There have been numerous recorded incidents where failings by operators have been the major contributing cause of major accidents. Provision of clear, concise and accurate operating procedures is the most effective measure to prevent, control and mitigate such events.

Controlled documents
Operating procedures should clearly lay down instructions for operation of  plant and equipment that take into consideration chemical hazards, manual handling, permit to work, PPE Regulations, quality, HAZOP, and HSE requirements. The procedure should represent a definition of good or best practice that should be adhered to at all times. Operators should be provided with guidance concerning the required operating philosophy to ensure that they comply with procedural requirements.

Operating procedures should be controlled documents, generally covered under the company’s quality system and thus kept fully up to date. Any changes should be fully controlled and documented and should be subject to company change procedures.

GHS Health and Safety Consultants can help your business develop your operating procedures and assess implementation in your business which will, minimise risks in the workplace, eliminate lost-time incidents, thereby contributing to business process improvements, productivity and safety culture in workplace incidents to help your business reduce your incidence rate.