Site-Specific Occupational Health and Safety Programs
For large employers with 20 or more workers, Part 3 Section 3.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation states that an occupational health and safety program must be developed, initiated, and maintained by each employer that has a workforce of 20 or more workers, and at least one workplace that is determined under section 3.16 (2) (b) to create a moderate or high risk of injury, or by each employer that has a workforce of 50 or more workers.
For smaller employers with less than 20 workers, Part 3 Section 3.2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation states that in any operation where the workforce is less than 20 workers, the employer must initiate and maintain a less formal program with regular monthly meetings for workers to discuss health and safety matters, ensure that meetings are directed to matters concerning the correction of unsafe conditions and practices, and the maintenance of cooperative interest in the health and safety of the workforce, and maintain a record of the meetings and the matters discussed.
Health and safety programs are aimed at ensuring workers are protected, risks are minimized, and a healthy and safe workplace is maintained. All employers must establish some form of health and safety program at the workplace. The type of program you need depends on the number of workers you have and the risks associated with their work. Though every workplace and every occupational health and safety (OHS) program are different, there are some key elements common to all programs.
Our professional and certified Health and Safety Consultants are able to help your small or large business develop a complete written occupational health and safety program specific to your companies operations and specific industry that meet with all WorkSafeBC legislative requirements.
Written Health and Safety Program Development
At CLS Safety, we can provide your small, mid-sized, or large company with a professional site-specific written Occupational Health and Safety Program. Our programs are professionally developed and in full compliance with WorkSafeBC regulations and other provincial and federal legislation. Our professional and highly experienced health and safety consultants will conduct an initial full site inspection and thorough safety audit of your facility.
From there, the development of your health and safety program will begin. This 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 any applicable forms.
Complete Site Safety Inspections and Hazard Assessments
A risk assessment is a thorough look at your workplace to identify any hazardous elements, situations, processes, etc. that may cause harm, particularly to people. After the identification is made, analysis and evaluation are conducted to outline the likelihood and severity of the risk.
To make sure these assessments are been kept in order, we also provide the following services including scheduled or unscheduled site check-ups.
Construction Site Safety Inspection:
Construction site safety inspections and written program audits include all the safety and health requirements for OSHA compliance and worker protection.
This includes a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) also known as a Job Safety Analysis (JSA), to develop site-specific Health and Safety Plans (HASP) when required, and address specific construction hazards and issues such as:
- Confined Spaces
- Trenching and Shoveling
- Fall Protection
- Vehicle Safety
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
- Accident Reporting
- Accident Investigation
- Developing Corporate Safety Programs Including WorkSafe BC Compliance
- Construction Site Safety Training
Accident & Incident Investigation
Workplace incidents must be reported within 24 hours to WorkSafe BC. CLS Safety provides on-site accident investigation and management services for all workplace incidents, this service includes an in-depth report, follow-up, and WSIB form submission. An injury must be reported to WorkSafe BC in British Columbia. WSIB Form must be submitted if an incident results in:
- Employee obtaining professional health care (not first aid)
- Lost time
- Requires modified duties at less than regular pay
- Requires modified duties at regular pay for more than 7 calendar days after an accident
- An employee earning less than regular pay at regular work
Incidents requiring immediate notification
Employers are responsible for immediately notifying us, using the Prevention Information Line, if any of the following incidents have happened in the workplace:
- A worker is seriously injured or killed on the job
- There is a major structural failure or collapse of a building, bridge, tower, crane, hoist, temporary construction support system, or excavation
- There is a significant release of a hazardous substance
- There is a diving incident as defined by OHS Regulation 24.34
- There is a dangerous incident involving a fire or explosion that had the potential for causing serious injury to a worker
- There is a blasting incident that results in personal injury or injuries
Health and Safety Training
We provide bespoke health and safety training to meet all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and WorkSafe BC requirements. Our programs, on-site or classroom, can be tailored to fit companies of all sizes and include but are not limited to:
- General Safety Training
- Respiratory Protection Training
- Hazard Communication Training
- Aerial Platforms/Scaffolding Training
- Fall Protection Training
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training
- Asbestos Awareness Training
- Hearing Conservation Training