Awareness Is Safety

All over the world, different countries have similar safety systems in place, but with the advent of globalization, a universal system has been introduced.

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) was developed in response to the workers’ rights to know about the potential hazards with any chemical substance they use at work. In a global effort to ensure safe use, transport, and disposal of dangerous chemicals, an internationally harmonized approach to classification and labeling was proposed. Also, the GHS (Globally Harmonized System) was designed to provide clear, consistent label messages to chemical handlers and users, to emergency first respondents, and to the public.

Moreover, falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. The vast majority of these accidents are falls from heights—even though the height may be no more than two or three meters. Most of these injuries and deaths have happened because fall protection was either missing or not used. In Ontario, employers are required to provide workers with fall-protection training if the workers will be exposed to fall hazards.

Employers in general industries must evaluate their workplaces to determine if spaces are permit spaces. If a workplace contains permit spaces, the employer must inform exposed employees of their existence, location and the hazards they pose. This can be done by posting danger signs.

The safety of workers in the workplace should always take priority. You need your workers to stay safe and able to perform their duties, so you have to ensure that the environment you put them in, is one which is safe enough for them to function in. There are certain programs you must implement and focus on if you want to encourage an ideally safe environment for your workers. The elements of the safety programs include the following:

  • Communication and involvement between the employer and the employee in relation to safety and health issues in the workplace.
  • A copy of the company’s employee safety and health policy.
  • Encouragement of employee involvement in policy-making for health and safety issues.
  • Participation in safety activities.
  • Regular and timely analysis of workplace conditions in an effort to identify and eliminate potential or existing hazards.
  • Ensuring the employees are aware of the hazard analysis for each job and process.
  • Ensuring that workers are aware of how to operate and maintain their personal protective gear.
  • Training workers to handle specific situations using the proper procedures.
  • Only allowing people who are authorized and instructed to do certain jobs, to actually do them.
  • Employees should be prepared with emergency drills.
  • Ensuring that you focus on the employees that are learning new operations in the workplace, so that you know if they have all the necessary job skills and hazard awareness.
  • Training managers and supervisor to spot hazards and understand what their responsibilities are in relation to them.

A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd.’s founding, their diverse team of certified health and safety professionals have taken great pride in their ability to deliver prompt, cost-effective and relevant workplace health and safety solutions. As a MOL approved, TSSA accredited, and WSIB approved provider, we look forward to discussing how ACT can help with your company’s safety requirements. Contact us today.