In the first post about the basics of the written safety program, we talked about committing hazard assessments, training, and writing the program. In that post, I gave a list of links to some free examples of safety programs that you can use as examples when writing your safety program.
There are some standards that every safety program needs to address to comply with OSHA requirements. Below are the minimum standards that every program must address.
Standards are Required for all industries.
- Emergency action plan (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.35 & 38)
- Exit Routes (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.34,1910.35, 1910.36,1910.37)
- Fire safety (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.150 & 39)
- Hazard communication (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.59 & 1200)
- Medical and first aid (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151 & 50)
- OSHA recordkeeping (OSHA 29 CFR 1904)
- Personal protective equipment (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 & 1926 Subpart E)
When you begin writing your first program, you must understand the minimum standards in your program. These minimum standards will become the building blocks for a more robust management system. Once you’ve identified how you’re going to address these standards within your program, you’ll be able to begin to address other safety standards that you’ve identified during your hazard assessment. Contact me for additional resources or if would like me to review your program.