Safety Plan Template

HOW TO CREATE A SAFETY PLAN


Safety plans are vital to avoid workplace injuries; this template can help you get started on one. OSHA does not require you to have a safety plan but recommends it. The general format of a safety plan begins with a safety commitment statement. A safety plan will shape your company into a workplace culture based on safety.

Why Do I Need a Safety Plan?


Imagine starting a job at a chemical plant. The first day you receive no training and no warning about the dangers you will face when entering work. The likelihood that you will accidentally mishandle chemicals, burn yourself or someone else, and cause damage to the workplace itself is significantly higher than it would be with a safety plan in place. A safety plan is part of a program that educates, trains, and prepares employees to handle hazards within their workplace.

You need a safety plan because, without one, chances of injury and illness are not only higher, but survival of your company and employees will depend on it. It may be necessary to have multiple safety plans within your workplace if there are multiple hazards that you need to address separately. Safety programs may be essential for topics such as fall protection or lab safety, which cannot be encompassed in a single safety plan.

 

Does OSHA Require My Workplace to Have a Safety Plan?

OSHA does not require your workplace to have a safety plan, but OSHA does have regulations and rules for each workplace that are enforceable by federal law.

A safety plan is the most effective way for you to assess your workplace’s ability to comply with these regulations put in place by OSHA.

OSHA guidelines and regulations can help you develop an effective safety plan based on what they require. All Safety Provisions safety plan templates follow OSHA standards for each workplace within each industry.

General Safety Plan Format


Every safety plan should have a format that is organized and well-labeled so it can be navigated easily by all personnel within the workplace.

  • The cover page – This is simply a page containing the company name and logo, along with the title of the safety plan. This is an official component but provides no additional
  • information.
  • Table of contents – This page contains the page number of subsequent sections and subsections.
  • Introduction – The introduction is usually the smallest section of the safety plan and includes the purpose of the safety plan. It is generally a statement of the company’s
  • commitment to safety and what the safety plan seeks to accomplish. There can also be a reference list that contains the OSHA regulation(s) with which the safety plan seeks to comply.
  • The safety program – This should be the largest section of the safety plan. It contains the procedures and resources necessary for guaranteeing safety when working with or around
  • a particular hazard. Each aspect can be divided into subsections. For example, in a safety plan for fall protection, it would be good to provide subsections for guardrails and fall arrest systems.
  • Appendixes – The appendix can contain any additional information or statements that should be included in a safety plan. A good example is training requirements and topics. This
  • may look like a statement that explains the company’s commitment to training its employees on the program components would be a good start.
  • Signatures of trained employees – This section is simply a list with spaces for an employee’s name, title, signature, and date that they completed the training. This is a good
  • section to have to keep track of when employees were trained according to the safety plan.

General Safety Plan Format

Does OSHA Require My Workplace to Have a Safety Plan?


Depending on the nature of the workplace, the individual components that are found within a safety plan will be different. Each safety plan also addresses a different aspect of safety in the workplace and does not need to contain every possible component. But to help give you some direction on what to include in your safety plan, some general components of an effective safety plan are:

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Safety Provisions provides some templates and sample safety plans. Our online training program is a great way to stay safe and stay OSHA compliant. OSHA also provides some sample safety plans and guidelines at its website.