What is a Safe Work Procedure?
Safe Operating Procedures are also known as Standard Operating Procedures, Safe Work Procedures or Safety Procedures.
They’re also known as Safety Standards, Emergency Procedures or Operating Procedures. They set out the steps to follow to perform a task safely or to ensure the correct handling of an emergency.
Safe operating procedures can be a document, video, powerpoint or audio presentation. However whatever the presentation style they must be able to be tracked, revised quickly, communicated to workers and linked to all the related resources.
A safe work procedure must be easy to access and understand
Anybody from any language, education level or culture must be able to follow a safe work procedure.
Use a safe work procedure when;
- A risk assessment identifies risk in a work task and writing a safety procedure is a control measure.
- Items of machinery and equipment require operating a specific way.
- To handle emergencies better.
- Workers need to know how to perform tasks safely.
- Good risk management is the goal.
They must be relevant and up to date
An incident at your workplace may result in a court case.
Usually, your health and safety system will undergo an examination under a microscope. Consequently, skilled lawyers will be able to identify the smallest failings.
They’ll try to prove that procedures were not in place, or that they were out of date or did not correctly reflect the process. Hence, your health and safety management system had glaring holes in it.
QR Coded Safety Procedures
SimpleWorkSafe generates a QR code for every Standard Operating Procedure which prints directly onto a label. Hence, you can attach it to an asset (plant, equipment, machine or tool), a location, a chemical container or even to a job register. Consequently, workers or visitors can scan the QR code with a phone, and the safe work procedure will appear. Any video, audio or powerpoints will be visible.
Simple WorkSafe, through our many tools, can provide management to your health and safety system while keeping it simple.
Here’s How To Create A Safe Operating Procedure