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Basic OHS Program Elements

SafeTech Consulting Group Ltd. - Monday, May 16, 2016


If the thought of creating an OH&S program conjures up visions of an unnavigable labyrinth – fear not.  Managing a successful health and safety program doesn’t have to be complicated, costly, or time-consuming. 

Who Does What?

Health and safety laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers. As a business owner, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Part of your responsibility is to appoint someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to help you meet and manage your occupational health and safety obligations.

While each industry has its own specific requirements, here we will guide you through the elements of a basic OH&S program:

  • Individual responsibility

    The only way for your OH&S program to be effective is to ensure that everyone in the organization takes individual responsibility and responsibility as a whole.

  • Joint occupational health and safety committee

    Workplace safety requires buy-in and a joint occupational health and safety committee represents the parties involved. Together, the committee identifies and solves health and safety problems. A joint occupational health and safety committee is mandatory in certain instances; however, they are always a good idea.

  • Health and safety rules

    Once you have created a policy, it’s important to implement it. Rules need to be set, but they shouldn’t be overly controlling, or too vague. They should have the perfect balance between control and description.

  • Correct work procedures

    Along the same lines as using rules to implement your health and safety program, having defined procedures reduces the risk of workplace injuries.

  • Employee orientation and training

    It's crucial to train and reinforce the importance of adhering to OH&S policy. By doing the training on the proper rules and regulations, employees will be more likely to remember it and, most importantly, follow it.

  • Workplace inspections

    While workplace inspections are required by legislation, it’s intended to be proactive rather than scare the employer. It is easy to get used to workplace surroundings, so you may not recognize unsafe conditions until it is too late.

  • Reporting and investigating accidents/incidents

    Regardless of your best efforts, accidents can still occur. It is a legal requirement to report specific injuries and certain categories of accidents/incidents. Despite the accident and the actions that follow, these are learning experiences which improve future health and safety initiatives.

  • Procedures - emergency, medical and first aid

    More often than not, a quick and correct reaction to an emergency can reduce its devastation considerably. Train everyone in your workplace on how to respond should an emergency occur.

  • Health and safety promotion

    It has been found that effective management of worker health and safety programs reduces the extent and severity of work related injuries and illnesses, improves employee morale and productivity and reduces workers’ compensation costs.

  • Workplace specific items

For peace of mind, consider outsourcing your health and safety services. At SafeTech Consulting Group Ltd., we are leaders in critical and comprehensive safety solutions.

For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today.


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