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SAFETY FIRST SPFA DRAFTS SAFETY PROGRAM FOR MEMBER USE BY SPFA SAFETY COMMITTEE W hen querying the phrase "Definition of Safety" in a web browser, the following is one of the many "hits" returned: "The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk, or injury." Today's SPF contractor must simultaneously address high customer expectations, changing rules and regulations, potential litigation as well as improved environmental stewardship practices. Management of risk to bring danger and injury to a near if not zero state is essential to conducting business. The pain and suffering of employee physical injury, financial impact as well as loss of reputation from serious injury or incident are deemed unacceptable in our 24/7 media conscious society. Inadequate risk management is and will continue to be the demise of many businesses. Many safety programs are created with good intent, but may only exist as pieces of paper in a dust-laden, tattered binder that is hard to find, that no one knows about or can remember the content. For a safety program to be effective it should be continually used and updated. It must contain policies that provide key definitions, identify hazards, hazard control methods1, employee behavior expectations, operating parameters, conditions and set points as well as contact information for further questions. Using a safety program as a management tool provides consistency in training programs as well as setting clear expectations for: *  mployees behavior and performance E *  quipment/material quality E and condition *  ork processes W *  nvironmental stewardship E An effective safety program will reduce performance variations that lead to incident and or injury. Regulatory agencies have studied and recognize where injuries and incidents happen, this work has resulted in the creation regulations to protect employees and the general public from the effects of unplanned and undesirable outcome events. Periodically OSHA, EPA, DOT, and other regulatory agencies will conduct planned or event-driven employer inspections. The inspecting agency will always ask for a copy of an employer's safety plan, training records and verification that they are managing their employees consistently with the safety plan and that the safety plan is consistent with regulations that are proven to control workplace hazard. Additionally, the SPFA-PCP Contractor Accreditation program requires that all accredited contractors have a formal safety program. As a contractor it can be challenging to create and initiate a comprehensive safety program for your company. To meet this need for SPF contractor members, the SPFA Safety Committee has collaboratively worked for the last year to assemble a model safety program. This program is intended to help member companies who do not currently have a safety program or for those that have a program but would like to benchmark it against other programs for improvement. Policy titles included in SPFA's safety program are: *  azard Communication H *  ersonal Protective Equipment - P PPE Hazard Assessment *  onfined Space Entry Program C *  espiratory Protection Program R *  earing Conservation Program H *  ontrol of Hazardous Energy aka C Lockout-Tag out *  mergency Action Plan E *  all Protection Plan F *  obsite Fire Prevention Plan J * njury and Illness Prevention Plan I *  owered Industrial Truck P Safety Program *  pill Prevention, Control and S Countermeasure Plan *  sbestos and Lead Awareness A Program *  lood borne Pathogen Plan B *  ssure Equipment Grounding Program A The SPFA model safety program is available in two documents: an Instruction Guide and the main SPF Contractor Health and Safety Program. The guide document describes the key parts of the main document, including how to use the main document. The main document is a MS-word document that can be customized, edited and printed to fit a specific SPF contractor business. Both documents are available from the SPFA Member website. For more information about the SPFA Model Health and Safety Program, contact the SPFA Safety Committee. o NOTE: The document represents the input of many members and contains what is believed to be acceptable safe practices. If does not represent the recommended practices of any of the SPFA member companies. The Safety Committee and its individual members present this document as information only and assumes no responsibility for the results users experience from its application or management. 1 using the proper hierarchy of substitution, engineering control, administrative control and personal protective equipment, with personal protective equipment being the last resort and last line of safety defense www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 25 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015

Executive Director’s Corner
President’s Post
Foam Business News
SPFA Today
Industry by Design
Legislative Update
Why I Support SPF
Safety First
Energy Codes and the Benefits of SPF
Behind the Foam
SPF Industry Prepping for Code Changes in Sweden
How to Make Money and Have Fun Doing It
What You Need to Know Before You File in 2015
Tips on Spraying Foam – Are You Doing It Right?
Choosing the Right Strategy for Complex Construction Claims
10 Ways Your Company Can Use Instagram
Ask the Expert
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015