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Workplace Safety and Emergency Response Written Plans and Implementation Tools

 

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Do you have a general written Workplace Safety Policy in place? Have you completed a recent Risk Assessment to decrease hazards?

 

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We provide site and risk-specific workplace safety and emergency related written plans that meet or exceed not only OSHA requirements but State, and Provincial safety regulators as well.

 

 

Our written plan implementation strategies and tools will assist your business with:

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Increasing economic value for your organization

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Increase overall safety awareness

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Enhance communication and trust

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Getting senior management buy-in

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Help in reducing workers’ compensation costs and improve your return on investment (ROI)

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Increase employee ownership for success

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Provide effective changes in your company safety culture

Written Plans are available for a multitude of business sectors.

 

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Construction

 

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Healthcare/hospitals

 

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Property Management

 

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Transportation

 

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Biotechnology

 

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Education

 

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Hospitality

 

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Public Assembly

 

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Utilities

 

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Communications

 

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Energy

 

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Pharmaceutical

 

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Telecommunications

 

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Waste disposal

 

**Due to a non-compete agreement, expert consultation and selected services for the safety and emergency response arena cannot be supported within the state of California until January 1, 2022. 

You will find details of the most common OSHA required written plans in the table below.

The business sectors listed above all have required industry specific written plans that may not be detailed below.   Life SafetyPro HQ provides a large selection of written plans beyond those listed. If you’re interested in specific plans for your industry that are not listed, please reach out to us directly by calling 800.594.9992 or email us for assistance.

Each written plan has a typical price noted. This is to give you a better idea of overall costs. Actual fees may vary (some will be lower with others higher than the typical fees noted) based on the complexities and risks of your site(s).

 

 

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Below is a partial list of typical and business specific required safety and emergency written plans

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Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

Fed/OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1030(c)

Typical Cost: $325.00 

A written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan is one of the frameworks for OHSA compliance.  This required plan is not simply for healthcare workers but also for Emergency Response Team members and other employees who may be in contact and exposed to other people’s body fluids, such as; Security Guards, on-site Nurse, etc. This written plan is the bases of properly protecting your employees and contractors.

Caution:  It is also a violation of Federal law and the employer may be deemed “non-compliant” and could be potentially fined and for that matter the company could also be sued by an untrained and uniformed employee.

Plan should include:

1.  Exposure determination –  Security guards, on-site medical personnel (nurse) are typically required to respond to site emergencies with ERT members expected to respond. So, it’s pretty clear they each have potential to be exposed to other people’s body fluids. LifeSafetyPro HQ written plans are designed with this in mind.

2.  Methods of implementation and control – There are several elements that will help reduce the potential for exposure to your employees, here are a few that should be included in your plan:

  • Exposure control plan snap-shot – The written plan outlines the policies and procedures to help prevent and correct potential exposure to other people’s body fluids. It’s not just about the written plan, it must also include proper employee training.
  • Emergency response practices – Methods including; effective training and response procedures and must include post exposure practices and reporting.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) – Supplies must be provided to employees who fall under the plan including protective gloves, gowns, face protection, goggles and proper education and use of PPE.

3.  Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) – The employer will provide training and offer HBV vaccinations to employees who, as part of their job or as a volunteer ERT member may be exposed to potentially infectious bodily fluids.  Any employee who declines the vaccination must sign a document (Hepatitis B Declination form) of refusal to be kept with their bloodborne pathogens program records.

4.  Post-Exposure evaluation and follow-up – Immediately after an event of exposure, a confidential medical evaluation and follow-up must be conducted.  The evaluation details several steps including documenting how the exposure occurred, being tested for infection, blood collection for evaluation and further testing and more.  Click to see the OSHA standard for further details.

5.  Communication of hazards and training – Every worker who may have the possible for exposure to potentially infectious bodily fluids must receive training that minimally includes the signs and symptoms, and transmission of these potential diseases as well as the proper choice and use of PPE, who to report to, etc. 

6.  Recordkeeping – Training records must be kept for three years while medical records must be kept for thirty years including after the employee is no longer employed at your company.

7.  Administration of post exposure incidents – The employer is required to reevaluate the plan on a regular basis; including process and procedures to  ensure it’s effectiveness.

Chemical Hygiene (Lab Safety)

Fed/OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1450)

Typical Cost: $625.00

The Lab Safety Written Program is responsible for safety and environmental compliance within your site labs.

Plan should include:

  • identifies the hazards in each laboratory
  • describes specific handling procedures and precautions for special hazards
  • outlines emergency safety procedures in the event of a fire or chemical spill
  • maintain compliance with safety and health regulations pertaining to laboratories at your work sites
  • assists as a facilitator in resolving non-compliance laboratory safety issues
  • ensure that all laboratory staff understand and apply safe work practices
  • empower laboratory staff and Principle Investigators with the knowledge to rectify non-compliant issues
  • provide training to lab staff for safe use of equipment and hazardous materials in the lab environment
  • designate a Chemical Hygiene Officer and outline responsibilities
  • develop a chemical inventory list for each lab
  • develop a floor plan for each lab area

Confined Space

warning sign that reads confined space entry by permit only

Fed/OSHA (29 CFR 1910.146)

Typical Cost: $925.00

The Confined Space Written Program is developed to help ensure workers safe entry into confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces to perform routine tasks associated with their employment. The procedures are designed to provide the minimum safety requirements in accordance with Fed/OSHA standards.

A confined space is defined as any location that has limited openings for entry and egress, is not intended for continuous employee occupancy, and is so enclosed that natural ventilation may not reduce air contaminants to levels below the threshold limit value (TLV).  Examples of confined spaces include:  manholes, stacks, pipes, storage tanks, trailers, tank cars, pits, sumps, hoppers, and bins. Entry into confined spaces without proper precautions could result in injury, impairment, or death due to:

  • an atmosphere that is flammable or explosive;
  • lack of sufficient oxygen to support life;
  • contact with or inhalation of toxic materials; or
  • general safety or work area hazards such as electrial exposure, explosion, steam or high pressure materials.

Plan should include:

  • Objectives
  • Background
  • Assignment of Responsibility
    1. Employer
    2. Program Manager
    3. Entry Supervisors
    4. Attendants
    5. Rescue Team
    6. Entrants/Affected Employees
  • Training
    1. Training Frequency
    2. General Training
    3. Specific Training
    4. Verification of Training
  • Identification of Hazards and Evaluation of Confined Spaces
    1. Survey
    2. Hazard Reevaluation
    3. Pre-Entry Hazard Assessment
    4. Hazard Controls
  • Entry Permits
    1. Key Elements of Entry Permits
    2. Permit Scope and Duration
  • Entry Procedures
    1. Prior to Entry
    2. Opening a Confined Space
    3. Atmospheric Testing
    4. Isolation and Lockout/Tagout Safeguards
    5. Ingress/Egress Safeguards
    6. Warning Signs and Symbols
  • Emergency Response
    1. Emergency Response Plan
    2. Retrieval Systems and Methods of Non-Entry Rescue
  • Attachment, Sample Process Duty Roster

Electrical Safety Plan

warning sign that reads danger electrical equipment authorized personnel only29 CFR 1910 Subparts S and R, and 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K & V  – OSHA’s electrical standards are based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards NFPA 70, National Electric Code, and NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces

Typical Cost: $425.00

This written program applies to all work operations involving electrical systems of 600 volts or less where employees may be exposed to live parts and/or those parts that have been de-energized.

Electrical Safe Work Practices written program is designed to help employees recognize and avoid electrical hazards. The goal is to reduce and manage the risk of electrical arc flash hazard, shock, equipment damage, and fire.

Plan should include:

  • scope
  • definitions
  • responsibilities
  • program components
  • reporting requirements
  • training requirements and competency assessment
  • information and external references

Emergency Action Plan

street sign for hurricane evacuation route

Fed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.38(a)

Typical Cost: $1125.00

An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by OSHA standards. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies including; fire, explosion, natural disasters, chemcial release, active shooter, flooding, power outage, bomb threat, act of terroism, civil disturbance, etc.

A well-developed emergency plan and proper employee training can result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less property damage to the facility during emergencies.

A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, and possibley an increase in injuries to your employees.

Plan should include:

  • means of reporting fires (alarm system, etc.) and other emergencies
  • chain of command
  • emergency and other phone numbers
  • types of emergencies anticipated: fire, explosion, natural disasters, chemcial release, active shooter, flooding, power outage, bomb threat, act of terroism, civil disturbance, etc.
  • evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
  • assembly area locations
  • procedures for employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they safely evacuate
  • accounting for all employees, contractors and visitors after an emergency evacuation has been completed
  • rescue and medical duties for employees performing them
  • various checklists
  • names and job titles of persons who can be contacted

Ergonomics

mind your posture signCaution: OSHA will use the General Duty Clause to cite employers for ergonomic hazards. Under the OSH Act’s General Duty Clause, employers must keep their workplaces free from recognized serious hazards, including ergonomic hazards. This requirement exists whether or not there are voluntary guidelines.

Typical Cost: $375.00

The Ergonomics Protection Program will be evaluated by a selected program manager and perhaps a safety committee annually for its ability to identify, assess, and eliminate ergonomic hazards in the workplace. Reductions in ergonomics related injuries and illness should ideally be experienced soon after the program is implemented.

Plan should include:

  • management leadership
  • written ergonomics policy
  • involving employees
  • employee training and education
  • records and work-site review
  • ergonomics Job/task analysis
  • workstation layout/design
  • medical management
  • ergonomics program evaluation

Fall Protection

sign that reads danger fall protection requiredFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1926.501]

Typical Cost: $925.00

Hazard Identification
A well-conceived fall protection program begins with identification of all fall hazards in the workplace.

As a general rule, any time a worker is at a height greater than 4 feet (1.2m), a fall hazard exists according to OSHA. Where a fall hazard exists, there are two acceptable options: (1) eliminate the hazard, or (2) provide protection against it. Ideally, it is best to totally eliminate the hazard. Since that is often not possible, however, other measures such as the wearing of personal protection equipment (PPE) are required

Written Fall Protection Plan
Following hazard identification, a written program should be developed specifying how to deal with each hazard. If standardized safe-work practices and operating procedures can eliminate the hazard, then such procedures should be specified. Where hazard elimination is impossible, the plan should state what fall protection measures are to be used, how they are to be used, and who is responsible for overall supervision and training. This program need not be elaborate, but should cover the basic elements of the plan. The program needs to be clearly conveyed and understood by all participants.

Plan should include:

Fall hazards must be evaluated to determine the preferable method to protect the employee. When considering what type of fall protection to use, the following hierarchy of remedies, in order of preference, should be considered:

  • elimination of the fall hazard by bringing the work down to safe ground level
  • use of passive fall protection systems such as guard rails
  • fall restraint which prevents a person from reaching a fall hazard
  • fall arrest which utilizes equipment to stop a fall after it occurs
  • administrative controls which use work practices or procedures to signal or warn a worker to avoid approaching a fall hazard.

Training

Each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards shall be trained to recognize the hazards and the procedures to follow to minimize the hazards. A competent person will provide the training.

The competent person must train employees in the following areas:

  • fall hazards in the work area
  • correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling and inspecting the fall protection systems used
  • selection, proper use and care of equipment comprising a personal fall arrest system
  • role of employees in fall protection plans
  • what rescue procedures to follow in case of a fall
  • overview of the OSHA fall protection standards

Fire Prevention Plan

raging fire in building with silhouette of fire fighter out front

Fed/OSHA [29 CFR 1926.150]

Typical Cost: $325.00

A Fire Prevention Plan is designed to help protect employees and facilities from the dangers of fire.

Plan should include:

  • program responsibilities
  • plan Implementation
  • types of fire hazards at your facility
  • Fuel source hazards
  • housekeeping and control of combustible waste materials
  • fire control equipment / fire extinguishers
  • maintenance of heat-producing equipment
  • review of evacuation routes
  • training
  • checklists: fire risk survey – fire prevention – exits – hot work permit

Hazardous Communications / Global Harmonized System

sign that reads hazard communications with GHSFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.1200]

Typical Cost: $645.00

The Hazard Communication / Globally Harmonized System is designed to improve communication and training associated with hazardous substances. This plan is designed to help maintain a safe work environment by increasing employee awareness of workplace chemicals and their potential health effects, safe work practices, and emergency procedures.

Plan should include:

  • scope, references / exemption & exception
  • program requirements and responsibilities
  • management responsibilities and procedures
  • definitions
  • Global Harmonized System (GHS)
  • hazard symbols and labeling – Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) & Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • National Fire Protection Association diamond (NFPA)
  • chemical list
  • employee training
  • Responsible Safety Officer (RSO)

Hearing Conservation Program

green graphic that reads noise adds upFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.95]

Typical Cost: $925.00

The primary goal of a Hearing Conservation Program is to reduce, and eventually eliminate hearing loss due to workplace noise exposures.

When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or when they are being initiated, administrative controls must be used if feasible, along with the use of Personal Protective Equipment.(PPE).

Plan should include:

  • policy
  • responsibilities
  • noise evaluation and surveillance procedures
  • noise control methods
  • medical surveillance
  • training requirements
  • recordkeeping
  • noise definition
  • sound levels

Hot Work (Cutting/Welding) Program

bright orange hot work permit hang tagFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.252]

Typical Cost: $345.00

This program establishes written procedures to prevent fires resulting from temporary operations involving an open flame or that produces heat, sparks, or hot slag.

This includes (but is not limited to) brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering, thawing pipes, torch-applied roofing, and welding). This written program will require the issuance of a Hot Work Permit before beginning hot work.

Plan should include:

  • procedures
  • prohibited conditions
  • department responsibilities
  • supervisor responsibilities
  • employee responsibilities
  • fire watch responsibilities
  • outside contractor work
  • hot work permit

Illness, Injury and Prevention Program

blue background with IIPP in block print

Required by some states and highly recommended for all under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

Typical Cost: $675.00

An injury and illness prevention program is a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. It is recognized that these programs can be effective at reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Many workplaces have already adopted such approaches, for example as part of OSHA’s cooperative programs (Voluntary Protection Program -VPP). not only do these employers experience dramatic decreases in workplace injuries, but they often report a transformed workplace culture that can lead to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction.

Thirty-four states and many nations around the world already require or encourage employers to implement such programs. The key elements common to all of these programs are management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.

Plan should include:

  • introduction and scope
  • responsibilities
  • hazard assessment & correction
  • communication
  • incident reporting
  • training & documentation
  • compliance

Laser Safety

illustration of laser beam point of light that looks like red starburstFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.133]

Typical Cost: $925.00

The purpose of a Laser Safety Program (LSP) is to ensure that lasers are used in a manner which will protect the health and safety of employees and visitors, to eliminate danger to life and property, and comply with relevant State and Federal regulations.

This written program is based upon the American National Standard for the Safe User of Lasers (ANSI) Z136.1.

Plan content should include:

 

  • comprehensive program management under a qualified Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
  • procedures on laser use for all classifications’
  • training
  • qualified operators
  • protective measures
  • accident investigation
  • medical surveillance
  • labeling
  • description of applicable laser types

Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout

tag on door lock that reads danger do not operate equipment locked outFed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.147]

Typical Cost: $725.00

The purpose of this written plan is to eliminate injuries caused by the sudden, unexpected start-up, or release of stored energy by equipment during maintenance and service activities.

This includes the assurance of a positive method to control of all potential energy sources to equipment during maintenance and service activities.

A written plan is the basis in the development and implementation of standard procedures for the control of hazardous energy.

 Definitions
Affected Employee:  An employee whose job requires him/her to operate equipment on which servicing or maintenance is being performed under energy controlled (locked-out) conditions, or whose job requires him/her to work in an area in which such servicing or maintenance is being performed. 

Authorized Employee:  A person who locks out equipment in order to perform service or maintenance activities.  An affected employee becomes an authorized employee when that employee’s duties include performing servicing or maintenance.

Group Lockout:  More than one employee affixing a lock to a single or multiple energy isolating devices.

Plan should include:

  • program objectives
  • responsibilities
  • energy control procedures
  • employee training
  • periodic inspections
  • equipment/machine specific LOTO procedures
  • equipment specific LOTO energy sources
  • returning the equipment or machine to service
  • LOTO procedure inspection

OSHA Recordkeeping

green graphic that reads osha recordkeeping

Fed/OSHA [29 CFR 1904]

Typical Cost: $295.00

An OSHA 300 Log is a listing of all injuries and illnesses at your jobsite. OSHA requires that most employers keep a 300 Log. You may keep the log on your computer or elsewhere, as long as you can produce a copy in the workplace whenever it is necessary.

Life SafetyPro HQ will assist you in pulling together all the required reporting forms including excel spreadsheets and get a clear understanding of your requirements.

Basic requirements: You must consider an injury or illness  wtitten plan to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.

You must also consider a case to meet the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.

If you are inspected by OSHA, and are required to keep a 300 Log, you will need to be able to produce a copy during inspection (or within 4 hours of their request for the log.

Not every employer is required to keep a 300 Log. Click to view this OSHA list.

  1. Should you have 10 or fewer employees (at any time during the calendar year) (include temporary and contracted workers who are under your direct supervision)
  2. You are in one of the exempt low-hazard industries (as determined by your company SIC code) Even if you are exempt for one of the aforementioned reasons—if OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics asks you to take part in an annual survey, you will have to keep records for that year.

For a complete list of exempt industries & SIC codes, visit: http://osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html

Whether or not you are required to keep OSHA records—EVERY EMPLOYER must report incidents that involve the death of a worker and/or the overnight hospitalization of three or more workers. Reports should be made to your local OSHA office or to 1-800-321-OSHA within 8 hours of learning of the incident.

If you are required to keep OSHA records, the next thing you need to know is what you have to record.

A recordable injury is: – a new injury that is work related, or – a pre-existing condition which has been aggravated by workplace events.

In addition to being a “new” injury, recordable injuries are those that meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • results in death
  • results in days away from work
  • restricts the employees ability to work or requires transfer to a new job
  • medical treatment beyond basic first aid
  • loss of consciousness
  • significant injury or illness diagnosed by a healthcare professional and determined by that person to be work related
  • mental illness (if stated by a healthcare professional that it is work related)
  • all injuries from needles or sharps that are contaminated by another’s blood or other infectious material
  • work related cases of tuberculosis
  • cases where a worker is removed from work under the provisions of an OSHA standard (ex: lead exposure)
  • some injuries incurred while an employee was traveling for work or working from home

Typical non-recordable:

  • cases involving eating and drinking food or beverages
  • common colds and flues
  • injuries involving blood donations
  • injuries involving exercise programs
  • injuries treated through first aid

OSHA Standard 1904.7(b)(5)(ii) contains a complete list of what is considered First Aid. If the treatment is not on the list, it must be recorded. For FAQ’s on recordable injuries and pertinent OSHA standards, visit: http://osha.gov/recordkeeping/entryfaq.html

Reminder: Life SafetyPro HQ will assist you in pulling together all the required reporting forms including excel spreadsheets and get a clear understanding of your requirements.

Personal Protective Equipment Program

green graphic with people in protective devices and the text personal protection equipment

Fed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.132]

Typical Cost: $425.00

The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program is to develop and implement the procedures for the identification, use, care and maintenance of PPE required to be used by employees for the prevention of illness and injury.

Plan should include:

  • purpose
  • scope
  • hazard evaluation·
  • responsibilities
  • how to select personal protective equipment
  • types of ppe
  • annual review of written plan

Respiratory Protection Program

respirator mask

Fed/OSHA [29 CFR 1910.134]

Typical Cost: $525.00

When employees must work in environments with insufficient oxygen or where harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, fumes, gases, vapors, or sprays are present, they need respirators. These health hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, other diseases, or death. Where toxic substances are present in the workplace and engineering controls are inadequate to reduce or eliminate them, respirators are necessary. Some atmosphere supplying respirators can also be used to protect against oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Increased breathing rates, accelerated heartbeat, and impaired thinking or coordination occur more quickly in an oxygen-deficient or other hazardous atmosphere. Even a momentary loss of coordination can be devastating if it occurs while a worker is performing a potentially dangerous activity such as climbing a ladder

Plan content should include:

  • introduction
  • purpose & references
  • protocol & medical examination
  • training, information and recordkeeping
  • equipment
  • respirator use – special circumstances
  • inspection, maintenance & repair
  • program evaluation
  • medical evaluation questionnaire
  • voluntary respirator use – precautions – mandatory

Safety Committee

No Federal requirements, but recommended

Typical Cost: $325.00

One way in which management can encourage employee participation in any workplace safety program is to create a Safety Committee.

The committee can help share with management the responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the company / organization safety program.

Typical committee duties include:

  • developing safe work practices
  • developing written safety programs
  • facilitating safety training
  • workplace self-inspections
  • accident investigations

Life SafetyPro HQ will provide all the necessary forms, spreadsheets, procedures and guidelines to develop an effective Safety Committee.

Life SafetyPro HQ provides a large selection of written plans beyond those listed above.

If you’re interested in specific plans for your industry not seen in the table above, please reach out to us directly by calling 800.594.9992 or email us for assistance. 

 

 

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Need a bit more information, see below.

What Is an OSHA Safety Plan?

 

An OSHA Safety Plan is a written document that describes the process for identifying the physical and health hazards that could harm workers, procedures to prevent accidents, and steps to take when accidents occur. The written safety plan is your blueprint for keeping workers safe. Many organizations compile their activity-specific safety plans into a single safety manual.

OSHA Mandatory Written Plans

Out of all of OSHA’s many safety rules, there are 18 for general industry workplaces that require written plans or procedures and 10 written construction safety plan requirements for the construction industry. There are also requirements for written safety procedures for 16 hazardous substances listed under Subpart Z of the general industry rules for Toxic and Hazardous Substances, such as asbestos and vinyl chloride.

Why Have a Written Safety Plan?

Fed OSHA and at least 25 states and territories require written safety plans for specific workplace activities that may cause injury or health issues for a myriad of chemicals. Also, many states require written workplace safety and health plans under workers’ compensation rules. Many organizations adopt voluntary safety plans to decrease lost work time, improve the return on investment and to increase worker productivity. These plans will help prepare your company for basic and unique workplace emergencies

 

Basic Safety Plan Elements

OSHA recommends that each written plan include the following basic elements:

  • Policy or goals statement
  • List of responsible persons
  • Hazard identification
  • Hazard controls and safe practices
  • Emergency and accident response
  • Employee training and communication
  • Recordkeeping

State Safety Plans – Just a snap-shot

In accordance to Federal OSHA, States may administer their own job safety and health programs, or State Plans if they meet minimum federal requirements. Currently (2017) there are 25 states and territories/jurisdictions that administer State Plans covering both public and private sector employees. Five states administer State Plans covering only public sector employees. These State Plans may operate because Federal OSHA approved of them as being “at least as effective” as the Federal OSHA programs

Most State Plans have adopted Federal OSHA regulations, standards and guidelines verbatim. States such as California, Michigan, Oregon and Washington have State Plans that differ significantly from Federal OSHA. These states have occupational health and safety plans that are more stringent than Federal OSHA standards or address hazards not covered by Federal OSHA regulations.

Why some states have State Safety Plans and others don’t:

  • Some states choose to adopt a State Plan so they can collect federal contributions of funds of up to ~50 percent of a State Plan’s operating costs.
  • Most states with State Plans have been managing their own job safety programs for years long before OSHA took effect, as such they chose to keep doing such.
  • Some states have decided that their workplaces required state-specific additional or more stringent regulations, clarity and/or enforcement to ensure general employee safety.
  • Some states believe that the power to regulate job safety and health rightly belongs to the states pursuant to the Tenth Amendment.

If Federal OSHA establishes a new standard, each state must adopt that standard within six months after it was established.

 Employers must comply with the regulations and standards of only the State Plan if there is one that applies to them. Otherwise, employers must comply with Federal OSHA.
 
 

Currently (2018) there are 25 states and territories with their own OSHA approved occupational safety and health plans (see figure to right).

Until such time as a state standard is promulgated, Federal OSHA will provide interim enforcement assistance, as appropriate, in these states.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Alaska Arizona California
Connecticut* Hawaii Indiana
Iowa Kentucky  
Maryland Michigan Minnesota
Nevada New Mexico New York*
North Carolina Oregon Puerto Rico
South Carolina Tennessee Utah
Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands
Washington Wyoming
* for state and local government employees only
 
 
 

Life SafetyPro HQ Written Plan Features

  • All Life SafetyPro HQ written plans are site and risk specific and meet or exceed local, State and Federal Regulations.
  • Cost ranges from $150.00 – $2500.00 based on the type of written plan and its complexities.  Value added pricing offered when multiple plans are developed
  • Each plan is well organized, succinct and functional.
  • Most documents will include site-specific graphics.
  • Plans are your property and are not branded with Life SafetyProHQ logo or copyrights.
  • Delivered in soft and/or hard copy (additional cost may apply for a hard copy).
  • Depending of course on the type and number of written plans we will need about one to three hours of your time as part of our standard consultation.
  • Typically we email draft copies to you for your comments and any adjustments, It usually takes three drafts to finalize a master document.
  • Master documents are typically completed within 10 business days.
  • Minor draft revisions at no additional cost.

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