What is an exposure control plan
The exposure control plan (ECP) is an important document which assist firms implement and ensure compliance with standards, thereby protecting their employees. It help manage exposure of employees to hazardous substances in the workplace; these substances may be physical, chemical or biological.
It covers both the pre-exposure phase and the post-exposure phase.
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Basic elements of an exposure control plan
- Written policy for protecting employees from
hazardous substance exposures.
- Administration of hazardous substance exposures program
- Designation a responsible individuals.
- Determination of employees exposure
- Universal precautions
- Employee education and training include both initial and annual training.
- Facility-specific methods for control of hazardous substance exposure.
- Engineering controls (e.g., safer sharps)
- Work practice controls (housekeeping, hand washing, labeling, and disposal procedures)
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Post exposure evaluation and follow-up
- Administration of post evaluation and follow-up
Characteristics of a good exposure control plan
- It must be written specifically for each facility
- It must be reviewed and updated at least yearly (to reflect changes such as new worker
- Must contain positions or technology used to reduce the exposures.
- It must be readily available to all workers.
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Importance of writing out a plan for exposure control
- Helps you protect your workers from exposure hazardous substances.
- The plan helps control costs by reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous substances.
- You are required by the law to have a written plan for exposure Control. Hence, you will be obeying legal obligation.
Do you need to write out an exposure plan to control hazardous substances, see a OSHA model (PDF) here