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Use these model safety programs to address concerns within your organization. They are designed to customize to fit your organization and address various OSHA standards.

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Equipment and Mechanical Hazards

Crane and Hoist Model
Last Updated 06/11/2021

This policy and set of procedures were created to protect the safety of employees while they are operating or working near a hoist at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may encounter while operating or working near cranes and hoists and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.179.

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Forklift Model
Last Updated 01/26/2021

This policy was created to protect our employees that operate or work around forklifts at work. This policy covers the safe operating and fueling procedures for the type of forklift that may be used in the employer’s workplace. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Powered Industrial Trucks requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.178.

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Lockout/Tagout Model

This policy was created to protect our employees from amputations and electrical burns while they service and repair equipment. This policy covers the control of hazardous energy sources and the procedures to protect employees from the exposures while at work.  This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.147.

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Ladder Safety Model
Last Updated 04/04/2021

This policy was created to protect employees while performing tasks that require the use of  fixed or portable ladders  while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.23.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Respiratory Protection Model

This policy was created to protect employees while they perform tasks that require them to wear respirators to ensure they are medically cleared and properly fit-tested to ensure a proper seal from hazardous environments. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration respiratory protection Section 1910.134.

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Hearing Conservation Model
Last Updated 11/04/2020

This policy was created to prevent the loss of  hearing of our employees while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to loud sounds and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) occupational noise exposure requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.95.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Model
Last Updated 07/24/2019

The bloodborne pathogens policy was created to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to bloodborne pathogens and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1030. OSHA also maintains an extensive list of 29 CFR 1910.1030 Interpretations that may impact your policy.

 

 

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Personal Protective Equipment Model
Last Updated 08/23/2019

Basic personal protective equipment (PPE) is the first and last line of defense against workplace injuries. For the purposes of this discussion, basic PPE includes protective footwear, hand protection, eye protection, and ear/head protection.

A PPE program is one of the first components that employers explore and implement when beginning an employee safety program. After the safety programs get started and mature, however, the focus on requiring the use of PPE often decreases which can cause complacency and even reduce PPE use.

PPE often prevents a minor injury from becoming more serious. Wearing gloves can prevent a smashed finger from being cut which could lead to a serious infection. Safety-toe footwear can prevent toes being broken. A hard hat can prevent head lacerations or worse.

Human behavior will often revert to unsafe actions when we stop discussing safety-related issues

This program was created to ensure the safety and health of employees to correctly select and use  the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect from potential workplace hazards. This program will enable the employer and its employees to be in compliance with OSHA regulation Section 1910.Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment.

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Personal Fall Protection Model
Last Updated 07/13/2020

Injuries related to slips, trips, and falls account for approximately 25% of the number of annual claims in the IMWCA pool. Some of these injuries can be quite serious and impact the quality of life for the injured employee.
As many of these injuries are preventable, how do you prevent these incidents? A key component is to develop an employee awareness plan to “daylight” the issue and foster communication. This cannot be a once a year activity. These incidents happen through the year and it is important to keep the issue at the forefront throughout the year.

The goal is to help your employees identify and address the various factors that lead to slips, trips, and falls. These can be seasonal issues, general housekeeping needs and basic human behaviors. Increasing awareness and understanding often results in reduced frequency and severity of the incidents.

This policy was created to protect our employees, who may work from elevated platforms or ladders, from serious falls by providing fall protection and fall arrest systems. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fall protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.140.

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Seatbelt Model
Last Updated 02/02/2021

IMWCA requires that members implement and enforce a mandatory seatbelt policy. The policy should require all employees operating or using equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) to wear seatbelts, both on and off the road.

It is not enough to simply train your employees to follow state law concerning the use of seatbelts. Employees should be trained to use a seatbelt any time they are operating, or riding as a passenger in, a vehicle while “on the job.” This includes both on-road and off-road vehicles. We recommend that each member review their policy, update as necessary, and train employees on the policy on an ongoing basis.

This policy was created to protect the safety of our employees while operating or riding in official vehicles, equipment, personal and rental cars on official business including employees operating on and off-road equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS). This policy also covers prohibited practices such as riding in or on parts of a vehicle not designed for human occupancy.

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Chemical and Biological Hazards

Hazardous Communications Model
Last Updated 10/22/2020

This policy covers the occupational exposures employees may have to hazardous chemicals and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Communications requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1200.

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Silica Model
Last Updated 03/20/2021

This policy was created to provide our employees with procedures and procedures to properly protect them against the effects of crystalline silica dust exposure. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respirable crystalline silica requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 1926.1153.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Model
Last Updated 07/24/2019

The bloodborne pathogens policy was created to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to bloodborne pathogens and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1030. OSHA also maintains an extensive list of 29 CFR 1910.1030 Interpretations that may impact your policy.

 

 

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Environmental Exposure

Excavation Model
Last Updated 03/29/2020

This policy was created to protect our employees from cave-in and trench collapse while they are working in or near trenches. This policy covers the correct procedures and equipment employees are to use while setting up and working in trenches. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) excavation requirements as found in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

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Hazardous Communications Model
Last Updated 10/22/2020

This policy covers the occupational exposures employees may have to hazardous chemicals and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Communications requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1200.

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Hearing Conservation Model
Last Updated 11/04/2020

This policy was created to prevent the loss of  hearing of our employees while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to loud sounds and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) occupational noise exposure requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.95.

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Silica Model
Last Updated 03/20/2021

This policy was created to provide our employees with procedures and procedures to properly protect them against the effects of crystalline silica dust exposure. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respirable crystalline silica requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 1926.1153.

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Confined Space Entry Model
Last Updated 07/19/2020

This policy was created to protect employees while performing tasks that require entry into areas defined as confined spaces. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have due to entry into confined spaces and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.146.

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Excavation and Trenching

Excavation Model
Last Updated 03/29/2020

This policy was created to protect our employees from cave-in and trench collapse while they are working in or near trenches. This policy covers the correct procedures and equipment employees are to use while setting up and working in trenches. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) excavation requirements as found in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

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Personal Protective Equipment Model
Last Updated 08/23/2019

Basic personal protective equipment (PPE) is the first and last line of defense against workplace injuries. For the purposes of this discussion, basic PPE includes protective footwear, hand protection, eye protection, and ear/head protection.

A PPE program is one of the first components that employers explore and implement when beginning an employee safety program. After the safety programs get started and mature, however, the focus on requiring the use of PPE often decreases which can cause complacency and even reduce PPE use.

PPE often prevents a minor injury from becoming more serious. Wearing gloves can prevent a smashed finger from being cut which could lead to a serious infection. Safety-toe footwear can prevent toes being broken. A hard hat can prevent head lacerations or worse.

Human behavior will often revert to unsafe actions when we stop discussing safety-related issues

This program was created to ensure the safety and health of employees to correctly select and use  the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect from potential workplace hazards. This program will enable the employer and its employees to be in compliance with OSHA regulation Section 1910.Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment.

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Lockout/Tagout Model

This policy was created to protect our employees from amputations and electrical burns while they service and repair equipment. This policy covers the control of hazardous energy sources and the procedures to protect employees from the exposures while at work.  This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.147.

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Safe Driving

Seatbelt Model
Last Updated 02/02/2021

IMWCA requires that members implement and enforce a mandatory seatbelt policy. The policy should require all employees operating or using equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) to wear seatbelts, both on and off the road.

It is not enough to simply train your employees to follow state law concerning the use of seatbelts. Employees should be trained to use a seatbelt any time they are operating, or riding as a passenger in, a vehicle while “on the job.” This includes both on-road and off-road vehicles. We recommend that each member review their policy, update as necessary, and train employees on the policy on an ongoing basis.

This policy was created to protect the safety of our employees while operating or riding in official vehicles, equipment, personal and rental cars on official business including employees operating on and off-road equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS). This policy also covers prohibited practices such as riding in or on parts of a vehicle not designed for human occupancy.

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OSHA-required

Respiratory Protection Model

This policy was created to protect employees while they perform tasks that require them to wear respirators to ensure they are medically cleared and properly fit-tested to ensure a proper seal from hazardous environments. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration respiratory protection Section 1910.134.

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Crane and Hoist Model
Last Updated 06/11/2021

This policy and set of procedures were created to protect the safety of employees while they are operating or working near a hoist at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may encounter while operating or working near cranes and hoists and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.179.

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Excavation Model
Last Updated 03/29/2020

This policy was created to protect our employees from cave-in and trench collapse while they are working in or near trenches. This policy covers the correct procedures and equipment employees are to use while setting up and working in trenches. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) excavation requirements as found in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

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Hazardous Communications Model
Last Updated 10/22/2020

This policy covers the occupational exposures employees may have to hazardous chemicals and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Communications requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1200.

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Hearing Conservation Model
Last Updated 11/04/2020

This policy was created to prevent the loss of  hearing of our employees while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to loud sounds and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) occupational noise exposure requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.95.

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Silica Model
Last Updated 03/20/2021

This policy was created to provide our employees with procedures and procedures to properly protect them against the effects of crystalline silica dust exposure. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respirable crystalline silica requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 1926.1153.

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Forklift Model
Last Updated 01/26/2021

This policy was created to protect our employees that operate or work around forklifts at work. This policy covers the safe operating and fueling procedures for the type of forklift that may be used in the employer’s workplace. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Powered Industrial Trucks requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.178.

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Confined Space Entry Model
Last Updated 07/19/2020

This policy was created to protect employees while performing tasks that require entry into areas defined as confined spaces. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have due to entry into confined spaces and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.146.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Model
Last Updated 07/24/2019

The bloodborne pathogens policy was created to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens while they are at work. This policy covers what occupational exposures employees may have to bloodborne pathogens and how employees will be protected from the exposures while at work. This program also serves to help the employer’s and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.1030. OSHA also maintains an extensive list of 29 CFR 1910.1030 Interpretations that may impact your policy.

 

 

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Personal Protective Equipment Model
Last Updated 08/23/2019

Basic personal protective equipment (PPE) is the first and last line of defense against workplace injuries. For the purposes of this discussion, basic PPE includes protective footwear, hand protection, eye protection, and ear/head protection.

A PPE program is one of the first components that employers explore and implement when beginning an employee safety program. After the safety programs get started and mature, however, the focus on requiring the use of PPE often decreases which can cause complacency and even reduce PPE use.

PPE often prevents a minor injury from becoming more serious. Wearing gloves can prevent a smashed finger from being cut which could lead to a serious infection. Safety-toe footwear can prevent toes being broken. A hard hat can prevent head lacerations or worse.

Human behavior will often revert to unsafe actions when we stop discussing safety-related issues

This program was created to ensure the safety and health of employees to correctly select and use  the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect from potential workplace hazards. This program will enable the employer and its employees to be in compliance with OSHA regulation Section 1910.Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment.

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Personal Fall Protection Model
Last Updated 07/13/2020

Injuries related to slips, trips, and falls account for approximately 25% of the number of annual claims in the IMWCA pool. Some of these injuries can be quite serious and impact the quality of life for the injured employee.
As many of these injuries are preventable, how do you prevent these incidents? A key component is to develop an employee awareness plan to “daylight” the issue and foster communication. This cannot be a once a year activity. These incidents happen through the year and it is important to keep the issue at the forefront throughout the year.

The goal is to help your employees identify and address the various factors that lead to slips, trips, and falls. These can be seasonal issues, general housekeeping needs and basic human behaviors. Increasing awareness and understanding often results in reduced frequency and severity of the incidents.

This policy was created to protect our employees, who may work from elevated platforms or ladders, from serious falls by providing fall protection and fall arrest systems. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fall protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.140.

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Lockout/Tagout Model

This policy was created to protect our employees from amputations and electrical burns while they service and repair equipment. This policy covers the control of hazardous energy sources and the procedures to protect employees from the exposures while at work.  This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.147.

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Ladder Safety Model
Last Updated 04/04/2021

This policy was created to protect employees while performing tasks that require the use of  fixed or portable ladders  while at work. This program also serves to help the employer and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements as found in 29 CFR 1910.23.

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Seatbelt Model
Last Updated 02/02/2021

IMWCA requires that members implement and enforce a mandatory seatbelt policy. The policy should require all employees operating or using equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) to wear seatbelts, both on and off the road.

It is not enough to simply train your employees to follow state law concerning the use of seatbelts. Employees should be trained to use a seatbelt any time they are operating, or riding as a passenger in, a vehicle while “on the job.” This includes both on-road and off-road vehicles. We recommend that each member review their policy, update as necessary, and train employees on the policy on an ongoing basis.

This policy was created to protect the safety of our employees while operating or riding in official vehicles, equipment, personal and rental cars on official business including employees operating on and off-road equipment with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS). This policy also covers prohibited practices such as riding in or on parts of a vehicle not designed for human occupancy.

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Working with Model Programs

All the versions of Word are a little different, but the instructions below can provide guidance in customizing IMWCA model program documents.

1. Remove the Watermark (IMWCA | Model)

  • Found under “Page Layout”.
  • Choose “Remove Watermark.”

IF not found there, try:

  • “Design” tab of Word.
  • “Watermark” and “Remove Watermark”, which is at the bottom of the dropdown.

2. Update the Revision Date in the Footer

Remember when you last updated or reviewed the policy by changing the “Rev:” Date in the Footer of the Model programs.

  • Double-click on the footer.
  • Then use the date (at least the month and year) of the last review or update.

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