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OSHA planning...are you ready?

Staying OSHA compliant is a must for any business, but did you know there are certain activities or safety programs which OSHA requires a written safety plan?

Take a look at the list below, and make sure you're up to date!

  • Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200(e)) plan for facilities where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Failure to have a written hazard communication plan is a very frequently cited OSHA violation

  • Emergency Action Plan and Fire Prevention Plan (29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1910.39)

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (29 CFR 1910.1030(c)) at facilities that anticipate employee exposure to blood

  • HAZWOPER Safety and Health Plan (29 CFR 1910.120(b))

  • Respiratory protection(29 CFR 1910.134(c)) for workplaces where employees are required to use respirators

  • Hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147(c)) program to prevent injuries during equipment service and maintenance

  • Permit-required confined space plan (29 CFR 1910.146(c)(4)) for any facility that allows entry to permit-required confined spaces

Ok, now you know that you need a written plan for each, but what should you include? Below are key safety plan elements.

  • Policy or goals statement

  • List of responsible persons

  • Hazard identification

  • Hazard controls and safe practices

  • Emergency and accident response

  • Employee training and communication

  • Record keeping

Stay safe out there!

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