Established work procedures have proven to be beneficial in many ways. They play an integral role in performing jobs safely, providing standardized training and being assistive with investigations.
Job procedures are defined as a step-by-step description of how to proceed, from start to finish, in performing a task properly.
Where confusion seems to run rampant is in determining whether a job requires an actual job procedure or should be considered a "task" which is a segment of work which requires a set of specific and distinct actions for its completion or if it should be a "practice" which is a set of guidelines helpful for a specific type of work that may not always be done in the same way.
Once it has been decided that a job procedure is a requirement, it is then essential to establish a standardized format which should include its purpose, primary audience and review frequency.
Included are two sample procedures that can be reviewed for both format and content.
- Sample Procedure #1
- Sample Procedure # 2