Accident Prevention Program

Related keywords: Safety Program/Plan/Manual, Risk Management Plan, Injury Prevention Plan

four yellow squares with stick figures representing tripping on a rock, falling from a ladder, falling over in a wheeled office chair, and slipping on liquid on a tile floor.
Hazard prevention makes good business sense. Direct and indirect costs pile up every time a workplace hazard causes an injury or illness.

All employers in Washington State are required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP). Many businesses regard their APP as the cornerstone of their overall safety program.
In order to meet written program and other APP requirements businesses will need to:

  • Look around to identify workplace hazards that could hurt employees.
  • Find and apply ways to reduce or eliminate hazards.
  • Provide a detailed safety orientation to employees so they understand the possible hazards of their particular job and how to work safely.

In addition to APP requirements other health & safety program requirements may apply to your business depending on the activities and hazards in your workplace.

To assist employers with creation of their APP we have created an APP Guide and a number of sample programs that can be found under the Publications & Tools tab.

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