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Health & Safety Programs

What is a health and safety program?

A health and safety program is a plan of action designed to keep people healthy and safe at work. An effective program is proactive and helps to prevent accidents, injuries, and diseases. An effective program will also:

  • Identify and control hazards;

  • Limit a company’s financial losses resulting from accidents, injuries, and diseases;

  • Promote a positive culture of safety and health;

  • Outline guidelines and terms of reference for workplace inspections, safe work procedures, meeting requirements, policy review, and more;

  • Include sub-programs and spark healthy conversations around safety issues pertinent to your workplace.

Why is it important?

A health and safety program is essential for lots of reasons:

  • It keeps all people within the workplace (workers, employers, contractors, customers, clients) healthy and safe so they can continue to work, earn an income, access services, purchase goods, etc.

  • It’s the law! A compliant program helps to protect the workplace and those within it from legal or financial troubles that can come from non-compliance.

  • It helps you prepare in advance for cases of crises or emergency. This can dramatically decrease the injury, loss, and financial hardship that may come from these situations.

  • It holds everyone accountable! A well-outlined program keeps you and your team on track throughout the year so you are up-to-date and keeping health and safety a top priority in your workplace, rather than an afterthought.

Who needs a health and safety program?

It’s best practice for all workplaces to have a health and safety program, but they’re legislatively required for businesses that employ 6 or more workers.

Regardless of workplace size (even for those of you with fewer than 6 workers), all employers are required to:

  • Do everything they reasonably can to protect their workers in each situation;

  • Inform, instruct, and supervise workers to protect their health and safety;

  • Make sure that every worker and supervisor takes the required training, including basic occupational health and safety awareness training, and keep records of that training; and

  • Make sure workers know their rights by posting a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here poster.

Have more than 19 workers? There are different requirements for your workplace, such as developing a Joint Health and Safety Committee and having certified members.

Need help developing your workplace health and safety program? Book a discovery call or stay tuned for our downloadable do-it-yourself guide coming soon!


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