Safety ManualsWritten by Michael Draper WindowCleanerSafety.com
Here's the scenario, you have been awarded that bid on a large job. You are excited and have worked hard and went thru all the pre-bid meetings, mission accomplished! Until that is, you receive a call from the project manager stating that they need to see a copy of your safety manual. "Uh, sure we will get that right over!" Now the panic sets in. "What do they mean my safety manual?”
A safety manual is a statement of your safety in your business. It explains to a customer such things as drug and alcohol policy, accident investigation and so forth. It also explains in detail the hazards that your company comes in contact with and how you have prepared and trained the employees regarding those hazards.
Why does a company want to see it? They are reviewing what you have probably stated, that you are a safe company. They want to peer into the culture of your company and see if you measure up to what you have probably stated.
The manual is a start but things will start to fall apart real quick in the process if you don't have documentation of things that are stated. Let's say for instance that your manual states that you do ladder inspections on a quarterly basis. Well that sounds good and all but can you produce the logs showing the documentation of those logs? How about with regards chemical safety? Maybe you state that all employees are trained how to read an SDS sheet, but can you produce documentation if asked showing the training took place and employee has signed off on it.Continue reading below…