Sample written safe work procedure

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Sample Written Safe Work Procedures

Example 1: Closing Procedure for Staff Working Alone

Opening and closing times put staff at a higher risk of robbery and violence. Every effort will be made to have two people on at closing time, but if you have to close by yourself, follow these procedures carefully, and make sure to check in with your contact person at key points.

If you ever feel that you are in danger, call 9-1-1 right away.

  1. At 9 pm, lock the front door. Do not let anyone who is not staff into the store after closing.
  2. Flip the sign from“Open” to“Closed”.
  3. Assist any remaining customers and let them out the front door by unlocking it for them. Relock the door after each person.
  4. When all the customers are gone, double check that the door is locked. Look outside to make sure there are no suspicious people hanging around. If you see anyone suspicious, call the police and ask them to come check. Call your check-in contact to let them know what is happening.
  5. Call your contact person and talk with them on the phone while you do an inspection to make sure everyone is gone. Only do this step once you have the contact person on the phone. Check the bathroom and back room, double check that doors and windows are locked.
  6. Run the cash-out report, take the cash drawer out of the till, and put it all in the safe. Lock the safe. Don’t balance the cash – it will be done the next day when there are more staff around.
  7. Turn off the POS system.
  8. Put the garbage at the door. Don’t take the garbage to the dumpster. It will be done the next day when there are more staff working.
  9. Look out the door to make sure that it is safe for you to leave.
  10. Turn off the lights.
  11. Arm the alarm system.
  12. Exit the store and lock the door.
  13. Call your contact person and tell them you are on your way home.

For tips on getting home safely, see the instructions and advice in the Violence Prevention module.

Example 2: Using Box Cutters

Cuts from utility knives (box cutters) commonly result from:

  • Improper use of the blade (eg: prying a thumb tack, or cutting plastic containers)
  • Over-extending the blade
  • Improper storage (leaving the blade extended)
  • Improper blade break technique

Here are some simple general guidelines to follow to avoid cuts and unnecessary accidents.

Before you Start:

  • Make sure the blade tip is sharp. If not, extend the blade just enough to break off the dull section using the tool provided. Wear safety goggles when breaking.
  • Don’t push the blade against a hard surface in order to break off a dull blade. Parts can go flying and/or you can cut your hand.
  • Don’t extend the blade more than one inch. If you go much further, the blade can break off and hit your eye, hit a co-worker, or cause a slipping hazard.
  • Lock the blade before you start cutting.

While Cutting:

  • Pull, don't push: When cutting, pull the blade instead of pushing it. A pulling motion gives you more power and control, resulting in a safer cut.
  • If possible, cut on a flat horizontal surface.
  • Don't rush. Take your time.

After Use:

Always retract the blade for safety, then store it away for the next person to use.

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