Insider Information on Preparing an Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Posted Jun 26th, 2017 in Tips & News

Insider Information on Preparing an Occupational Health and Safety Policy Understanding compliance with Ontario’s complex health and safety laws is always a challenge. New and imminent OHSA regulations further complicate your obligations. For example, Bill 132 (Workplace Violence & Harassment), new WHMIS standards, new JHSC requirements, new Working at Heights legislation have all been introduced in the past two years. This information is intended to help workplaces understand their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations.

Specifically, under OHSA, a workplace violence policy and a workplace harassment policy is required of all workplaces. Additionally, under the OHSA, an employer must prepare and review at least annually a written occupational health and safety policy, and must develop and maintain a program to implement that policy [clause 25(2)(j)].

A clear, concise policy statement reflects management's commitment, support and attitude to health and safety for the protection of workers. This statement must be signed by the employer and/or the highest level of management at the workplace.

WSG can assist you with these challenges. You can request a free Health and Safety Policy Statement sample (sent digitally), and a complimentary one-hour overview of your Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.

Did you know that in addition to preparing a health and safety policy, the employer must also have a program in place to implement that policy? This program will vary, depending upon the hazards specific to your workplace. Elements of your policies and procedures may include, but not be limited to, all or some of the following:
  • Worker training, e.g., new workers, WHMIS, new job procedures
  • Workplace inspections and hazard analysis
  • Analysis of the accidents and illnesses occurring at the workplace
  • A formal means of communication to address promptly the concerns of workers
  • Confined space entry procedure
  • Lock out procedure
  • Machine guarding
  • Material handling practices and procedures
  • Maintenance and repairs
  •  Housekeeping
  • Protective equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid and rescue procedures
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire prevention
  • Engineering controls, e.g. ventilation

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