Why Workplace Procedures Are So Important

Workplace procedures can even be used for doing a simple job like changing a light bulb.

They are one of the greatest time and money savers that your company can invest in.

Think of McDonald's,Walmart,Kentucky Fried Chicken,Starbucks and Wendy's.

What do they have in common? They have procedures in place for every job that their workers do.

Just think McDonald's is a billion dollar operation and it is basically run by kids.

That is what a good set of procedures can do for a company.

When it comes to safety procedures have to be in place for any job that can be a hazard to your worker.

In a lot of places it is not only a good idea but a law and they have to handy so everyone has access to them.

How to Create Procedures

All that procedures are is step by step instructions on how to to a job safely.

You may be thinking that you just don't have time to do all that work while running a business.

The key here is that you personally don't have to do all the work.

What you need is a basic form that your workers can fill out and relay the information back to you.

It is a great way for you to train your new workers.

What I will usually do is send an experienced person and someone new out together. Having two points of view can make a real difference in the outcome.

One of my full time jobs was creating procedures for a large oil and gas company and some procedures were pretty big by the time I was done.Your workplace procedures don't have to be.

Here is an example of what a procedure that I created might have in it.


1.1. Background - When it was last worked on.Did I have any trouble with the job.

1.2. Job Scope

1.3. References

1.4. Specifications


2.1. Main Hazards

2.2. Safety Equipment

2.3. Material Safety Data Sheets

2.4. Blind and Lockout List

2.5. Hazard Assessment

2.6. Blinding Check List




6. Drawings and Reports

Remember your workplace procedures don't have to be this complicated. Just what is the job.
What do you have to do to make it safe.
What tools do you need and step by step instructions..

Here are three examples of workplace procedures for you to view.

You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read this. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.

In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option from the menu.

Example # 1

Example # 2.

Example # 3.

Hopefully this will get you off in the right direction for putting your procedures in place.

If you still need help or more suggestions after reviewing these examples don't hesitate to e-mail me or contact me as I will be glad to help out.

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