What Should Be Included in My Contractor Safety Program?

Posted on: April 28, 2015

Contractor Safety

If you are creating a contractor safety program, that’s excellent. Not only can this be required by OSHA but it will also help to keep your employees safe, your job site running on schedule, and your insurance rates down.  There is really no benefit to not developing a plan for a safe workplace.  After all, every accident can lead to job delays and overall low morale among your employees.  If an accident results in serious injuries to one of your employees, you may even need to temporarily shut your job site down for an investigation.  This is simply not worth the trouble.  By developing and implementing a safety plan ahead of time, you can avoid these complications and delays.  We are experts in creating safety programs and conducting training so if you need help, give us a call.  In the meantime, here are some things that need to be included in your contractor safety program –

  • Start with a statement.  You should create a formal statement that describes the company’s views on safety.  This should incorporate your values and belief system.  Think of it like a mission statement for safety.  The goal should be to establish a company culture that promotes safety so that all of your employees can work together towards this mutual goal.   You want to make it clear to employees that safety is everyone’s responsibility so whether they work in the office or in the field, everyone has a role to play.
  • Establish your budget.  Decide what your safety budget is.  What are you willing to pay for new safety equipment, training, or incentives on a yearly basis?  Once you have your budget in place, it is easier to pull the trigger and buy new gear when an employee tells you that something is wearing out. This is part of your contractor safety program because if you ask employees to be responsible for safety but don’t act on their concerns, you will sabotage the work that you are trying to do.
  • Determine responsibilities.  Decide who will be responsible for inspecting and maintaining the safety equipment.  While each person should be responsible for their own gear, it is a good idea to complete an independent inspection from time to time.  You also need to determine who will be conducting the training courses, how often they will be taught, and where.  This is something that we can help you with if you do not have company trainer or someone in HR that can fulfill this role. 
  • Create your safety rules. Your contractor safety program needs to include company rules for daily safety procedures.  You should have a separate section for operating each piece of equipment that you have along with every possible scenario that your employees will be engaged in. You cannot leave anything to chance so if your company grows or you take on a new type of job, you need to add a new section for how to stay safe while using that new piece of equipment, etc. You also need to provide new training any time that you expand the duties of your employees.

For help with creating your contractor safety program or conducting workplace training, give us a call. 

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