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Creating a snow safety manual

  • SIMA
- Posted: August 20, 2015

By Cheryl Higley

It’s one thing to have safety protocols in place, but it’s important that those processes are documented and followed by every person in the organization. While each company’s manual will be different, depending on the culture and complexity of an organization, a safety manual is a must.

Karen Kier, safety manager for Pro Scapes Inc. in Jamesville, NY, suggests the following should be in each manual:

Safety overview
Include an opening letter from the president or safety manager that details management’s commitment to safety as well as an overview of the company’s safety program

General safety procedures

  • Emergencies/Evacuation/First Aid
  • Safe Operating Procedures
    • General Rules
    • Material Handling & Back Safety
    • Fall Protection & Ladder Safety
    • Blood-borne Pathogens
    • Hearing Conservation
    • Hazard Identification & Assessment
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Weather-related Illnesses
    • Chemical Handling/Hazard Communications Program
    • Lock Out/Tag Out
    • Job Site Safety & Security
    • Fleet/Driver Safety
    • Fire Safety
    • Ergonomics & Stretching

Accident Management

Equipment safety
Key tips for safe equipment operation


  • Incident Report
  • Hazard Assessment Form
  • PPE Matrix
  • Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Team Member Sign Off/Commitment to Safety. Every team member must sign our company commitment to safety, signaling that they will make safety their No. 1 priority.
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