A proper company safety plan for a business involves much more than simply writing out a few safety rules and guidelines. As the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) outlines, a company safety plan requires training, support staff, documentation, inspections/audits, and communication. The safety plan for your business may also require PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) forms, and written hazard communication. Flow diagrams or flow charts known as swimlane diagrams may need to be developed and distributed in order to clearly outline work processes including who needs to do what and when.
As one small business chronicle notes, companies should also show their commitment to their safety plans by assigning a safety and health officer. This officer would help establish and oversee a monitoring system. Finally, a business safety plan must – of course – follow all of the state and federal laws for workplace safety and clearly outline exact escape plans.
Having a meticulously planned company safety plan lets your employees know exactly what safety standards they can expect the company to uphold, as well as provide guidance for everyone in the event that an emergency situation arises.
There are many other benefits a strong company safety plan offers in addition to fostering a safe working environment and equipping employees to handle incidents. For example, a safety plan can, over time, improve loss history, which can result in better pricing and terms for company insurance renewals.
If you need assistance creating your own company safety plan, Lamb Financial would be happy to provide you with a quote. Visit our website for more information or contact us at 1.866.481.5262 to schedule a consultation.