Why Are SOPs Beneficial?

SOPS must provide a benefit to the safety and health program, the employer, and the supervisors and workers that make use of them. Some of these benefits are as follows:

  • • SOPs reduce the risk of injury and illness.
  • • They provide a stable reference for doing the job in a safe and healthy manner.
  • • They improve the awareness and understanding of risks in the workplace and how to handle them.
  • • They can be generated using consultation with workers.
  • • They are a tested and agreed-upon procedure that can be used to train workers in the steps to use to perform an activity in a safe and healthy manner.
  • • They are a standard or reliable reference point of conducting observation and inspection.
  • • SOPs are indicators to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors that safety and health is a point of emphasis in the company.
  • • SOPs indicates a company places emphasis on providing a safe and healthy workplace.

Other benefits include that they reduce the learning curve/training time for new employees, ensure continuity if another worker must take over the activity, and assure standardization in performing a task while insuring a standard product or task.

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