Why Policies & Procedures Are So Important for Propane Companies
If you’re in the propane business, you’ve likely heard about Policies & Procedures here and there. But if you’re wondering why it’s critical for your company to have them and what makes them so important, the safety experts at P3 Propane Safety have you covered.
Policies & Procedures 101
Policies can be considered the “big picture” of your company’s daily operations. Written policies include language to cover legal issues that may arise due to the nature of the business, customer and employee health and welfare, and/or ethical concerns that may put the organization or employee in a position of conflict.
Procedures are the actual steps that are undertaken to uphold written policies. Written procedures identify individual tasks, who is responsible for the completion of each task, what steps are involved in the process, the sequence of each step, and how the progression of steps is performed.
Together they make up a Policies & Procedures Manual which serves as the guiding document for your propane company’s daily operations.
3 Reasons Every Propane Business Needs a Policies & Procedures Manual
1. Protect Your Company from Risk
You know what they say: “If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen!” Having clear, consistent Policies & Procedures is the best way to ensure that your operations are performed and completed properly. Policies & Procedures are an affordable risk mitigation tool that delivers many significant benefits, including preventing safety hazards and protecting your company in the event of litigation.
2. Streamline Employee Training
Policies & Procedures are used for initial and continuous employee training. Your Policies & Procedures Manual guides required classroom and hands-on training to tailor the required curriculum to your company’s specific needs.
3. Meet Industry Requirements
While Policies & Procedures are not explicitly required, they do cover many industry-regulated safety requirements. A Policies & Procedures Manual includes regulatory requirements, like OSHA Emergency Action Plans and Hazardous Communications Programs and DOT Training Documentation. If your propane company has a bulk plant, your Policies & Procedures Manual will also cover specific guidelines required by the NFPA and DOT Code of Federal Regulations and additional state and local codes.
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Get in Touch with P3 Propane for Policies & Procedures
Do you have a Policies & Procedures Manual for your propane company? Has it been updated recently? The experts at P3 Propane Safety provide consulting services to create customized Policies & Procedures Manuals for propane businesses. Contact us to get a quote today!