There are lots of reasons for having a safety program but they all start with protecting the people that work for you. It is your legal responsibility to ensure the safety of your workers and the public. Depending on the province or provinces that you operate in there are subtle changes, but the general requirements are as follows:

  1. Provide your workers with a safe and healthy work environment
  2. Inform workers of and protect workers from hazards on the jobsite
  3. Ensure workers are trained and competent
  4. Ensure workers are trained to identify and handle hazardous material (WHMIS)
  5. Inspect work areas and ensure deficiencies are corrected.
  6. Investigate incidents
  7. Know and meet the Provincial and Federal OH&S requirements

In some provinces there are specific requirements but in others they are less defined. The easiest way to determine what your legal requirements are is a quick internet search or a call to your provincial OH&S governing body. It is important to know that the mandate of these bodies is to educate and to assist you. They are not looking to punish your company and have programs and resources designated to assist you in protecting your workers. We have a list of links below that will take you to your provincial responsibilities page.

Now that we have covered your responsibilities it is important to look at how a strong safety culture can lead to a stronger business and increased profitability.

It is common knowledge that workers that are appreciated, safe and secure work harder and produce a higher quality product than workers that are afraid for their jobs and are worried about their safety. As an employer making sure your workers are safe and showing that you care about their safety develops a culture that makes good people stay and helps you attract better employees.

Another great reason to have a safety program is it works hand in hand with your training. As a business owner it would be nice if employees came fully trained and ready to work, but most times this is not the case. Webbased safety management systems often come with built in training and allow for users to add their own training programs to the system. Once the course is in your learning management system (LMS) it is free to train your employees.

These are just a few of the reasons you should have a safety program.

Employer Responsibilities

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