OSHA requires several different safety, health and environmental written programs to be developed and maintained. These written programs must be updated when there are changes to policies, procedures, equipment or site issues affecting an employee’s job. Additional training is required when there are changes to policies, procedures, types of equipment or site issues affecting an employee’s job.

  • Employers that have employees with occupational exposure to bodily fluids as defined in the regulation shall establish a written Exposure Control Plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.
  • Employers who potentially expose workers to hazardous chemicals in a laboratory are required to have a written Chemical Hygiene Plan to protect employees who work with hazardous chemicals.
  • Employers shall evaluate the workplace to determine if any spaces are permit-required confined spaces. “Permit-required Confined Space Program" means the employer's overall program for controlling and, where appropriate, for protecting employees from permit-required space hazards and for regulating employee entry into permit spaces.
  • Employers shall develop a written Electrical Safety Program that incorporates forty programs and procedures.
  • Employers shall develop a written Emergency Action Plan that covers designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.
  • At all construction operations when it can be shown that the use of conventional fall protection is impractical or creates a greater hazard, a written Fall Protection Plan shall be prepared by a qualified person and developed specifically for the site where the construction work is being performed
  • Employers shall develop a written Fire Prevention Plan that includes potential fire hazards and their proper handling and storage procedures, potential ignition sources (such as welding, smoking and others) and their control procedures, the type of fire protection equipment or systems that can control a fire involving them, and housekeeping procedures.
  • Recent requirements to the OSHA Hazardous Communication program (HAZCOM) address the addition of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The GHS program improves HAZCOM by ensuring that all chemical information is in a format that is consistent throughout the world. Employers are required to develop, implement and maintain at each workplace a written hazard communication program.
  • OSHA and State OSHA plans require employers that have employees who service or maintain equipment to develop an Energy Control Program that contains specific procedural steps to control hazardous energy, specific training requirements and specific procedures for periodic inspections where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury.
  • Employers shall administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level of 85 decibels measured on the A-scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent.
  • A Hot Work Permit Program is the employer's written procedure for preparing and issuing Hot Work Permits.