|Safetyrules Crane Hoist Rules|
|Safetyrules Electwork Rules|
|Safetyrules Excavation Rules|
|Safetyrules Forklift Rules|
|Safetyrules Groundskeepers Rules|
|Safetyrules Guards Rules|
|Safetyrules Handtool Rules|
|Safetyrules Handtruck Rules|
|Safetyrules Ladder Rules|
|Safetyrules Lifting Rules|
|Safetyrules Machineshop Rules|
|Safetyrules Maintenance Rules|
|Safetyrules Mat Handling Rules|
|Safetyrules Office Safety Rules|
|Safetyrules Roll Steel Rules|
|Safetyrules Route Salesperson Rules|
|Safetyrules Rules Motorized Vehicles|
|Safetyrules Scaffolding Rules|
|Safetyrules Steel Works Rules|
|Safetyrules Stockroom Rules|
|Safetyrules Unpacking Rules|
|Safetyrules Warehouse Rules|
|Safetyrules Welding Ops Rules|
|Safetyrules Woodstructure Fab Rules|
Forms & Documents
|Extension Cord Safety|
|Machine Guard Safety|
|Privacy At Work Safety Article|
|OSHA General Industry Training Requirements|
|Compressed Gas Cylinders|
|Fleet Driver Safety Rules|
|Accident Rules Reminder|
|Chemical Rules Reminder|
|Chemicals Rules Reminder|
|Accidents Gen Safety Talk|
GET INSTANT ACCESS
to THE MEMBERS LIBRARY
Safety materials created by safety professionals.
Access to the Safety Manager software.
Wide variety of safety videos and courses.
**Brand New** Safety Training Management System
Looking For HSE?
We have what you need
Free with full membership subscription
Training LMS System
Ask The Safety Consultant
Safety Equipment Deal Finder
Inside the Members Library
Cranes & Slings
Driver / Fleet Safety
Drug Free Workplace
Fire Safety & Prevention
Job Safety Analysis
Machinery & Equipment
Medical & First Aid
Off the Job Safety
Rules & Policies
Signs & Labels
Slips, Trips & Fall
Vehicle & Driver
Welding & Hot Work
Confined Space Death
Confined Space Hazards & Response
Driving & Medication
Electrical Arc Flash Hazards
Fall Protection - Tie Off
Forklift Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Forklift Tipover Accidents
Forklifts & Pedestrians
Healthcare Worker Safety
Hot Work Dangers
Lockout - Tagout
Reactive Chemical Hazards - Process
Safety For Small Business
Understanding Job Stress - for Managers
Young Worker Safety
2 Minute OSHA Safety Talks
First Aid Training
Forms & Documents
Safety Management Resources
Safety Manuals/Written Programs
Process Safety Management
Drug Free Workplace
Safety Manager Software
23 Module Software - Manage, Track, Schedule & OSHA Log
1. Employee Info
2. Accident Reports
3. Incident Reports
4. Lockout - Tagout
5. Corrective Actions
6. Equipment Safety
7. Confined Space
8. Hot Work Permits
9. Vehicle Accidents
10. Safety Committee
11. Industrial Hygiene
12. IR Calculator
13. Respirator Schedule
14. Protective Equipment
15. Chemical Exposure
16. Event Planner
17. Expense Tracker
18. Job Safety Analysis
19. Chemical Data
20. Training Planner
22. Process Safety
23. Chemical Labels
Safety References & Graphics
New Safety Training System
Safety consultant of over 35 years and Director of Safety & Loss Control for 14 years
Can't Find What You Need?
Message me and I will find it for you.