Each person has the right to be safe and the responsibility to act safely. By working safely, it is possible to prevent all injuries and accidents at a job site.
All employers are subject to Occupational Health & Safety, regardless of size or industry. As an employer, you are responsible for providing a safe workplace for all of your employees. As industry standards and hazards change, your safety program must adapt.
A good safety program includes
- Identification of hazards in the workplace
- Regular review to reduce or eliminate hazards that are detected
- Proper safety procedures and PPE to avoid harm from hazards
- A pre-job inspection report (Field Level Risk Assessment) or “tool box talk” where employees can understand the hazards in the job site each day
- Access to proper Personal Protective Equipment (fall arrest equipment, steel toed boots, goggles, reflective vest, gloves, etc.)
- Procedures for ensuring that workers who are working alone are safe
- Providing medical attention to injured workers
- An escalation process for when safety procedures are not followed
- A process for reporting near misses and incidents so that future accidents can be prevented
- Regular review of the safety program