Develop a Site Safety and Health Plan
A site Safety and Health Plan describes the
potential hazards of the work site, along with all company policies, controls and work
practices selected to minimize those hazards. The most important factor in reducing
workplace injuries is implementing the plan. Implementation requires management's
commitment to provide adequate resources for training, accountability, self audits, and
Although required by some states, OSHA does not require a written
comprehensive Safety and Health Plan. However, OSHA does require that employees and their
supervisors be trained in the specific hazards and control measures associated with their
assigned tasks. The written Safety and Health Plan is a valuable tool in providing this
This section provides references which may be useful in developing your site Safety and Health Plan.
Topics to be included in your site Safety and Health Plan
Example of a Generic Safety and Health Program for Logging
- Tree Harvesting Plan
- Daily safety checks and surveys
- PPE Program
- Equipment Maintenance Program
- Training and Training Records
- Assignment of responsibilities for carrying out the safety plan
- Hazard Communication Program
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Hearing Conservation
- Accident Investigation
Resources for developing your site Safety and Health Plan
- Logging safety standards, including the OSHA Logging Standard described by this
- Idaho Minimum Safety Standards and Practices for Logging. Idaho Industrial Commission,
IDAPA 17 Title 08, (1997, July).
- Logging. Oregon Safety and Health Code. Oregon Administrative Rules Division 6, Chapter
437. Covers cables and helicopters.
- Safety Standards for Logging Operations. Washington Administrative Codes (WAC).
Includes cable and helicopter, (1997, January).
- Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc., Rhinelander,