WHAT ELEMENTS NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN YOUR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM IN BC?
The different types of health and safety policies and procedures which need to be included in your OHS program depends upon the nature of your work, the hazard rating of your industry and how large your organization is. However, WorkSafeBC does state that your Occupational health and Safety Program in BC needs to be designed a certain way as per the OHSR Regulations.
At Empire Safety Solutions, we can provide your company with a professional site-specific Occupational Health and Safety Program. Our programs are professionally developed and in full compliance with WorkSafeBC regulations and other provincial/federal legislation's. Our professional and highly experienced health and safety consultants will initially conduct a thorough site inspection and a full safety audit of your facility.
From there your health and safety program will then start development and usually takes no more than two weeks for completion. Once the program is complete our health and safety professionals will sit down with your team to go over the content of the program (i.e. policies and procedures), educate your team on how to effectively implement the program in your workplace and educate your team on how to efficiently complete applicable forms.
WorkSafeBC OHSR Section 3.3 - Contents of Program
The occupational health and safety program must be designed to prevent injuries and occupational diseases, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the program must include:
(a) a statement of the employer's aims and the responsibilities of the employer, supervisors and workers,
(b) provision for the regular inspection of premises, equipment, work methods and work practices, at appropriate intervals, to ensure that prompt action is undertaken to correct any hazardous conditions found,
(c) appropriate written instructions, available for reference by all workers, to supplement this Occupational Health and Safety Regulation,
(d) provision for holding periodic management meetings for the purpose of reviewing health and safety activities and incident trends, and for the determination of necessary courses of action,
(e) provision for the prompt investigation of incidents to determine the action necessary to prevent their recurrence,
(f) the maintenance of records and statistics, including reports of inspections and incident investigations, with provision for making this information available to the joint committee or worker health and safety representative, as applicable and, upon request, to an officer, the union representing the workers at the workplace or, if there is no union, the workers at the workplace, and
(g) provision by the employer for the instruction and supervision of workers in the safe performance of their work.
Learn more on how Empire Safety Solutions can assist your company in developing your own Occupational Health and Safety Program.
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