Cal-OSHA also requires that every employer shall adopt a written Code of Safe Practices which relates to the employer’s operations. The Code shall contain language equivalent Appendix C (below), and shall be posted at a conspicuous location at each job site office or be provided to each supervisory employee who shall have it readily available.
Appendix C – Code of Safe Practices
(This is a suggested code. It is general in nature and intended as a basis for preparation by the contractor of a code that fits his operations more exactly.)
- All persons shall follow these safe practice rules, render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices to the foreman or superintendent.
- Foremen shall insist on employees observing and obeying every rule, regulation, and order as is necessary to the safe conduct of the work, and shall take such action as is necessary to obtain observance.
- All employees shall be given frequent accident prevention instructions. Instructions shall be given at least every 10 working days.
- Anyone known to be under the influence of drugs or intoxicating substances that impair the employee’s ability to safely perform the assigned duties shall not be allowed on the job while in that condition.
- Horseplay, scuffling, and other acts that tend to have an adverse influence on the safety or well-being of the employees shall be prohibited.
- Work shall be well planned and supervised to prevent injuries in the handling of materials and in working together with equipment.
- No one shall knowingly be permitted or required to work while the employee’s ability or alertness is so impaired by fatigue, illness, or other causes that it might unnecessarily expose the employee or others to injury.
- Employees shall not enter manholes, underground vaults, chambers, tanks, silos, or other similar places that receive little ventilation, unless it has been determined that is safe to enter.
- Employees shall be instructed to ensure that all guards and other protective devices are in proper places and adjusted, and shall report deficiencies promptly to the foreman or superintendent.
- Crowding or pushing when boarding or leaving any vehicle or other conveyance shall be prohibited.
- Workers shall not handle or tamper with any electrical equipment, machinery, or air or water lines in a manner not within the scope of their duties, unless they have received instructions from their foreman.
- All injuries shall be reported promptly to the foreman or superintendent so that arrangements can be made for medical or first aid treatment.
- When lifting heavy objects, the large muscles of the leg instead of the smaller muscles of the back shall be used.
- Inappropriate footwear or shoes with thin or badly worn soles shall not be worn.
- Materials, tools, or other objects shall not be thrown from buildings or structures until proper precautions are taken to protect others from the falling objects.