Site-Specific Safety Plans (SSSP)

By SafeStaff  |  May 2023

What is a Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSP)?

Site Specific Safety Plans (SSSPs) are an essential component of any successful health and safety program. These plans help to identify and mitigate potential hazards and risks specific to a particular worksite or project.

A well-crafted SSSP includes detailed information about the site, potential hazards, and the steps that will be taken to mitigate those hazards. This plan should be developed in collaboration with all stakeholders, including workers, contractors, and management.

The SSSP should also include emergency response procedures, communication protocols, and training requirements. Regular reviews and updates to the plan are necessary to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.


Why should I have a SSSP?

Having a comprehensive SSSP in place not only helps to protect workers and visitors from harm, but it also demonstrates a commitment to safety and compliance. In some cases, a SSSP may even be required by one of your clients, or the HSWA (2015)

At the end of the day, investing time and resources into developing a thorough SSSP is a smart business decision that can help to prevent accidents, reduce liability, and improve overall productivity.


When do I need to complete a SSSP?

A Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) is required when a project or work activity poses a significant risk to the health and safety of workers or the public. The plan should be developed before work begins and should identify potential hazards, assess risks, and outline measures to control and mitigate those risks.

In general, SSSPs are required for construction projects, demolition work, excavation, and other activities that involve potential hazards such as working at heights, working with hazardous materials, or working in confined spaces. The plan should be tailored to the specific site and work activity and should be reviewed and updated regularly.


So what is the Difference between a SSSP and a JSA (Job Safety Analysis)?

A Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) is a written document that outlines the health and safety practices that will be followed on a specific work site. It includes information about hazards and risks associated with the site, as well as the measures that will be taken to control these hazards. The SSSP is typically developed by the employer or contractor in consultation with workers, and it is designed to ensure that all workers on the site are aware of the hazards and risks associated with their work and are trained to work safely.

A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a process that involves breaking down a specific job or task into its component steps and identifying the hazards associated with each step. The JSA is typically conducted by a worker or a team of workers who are familiar with the job or task, and it is designed to identify hazards and develop controls to eliminate or minimize the risks associated with the job or task.

In summary, while both the SSSP and JSA are important tools for managing health and safety in the workplace, the SSSP is a broader document that covers all aspects of health and safety on a work site, while the JSA is focused on identifying hazards and developing controls for specific jobs or tasks