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“My Client is requesting a “SSSP” or site specific Safety Plan. I’ve never had to provide one before and I don’t know how.”

With the new changes being rolled out from the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015, a SSSP or Site Specific Safety Plan is now required by many clients. A SSSP is simply your plan for keeping your people, clients, and others safe onsite.

A good SSSP should contain the following:

  • Sign in forms
  • Hazard Register
  • Training Register
  • Emergency Plans
  • Accident Register and Forms
  • Space for records of Toolbox Talks
  • Hazardous Goods Register
  • Space for any supplemental information, such as Task Analyses, Asbestos Tests, or Consents.

These should be bound all in one folder for easy access to all persons entering the site. Your Client may have additional forms which they require such as pre-start sheets or SDS sheets.

The key to a good Site Specific Safety Plan is relevance and simplicity – remember, its a document that people have to read. If yours is 50 pages and contains relevant information then no one will read it.

Top 3 SSSP Tips

  1. Keep it Simple – a good guide is a SSSP should be less than 20 pages long. Pictures speak louder than words
  2. Keep it Specific – we’ve seen SSSPs with Scaffolding listed as a hazard when there was no Scaffold onsite. Irrelevant plans get ignored.
  3. Include space for people to mark it with pen – remember, it’s a live document – so include extra spaces for new hazards etc

Need a hand putting one together? We offer a complete SSSP service – prices starting from $80+GST we can do your SSSPs for you. Send us an email here.

Chris Brosnan

Chris Brosnan

Chris is the director of Nailed It Safety Solutions, a Christchurch-based Health and Safety company specialising in Residential Construction and Tourism. If you like any of his blog posts and want to catch up for a coffee then it’s a good bet he’s up for that.

The information contained in this article is of a general nature and should not be taken as advice. It reflects the opinions of the writer only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Nailed It Safety. Nailed It Safety Solutions Limited, its directors, and shareholders will not be held liable for the use or misuse of this information.

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