Essential Occupational Health & Safety Program
By: Paula Stanley, Manager Environmental Health & Safety, email
Did you know that some form of Health & Safety Program is a legal requirement in most provinces?
Regardless of where you live, there are basic requirements for a Health & Safety Program. Some requirements are based on the number of employees you have and others are required regardless of the number.
Why do you need a health and safety program?
Health & Safety Programs are designed to minimize risk and control hazards in the workplace, ultimately protecting the safety of your staff and reducing workplace injuries & occupational illness. Dell Tech can work with you and your team develop an Essential Health & Safety Program tailored to your needs and risk assessment. Whether you have a machine shop, a manufacturing facility, an office or a straightforward retail location, a Health & Safety Program is an essential part of your business.
Contact Dell Tech today to begin developing your Health & Safety Program. You will be supporting a culture of safety and caring in your business. This will in turn support customer service, efficiency and accountability throughout your entire organization.
Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the law!
Health & Safety Programs are a necessary part of complying with the legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
The Cost of Safety
A Health & Safety Program will also support your business’s financial stability. A workplace injury can have numerous indirect and direct impacts on your bottom line. Just like an iceberg, the indirect costs of an ineffective Health & Safety Program could have a much more significant impact on staff engagement and company performance.
|Direct Costs:||Indirect Costs:|
|Medical bills||Overtime costs|
|Wage replacement||Lost productivity|
|Insurance premiums||Scheduling and overtime|
|Claims administration||Work stoppage|
|Replacement labour costs|
Essential Occupational Health & Safety Requirements:
It goes without saying; the complexity of your health and safety program grows with the complexity of your business. We can ensure that you get the items you need regardless of the size and complexity of your business. Essential requirements of any Occupational Health & Safety Policy are:
- Health and Safety Policy
- Knowledge of duties and responsibilities
- Posting required government information
- Violence and harassment program
- Hazard identification and Monitoring
- Training and orientation
- First Aid
- Injury reporting
- Return to work
- Safety Checklist(s)
- Health and Safety representative or Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)
- Health and Safety Inspections
Note: this list may not be all inclusive depending on your business type and location
Occupational Health & Safety and Dell Tech
If you have questions or would like more information please contact me. Dell Tech can deliver an Essential Health & Safety Policy Manual tailored specifically for your business, improving employee safety and ensuring your compliance with the occupational heath and safety act and regulations in your province. We can also perform a full hazard assessment and implement controls to support compliance, employee safety and due diligence.
I look forward to helping your company with continuous improvement. I have been working as an Environmental Health and Safety Professional in manufacturing, agriculture, research, chemicals and food related businesses for over 20 years. As a Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and an Environmental Engineering Technologist (AScT- ENVIR), I take great pride in assessing needs and implementing solutions that will fit your business.
Paula Stanley, C.R.S.P., A.Sc.T.- Envir
Manager, Environmental & Health & Safety