What Must Be Included in a Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP)?

General contractors and construction managers are typically working multiple building sites at a time, and managing dozens or hundreds of workers simultaneously. The potential for safety accidents at any site is high, with the construction industry representing more than 20% of worker fatalities and accidents. It takes an enormous effort to coordinate safety protocols across different construction sites, cities and regions. That’s why construction managers rely on site specific safety plans in order to make risk management more … manageable.

Site specific safety plans are documents written to outline how contractors can meet the health and safety requirements for that project. These requirements can vary across building sites.

An individualized plan can simplify what needs to be considered and focused on at one job site over another. But what must be included in an SSSP? In this article, we’ll discuss what makes an effective site specific safety plan.


    •Be designed to protect everyone, including subcontractors, visitors and the general public, from safety hazards on the job site.
    •Be updated regularly to meet project conditions and include changes to any regulations that may affect work.
    •Identify personnel responsible for the main components of the SSSP, as well as a backup in case the identified person is unavailable.
    •Include a system to ensure subcontractors are complying with the general contractor’s safety policies and a disciplinary policy in case regulations and practices are not followed.
    •Show proof of training that any subcontractor must do while on the job.
    •Include a job hazard analysis, where each step of a subcontractor’s work is broken down from material unloading to finishes.
    •Be completed before any work begins.

While these are some of the most important items of SSSPs, there are many others that can reduce possible risks. Robson Forensics has conducted extensive research into how some SSSPs are more effective than others. You can see what some contractors fail to include and what others do best.

Because there are so many parts to SSSPs, using the right tools will save you time, money and help protect every person on the job site. Check out Safety Reports’ suite of mobile safety apps to see how each can help you gain some ground and build a comprehensive site specific safety plan.

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