Safety Planning, Rules and Work Procedures

Planning for safety and health is an important part of every business decision, including purchasing, engineering, changes in work processes, and planning for emergencies. Safety and health planning are effective when the workplace has:

  1. Rules written to apply to everyone and addressing areas such as personal protective equipment, appropriate clothing, expected behavior, and emergency procedures. Employers and members of the SLT should periodically review and update all rules and procedures to make sure they reflect present conditions. Rules and procedures should be written for new exposures when they are introduced into the workplace.

  2. Safe and healthful work practices developed for each specific job.

  3. Discipline or reward procedures to help assure safety rules and work procedures are put into practice and enforced. Reward or positive reinforcement procedures such as employee recognition programs should provide positive motivation for compliance with safety rules and procedures.

  4. A written plan for emergency situations. The organization’s plan must include a list of potential emergencies, and procedures in response to each situation. Some emergency procedures, such as those covering medical emergencies or fire evacuation, are mandated by OSHA regulations.

  5. If the organization has operations involving hazardous substances, procedures or processes, it must designate emergency response teams to be specifically trained and equipped to handle possible imminent hazards.