Depending on your type of operation, federal OSHA requires as many as 18 safety plans and there may be additional requirements from state agencies including workers compensation providers. You can use Safety.BLR.com's Workplace Safety Plan Builder to help you create, compile, and maintain safety plans.
Creating a Custom Doc Using the Safety Plan Builder is So Simple
To create your custom document in the Plan Builder:
- Go to the Documents tab and click the title of the document you want to customize. The document will appear in a text editor that is similar to most word processing programs.
- Click Save Copy in the upper right corner and enter a custom title for your doc.
- Click OK, then click Save.
Using the formatting toolbar at the top of the text editor, customize the document as appropriate for your facility. To change the text of the document, simply highlight the area and add the new information.
The yellow highlighted text indicates areas where you need to input information specific to your facility. Once edited, you can remove the yellow highlight using the paint can icon in the toolbar. However, it is recommended that you leave the highlight to serve as a reminder as to where you have custom information if you ever need to edit the plan again. The yellow highlight does not appear on any published version.
Any instructions to the user will appear in [ ] and be italicized. Note: Remove these instructions before publishing the plan.
Uploading Your Own Documents into the Plan Builder
To add your own existing document into the Plan Builder:
- Click Create New on the main documents page. This will open a blank text editor.
- Select a topic from the dropdown menu.
- Select a type for the document, insert a title, and copy and paste your existing content.
- Click Save. This document will appear in the general list of documents in the main documents page.
Why You Need a Plan
Written safety plans will help you comply with workplace safety laws, prevent worker productivity losses due to occupational injuries and illnesses, and reduce workers' compensation and related litigation costs. Effective safety plans depend on the credibility of management's involvement, inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions, rigorous worksite analysis to identify hazards and potential hazards, stringent prevention and control measures, and thorough training.
For more information on required safety plans see the article, OSHA Requires 18 Safety Plans--Do You Have Yours?.