As Safety Professionals, We Need To Understand That Developing

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As safety professionals, we need to understand that developing individual programs can be the nemesis of any occupational safety, environmental compliance, and fire protection management system. Getting it wrong can be the difference between success and failure in employee buy-in and safety compliance.A written program is the best way to ensure that unique worksite characteristics are taken into account. Developing the written program encourages you to thoroughly assess and document information pertaining to your topic during normal operating conditions and reasonably foreseeable emergencies. There is a big difference between a written safety plan and a safety program. A written plan is nothing more than words on a paper directing you to…show more content…
Research 2. Focus 3. Writing Style 4. Formatting 5. Edit & Control RESEARCHING 1. Identify all known hazards that need documentation: This will establish the scope of the safety program. 2. Gather appropriate governmental and industry standards: OSHA, NIOSH, EPA, NFPA. ANSI, ASTM, ANSI, FDA, ISO, ect. ESTABLISH A FOCUS 1. Create an outline or flowchart: a. Outline: List the most important safety points in a logical order so you can organize your thoughts. OSHA states a well-organized plan leads to proper action and eliminates confusion, property damage and injury. b. Flow chart: Establish the start point, end point and how people get from one to the other. Developing a flowchart helps you focus on the important things people must to do to meet the goal of the safety program. It also helps make sure no steps are missed. 2. Identify who will be using the Program and the Task involved: It is important that you identify the end users before you start writing. As the program writer, you want a clear understanding of what’s going on in as much detail as possible. 3. Write a brief introduction: The introduction explains the purpose of the program and the persons responsible for enforcing it. WRITING STYLE 1. Write the program in order: Using your outline or flowchart as a guide, write the steps in a manner that is clear and concise. Use present tense, action verbs, and write with a positive tone of voice. 2. Keep it real: Often safety programs focus on
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