Firstly, what is a Safety Management Plan? Let’s explore the different types of safety management plans and then look at the options available online for finding a Free Safety Management Plan Template.
A Safety Management Plan has many different names. Just type the phrase into Google and check out all the different names that pop up.
- safety management plan
- whs management plan
- workplace health and safety management plan
- health and safety management plan
- health and safety management system
The list goes on and on.
However – they are typically all the same thing. So in this article we look at what is in a Safety Management Plan and where you can possibly get hold of a free Safety Management Plan.
That would be nice wouldn’t it?
However – remember, you typically only get what you pay for so you might be able to find a very basic template that would require you to do all of the work anyway.
So let’s get started…
Let’s Take a Look with a Basic Google Search
So if we do a search on Google, there are a lot of results surrounding this topic. Take a look for example at a simple Google search in the United States.
In fact, there are 156 million results in Google!
Wow – that is a lot! How can you possibly find what you need in so many results?
So taking a look at the results above, there are plenty of images related to this topic.
There are quite a lot of pdfs in the Google results as well as some opportunities to create site-specific Safety Management Plans. Scrolling down there are a couple of shops and then also some WHS Construction Safety Plan Generic Samples as well as a few Ads.
So – plenty to look at. However, if you have already had a look through the results – have you found a good quality free Safety Management Plan Template?
Also – have you tried a few other types of searches? For example, check out the images search in Google. Plenty of options there as well.
It is likely to be hard to find a good quality free Safety Management Plan Template.
Let’s take a closer look below and see what we have found. But firstly, lets discuss exactly what this type of document is and what is typically in it so you then know what you are looking for.
Specifically, what is in a Safety Management Plan?
A Safety Management Plan is a document that is created specifically for a construction site.
It is all about controlling risk on the site and outlines in written and graphical detail how these risks will be managed
Once complete, the plan should be made available to everyone involved in the project and should be easy to access. It needs to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it is up to date and modified as the site changes.
It will include everything from important contacts and supervisors right through to management of hazards and dangerous tasks.
A good quality safety management plan has quite a lot of detail in it. It will also be easy to read and interpret as it needs to be read by many people of varying educational backgrounds.
Let’s look deep into the detail.
Size of Project = Size of Safety Plan
Depending how big and complex the project is will determine the size and complexity of the Safety Management Plan. For example, if you are building a few town-homes, this will be a relatively smaller and less complex project than building a 80 storey skyscraper in the city.
Complexity depends on project type
However, your project might be small but have a high degree of risk. So therefore it really makes a difference to what is in the safety plan depending on the type of project it is for.
So starting out with the basics, it makes sense to include any items that provide information for the reader.
This typically can include things like;
- the address of the project
- the contact details of supervisors and safety officers
- management names and responsibilities
- positions of management.
Remember, these are only the basic details with further details to be included further into the report.
More Descriptive Details
As we move into the detail of the plan, it is important to also include further details that are more site specific. These more project specific elements may include;
- a project description
- responsibilities of particular personnel
- consultation, induction and training
- identification of hazards including assessment and control risks
- managing subcontractors
- managing incidents
- monitoring and review of the plan.
Even More details
It pays to enter plenty of details into your Safety Management Plan. This document should be comprehensive. It should also be tailored to suit the reader.
Will anyone actually read your document?
Chances are people will try and avoid it. However, it is important it is implemented onsite. These types of documents are critical for site safety – so it makes sense that management ensure everyone has read and understood the document.
This could be done in a number of ways. We will take a look at the detail a bit further down below.
But for now – let’s take a look at what free templates we found online.
Free Safety Management Plan Templates
So let’s have a look at some of the free options available online and see if they are any good.
Option 1 – Free Safety Management Plan Template
This particular website is a Australian Government website that has a downloadable PDF on it.
You can download the pdf and fill out the fields if you have the appropriate Adobe Acrobat software.
Not much good if you just have MS Word though.
Option 2 – Sampletemplates.com
Sampletemplates.com have a range of sample templates including a number of Editable Safety Plan Templates.
Check them out on their website which looks like the image below.
The links refer you back to Template.net and this has a number of templates that you can purchase.
It looks something like this below.
However – most of these are not free as you have to pay $29 per month to access the templates.
Option 3 – Free Safety Management Plan Template
Graphic Products have plenty of information on their website regarding Safety Management Plans. There is information regarding What a OSHA Safety Plan is as well as plenty of information about Management Leadership and Employee Involvement.
However, it looks as there is only a few links to download a free guide.
No doubt this will be helpful when creating your Safety Management Plan. Check out the website view below.
Option 4 – Free Safety Management Plan Template
Tenderfield.com also has a free construction management safety plan template you should check out. Their website looks like this below.
Click through the links and you will see an option to signup to download a template. It looks like the following below.
Option 5 – Free Safety Management Plan Template
SafetyCulture.com is online form creation which is handy. This is a bit more serious now and gives you options to complete plans by filling out fields.
You can also download checklists but need to sign up first. Something that a lot of website require. So check out their website below or at the link above.
lso has a free construction management safety plan template you should check out. Their website looks like this below.
More Important Detail
OK, so now we have had a look at the free templates available, let’s talk a bit further about the detail you may need in your plan.
You could have things like an Aim and Policy which is a great start to your documents.
Further to this you should have definitions included which highlight the meaning of words used in your plan.
It is also good to talk about accountabilities and disciplinary action. Don’t forget to include the name and address of the Principal Contractor as well as the Principal Contractor’s Business Number.
Then you should also include Workplace Health and Safety Committee details, WHSO (Workplace Health and Safety Officer) appointed details.
Then you can move into SPECIFIC SITE ACTIVITIES. This includes detailed items such as:
- Explosive Power Tools
- Hazardous Substances
- Inspection of Plant and Equipment
Then a section regarding ACCIDENTS.
Then a section regarding AUDITING.
If you include all of these things then you are certainly on the way to providing a good quality detailed Safety Management Plan.
What About You?
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