Is your Accident Prevention Program (APP) current?
All employers in Washington State are required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP). Many businesses regard their APP as the cornerstone of their overall safety program.
In order to meet written program and other APP requirements businesses will need to:
- Look around to identify workplace hazards that could hurt employees.
- Find and apply ways to reduce or eliminate hazards.
- Provide a detailed safety orientation to employees so they understand the possible hazards of their particular job and how to work safely.
In addition to APP requirements, other health & safety program requirements may apply to your business depending on the activities and hazards in your workplace.
If you do not have an APP, you better get one going real soon, as OSHA inspectors have this item high on their checklist. WRA has a basic template available in the RASI Safety Library to help you get started and Rick Means, WRA’s Safety Specialist, is available to help you fine tune it.
If you have a current APP but it is a few years old, take some time to review it and see if it is still meeting the needs of your company. You most likely will find some things have changed and need to be updated.
The beginning of the New Year is a good time to be paying attention to some of these details that were put on the back burner during last holiday season.
Rick is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360.943.9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org