From the CCOHS: “A health and safety program is a definite plan of action designed to prevent accidents and occupational diseases. Some form of a program is required under occupational health and safety legislation in most Canadian jurisdictions. A health and safety program must include the elements required by the health and safety legislation as a minimum.
Because organizations differ, a program developed for one organization cannot necessarily be expected to meet the needs of another. "
There are some key elements to include in a safety manual such as, but not limited to:
Company Health & Safety Policy
Responsibilities of Management, Supervisors, Workers, Contractors & Visitors
Hazard Assessment Identification and Control
Health & Safety Committees
Safe Work Practices & Procedures
There are many benefits to establishing a health, safety & environmental management program. By implementing best practices and a solid health & safety management program, employers will protect their employees, assets and prevent incidents, with an added benefit to potentially reducing annual workers’ compensation costs.
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