Have you recently received a Certified Safety Professional to review your safety programs? A safety program is the framework of your system. It is the go to guide book for all security related questions. It can cover everything from the drug test protocol to how and how often the training is conducted. The program can be huge and extensive, but it’s your number one defense when OHSA knocks on your door.

How many security programs do I actually need?

It is true that there is currently no uniform security program that spans all industries. OSHA does not have a safety program guide. You have a list of dos and don’ts that you cannot sift through as Operations Manager or HR Director. For this reason, you would like to hire a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) to drop by and test your facility and current safety program. A CSP is a person who has a bachelor’s degree in security and has many years of experience in the security industry. There is a standardized test they have to take to become a CSP, and the test is brutal.

What types of programs do you need to run your facility? There are programs for everything it seems. Color is fun. As a rule, if there is going to be a lot of painting going on then you will have a paint booth. They look different from factory to factory, but they’re essentially an area where you can paint and expose the rest of the warehouse or staff to the vapors of color. Ventilation is a safety aspect of the paint shop. Is your paint booth properly ventilated? The CSP can make this determination together with breathing apparatus.

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If you have a spray booth or spray booth, you usually need some kind of ventilation and sometimes employees have to wear breathing apparatus. A CSP carries out a kind of industrial hygiene monitoring to determine whether the air in the paint or spray booth justifies the use of breathing apparatus for its users. If the results of air monitoring show respiratory protection devices are required, then the CSP can help develop a respiratory protection program.

Don’t just hand out paper masks and ask your employees to wear them to skip surveillance. When OSHA came over and asked an operator if he had to wear a ventilator and he had to answer yes, OSHA would now like to see your training program and why you should choose this ventilator.

Call a local CSP to a) find out if you need a respiratory protection program, b) what type of respirator to use, and c) how to write a program and train your staff to use it.