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You must develop and implement OSHA-required written safety plans/programs and jobsite safety procedures?
Written safety plan/programs commonly required by OSHA include:
Construction Safety Program – 29 CFR 1926.20
A written Construction Safety Program (aka Accident Prevention Program) is a mandatory part of fulfilling the accident prevention requirement in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.20. A Construction Safety Program includes your company’s safety policy and establishes appropriate health and safety procedures to be followed during construction activities performed by or on behalf of your company in an effort to avoid accident and incidents that may result in work related injuries/illnesses or property damage. This program is intended to be used in conjunction with your company’s Site-Specific Safety Plans.
Site-Specific Safety Plan – 29 CFR 1926.20
Every construction project you embark on and every site you work at needs its own Site-Specific Safety Plan. It is used as a communication tool for all project personnel during the life of a construction project. The Site-Specific Safety Plan identifies potential hazards which jobsite personnel may be exposed to as well as accident prevention and control measures to be used. When used correctly, it ensures that relevant site information is regularly updated and safety is monitored.
Emergency Action & Fire Prevention – 29 CFR 1926.35 / 1910.38 & 29 CFR 1926.24 / 1910.39
An Emergency Action & Fire Prevention Plan is designed to address reasonably foreseeable emergency situations and to provide appropriate hazard and emergency preparedness information to employees, external emergency response agencies, and the community. It documents necessary management and employee actions required during fires and other emergencies, as well as, emergency preparedness. Information and procedures for individual jobsites would be outlined in the Site-Specific Safety Plan.
Hazard Communication – 29 CFR 1926.59 / 1910.1200
Companies with workers exposed to hazardous chemicals must prepare and implement a Hazard Communication Program. The program documents procedures labels and other forms of warning, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), employee training, and recordkeeping.
Note: The hazard communication requirements applicable to construction under 29 CFR 1926.59 are identical to those set forth at 29 CFR 1910.1200.
Respiratory Protection – 29 CFR 1926.103 / 1910.134
Companies with workers required to use respirators on the job must prepare and implement a Respiratory Protection Program. The program documents procedures for selection of proper respiratory protection, employee use, medical evaluations, fit testing, inspections, cleaning, maintenance and storage, employee training, and recordkeeping.
Note: The respiratory protection requirements applicable to construction under 29 CFR 1926.103 are identical to those set forth at 29 CFR 1910.134.
Hearing Conservation – 29 CFR 1926.52 / 1910.95
Companies with workers exposed to excessive noise levels on the job must implement a Hearing Conservation Program. The program documents procedures for exposure monitoring, engineering controls, selection of proper hearing protection devices, audiometric testing, and training, as well as noise reduction strategies.
Note: This list is not comprehensive – other plans/programs may be required based on the type of work your company performs.
Jobsite Safety Procedures
To assist in maintaining safety on construction projects, additional jobsite safety procedures may be required based on the type of work your company performs such as:
- Blasting-Use of Explosives
- Concrete & Masonry
- Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, & Elevators
- Fall Protection
- Fire Protection
- Material Handling & Storage
- Motor Vehicles & Mechanized Equipment
- Power Transmission & Distribution
- Rollover Protection, Structures, & Overhead Protection
- Signs, Signals, & Barricades
- Steel Erection
- Tools – Hand & Power
- Underground Construction
Many construction companies compile their written safety plans/programs and jobsite safety procedures into a single Construction Safety Manual.