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Making Safety Painless with Accident Prevention Plans

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | August 9, 2013 | Comments Off on Making Safety Painless with Accident Prevention Plans

Making Safety Painless with Accident Prevention Plans

Accident Prevention Plans (APP) are proven to reduce accidents, increase efficiency, create a workforce with higher moral, and save companies money. Most importantly, an effective accident prevention plan will reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

It’s essential that your business has a written accident prevention plan that is up-to-date and supported by management. In fact, many states require these plans, so not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s often the legal thing to do.

If you are in need of an Accident Prevention Plan or are interested in updating your current plan, the first step is to check with your state’s OSHA, Department of Insurance agency, or your workers’ compensation insurance carrier for a free template and advice to write your safety plan.

These agencies are available to assist small to mid-sized companies and work to provide advice and consultations regarding health and safety plans. If you’re looking for additional help, check out our seven components to a successful Accident Prevention Plan below!

1. Management

The most important part of an Accident Prevention Plan is sign-off from company management. Typically management will be the ones that create the written accident plan, but at the least, they should state their commitment to the APP.

Not only should management be committed to the plan, but they are also the ones who are responsible for its development, implementation and enforcement. Once management has created and implemented the APP, they’re obligated to post all required state and federal labor and safety posters, as well as provide safety training for all employees.

2. Accident Investigation

Unfortunately, even with the best plans, accidents can still happen, so your plan needs to include both employer and employee accident reporting requirements. This portion needs to also include a designated employee and developed guidelines for conducting accident investigations.

3. Safety Training

The best way to prevent accidents is through safety training, and your APP should appoint a person to conduct training and explain the types of safety training employees will receive. The Safety Training section of your Accident Prevention Plan should be extremely detailed, state how often training will be conducted, and explain the differences between new hire safety orientation and existing employee safety training.

4. Inspections

Inspections are an essential part of workplace safety, so your company’s plan should include detailed information on them. Items covered in this section include:

  • Who will be responsible for conducting inspections and how often?
  • How are inspections being recorded?
  • How will you address corrective actions and inspection follow ups?

5. Safety Analysis

As part of regular inspections, you should conduct and record safety analyses. This component of the APP will need to cover who will be conducting the safety analysis, the types of safety analysis that need to be recorded, and the frequency of the analysis.

6. Record Keeping

When an accident occurs, you can’t just sweep it under the rug—records are essential. Your Accident Prevention Plan needs to include who will maintain the records, as well as how long and where the records will be kept. This section should also reference the types of forms that will be used for documentation.

7. Program Review

After your APP is complete, you will need an official, such as a representative from your state’s OSHA or Department of Insurance agency, to review your plan. This review process shouldn’t be a one time thing either, it should be reviewed at least yearly to ensure the plan is kept up-to-date.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to create an Accident Prevention Plan, but if you’re interested in more specific information, consider taking one of our Safety Training Courses.

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