Division of Labor and Industry


Developing a Workplace Safety and Health Program - Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)


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Eight Steps to the Development of an Effective Safety and Health Program

  1. Step 1. Develop a plan of action that includes both management and employee involvement.
  2. Step 2. Designate a person to be responsible for safety and health.
  3. Step 3. Determine the safety and health requirements for the specific workplace and operations.
  4. Step 4. Conduct a hazard assessment of the workplace.
  5. Step 5. Correct identified hazards.
  6. Step 6. Keep the workplace hazard-free.
  7. Step 7. Train employees in safety and health.
  8. Step 8. Keep the program up-to-date and effective.

Five Additional Steps for Construction Employers

  1. Step 9. Learn the safety and health requirements of your particular trade
  2. Step 10. Develop a general safety and health policy, safety rules and other operational procedures.
  3. Step 11. Train a core of supervisory employees.
  4. Step 12. Individual site preparation
  5. Step 13. On-site operations


  1. Appendix A: Laws. regulations, and standards
  2. Appendix B: Safety and health program publications
  3. Appendix C: Audiovisual materials
  4. Appendix D: Safety organizations and associations
  5. Appendix E: Other references
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