Handouts, Planning Tools & Training Programs

Planning Tools and Resources

Pre-Task Planning Guidelines and Resources
Pre-Task Planning (PTP) is a process performed before each task starts to discuss the steps of work, the hazards, and available controls. This process may also be known as job hazard analysis (JHA), job safety analysis (JSA), morning huddle, or other terms. To help contractors design, implement, assess, and continuously improve their PTP process, CPWR has developed a comprehensive PTP package. It contains several applied tools — including checklists, templates, and practical examples — to help you through the process.

Best Built Plans – Planning Tool and Interactive Components
Construction workers are at high risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders, such as strains, sprains, carpal tunnel, and back injuries, due to the physically demanding nature of their work.  In addition to a comprehensive ergonomics training program with modules for workers and contractors, the Best Built Plans program includes information and planning resources to help a contractor develop a plan to reduce manual materials handling and related injuries and engage all levels of their work force in the process. The planning resources include, for example, spreadsheets, information on productivity benefits, examples of lifting equipment and interactive training and coaching resources to reinforce safe practices. Elements of the Best Built Plans program are available in English and Spanish. 

Work Safely with Silica
There are ways contractors can reduce the dust and reduce the hazard. This easy to use planning tool takes you step-by-step through conducting a job hazard analysis for silica, selecting appropriate controls, and creating a job-specific plan to eliminate or reduce silica hazards. You can save as a pdf, print and/or email your plan.

Written Fall Protection & Rescue Plan
Developing and implementing a detailed fall protection plan is essential to protect all workers at risk for a fall. This generic plan, available in English or Spanish, can be printed out and filled in with details from your job site(s).

Small Contractor Fall Prevention Planning Resources
Simple resources for small contractors to plan for fall prevention and protection (also available in Spanish)

Safety Climate-Safety Management Information System
Our newest tool, the Safety Climate-Safety Management Information System (SC-SMIS), builds on and expands our safety climate work. With the SC-SMIS, account holders can use CPWR’s reliable and valid Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT — English or Spanish) to measure their company’s safety climate maturity, or they can get a snapshot of the safety management activities they’re currently using to strengthen safety climate with the Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATscEnglish or Spanish).  After employees complete the S-CAT or S-CATsc, the company can review the scores; use that information to select from a large repository of evidence-based safety management resources that are specifically designed to improve low-scoring indicators; and then develop a plan to help put those resources into action.

COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend that companies develop a plan to protect their employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This free COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool takes you step-by-step through developing your plan, including what to consider when conducting a job hazard analysis for COVID-19, selecting appropriate controls, screening workers and visitors, training employees, and implementing the plan.