Canadian safety rules and regulations exist in order to keep employees safe and to ensure that companies can maintain a high level of productivity without making any compromises. Canadian safety compliance programs ensure that businesses develop positions, procedures, standards, and processes that will prevent workplace accidents and keep employees productive for the long term. Here are some essential elements you’ll need to have in place in order to have a safe workplace in Canada:
Write and Sign a Safety Statement
The place to begin with a company’s safety record is with the mindset and culture of the executives and management. By starting with a simple statement of goals and general roles for all of the key stakeholders in the company, it will be much easier to keep everyone on the same page as you develop a plan. If everyone understands their roles in the safety process, meetings and actions will be far more productive and effective in the future as you develop a safety training and auditing system.
Learn the Canadian Safety Rules and Regulations
There are national and provincial laws that every business will need to know about, and these laws will sometimes change depending on the size of a business or the particular field of a company. Naturally, the regulations for working with chemicals in a factory will differ from those that apply to drivers who transport them from one facility to another. Road safety will also be quite different from confined space awareness. In addition, the liability of supervisors will be quite different from an executive or high level manager at an organization.
Use a Reliable Training Program
Once you understand what is demanded of your company for safety training, you’ll need to find a training program that incorporates all of the information your supervisors and trainees need to know. Oftentimes you’ll need to modify training programs in order to meet the specific demands of your particular facility or manufacturing equipment. Review your safety and training materials with a number of key management team members before implementing the program to a wider group of workers.
The most effective training program will strike the perfect balance between too much and too little information, as too much information will be impossible to implement and too little will be unhelpful in preventing accidents.
Task Supervisors with Key Training Roles
A safety program won’t take care of itself. It requires oversight and follow up in order to let everyone know that the standards you’ve set up will be taken seriously. In addition, it’s quite likely that new safety challenges will arise or old rules simply aren’t useful in keeping workers safe. If specific supervisors are tasked with keeping updated on all safety-related issues in the workplace, they’ll be able to keep your safety training program current, useful, and effective.
Provide Incentives for Compliance
While every worker should strive to be safe at work out of self-interest, it’s all too common to find workers who don’t take safety seriously and place themselves in dangerous situations. Safety training can prevent accidents only if the entire organization takes it seriously. Therefore it’s essential to set specific goals and to celebrate meeting them. For repeat violators, it will be in everyone’s best interest to keep them out of the workplace unless they are willing to conform to the requirements of safety training. This is all the more reason to provide clear goals and incentives for workplace safety.
About the author:
This article was written by Ed Quinn.