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Operational Safety and Health Management System Standards

Occupational Safety and Health Organization Standard - 65.1

Executive Order #65 originally adopted in June 1982 and last updated in June 2008 requires every department and agency within the City to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards and to properly train their employees on safe work practices.  While the Risk Management Office provides citywide oversight, each department and agency shall provide management support and employ qualified safety representatives within their organization for the implementation of an effective Safety and Health Management System.

Safety and Health Inspection Standard - 65.2

The Safety and Health Inspection Standard was developed to ensure identification of workplace hazards and establish responsibilities for their abatement.  Identification and removal of physical hazards and correction of unsafe work practices are vital components of the City and County of Denver’s Occupation Safety and Health Management System.  In accordance with Executive Order No. 65, the City is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment that minimizes hazards that are likely to cause death or harm to employees or the public

Occupational Safety and Health Training Standard - 65.3

The City requires that all employee be properly trained to safely perform the level of work to which they are assigned.  In an effort to manage this requirement the training provided by City agencies and by outside resources will be coordinated by the Risk Management Office.    

Occupational Risk Assessment Standard - 65.4

"Occupational Risks" are sources of potential danger.  They are usually in the form of physical, chemical or biological contact.  Examples of safety-related risks include falls from elevated heights, electrical work and operating mobile equipment.   Health-related occupational risks include exposure to noise, hazardous materials and bloodborne pathogens. This Standard has been developed to ensure that risks and hazards associated with occupational work activities are identified so that control measures can be established to protect workers.  Occupational risk assessments will be performed for all City operations which could cause serious harem to employees is safe work practices are not followed.

Job Hazard Analysis - 65.4.1

The Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) shall be used to describe task specific hazards and to identify control measures that must be used to minimize exposure potentials to hazardous conditions.  JHAs will be conducted for all work activities in which there is a risk of injury because of a potential exposure to a hazardous condition or a hazardous substance.  JHAs shall be revised whenever there is a change or a new risk is identified and shall be maintained / reviewed periodically by the appropriate supervisor.

Safe Operating Procedure - 65.4.2

Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) shall be developed for complex or ongoing activities that present a risk of serious injury to employees or which have multiple hazard potentials.  Excluded from this document are passenger cars and light duty pickup trucks.  SOPs may be developed as a stand alone document or as a supplementary document to a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) as described in No. 65.4.1.  SOPs will be revised whenever there is a change or a new risk is identified and shall maintained and reviewed periodically by the appropriate supervisor.

Confined Space Entry Standard - 65.5.1

This Standard has been developed to ensure employees are trained to recognize confined space and take the necessary precautions before entering a confined space.

Lockout/Tagout/Verify Standard - 65.5.2

The City and County of Denver’s Lockout/Tagout/Verify Standard has been developed to ensure that all equipment is de-energized and physically removed and isolated from external and internal power sources prior to servicing and maintenance activities in which the accidental start-up or the release of energy could cause injury or death. The primary purpose of this document is to protect personnel from injury or death. A secondary purpose is to protect equipment from damage.

Electrical Safety Standard - 65.5.3

The purpose of this Standard is to establish safe work practices that are intended to prevent electric shock or other injuries resulting from either direct or indirect electrical contacts when work is performed near or on equipment or circuits which are or may be energized. Because of the diversity in job assignments throughout the City, employees are at varying levels of potential exposure to energized components of electrical systems.

Fall Control / Protection Standard - 65.5.4

This Standard has been developed to establish minimum fall control practices for City and County employees who perform work in areas where they are exposed to heights of six feet or more and at lower heights where potentially hazardous conditions exist.

Contractor Safety Standard - 65.5.5

This Standard has been developed to ensure contractors at the City and County of Denver have the appropriate programs developed and implemented to work safely at its facilities. Contracted Services such as custodial, ssecurity, vending operators, etc., are considered "low risk activity" and will follow the minimum requirements identified in this procedure.  The City is also committed to injury/illness prevention to all City employees and to the prevention of property damage or other loss caused by the action or inaction of outside contractors.

Heavy Equipment/Mobile Equipment Safety Standard - 65.5.6

The City and County of Denver recognizes the hazards associated with the operation of heavy equipment/mobile equipment. This policy has been developed to establish guidelines to eliminate injuries or fatalities related to this type of equipment.

Hoisting and Rigging/Crane Safety Standard - 65.5.7

The City and County of Denver recognizes the hazards associated with the operation of hoisting and rigging/crane operations. This Standard has been developed to establish guidelines to eliminate injuries from those operations.

Machine Safe Guarding Safety Standard - 65.5.8

Lacerations to hands, fractured fingers, amputated fingers, and hands are just a few of the more common types of injuries associated with the failure to recognize, heed, or protect against machinery and equipment hazards. This Standard has been developed to protect all City and County of Denver employees who may be exposed to hazards while operating equipment and machinery.

Fire Prevention/Loss Control Standard - 65.5.9

This Standard has been developed to promote fire safety and awareness, and is aimed at reducing the risk of fire-related incidents and injuries. With this in mind we will utilize the resources of the City's property insurance provider to protect City assets.

Flammable and Combustible Safe Use Standard - 65.5.10

This Standard has been developed to minimize the potential for fire and explosion from the storage, handling and application of flammable gases and liquids. It is intended to reduce the hazard to a degree consistent with reasonable employee safety, without undue interference with employee convenience and necessity of operations that require the use of flammable and combustible liquids. Compliance with this policy does not eliminate all hazards in the use of flammable and combustible liquids.

Compressed Gas Safety Standard - 65.5.11

This Standard has been developed to protect all City and County of Denver employees and contractors from the danger of fire or explosion from compressed gases.  It is also intended to prevent property damage ssociated with fire peril.

Hot Work Safety Standard - 65.5.12

Ensuring fire safety in the performance of hot-work (welding, cutting, and brazing) operations during demolition, construction, renovation, or maintenance activities is a critical component of fire prevention. This Standard is designed to prevent injury and loss of property from fire or explosion as a result of hot work in City and County buildings and activities such as welding, brazing, soldering, heat treating, grinding and other similar application producing a spark, flame or heat. With this in mind we will utilize the resources of the City’s property insurance provider to protect City assets.

Emergency Response Standard - 65.5.13

It is the purpose of this Standard to establish the criteria for specified Emergency Response Procedures that are to be maintained by all City and County Departments / Agencies. The National Safety Council recommends that all facilities have a written response procedure for all emergencies which are most likely to occur at the worksite. Emergencies covered by this policy include, lightning, fire, tornado, suspicious person/intruder, hazardous materials release, bomb threat, explosion/gunfire, and a person with a weapon.

Hazard Communication Standard - 65.6.1

This Standard has been developed to ensure employees at the City and County of Denver are provided the information needed to work safely with hazardous materials.  This will be  accomplished by departments / agencies creating and maintaining an inventory of all hazardous materials used in the workplace; labeling these materials with appropriate warnings; making safety data sheets (SDS) accessible to all employees; and educating employees in the hazards and the proper precautionary and emergency procedures related to the materials in their workplace.

Hearing Conservation Standard - 65.6.2

The City and County of Denver has developed the Hearing Conservation Standard to ensure safe practices are designed to protect each employee from exposure to high sound levels while they perform their duties. Although individual susceptibility, personal hobbies, medical conditions and age affect individual hearing loss, it is a priority of the City to protect employees from occupational exposures.

Personal Protective Equipment Standard - 65.6.3

This Standard has been developed to provide adequate methodology for the proper application, selection, use, and maintenance of personal protective equipment for the protection of the eyes, face, head, feet, hands and arms, torso, respiratory system and hearing for the City and County of Denver employees.

Respiratory Protection Standard - 65.6.4

This Standard has been developed to minimize the risk of occupational related respiratory injury / illness to the employees of the City and County of Denver. It provides guidance to city departments / agencies for applicable compliance with regulations pertaining to respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE). In theory, work activities and condition should be engineered and administratively controlled in such a manner that respiratory PPE would not be necessary. However, because of the unique nature of tasks and associated hazards faced by employees working within the various city departments, often in remote locations within diverse hazardous or potentially hazardous environments, it is not possible to engineer or administratively control all hazardous atmospheric conditions expected to be encountered.

Ergonomic Standard - 65.6.5

This Standard has been developed to ensure that employees are provided a work environment that is ergonomically correct and minimizes the risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders.  On-the-job injuries and illnesses associated with poor ergonomics can result in both acute and long-term medical conditions that can be debilitating for employees and costly for employers.  As it is the goal of the City & County of Denver to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that could cause injury or illness, this procedure incorporates many of the guidelines established by industrial best practices to address ergonomic concerns.

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard - 65.7.1

This Standard has been developed using recognized OSHA standards and is designed to protect the City and County of Denver's workers from exposure to the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and other bloodborne pathogens. Of the diseases caused by these viruses, Hepatitis B is the most common, with 8,700 cases per year among workers in the health care profession. Hepatitis B infection may result in serious illness, potential long-term disability and death. HIV causes AIDS, for which there currently is no cure and which eventually results in death. These viruses, as well as other organisms that cause bloodborne diseases, are found in human blood and certain other human body fluids. Therefore, the City and County of Denver has adopted this policy to reduce or eliminate the risk of its workers coming into direct contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials while performing their jobs.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Standard - 65.7.2

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a medical device used to treat a victim who suddenly becomes unresponsive, pulseless, and is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Use of AEDs has been scientifically proven to save lives when combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early advanced medical care. The AED analyzes the heart rhythm and advises the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected.  If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and deliver a shock. According to the American Heart Association, the use of CPR and an AED within the first 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, followed by advanced medical care within 8-10 minutes, can result in greater than 50 percent long-term survival rates for witnessed cardiac arrest victims.

Environmental Standard - 65.8.1

The City and County of Denver (CCD) is dedicated to working with our parterns towards an environmentally, economically, and socially strong future.  Our organization and employees are committed to sound business practices, policies, actions, and programs that:

  • Conserve energy and natural resources
  • Prevent pollution
  • Meet or exceed all legal requirements and voluntary commitments
  • Continually improve, evaluate, and communicate performance

Accident / Incident Investigation Standard - 65.9.1

The purpose of this Standard is to ensure that all accidents and incidents that result in a workplace injury or illness are thoroughly investigated to identify causal factors, and to ensure that corrective actions are taken to prevent a reoccurrence.  The procedure is this Standard provides guidance for completing the investigation and the Supervisor's Report of Accident or Incident.