Prevention
Risk Control Plan

Section 1—Introduction

The Risk Control Plan provides facilities with a reference guide and documents the administration’s commitment to safety. It establishes a line of authority for the program, details the responsibilities of all employee levels for safety in the workplace, and holds the administration and every employee accountable for risk control/safety performance. It also establishes baseline expectations and safe work procedures. Modifications and additions to each section will be necessary to meet the needs of the organization and its operations.
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Section 2 – Program Section

The Program section of the Risk Control Plan provides administrators with the “backbone” for an organization’s risk control program. It includes a model program policy statement, Risk Control Coordinator and Risk Control Committee responsibilities and meeting forms, and supervisor responsibilities. Direction for hiring, training, and new employee orientation is also included.
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Section 3 – Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plan

Every organization must be prepared to meet anticipated emergencies, including fire, bomb threats, natural disasters, an employee or visitor injury or health related emergency, and other exposures. Section 3, of the Risk Control Plan provides a basic sample of an Emergency Action Plan. This plan can be adapted and expanded to meet the needs of your organization. A Fire Prevention Plan, also included, is a proactive tool for fire prevention at a facility.
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Section 4 – Hazard Communication

Every facility has some amount of chemical use that may present a hazard, whether custodial cleaning supplies, chemicals for copy machines, or those found in maintenance shops and other high-use areas. The Hazard Communication Program will help facilities identify where chemicals are used, the potential risk exposures involved in their use and storage, and what processes must be established to control those risks.
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Section 5 – Bloodborne Pathogens

In an emergency, an employee providing first-aid to an injured employee or visitor is at risk of exposure to infectious materials or bloodborne pathogens. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen standard establishes requirements for employees, even if the identified potential for exposure is a result of “good Samaritan” acts or incidental duties (duties not within the normal scope of one’s job). Section 5, Bloodborne Pathogens, provides the tools to establish a basic bloodborne pathogen safety program at a facility.
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Section 6 – Lockout/Tagout

Live or stored energy (electricity, steam, hydraulic, weight/gravity) can cause serious injuries and death if not properly locked out, bled off, and/or blocked as needed. Section 6, Lockout/Tagout assists in establishing an organization’s lockout/tagout program. A sample policy, sample forms, and a Lockout/Tagout Procedure are included in this section.
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Section 7 – Safety

This section provides guidance on employee safety orientation and training, first aid, accident/incident investigation, and employee safety responsibilities. Safety procedures for hand tool usage, ladders, scaffolds, groundskeeping, and a variety of other issues are also included.
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Section 8 – Vehicle Programs and Safety

Year after year, traffic accidents remain a primary cause of worker deaths and work-related disabilities. Section 8 establishes the structure for the motor vehicle risk control program. It includes basic program elements including driver training, vehicle maintenance, and safe-driving tips.
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Section 9 – “People@Work®” Program and Disability Management

Good disability management programs hasten the employee’s return to work, increase the employee’s self esteem, focus on abilities rather than disabilities, and show that an organization cares about its employees. Disability management “return-to-work” programs also save organizations money. Section 9 provides a template for establishing these programs.
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Section 10 – Claims Reporting Procedures

Immediate reporting of an accident or loss helps ensure that employees receive proper care and timely benefits. It also reduces claim costs. This section of the Risk Control Plan is intentionally left blank to allow organizations to document and disseminate the necessary reporting procedures as applicable to their operations, location, and types of coverage.
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Section 11 – Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are spaces or structures with limited openings for entry or exit (pits, tunnels, shafts, storage tanks, bins, etc.), and are not intended for continuous employee occupancy. Stringent requirements were developed for these areas since they might contain hazardous atmospheres like dusts, vapors, fumes, gas, or other harmful substances. Section 11, Confined Spaces, contains the requirements for practices and procedures to protect employees from hazards found in confined space working environments.
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Section 12 – Fall Protection

When work is performed on roofs and other elevated surfaces, protection against falls must be utilized to ensure the safety of employees. Protective measures may include guardrails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, or a combination of these and/or other safety elements. Basic requirements for an organization’s fall protection program are provided in this section.
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