Safety Rules & Policies

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.

Hazard Reporting

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

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.

Planned Work

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.

Hazard Safety Control

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.

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 Aerosol Transmissible Disease Exposure Control Addendum   Download  MS-WORD
 Employee Vaccination And Titer Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 General Health Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 General Safety Rules Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfection Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 Infection Control Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 Infection Control Training Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 PPE for Infection Control Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 Respiratory Protection Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 Sharps Exposure Prevention Policy   Download  MS-WORD
 TB Exposure Prev Policy   Download  MS-WORD
Fact Sheets
 Fleet Driver Drug Alcohol Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Armored Car Rule   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Auto Body Paint Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Automotive Lifts Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Bakery Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Compressed Gas Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Concrete Block Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Concrete Ops Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Crane Hoist Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Electwork Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Excavation Rules   Download  MS-WORD
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 Safetyrules Groundskeepers Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Guards Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Handtool Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Handtruck Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Ladder Rules   Download  MS-WORD
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 Safetyrules Machineshop Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Maintenance Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Mat Handling Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Office Safety Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Roll Steel Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Route Salesperson Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Rules Motorized Vehicles   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Scaffolding Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Steel Works Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Stockroom Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Unpacking Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Warehouse Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Welding Ops Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Safetyrules Woodstructure Fab Rules   Download  MS-WORD

Forms & Documents

 Extension Cord Safety   Download  MS-WORD
 Machine Guard Safety   Download  MS-WORD

Training Material

 Privacy At Work Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
 OSHA General Industry Training Requirements   Download  MS-WORD
 Compressed Gas Cylinders   Download  MS-WORD
 Fleet Driver Safety Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Heat Stress   Download  MS-WORD
 Accident Rules Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 CS Rules   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Rules Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemicals Rules Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Accidents Gen Safety Talk   Download  MS-WORD



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