As an employer your district must develop a formal accident prevention program that is outlined in writing. The program must be tailored to the needs of your particular workplace or operation and to the types of hazards involved.
Note: The term “accident prevention program” refers to your written plan to prevent accidents, illnesses, and injuries on the job. Your accident prevention program may be known as your safety and health plan, injury prevention program, or by some other name.
Your district’s program must contain at least the following elements:
- A safety orientation
- A description of your total safety and health program.
- On-the-job orientation showing employees what they need to know to perform their initial job assignments safely.
- How and when to report on-the-job injuries including instruction about the location of first-aid facilities in your workplace.
- How to report unsafe conditions and practices.
- The use and care of required personal protective equipment (PPE).
- What to do in an emergency, including how to exit the workplace.
- A safety and health committee.
To help our districts in the development and implementation of an accident prevention program tailored to the needs of your particular workplace we have developed a sample program template. The elements of this program cover a broad spectrum of areas and are designed to prevent accidents and injuries. Taken individually, the program elements have minimal effect. As an integrated program, and with the support of employees at all levels, the accident prevention program can reduce the number and severity of job-related injuries to district employees.
This sample program is provided to assist you as an employer in developing programs tailored to your own operation. We encourage you to copy, expand, modify and customize this sample as necessary to accomplish this goal.
Disclaimer: This document is provided as a compliance aid but does not constitute a legal interpretation of WISHA/DOSH Standards, nor does it replace the need to be familiar with, and follow, the actual standards. Though this document is intended to be consistent with WISHA/DOSH Standards, if an area is considered by the reader to be inconsistent, the standard should be followed. Of course, we welcome your comments and feedback!