A safety program is an integral part of every business. Mitigating hazards and risks is a part of Occupational Health and Safety Legislation in North America.

Every Canadian business, regardless of size, has responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. Developing a result-based system can help your business achieve not only its safety goals, but also improve its efficiency for you, your employees, and your customers.

Workplace Hazards

Recognizing the hazards and risks at your place of business will help to create a culture of safety. Even if you do not have a high-risk workplace, a health and safety program is required and corresponding policies should be in place.

Safety programs designed to mitigate risk in areas including, confined space, lockout tagout, designated substances, mobile equipment, and working from heights are legislated and high-risk — and hazardous and risky situations require control and mitigation.

In some cases, industrial hygiene testing is also part of a hazard control program and Dell Tech can help you with both testing and consulting services to comply with any required corrective actions.

Some of the types of testing we can help you with include:

  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Noise testing and dosimetry
  • Indoor air quality
  • Particulate matter

Examples of common hazards

  • Evacuation/fire
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Chemical use
  • Moving equipment
  • Electrical hazards
  • Mobile equipment
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Pinch points
  • Harassment/violence
  • Eye strain
  • Overexertion
  • Mental stress
  • Struck by an object
  • Confined spaces
  • Lock out
  • Hearing protection

Health & Safety Program Requirements

There are many different types of legislation and standards to consider, including the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

In most cases, the following are required for an essential Health and Safety Program. Depending upon the specific needs of your business, there may be additional requirements:

  1. Health and Safety Policy
  2. Responsibilities of all in the workplace
  3. Allocating funds and identification of functional responsibilities, including policy writing
  4. Assessing physical demands for each job
  5. Safety considerations for purchasing
  6. Provisions for a safety representative or Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) to be in place
  7. A plan to assess working conditions, including periodic inspections
  8. A plan to assess and control hazards
  9. A plan for provision and maintenance of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  10. First aid requirements
  11. Safety communication
  12. Instruction and supervision that provides employees with information to protect themselves in the workplace
  13. Established standards to measure performance

HOW DELL TECH CAN HELP:

  • Safety system audits, set up/start up, and gap analysis
  • Workplace inspection programs and inspection training
  • Lockout/tagout programs and procedures
  • Behavior-based safety programs
  • Pedestrian safety and traffic safety planning
  • Hot work programs and procedures
  • COR (Certificate of Recognition)
  • Internal audits and readiness
  • Confined space programs
  • Safety policies and programs
  • Custom training solutions
  • Young worker programs and training

Paula Stanley

Manager, Environmental and Health and Safety Group

Call: 519-858-5021
Email: pstanley@delltech.com