Workplaces that have ten or more workers must have an occupational health and safety program in place. The program must be in writing and developed in consultation with the OH&S committee. We regularly offer information sessions on the various elements of an OH&S program. To inquire about upcoming sessions or to speak to someone about setting up a program, call 709-778-1552. Having the foundation of an OH&S porgram in place is one of the requirements of PRIME, our employer incentive program.
Key elements of an OH&S program:
- Leadership and Administration,
- Occupational Health and Safety Committees,
- Education and Training,
- Safe Work Practices and Procedures,
- Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control,
- Workplace Inspections,
- Accident/Incident Investigations,
- Emergency Preparedness,
- Disability Management; and
- Ergonomics should be incorporated into each element of the program.
OH&S program requirements:
- Statement of the employer’s commitment to cooperate with the OH&S committee and workers,
- Statement of responsibilities for occupational health and safety,
- Procedures to identify the need for, and preparation of safe work practices and procedures,
- A plan for orienting and training workers and supervisors in safe work practices,
- Provision for establishing and operating an OH&S committee,
- A system for recognizing, evaluating and controlling hazards,
- A plan for controlling biological and chemical hazards,
- A system to ensure contractors comply with the program,
- An emergency response plan,
- Up-to-date OH&S records and statistics; and
- A provision for monitoring the program’s implementation and effectiveness.