We’ve said it time and time again: Health and Safety is everyone’s responsibility. And it’s the number one priority in any situation. Taking safety precautions, such as, developing a and ensuring that all staff are properly trained on health and safety procedures is critical in maintaining a safe work environment.
Since the recent changes to Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers. employment companies, and businesses are cracking down on evaluating the safety of their workplaces. The most efficient way to evaluate your workplace safety is through regular health and safety audits. The safety needs of a business can change over time, so it’s important to conduct audits regularly to ensure the health, safety and welfare of your employees and organization. The standard audit should be conducted no less than once every 3 years. Safety audits are assessments of a business’ processes and procedures when it comes to health and safety. It is measured against a regulated criteria to make sure health and safety standards are met. While audits are the first step, there is more to the process. What should your employment company be doing?
Safety audits are designed to identify problems that may go unnoticed to prevent future accidents and other negative consequences to your business. However, in part with identifying problems – your auditor should be also identifying weakness and/or “holes” in your current safety procedures and help develop strategies to help rectify these weaknesses. The development of a strong health and safety procedure and strategy according to Occupational Health and Safety regulations is the key to creating and maintaining a safe workplace. This includes writing policies, creating forms.. etc.
A Job Hazard Analysis (also known as Job Safety Analysis) measures the safety/dangers of a specific job in order to reduce injury to workers. These focus on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools required and the environment. JHAs are conducted to identify and eliminate/reduce uncontrolled risks and hazards. Likewise, a Work Environment Summary should be developed. This evaluation ensures that worksites are safe for workers.
Developing and implementing an effective health and safety management system is important. Once an organization’s health and safety management system has been evaluated, the business is eligible to be COR/SECOR certified. COR/SECOR certificates are issued by Alberta Labour and Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships. COR/SECOR certifies that a business/organization’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets all requirements of the provincial standards.
Manpower’s Health and Safety Team is experienced in providing auditing support. We help our clients establish strong and effective health and safety management systems including, protocols, execution, HSE workshops and provide ongoing consultation on COR standards and remedies. For more information on COR Audits, COR/SECOR certification, or an evaluation, contact Manpower.