Safety Program Development

2002 amendments to the Workplace Safety and Health Act require employers with twenty or more employees to have a written safety plan.

  • An effective safety and health program needs worker commitment and participation.
  • It must be developed in consultation with the Workplace Safety And Health Committee.
  • Employees must be familiar with the program, know their rights and responsibilities, and understand how to handle concerns.
  • A program must provide a mechanism to encourage them to suggest ways to make the workplace safer and healthier.

Corporate Health Works assists companies to develop safety and health policies and procedures which would satisfy the requirements for the plan elements set out below:

7.4(5) A workplace safety and health program must include:

  1. a statement of the employer’s policy with respect to the protection of the safety and health of workers at the workplace;
  2. the identification of existing and potential dangers to workers at the workplace and the measures that will be taken to reduce, eliminate or control those dangers, including procedures to be followed in an emergency;
  3. the identification of internal and external resources, including personnel and equipment, that may be required to respond to an emergency at the workplace;
  4. a statement of the responsibilities of the employer, supervisors and workers at the workplace;
  5. a schedule for the regular inspection of the workplace and of work processes and procedures at the workplace;
  6. a plan for the control of any biological or chemical substance used, produced, stored or disposed of at the workplace;
  7. a statement of the procedures to be followed to protect safety and health in the workplace when another employer or self-employed person is involved in work at the workplace that includes:
    1. criteria for evaluating and selecting employers and self-employed persons to be involved in work at the workplace, and
    2. procedures for regularly monitoring employers and self-employed persons involved in work at the workplace;
  8. a plan for training workers and supervisors in safe work practices and procedures;
  9. a procedure for investigating accidents, dangerous occurrences and refusals to work under section 43;
  10. a procedure for worker participation in workplace safety and health activities, including inspections and the investigation of accidents, dangerous occurrences and refusals to work;
  11. a procedure for reviewing and revising the workplace safety and health program at intervals not less than every three years or sooner if circumstances at a workplace change in a way that poses a risk to the safety or health of workers at the workplace; and
  12. any other requirement prescribed by regulation.
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With twenty years of experience, Corporate Health Works is unique in Manitoba and leads the industry in innovative training and program development.

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