Health & Safety Plan
All levels of
management are responsible to identify the work to be done.
effective action regarding health & safety (H&S) issues.
The plan is an
assessment of work to be done and a way of measuring progress.
affects the entire workforce.
The plan is
put in place before actions are taken.
Content for a Health
& Safety Plan
- A goal describes what an organization wants to achieve
overall - desired outcome.
- It is a statement that explains the H&S direction
of an organization - what will be accomplished.
- It is inspiring, believable and meaningful.
- Strategies explain how the organization will achieve
- They indicate who is involved and their areas of
responsibility and accountability.
- Key statements are created about participation,
publicity, communication, programs, and events.
- Statements also can reflect the organizationís mandate.
- An assessment to identify H&S issues is needed to
- The plan should summarize what
assessment has taken place.
- Assessment sources can include: accident/incident
reports, JHSC minutes (if applicable), documented employee concerns,
surveys, formal audits, and WorkSafeNB orders.
- Identified H&S issues/problems should be
prioritized so important issues can be addressed in the short term.
- Objectives are needed to reflect the short term H&S issues
(urgent and important) and medium to longer term issues (projects,
processes, education) to be phased in over time - usually one to three
- Current legislative requirements and any new regulations being
considered need to be addressed when preparing objectives.
- Employee well-being and environmental issues should be examined
when creating organizational H&S objectives.
- Apply the "SMART" technique when creating objectives:
Need to be able to monitor and evaluate progress of the objectives.
Objectives can be grouped to create a theme (hazard
management, hygiene controls, education, etc.).
They can be the starting point for programs to be implemented (noise reduction, chemical management, manual handling, soft tissue injury
- Specific - exact outcomes to be achieved.
- Measurable - quantify how much and by
- Achievable - able to be accomplished by
those assigned responsibility (knowledge, skills, attitude and desire).
- Realistic - able to be managed within the time
and resources available (practical, controllable).
- Time - a starting point, deadlines, and a
target date for completion need to be considered and identified.
- The plan should describe who is responsible for each objective
(manager, supervisor, department, team, committee, employees).
- the plan should describe all employee involvement.
- The plan should recognize organizational buy-in and document
expected work flow fluctuations.
- It should indicate production requirements.
- The plan should state how the plan will be followed, updated and revised.
- It should identify who will make changes, recognize constraints and
- A description of how the plan will be communicated
should be included within the plan.
WorkSafeNB Occupational Health Section: 07/99