Written safety plans help reduce OSHA inspection fears

February 8, 2005

According to Business and Legal Reports Inc. (BLR), one of the best ways to stay smiling when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officer arrives at your business is to have a written safety plan in place. Firms that go to the trouble of having a written plan in place are more likely to be perceived as safe and possibly avoid fines.

The plan should detail exact procedures to be followed in all critical safety areas, such as confined spaces, hazardous materials, and responding to emergencies. To help companies develop a plan, BLR has launched the Easy Workplace Safety Program comprising a safety handbook and CD-ROM program with templates on key OSHA safety areas. The plan contains a complete model program, along with custom procedures for 20 OSHA areas, including emergency planning and lockout/tagout.