You don't need to work surrounded by heavy machinery to face serious health and safety risks, just know that regulatory attention to the extreme end of the workplace hazard spectrum is increasing. It is important to remember that every job comes with potential hazards.
Common workplace health and safety hazards include communicable disease, transportation accidents, workplace violence, slipping and falling, toxic events - particularly chemical and gas exposure, getting struck by objects, electrocution or explosion, repetitive motion and ergonomic injuries, and hearing loss. Because some hazards are less likely to happen in some workplaces than others, it's important to assess which hazards pose the most risk to your business and your employees. Some may disrupt your business continuity, some may pose serious threats to employee wellbeing, and still others will result in the most lost-time injuries or be the costliest. What all these obstacles have in common is that thorough planning can anticipate many of them.
The go-to resource for the legal requirements is the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), which enforces health and safety laws and is becoming much more proactive through their provincial health and safety initiatives.
Staying on the MOL's good side and protecting your employees doesn’t need to be challenging. What the MOL is asking employers to do is look at your risk factors and to identify potential problem areas. While they aren't usually budget-breakers, many precautions against hazards may have a higher initial cost, but as the old saying goes, "It's better to be safe than sorry."
To ensure your compliance with regulatory requirements, WSG can provide assistance in developing written programs and plans targeted for your business and industry. This document will detail the processes and programs you should implement to promote workplace safety and full compliance. This safety plan will be written in a user-friendly format, and you will receive full support in understanding and implementation. Our team will work with your staff, training them to integrate the plan and polices into their daily routine.