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Master Set –S&LP DEPT.



REV. / DATE / Reviewed
01 / 01/01/16 / EL / Policy Review
02 / 3/7/2018 / DKB / Changes to: Evacuation, practices, lifting, heaters, JSA, respirator, footwear, ladder, scaffolds, incident reporting and vehicle accidents


The safety and health practices described in this program are for the protection of personnel working on Velocity Vehicle Group, LLC (VVG) facilities. Most accidents happen without warning and are usually the result of an employee’s failure to comply with VVG’s established safety standards and / or a supervisor is not following and implementing these basic safety and health practices. All employees shall read, understand, and implement these safe practices while on the job.

Safety and health suggestions, which will improve our program, are always welcome. If you have a suggestion, discuss it with your supervisor or the Safety Department.

  • Know how to do your job safely,
  • Prior to beginning your work task, check the area to determine what problems or hazards may exist.
  • If your activity may endanger fellow workers or nearby equipment or materials, take the necessary steps to safeguard them.
  • You should review the safety and health requirements for each work task with your supervisor prior to starting work. You will not be required to do a work task that may result in injury or illness to yourself or others.
  • Become familiar with, understand, and follow site emergency procedures.
  • Your immediate supervisor is responsible for maintaining proper safety and health conditions in your assigned work area. Report any hazardous conditions, unsafe acts, or unsafe equipment to your supervisor and / or the site Safety Department.



1.Report all incidents and illnesses to your supervisor immediately.

2.Immediately call for help if someone collapses or is injured, render first aid if trained to do so.

3.In case of an emergency dial:


4. All incidents and illnesses will be reported to


1.Immediately report all fires and explosions.

2.Extinguish small fires if properly trained and if it can be done safely.

3.Do not touch any unidentifiableobjects or packages/cases found in the parkinglots and other outside storage areas. Contact your Manager immediately!


1.Listen for Evacuation announcement.

2.Know two evacuation routes from your work area.

3.Know your evacuation assembly / staging area.

4.Never re-enter a building until instructed to by Emergency Response Personnel or the EH&S Manager.



1.Promptly report all personal work related injuries and illnesses, no matter how slight, and accidents to your Supervisor or a Company official, including damage to the property of the Company, employee, customer or member of the public, regardless of who is responsible for the damage.

2.All workers should learn the hazards of their job by discussing them in detail with their foreman/Supervisor.

3.All new hazards should be brought to the attention of the foreman/Supervisor.

4.Each worker should develop a daily routine of checking his/her job area, equipment, and or machinery for any potential hazards or deficiencies.

5.All defective tools, equipment, machinery and/or dangerous work conditions should be brought to the attention of the Supervisor.

6.Each worker should wear all required personal protective devices.

7.Do not use equipment and machinery that have defective safety devices.

8.Any heavy equipment that appears to have been tampered with should not be used unless an authorized mechanic has had an opportunity to examine it.

9.Each worker should provide any suggestions concerning safety to his or her Team Leader/Supervisor or a member of the management team.

10.Anyone known to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs will not be allowed on the job in that condition. An employee that engages in such conduct while on Company premises or Company business is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The taking or prescribed medication under a doctor’s supervision is permitted only when taking such drugs does not impair the employee.

11.Employees should not handle or tamper with any equipment or machinery that is not within the scope of their duties or job unless they have received instructions from their Manager.

12.Horseplay, scuffling, practical jokes, and other acts which tend to have an adverse influence on the safety or well-being of workers is prohibited.

13.When lifting heavy objects, use leg muscles instead of back muscles.

14.Wash thoroughly after handling injurious or poisonous substances and follow all special instructions.

15.Machinery should not be repaired or adjusted while in operation nor should oiling of moving parts be attempted except on equipment that is designed or fitted with safeguards.

16.Practice good housekeeping by keeping workstations neat and orderly. Deposit refuse in proper containers.

17.Shoes with slip resistant soles are to be worn when entering the service and parts warehouse areas

18.Loose clothing, long sleeves, ties, gloves or jewelry are not to be worn when working on machinery.

19.Removal of “Danger-Do-Not-Operate” tags or locks on any machinery by unauthorized personnel are prohibited.

20.Use a ladder when required. Do not climb on machinery.

21.All emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and exit doors must be kept clear of obstacles.

22.Know the location of fire and safety exits, fire extinguishers, and emergency eye wash/rinse stations.

23.Keep your assigned area clean by practicing VVG’s 6S workplace methodology (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain and Safety). “A place for everything and everything in its place”.

24.Failure to observe traffic laws or report traffic violations Company vehicle is prohibited.

25.Misuse, abuse, damaging or tampering with the property of the Company, an employee or customer is prohibited.

26.Failure to comply with OSHA regulations, including the proper wearing of protective equipment provided by the Company is prohibited.

27.An employee who drives or operates a Company vehicle, shall:

Be responsible for the care and safety of the vehicle during the shift and perform a pre-trip and post-trip inspection according to Company standards, including the required Vehicle Condition Report.

Secure necessary equipment and supplies for proper job

performance before leaving the Company or customer’s facility.

Not tamper with tachometers, governors, or other items of equipment.

Check the tires on the vehicle before leaving the facility and/or customer’s facility.

Keep the cab of the vehicle clean at all times.

Not use any radar detector or similar device in the vehicle

Shut off vehicle whenever the driver/operator is out of the vehicle or the vehicle will be unattended for any period of time.

Notify a Supervisor or Company official when leaving the vehicle for more than thirty minutes or for any reason other than Company business.

29.No one will be permitted on the job site that has in his or her possession firearms, ammunition or articles of a similar nature.

30.Each employee is expected to be responsible for his own safety and at the same time to exercise care in avoiding injury to his fellow workers and others.

31.If you must use a personal, generic, or other type of container than the original marked or named container then you must indicate on the new container what the contents are for the awareness of others.

32.It is the employee’s responsibility to be aware of where he/she can find the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and to read and understand them.





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  1. Be alert when going up or down stairs. Use the handrail(s) at all times to prevent falls.
  1. Always use the right hand side of aisles and hallways.
  1. Open all doors s-l-o-w-l-y! Even doors with windows can pose a hazard to unseen persons or equipment.
  1. Be alert for any signs or barricades, indicating a safety hazard in the walk area.
  1. In some cases, the uneven terrain can make it hazardous for walking between buildings.
  1. Be alert to hazards of walking on vinyl flooring and carpeted floors, seams and transition pieces can “trip you up” and contribute to slips, trips and falls.


  1. Good housekeeping is very important. This can help to prevent such accidents as slips, trips, falls and falling objects.
  1. Objects not intended for the floors; such as pencils, paper clips, etc. should be removed as soon as they are observed.
  1. Do not allow extension, phone or computer cables or cords to cross aisles or drift into walking areas. In some cases, cable channels or cord covers may be used when there is no other alternative with the approval of you supervisor and the safety representative.
  1. Immediately clean up any spills or leakage on floors.
  1. Locate telephones, computers or other office equipment in such a manner that they won’t create a falling hazard to personnel, or block exits.
  1. DO NOT store any material or equipment on top of tall cabinets or bookshelves.


Proper manual lifting can prevent injuries and strains:

  • Get a firm footing, with your feet apart for a stable stance. Stand close to the load. Squat (don’t bend the waist). Take a deep breath and tighten stomach muscles to help support your back under load.
  • Lift with your legs. They’re a lot stronger than your back. Bring your back to the vertical position.
  • Hold the load close to your body. This puts less strain on your back.
  • If you must turn, move your feet first not by twisting your back.
  • Set the load down again by squatting, not by bending your back. Keep your fingers out from under the load.
  • Watch footing when walking on uneven ground or when walking in crowded areas.
  • Un-stack objects to insure good visibility.
  • Don't carry more than you can safely handle or see over.
  • Slide loads into place rather than lift the load in an awkward position.
  • Never pull loads toward you, push them away from you.
  • 2-man lift required at and above 50lbs.


  1. Neatly stored items in desk drawers can help to avoid unwanted cuts. Example: avoid loose razor blades, thumbtacks or pins.
  1. Close all drawers (both desk and filing cabinets) when not in actual use.
  1. Place filing cabinets so that they do not obstruct aisle-ways or walk areas. Open only one drawer at a time. Close drawers with either the Handle or push keeping your fingers out of the drawer area.


  1. Be aware of the condition of all electrical cords in use. Frayed, cracked or broken cords must be replaced immediately.
  1. Do not plug coffee machines, refrigerators or heaters into multi-strip outlets, these outlets are designed for small wattage electrical appliances.
  1. Multi-strip outlets must have a three-pronged plug equipped with a circuit breakeror fuse and directly plugged into a wall outlet.
  1. All electrical appliances must be “UL” or “FM” approved and plugged into a properly grounded wall outlet or multi-strip outlet (if allowed) and only one high-amperage unit per circuit, amperes should never exceed 16 amps, on a 20-amp circuit.
  1. Heaters or hot plates must be unplugged when not in use, and at the end of the workday. Do not locate this equipment in areas where, people passing by can strike them.
  1. Fuel powered heaters are not permitted for any use. Floor and/or table heaters are only permitted in service bays and warehouses. No heater will be permitted under a desk, work bench, or table.
  1. In the case of electrical problems contact site facilities. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE ELECTRICAL REPAIRS YOURSELF.


  1. The purpose of a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is to involve the employee and supervisor in the process of identifying hazards associated with tasks or specific elements of tasks.
  1. The JSA process consists of common tasks of the job to evaluate. Then the employeedetermines whether or not each task will be performed. If the task is to beperformed the employee then knows to take precaution before continuing.
  1. When identifying hazards, the employee must consider these hazards: struck by / against, caught in, on or between, slips, trips and falls, contact with an energy source (electricity, hazardous materials, etc.), spills, trips, slips, falls, and overexertion potential.
  1. When eliminating or reducing hazards engineering the hazard out is the preferred method, so examples of engineering controls are: guarding, substitution of less hazardous materials or ventilating the work area.
  1. For more information refer to VVG Safety Program “Job Safety Analysis”.



  1. Be alert to your surroundings:
  1. Look where you are walking.
  • Stay clear of moving machinery and/or equipment.
  • Use handrails when ascending or descending stairs.
  • Pick up all tools, cleanup all spilled material.
  • Do not run.
  1. Plan your work:
  • Consider possible hazards that may exist.
  • Plan how to avoid them.
  • Communicate with others around you.
  • Planned work is safe work.


  1. Hazard Communication is sometimes called employees "right to know" because employees have a right to know about:
  • Hazardous materials in the workplace.
  • Training on the use of hazardous materials.
  • Access topersonal medical records.
  • Access to Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Access to exposure records.
  • Access to the regulation and our written program.
  1. Before using hazardous materials:
  • Check the label for contents and hazard information.
  • Review the Material Safety Date Sheet for detailed hazard information.
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment per the MSDS.
  • If you have a question or need additional information contact your supervisor.
  1. Using hazardous materials:
  • Follow label, SDS, and manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Do not eat, chew or smoke while using.
  • Use required protective equipment / Avoid skin contact.
  • Immediately clean up spills
  • Provide adequate ventilation.
  1. After use and storage of hazardous materials:
  • Close containers and return to correct storage area.
  • Thoroughly clean hands, and skin, remove and label contaminated clothing.
  • Do not store food or cook food in chemical storage areas.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Hazardous materials Identification system marking systems indicate the potential dangers of hazardous materials by using a simple 0 - 4 rating in a colored area. The following guide should be used to evaluate the type and degree of hazard.


4- Contact may be fatal

3- Extremely Hazardous

2- Hazardous

1- Slightly Hazardous

0- Normal Material


4- Very flammable, flash point below 73 degrees f

3- Flammable material, flash point above 73 degrees f

2- Moderately flammable material, flash point above 100 degrees f

1- Materials that must be pre-heated, flash point above 200 degrees f

0- Materials that will not burn


4- May Detonate

3- May detonate due to mechanical shock or heat

2- May undergo violent chemical change, but do not detonate

1- Unstable at elevated temperatures

0- Stable


Materials, which demonstrate unusual reactivity with water, are marked with the letter W with a horizontal line through the center.

The letters “OXY” identifies materials, which are oxidizers

Materials that are radioactive or are a biohazard are identified by those standard symbols.



1. When working observe the following practices:

Wrist watches, rings or other jewelry may need to be removed.

Loose or ragged clothing shall not be worn.

Long sleeve shirts may be required and are always recommended. Shoulders must be covered.

Long pants shall be worn.

Appropriate footwear, in good condition shall be worn, and must have a closed toe.

2. General use of personal protective equipment (PPE):

An employee shall not wear or use PPE that’s been worn by another employee until the equipment has been cleaned and sanitized. (Fall protection equipment is the exception).

All PPE must be of an "APPROVED" type i.e., Cal-OSHA, ANSI, NIOSH, or ASME and acceptable to the company.

The employee will wear the equipment correctly.

Inspect equipment for defects prior to use.

Report any defective equipment to the supervisor.

Exercise reasonable care of company supplied equipment.


1.Site conditions will determine the need for a hard hat.

2.Hard hats that have been damaged by heat, force, chemicals or age will be immediately replaced.

3.Long hair must be contained under the hard hat.

4.Do not apply decals or write on the hard hat with indelible inks.


1.Eye protection will be worn at all job sites except offices and ware houses.

2.Contact lenses are prohibited in locations where chemical exposure may occur.

3.Where eye protection is required:

Safety glasses with side shields shall be worn as minimum protection.

Goggles shall be worn when handling hazardous liquids, gases and powders.

Face shields shall not be used instead of safety glasses and goggles.

Face shields in addition to safety glasses or goggles shall be worn when performing jobs that may injure the face, such as grinding, sand blasting or handling chemicals.

Where exposed to injurious light rays, special lens shall be worn.

  • Tinted lenses (sun glasses) shall not be worn after dark, inside buildings or onthe job site unlessapproved by the supervisor.

Eye and face protection shall comply with current ANSI standards.