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This topic covers OSHA’s requirements for written safety and health plans. These plans are required for more than 2 dozen specific workplace activities and more than a dozen chemicals. There are 16 general industry activities that require written plans or procedures and 10 written plan requirements for construction activities.

In addition, approximately 2 dozen states require written general health and safety plans for certain industries. Some states, including California, require most employers to develop a comprehensive written plan, while other states only require this for high-hazard workplaces. A list of the specific activities and chemicals that require written plans under federal regulations appears in the full analysis.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

Applies to News & White Papers
TypeTitleDateState
Directives 01/30/1981 - STP 2-4.9A - Utilization of Federal Variance Processing System for Monitoring of Approved State Plans 07/16/2003National
Directives 02/27/1986 - DIS .7 - Referral of Section 11(c) Discrimination Complaints to "State Plan" States 07/18/2003National
Directives 06/25/1984 - PAE 1.2A - Program Development Coordinating Requirement 07/18/2003National
Directives 08/12/1991 - STP 2-1.164 - Involving State Plan States in the Development of Federal Standards 07/22/2003National
Directives 08/15/2002 - Fiscal Year 2003 Combined Application for 23(g) Grants and 21(d) Consultation Cooperative Agreements 07/22/2003National
Directives 08/31/1984 - STP 2-1.117 - State Standards 07/18/2003National
Directives 10/10/1999 - Procedures for Approval of Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) 07/22/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 6.1 - Variance Policy and Procedures 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.19 - Sample Federal Register Notices for Approval of State Standards 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.3 - General Guidance for Regional Office Review of State 18(b) Plans 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.4 - Review and Analysis of State 18(b) Plans at the National Office 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.6 - Pre-Approved Public Disclosure of State Plans 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.9 - Coverage of State and Local Employees in State Plans 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2.1 - Standard Comparison Format for 18(b) Plans 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2.13 - Reference Book on Jurisdiction Issues 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2.2 - Definition of "Issue" 07/09/2003National
Directives 11/10/1980 - STP 2-1.100 - Revised Standards for a Merit System of Personnel Administration for Grant-Aided Agencies. 07/16/2003National
Directives 12/12/1980 - STP 2-1.15A - Official Procedure(s) for Closing Out OSHA Cases in States with Operational Plans 07/16/2003National
Questions & Answers Can you help me write a written plan for rigging and material handling? 10/05/2009National
Policies Comprehensive Safety And Health Policies  National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA require a Health and Safety policy to be written? 01/29/2019National
Interpretations Employer's responsibility to protect employees from workplace hazards through appropriate hazard control methods.[1910.106; 1910.106(b)(6); 1910.1000] 10/30/2003National
Questions & Answers For which standards does OSHA require written procedures? 08/18/2017National
Questions & Answers I have a question regarding Forklift Operation Policy/Plan. Is it okay to have a different set of disciplinary actions/procedure for temporary employees and full time employees? 08/10/2015National
Guidance Documents IIPP for High Hazard Workplaces - Tips and Considerations (All Jurisdictions)  National
Guidance Documents IIPP for Low Hazard Workplaces - Tips and Considerations (All Jurisdictions)  National
Plans Injury and Illness Prevention Plan - High Hazard (All Jurisdictions)  National
Plans Injury and Illness Prevention Plan - Low Hazard (All Jurisdictions)  National
Questions & Answers Is there a template form that I can use for the new I2P2 standard that Osha is coming out with ? 10/13/2010National
Guidance Documents OSHA Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs  National
Policies Program Evaluation  National
White Papers Realizing the Benefits of Safety Plans 12/13/2023National
Guidance Documents Required EHS Plans  National
Regulatory Analysis Safety Plans  National
Cartoons Safety Plans (JPG)  National
Questions & Answers What is the OSHA reg regarding when a company has to have a written safety plan? 05/01/2014National
Questions & Answers Where can I get an example of a Safety Manual and what could be in it?- 01/20/2014National
Interpretations Whether written programs may be kept solely in an electronic format [1910.146(c)(4); 1910.1030(c)(1)(i); 1910.1030(c)(1)(iii); 1910.1200(e)(1); 1910.1200(e)(4)] 09/16/2008National
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