Safe Work Practices

Last updated: June 10, 2017

What Does Safe Work Practices Mean?

Safe work practices (SWP) are usually written methods showing how to perform a task with minimum risk to personnel, equipment, materials, environment and processes. These are guidelines like do’s and don’ts but may not always be suitable when a new hazard been identified. Employees should know, understand and follow the SWPs those are applicable to own work.

Safeopedia Explains Safe Work Practices

Safe work practices (SWP) are developed as an outcome of a hazard assessment and these should conform to the practices within the concerned industry. These guidelines helps the workers to work in the safest way unless a new hazard been identified. SWPs are not step by step procedures. As the new workers are more prone to accidents at workplaces, they need to be trained more on SWP. An example of SWP is placing a notice ‘mind your steps’ at the beginning of a staircase.

The following features are helpful in implementing safe work practices at workplace:

  • Induction training for new employees.
  • Training on communication and teamwork during normal and emergency situation.
  • Training on fire safety and emergency procedures.
  • Training on hazard identification, risk control, use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and first aid.
  • Observation of ergonomics to reduce injuries to workers.
  • Use and maintenance of appropriate tools for work and keeping them in good working condition.
  • Handling, application, labelling and storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials so the workers are not exposed to danger.
  • Adherence to policies and procedures to set standard actions and reactions understandable by all and to reduce chaos in an emergency.
  • Housekeeping, cleaning and waste disposal considering environment safety and health (ESH).


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