Important Safety Procedures to Know
Each industry and company will have different safety procedures, but all are required to follow applicable OSHA standards and to develop their own personal safety procedures as regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. Under this act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful work environment.
Standards are outlined from general industry to record keeping, construction to food safety.
Safety procedures are required for anything that could be or become a health or safety concern. Here are a few examples:
- Fire or natural disasters
- Equipment failure/malfunction and maintenance
- Hazardous material use
- Noise prevention
- Fall prevention: wearing hard hats, harness tie-off
In the case of some type of health related episode it is highly recommended that personnel be trained and versed in the art of saving lives in the way of First Aid & CPR training at the very least. There are advanced classes that can and should be taken such as BLS (Basic Life Support) training and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certification. All these types of trainings can and should be taken advantage of because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, no doubt. If your company has a location in the San Francisco Bay Area we highly recommend our colleagues at Region 4 Rescue for CPR Training in Sacramento they offer CPR Classes and First Aid Training to the entire Bay Area. For anybody outside the Bay Area we recommend visiting the American Red Cross website to find classes near you.
All workers are required to know where certain emergency action plans are and how to follow them. These include:
- Fire in the workplace
- Natural disaster: tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquake
- Equipment failure/malfunction
- Chemical spills
The minimum requirements of an emergency plan include:
- A preferred method to report emergencies
- A policy for evacuation
- Procedures for an emergency escape along with the best route assignment, which includes safe areas
- Names of employees along with their titles, departments, and telephone numbers as well as people outside of the business to contact for more information under the emergency plan
- Procedures for staff who must remain on-site to perform critical operations, manage fire extinguishers, or perform other essential services that cannot be stopped for all emergency alarms as part of evacuation
- Rescue and other essential medical duties
Create procedures to account for every employee and how they must report their presence.
Employers must have alert systems that have alarms that can be heard by all employees, including those that are disabled. Drills to help with emergency preparedness should be instituted on a period basis to ensure safety if a real occurrence should happen.
Industry Focus of the Week: Auto Body Shops
Auto body repair shops serve up a special kind of danger and require safety standards and procedures that many other businesses don’t require. In a collision repair shop you have everything from a simple bumper repair job to a full on frame removal and re-alignment. There are also dangers and harmful solvents everywhere you turn, not to mention air born contamination produced from spaying on paint. Wow, do they have there hands full, but, there are many safety procedures in place to keep the shop moving like a well oiled machine, accident free of course – pun intended. Visit there site for more information on Body Shop Safety or just to check out our favorite bumper repair shop in San Diego.