Every organization needs a written safety program, whether it’s as simple as an office fire drill plan or as complex as pathogen control in a busy hospital. As a business leader, you may wonder if you really need to put your safety policies in writing, especially if your organization is small.
For large businesses, written safety programs are essential because responsibility must be clearly assigned to avoid confusion.
For small businesses with simple operations and few hazards, it may seem possible to effectively communicate policies and procedures verbally and by example. However, employers have a legal responsibility under