Do You Have a Safety Plan?
Having a comprehensive safety plan in place is vital in today’s business world, especially for contractors. A safety plan outlines the policies and procedures your company utilizes to ensure employee safety, as well as comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. An across-the-board Safety Plan will include these tips provided by the OSHA website:
- A code of safe practices (to be provided to employees) that is customized for the hazards found in your workplace(s)
- A safety policy statement that outlines the goals of the program and identifies the program coordinator
- A start-up checklist to help get the program up and running
- An outline of methods your company will use for employee-safety communications, including a safety committee (in most states, this committee is optional)
- A thorough inspection system, including checklist(s) tailored to your workplace’s specific hazards
- An accident investigation and reporting policy, with instructional material regarding how to conduct accident investigations
- Specific assignments for each person responsible for implementing various elements of the program
- Procedures for complying with OSHA regulations (e.g., hazard communication program, respiratory-protection program, lockout/tagout program, blood-borne pathogens program, hearing-conservation program, heat illness-prevention program, etc.) that apply to your business
- Optional e-mail reminders of periodic activities required by OSHA
Be sure to check State and Local Agencies for additional OSHA requirements
There is no doubt that safety is paramount in the painting contract industry. Keep yourself and your employees protected by putting together a complete, workplace-specific safety plan!