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How To Create A Company Safety and Health Program

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Step One

Read The OSHA Small Business Handbook

The OSHA Small Business Handbook is the best free reference on safety. It will explain the basic requirements for safety compliance, and help you evaluate your business and determine what it needs.

Step Two

Most Common OSHA Requirements

These OSHA requirements apply to nearly every employer. Identify the regulations that apply to you and note what is required. Download the checklist to help evaluate your needs.



When It Applies

Hazard Communication

Develop a written program that informs the employees of the hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Any workplace with employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Emergency Action Plans

Develop emergency action plans for foreseeable emergencies.

Any business that requires evacuations in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Exit Routes

Provide properly marked exit routes.

All employers.

Walking / Working Surfaces

Provide safe walking and working surfaces, with training as required.

All employers.

Medical and First Aid

Provide first aid kits and first aid trained personnel.

All employers.

Step 3

Identify Specialty Safety Requirements

These requirements apply to many, but not all, businesses. Review these items to identify what applies to your business.

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When It Applies

Machine Guarding

Provide active and passive equipment safeguards.

Where employees operate machinery such as saws, shears, power presses, or slicers.

Lockout Tagout

Provide equipment and procedures to isolate employees from hazardous energy. Train affected and authorized employees as required.

Any business with equipment that could unexpectedly startup or release hazardous energy.

Electrical Hazards

Provide electrical safety equipment and training for employees.

Where employees must be exposed to any sort of electrical hazards.

Personal Protective Equipment

Provide protective equipment and training to employees when hazards cannot be eliminated.

Any business with hazards that cannot be eliminated with substitution of materials, engineering controls, or work practices.


Provide respiratory protection equipment, written policies, medical screenings, and training to employees.

When atmospheric contamination exists above the Permissible Exposure Limit and it cannot be eliminated with engineering controls.


Provide hearing protection, noise monitoring, and hearing monitoring for employees exposed to occupational noise.

When the workplace is loud enough to make normal conversations difficult. (About 85 decibels)

Confined Spaces

Implement a permit entry system for confined spaces, perform confined space monitoring, provide for rescue, and train employees.

When employees enter confined spaces that have any type of identifiable hazard.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Create a written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, provide engineering controls, procedures, and spill cleanup supplies.

Where employees are expected to encounter blood or bodily fluids as part of their job duties.

Powered Industrial Trucks

Train and evaluate employees on forklift operation.

When employees are expected to operate forklifts.

Step 4

Get Started on Your Written Safety and Health Program

A written safety and health policy provides the framework for your company safety program. The General Industry Safety and Health Program from Affordable Safety Training provides a great template that you can use, at a great price.

General Industry Safety and Health Program
General Industry Safety and Health Program Table of Contents
General Industry Safety and Health Program Table of Contents
General Industry Safety and Health Program Table of Contents
General Industry Safety and Health Program Table of Contents
General Industry Safety and Health Program Table of Contents
Basic Safety and Health Principles
Company Profile

General Industry Safety and Health Program

The General Industry Safety and Health Program is a great template for implementing your safety program. It includes a basic safety and health program, and all the items listed in Part 2 - Most Common OSHA Requirements. Contents include:

Basic Safety & Health Program

Injury & Illness Recordkeeping

Job Hazard Analysis

Accident Investigation

Fire Prevention

Hazard Communication

Personal Protective Equipment

Walking & Working Surfaces

Emergency Action Plans

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This package came with everything we needed to provide for a big corporate job. It was easy to fill out and came with accident reports and everything.

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A Great Way To Get Started

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Free Safety and Health Program Templates

Note: These programs are free and available to the public. They are not owned or endorsed by XO Safety.

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Washington State Department of Labor General Industry Accident Prevention Program

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Summit Holdings Workman's Compensation Sample Program

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University of Southern Florida College of Public Health General Industry Safety Program Template

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Wyoming Work Force General Industry Safety and Health Program

Use The OSHA Recommended Practices For Safety and Health Programs Guide.

The Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs is a free resource filled with useful tips, policies, and guidance. This will help you formulate your written policy.

Step 5

Implement Your Safety Program

You've got your written program, and now it is time to put these policies in action. Download this free safety and health program implementation checklist to structure your roll out.

Step Six

Regular Program Evaluation

Okay! You're movin, you're groovin - you've got a safety program up and running. Now it is time to evaluate what you have in place. This evaluation checklist from OSHA is great for evaluating both new and existing programs.