Safe Operating Procedures
Each Department/Unit/Centre will prepare safe operating procedures for all routine/non-routine activities within their respective areas, which entail the use of mechanical equipment, chemical/biological/physical agents or high risk maintenance/repair activities. It is the responsibility of each Department/Unit/Centre Head that they are revised and updated to take account of experience and new activities as they are introduced.
The safe operating procedure sheets will play an important role in controlling and reducing hazards and risks and will be an essential element in the training of new and existing employees. The Department/Unit/Centre Head or his designate is responsible for ensuring an adequate supply and distribution of same.
Following training it is incumbent on each employee to carefully read and understand the safe operating procedure sheets and acknowledge receipt by signing on the appropriate register.
Many injuries and losses occur through poor work practices. The purpose of this programme is to protect employees (temporary and full time) and this can only be achieved if each and every employee follows the Safe Operating Procedures and the arrangements for safe working.