SAMPLE EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION PLAN
The purpose of this plan is to document the program elements used by (Contractor/Site) to:
consult with employees and their representatives, where applicable, on the development
of the various elements contained within the OSHA Process Safety Management Rule
(29 CFR 1920.119) and
provide employees and their representatives access to information developed under this
The intent of this program is to foster broad and active participation involving hourly, exempt,
nonexempt, and contract employees cooperating to make the workplace safer. Consistent with
this intent, site management will do the following.
Inform employees about the promulgation of the OSHA PSM Rule and its contents, using
currently established communication methods.
Assess compliance status and develop specific plans to ensure that the PSM Rule is
effectively implemented, and communicate this information to employees as appropriate.
Identify operations (processes) covered under the requirements of the rule and
communicate these findings to employees.
Inform employees of the relevancy and applicability of existing company safety elements
to satisfying the requirements of the PSM Rule.
Involve employees in compliance with the various elements within the OSHA PSM using
their knowledge, skills, and experience.
Encourage employees to submit safety suggestions via an existing
safety/operations/quality improvement suggestions system.
EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT BY PSM PROGRAM ELEMENT
This section describes opportunities for employee involvement in specific PSM elements.
(Detailed descriptions of program elements and their requirements are provided in the later
sections of this handbook. This section provides samples of employee involvement in a few PSM
elements. DOE contractors should examine each PSM element for potential opportunities for
employee involvement. Employee participation is not required for all PSM elements; just where
it makes good sense.)