By Sebastian N. Kjeldsen at July 05 2019 12:37:14
Remember that accidents may kill a business. And for humanitarian and practical reasons, businesses are encouraged and even charged by law to create and maintain a work environment that is safe and healthy. These two should be protected for humanitarian reasons because an employer has the moral obligation to keep his workers safe and healthy, and for practical reason because hospitalization and litigation are costly, not to mention its being bad for the business.
Business owners need to note, however, that a template or guide covers general points only. The template would contain a basic outline or framework to discuss health and safety issues within the specific workplace. Sometimes, the template would contain guide questions to initiate discussion or brainstorming among the company managements, employees and other staff. Some templates would also already have standard best practices in a specific industry, as a basis for ensuring operations that are at par with other companies or operations that meet the minimum requirements of local and national laws.
Another reason why there should be a health and safety plan template is that a company has a moral and legal obligation to keep its workers healthy and safe and that failure to do so due to negligence or malicious intent is a ground for many legal actions that would cause the company to lose money from litigation and the business to fail or be disabled for a period of time. Thus, the template for an occupational health and safety plan should be necessarily complete to cover all known and foreseen hazards in a work.
Site_specific plans are important to operations such as mining, construction, surveying, real estate development, and the like because the conditions of the actual job site are unique and may not be similar to any other project that the company has undertaken in the past. Therefore, existing plans for safety may need to be adjusted or edited to suit new conditions. It is important for the business owners or for management to be on their toes and not to simply rely on a general, blanket plan that they may have been used to before.