Health and Safety rules are an Epsco’s mission. People are an important asset. It is our interests to minimise  risks to people. Epsco’aim is to ensure an Health & Safety Training Management System to our specialists on the prevention of incidents.
Herebelow there is a summary of our Operational Safety Plan instruction.

What is an OPS?
Who must draw up an OPS, and when?
What is the difference between an OPS and a WSP?



What is an OPS?

It is a document drawn up by epsco group  which must include the information relative to that specific Worksite and assessment of the risks to which his specialists & Consultant  are exposed. The OPS, therefore, must not be provided simply to fulfil an administrative obligation, without which the contracting company will be subject to sanctions, but it is above all an essential and indispensable document whose purpose is to prevent, limit and reduce risks to a minimum and which gives a series of instructions on behaviour and attitudes which will increase safety.

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Who must draw up an OPS, and when?

Unlike the Safety and Coordination Plan, which in some cases is not obligatory, the OPS must always be drawn up by epsco group that enter a temporary or mobile site in order to carry out their work. The OPS must therefore always be present on the worksite. The Operational Safety Plan (OPS) is prescribed as well as the Safety and Coordination Plan (SCP), to which it is complementary; however, even if there is no Safety and Coordination Plan, the Operational Plan must always exist and in this case it is known as the Substitute Safety Plan (SSP)

An Operational Safety Plan must include the following:

  • The contractor’s identity data;
  • The company organisation chart and a list of the company’s employees and any subcontractors present on the worksite;
  • A list of the documents relative to safety, authorisations and permits, conformity certificates, signs and reports, for which the contractor is responsible.
  • Data relative to the safety system as prescribed by Lgs. Decree 626/94 (PPSM, Company Doctor, WRS, Employer);
  • Indications of the health protocol foreseen by the programme drawn up by the Company Doctor;
  • Safety instructions and/or procedures, if any, relative to the handling of chemical products used for work.
  • Indication of the type of occupational hazards to which the workers are exposed due to their specific tasks on the site.
  • Indications on the handling of wastes produced and/or managed on the site, data of both production and internal services;
  • Indications of the daily noise exposure levels to which the various categories of workers are subjected on the site.
  • Indications and emergency procedures for fire fighting and first aid on the site and the persons in charge;
  • Technical indications on the manual handling of loads;
  • Indications of the safety signs that must be affixed on the site;
  • Site organisation and road system, and site logistics and health services;
  • Indications on the use of the energy supply systems on the site and their safety characteristics;
  • Modalities for Operational Safety Plan updating;
  • Detailed works programme, with stages and sub-stages, as a document complementary to the Safety and Coordination Plan;
  • Verification of respect for the prescriptions of Lgs. Decree 626/94, and management of subcontractors;
  • Modalities for informing workers of the contents of safety plans;
  • List of specific IPD (individual protective devices) for special works, as well as those normally used.

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What is the difference between an OPS and a WSP?

The WSP (Worksite Safety Plan) is the only safety plan that must be drawn up by the Customer and it includes instructions that allow for the contractors and independent workers to understand how they must complete and integrate the work and construction process. The Planning Coordinator indicates the procedures, the structures and the equipment destined to guarantee workers’ safety and to protect their health with regard to the specific aspects of the worksite.

The OPS prepared by the Epsco group, being a detailed planning instrument that is complementary to the coordination plan, must contain the specific risk prevention measures relative to the works carried out on the site; it is complementary to the WSP and contains information (technological, organisational and /or managerial) regarding matters that are left to the contractors’ independent choice. The employers of the contracting companies and the independent workers must therefore put into practice everything foreseen by the OPS that they themselves have drawn up.

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