Basic Written Programs
"An effective Safety Program includes provisions for the systematic identification, evaluation, and prevention or control of general workplace hazards, specific job hazards, and potentional hazards that may arise from foreseeable conditions." -OSHA
At a minimum your program should include the identifications of exposure to hazards, an evaluation of how the hazards effect your means and methods and what steps you will take to prevent or control identified hazards.
Make the commitment
Managment must make the commitment to safety. The first steps are to set aside time to develope a safety and health program and allocate resources (don't get stuck on budget, this is more people resources than financial resources). View a sample commitment letter, you can use this as a reference to write your own or use this as a templet.
Look at the hazards that people will or may come into contact with on your construction projects. A basic hazard checklist is available here.
Compile Written Programs
If you are starting here the easiest thing to do is to find programs by following the links below. Select programs that you know you can follow. As your program advances you will want to customize each program to your company.
We have dedicated an entire section to training. Educating people on your program is one of the most important elements of an effective health and safety program. It is important to select programs that reference training as a requirement or the program.
External Links to free sample safety programs.
Boise State University
elcosh Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health
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