Fact Sheet

Workplace Safety Policy Statement

It is up to the management of a nonprofit to vigilantly protect staff safety. Implementing a safety policy for your organization should be a top priority.

Staff — paid employees and unpaid volunteers — should be encouraged to report any unsafe conditions right away and should be trained how to react in an emergency involving potential violence at the workplace.

Goals of Policy

1. A primary goal of a workplace safety policy is to establish the expectation that it is the responsibility of all personnel to create and maintain a safe work environment.

2. The organization’s safety policy should also address the organization’s obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to maintain a safe workplace.

3. The organization’s workplace safety policy should require employees to use universal precautions when applying first-aid or providing personal care to clients or each other. Exposure at the workplace to diseases that are transmitted by body-fluids, such as Hepatitis and AIDS, is regulated by OSHA.

Sample

It is the intent of [organization name] is to provide a safe environment for employees, and volunteers. It is also our intent to properly manage any incidents that occur so as to minimize injury and other forms of loss. A well-managed workplace safety program can benefit our organization and its people in countless ways. In order for [organization name] to achieve our goals, we have developed a workplace safety program outlining the policies and procedures regarding employee and volunteer health and safety. Each and every individual must become familiar with the program, follow and enforce the procedures, and become an active participant in this workplace safety program.

While management [the workplace safety officer and workplace safety committee] will be responsible for developing and organizing this program, its success will depend on the involvement of each employee and volunteer. We look forward to your cooperation and participation.