Regulators in Canada require every company who employs even one person to have a written safety program. Provincial (WorkSafeBC) and Federal Regulators share a common theme in REQUIRING appropriate documentation and process for workplace safety.
WorkSafeBC requires that EVERY COMPANY provide a written safety program that outlines the acceptable procedures and cautions of their workplace. In addition to the general safety outlines, you must provide a program for any site-specific hazards.
A company’s health and safety manual is an outline for an overall workplace safety program. Developing a health and safety manual protects workers and makes good business sense because of the following:
- Reduction of human and financial costs due to workplace injuries.
- Improved health and safety culture.
- Development of an effective management system for occupational health and safety and return to work (RTW) programs.
- Financial incentives in the form of rebates on WorkSafeBC premiums. Employers who earn COR certification (an integral part of which is the development of a health and safety manual) can receive rebates of 10% of their WorkSafeBC base assessment.
- Employers who earn the RTW COR certification (which requires RTW manual development) can receive an additional 5%.
- These rebates are paid directly from WorkSafeBC in the year following COR certification.
- Certifying bodies such as CSABC and FIOSA-MISOA provide excellent resources and training for companies seeking a certificate of recognition (COR) status.
Injuries Cost Money
Each year millions Canadians suffer disabling injuries on the job at a cost to employers of almost $29,000 per injury. An effective, well-organized workplace safety manual could result in substantial savings in workers compensation costs and lost workdays. An important part of the manual should be a description of how hazards are prevented and controlled. Regular and thorough maintenance inspections of equipment and vehicles are essential in preventing and controlling hazards. It is particularly important that corrective actions be taken immediately and communicated to all employees and volunteers working in that area. If changes in procedures are indicated, be sure to review these will employees and volunteers.
Emergency response is a crucial part of hazard prevention and control. There should be an emergency management system within the nonprofit organization and the premises. The emergency response could be an alarm, an intercom page indicating an emergency, or other means, which creates attention to the emergency.
Hazard Prevention & Control
Another important section of a health and safety manual is hazard prevention and control. Which includes the way in which accidents are investigated and recorded. Changes in the frequency or severity of work-related injuries in general or in a particular area might signal changes in job demands or other relevant components of the job design. Antiquity Environmental Consulting provides the development of safety manuals directed at compliance with “Certificate of Recognition” (COR) and International Standards Organization (ISO) certification requirements. In addition to health and safety manual development we provide onsite health and safety consultation to assist with COR program and or ISO compliance.