Section 10: Fire protection
Identify fire protection equipment provided on site, who is responsible for summoning fire emergency personnel, and that your employees are not expected to fight fires unless they are trained to do so. Include precautions to take when fueling/storing flammable liquids.
Section 11: Equipment inspections
List procedures and schedules for regular inspection, testing, and reconditioning according to manufacturer, or local, state, and federal standards. Detail how deficient equipment is handled. Also indicate who is responsible for inspections, repairs, and where the records of these activities are kept.
Section 12: Control of lockout/tag-out
Discuss your lockout/tag-out procedures, how and when they will be used, and who has the authority to remove a lockout tag. It is important to note that this section does not replace a formal lockout/tag-out policy or program.
Section 13: Hazard communications
Indicate where MSDS forms are filed and who to call with MSDS questions. Identify who provides employees with hazard communications. Refer to your hazard communications plan for specific information and notification procedures when dealing with hazardous or harmful materials.
Section 14: Subcontractors
Spell out that any subcontractors hired or responsible to your company will be required to follow your safety regulations and abide by your safety plan and safety program.
Section 15: Safety regulations
Include a generalized statement that your company will comply with all local, state, and federal safety regulations and that you are committed to following OSHA and other applicable agency regulations.
Section 16: Periodic plan review
Identify who reviews this plan, when it's reviewed (at least annually), and who can approve and/or make changes to this plan. A comprehensive review prior to each project is most desirable.
We're not done yet...
Putting together a safety plan requires some effort. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Any insurance company or agent worth his salt will be happy to review, edit, and eventually endorse your safety plan. Use this guide to craft a safety plan that addresses the type of work your company does, the hazards its employees face, and the steps you are taking to limit the hazards and respond to accidents. It's that simple, and that complicated.
David Bruckheimer is the director of personnel, safety and training for the Pembroke Construction Co., Westwood Contractors, Inc., and Interlock Paving Systems, Inc., Hampton, VA. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.