As the second of two new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulations and a new OSHA beryllium regulation goes into effect, companies are faced with the challenge of creating written plans for how they will be complying with the new standards.
With these regulations, Wichita, Kan.-based iSi Environmental, an environmental, health and safety solutions company, saw the opportunity for an easier, alternate path to compliance.
“Not every OSHA regulation requires a written plan be developed, but when required it can be a real burden on businesses,” says Gary Mason, CEO of iSi Environmental. “Our clients have been asking if there is a way to utilize technology to simplify this compliance process, so that is actually what we did. We created an online tool to simplify safety compliance.”
That solution is the recently launched SafetyPlans.com, which allows companies to create safety plans.
Through a series of quick questions, the website generates a personalized plan for users based on their specific needs. An online portal allows for changes and stores all compliance documentation in one place.
In order to give users a feel for the new site, SafetyPlans.com is currently offering its plans for OSHA’s new general industry and construction silica regulations free of charge. More plans will come in the near future for the new beryllium regulation as well as existing regulations such as hexavalent chromium and respiratory protection.
For all plans, compliance review services and verification are available from iSi Environmental for a fee. This gives the user access to an experienced professional to double-check the plan to ensure all elements are covered. Additionally, the professional may give suggestions for additional elements to consider based on the user’s specific operations, further customizing the plan to meet the user’s needs.