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Unit: Working safely

Section: Safety policies and procedures

MSAPMOHS200A: Work safely

Competencies covered

MSAPMOHS200A: Work safely

Workplace procedures

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Workplace procedures are used to provide employees with approved methods of carrying out particular tasks.

One way of writing up a workplace procedure is to use the format of a Safe Operating Procedure, or SOP.

This can be posted up on a laminated page near the machine.

Some companies also use SOPs to verify that the operator has been trained in that procedure by asking them to sign a copy, which is then kept in their personnel file.

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More complex safety procedures can be documented in the form of a Job Safety Analysis (JSA), also known as a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS).

The layout of these documents makes it easier to show multiple tasks and include the responsibilities of different personnel.

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Particular types of procedures are included in the company's Policies and Procedures Manual.

These include tasks such as housekeeping, machine isolation and reporting faults.

Some of these are also reproduced in the Employee Induction Manual, so that new employees can be made aware of them before they start work.

Click on the links below to see three different examples of the way workplace procedures can be written up.

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Isolation procedure (from a Policies and Procedures Manual)

Safe Operating Procedure (posted up beside a machine in the workplace)

Job safety analysis (used by workers on-site)

Learning activity

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Whether you work in a factory, office, workshop or out on-site, there will be a range of company procedures that you are required to follow as you go about your job. The three examples we've looked at in this lesson use formats that are common in the manufacturing industries. But there are other ways of writing up procedures so that employees know what the approved methods are for doing particular tasks.

What types of procedures do you need to follow in your day-to-day work? Make a list of the names of the main procedures you use and describe the format they are presented in.

Share your answers with your trainer and other learners in your group.

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