This program is for general industry employers. For construction, check out the Construction Safety and Health Program.
A strong, well organized safety plan is critical to the operations of any business. It protects employees, lowers costs, satisfies contractor requirements, and pleases regulators. The General Industry Safety and Health Plan will help you establish your company safety program. It includes the safety policies that, according to OSHA, apply to most general industry employers. The program is provided in Microsoft Word®, so it can be edited, customized, and duplicated easily.
Note: Select the "Program and Training" option above to upgrade to the Safety Plan & Training Kit. It includes this great safety plan, and all the training materials you need to train and certify your employees. Save over $400.00 with this package.
- Length - About 65 pages.
- Format - Microsoft Word® - Edit and customize as needed.
- Scope - Covers all of the most commonly required subjects for general industry employers.
- Download - Download immediately after purchase. Get started right away! Also available with CD.
- Guarantee - 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied, just let us know for a full refund.
- Safety Audit Forms - Conduct regular safety audits.
- Weekly Safety Meetings - Conduct weekly safety meetings on the included topics.
- Forms - All the required forms for each subject. This includes accident investigation, fire prevention, hazard communication and more.
- Emergency Action Plans - Templates to create emergency action plans for your business.
General Industry Safety and Health Program Contents
- Basic Safety and Health Policy
- Job Hazard Analysis Policy
- Accident Investigation Policy
- OSHA Recordkeeping Policy
- Hazard Communication Policy
- Personal Protective Equipment Policy
- Fire Prevention Policy
- Walking and Working Surfaces Policy
- Emergency Action Plan Policy
Also included are a large collection of forms used for implementation of these policies. Print out your own accident investigation forms, job hazard analysis forms and tracking sheets, OSHA recordkeeping forms, emergency action plans, and more!
Upgrade to the complete General Industry Training Package
Do you need materials to train employees? Upgrade to the Training Package to get a complete set of training materials for everyone of these topics. It is bundled together for one great price. Each training kit includes:
- Training Presentation - Provided in Microsoft PowerPoint®, you can edit and customize this presentation. It's easy to add your own pictures and text, or just use it as is.
- Quiz, Answer Key, and Hands On Certification - Evaluate learning with quizzes and answer keys. You can also perform a hands on verification of skills by using the hands on certification forms.
- Wallet Card - Use the wallet card template to issue wallet cards for your employees.
- Training Documentation - Training rosters, evaluations, training outlines, participant worksheets, case studies, and more!
Training Package Contents
- Hazard Communication
- OSHA Recordkeeping
- General Safety Orientation
- Accident Investigation
- Job Hazard Analysis
- Fire Prevention
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Emergency Action Plans
How To Develop Your Company Safety and Health Program
Creating and implementing a company safety program is one of the most important things you can do for your business. It can be a daunting task, but if you break it down into smaller steps, it can be done. This process is taken in part from the extremely helpful OSHA Quick Assistance resource.
Step 1 - Assign a Safety Coordinator
The first thing to do is assign a person to manage the initial process. It can be the owner, a manager, a supervisor, or an experienced employee. It is important that this person has experience and understanding of the work that occurs in the business. They must also be competent to understand the hazards of the workplace, and have authority to take steps to correct them. If you like, this person can be a temporary project manager until the permanent coordinator is assigned.
Step 2 - OSHA Rules That Apply To All
There are safety requirements that apply universally to nearly every employer. This need to be covered in the safety and health plan. The General Industry Safety and Health Plan includes all these subjects, plus more.
- Hazard Communication Standard - Any workplace that uses chemicals, even common cleaners, must comply with this standard.
- Emergency Action Plan - Employers must have a policy and plans to deal with foreseeable emergencies.
- Fire Safety - Employers must have a program to prevent fires, and a plan to deal with them when they occur.
- Exit Routes - Exit routes must be clearly established.
- Walking and Working Surfaces - Slips, trips, and falls are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. The employer must take steps to prevent these.
- Medical and First Aid - The employer must have a plan for dealing with medical emergencies.
All of these items need to be addressed in your safety plan.
Step 3 - Additional Requirements That May Apply
In addition to the general items discussed above, your company may have additional hazards that apply to your workplace. Common ones include
- Lockout Tagout - If your employees perform work that may have the risk of a release of hazardous energy, or unexpected startup, you need a lockout tagout energy control plan. (Sold separately)
- Machine Guarding - If workers operate machinery such as saws, power presses, slicers, or similar equipment, you may be subject to OSHA's machine guarding regulations. (sold separately)
- Electrical - Workers exposed to electrical hazards may cause your company to be subject to electrical safety regulations. (sold separately)
- Personal Protective Equipment - If employees are required to wear PPE, the company must abide by the OSHA regulations on PPE. (included in the General Industry Safety Plan)
- Respirators - If your workplace has hazardous atmospheres that cannot be eliminated with engineering controls, employees must wear respirators. The employer will be required to have a written respiratory protection program, medical evaluations, training, and fit tests. (sold separately)
- Confined Spaces - Workers who enter confined spaces that have hazards, must be covered by a permit system. The company must have a written entry plan, entry permits, and training. (sold separately)
- Blood or Bodily Fluids - Companies that have occupational exposure to bodily fluids must have a bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, engineering controls, vaccinations, and training. (sold separately)
- Forklifts - If you use forklifts at your facility, the operators must be 18 or older, and must be trained and evaluated by their employer. (sold separately)
Step 4 - Perform Job Hazard Analysis To Identify Other Hazards
Every workplace will have some hazards that are rare or unique. It is important to remember that you can be fined for violating OSHA's General Duty Clause, even if you are not violating any specific regulations. The clause reads:
"Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."
The Job Hazard Analysis is a great tool for identifying additional hazards in your workplace. The General Industry Safety and Health Plan includes both a JHA policy and the forms required for performing them. The job hazard process is:
- Observe the task.
- Break the task into steps.
- Describe the hazards of each step.
- Identify hazard control measures.
- Review, submit and implement the hazard control measures.
Once you have completed the JHAs for your major tasks, you will have a complete list of the remaining hazards that need to be dealt with.
Step 5 - Create Your Safety and Health Program
Once you have gathered all the required information, you can incorporate it into your safety and health plan. The General Industry Safety and Health Plan will cover all your basic requirements, and you can find any additional policy needs in our written safety policy section.
Remember that this is a policy for your business. Do not be afraid to make changes that are necessary to make it applicable. This program will be authorized by your company, the responsibility for safety and compliance is yours alone.
Step 6 - Train Workers
Employees need to be trained on the requirements of the safety and health program, as well as the equipment and procedures required to perform work safely. You can use your own materials, or upgrade to the Training Package offered with this product. Additional training products can be found in our Safety Training Compliance Kit section. Not sure about what training will meet your needs? Give us a call or chat with us online.
Step 7 - Record, Review, Report, Reinforce
Once you safety plan is established and training is completed, it is time to execute and monitor your program.
- Record - Keep a record of all work related injuries and illnesses, accidents and near misses, safety suggestions, and anything else that is related to workplace safety.
- Review - Review the recorded information to identify hazards and patterns that may cause workplace injuries. Take steps to eliminate these hazards. Review safety suggestions for ideas on improving workplace safety.
- Report - Employees should be informed of the effectiveness of the safety program, so they can help make suggestions and eliminate hazards. Annual injury and illness summaries must be posted every February.
- Reinforce - Without frequency monitoring and enforcement, even the best safety plan will lose effectiveness. Conduct regular audits for compliance. Populate the workplace with safety posters and reminders. Require periodic refresher training for safety subjects. Include safety concerns and procedures as part of the regular work review process.
It seems like a lot of work, but you don't have to go through it alone. If you have any questions, we are happy to help. If we don't know the answer, or have the product, we will try and point you in the right direction.