Does your company have LTI’s (lost time injuries)? If so, read on.
Health & Safety Policies and Programs
You are considered a high risk by the MOL and WSIB, like any insurance underwriter, those who make claims will pay. If you have a health and safety program in place, you may avoid costly MOL charges and WSIB penalties. The MOL and WSIB are working on a special program whereby companies with LTI’s are targeted for audits, are you prepared? If not it could mean costly fines and or penalties/surcharges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act.
- Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are required to ‘Prepare and review at least annually a written occupational health and safety policy and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy.’ (Act, 25 (2) (j)
So, not only must each employer who employs more than 5 employees prepare a health and safety policy, which is the company statement. Usually this statement is less than one page in length, however the program to implement the statement is much more comprehensive, this is where we would outline items such as:
- Duties and Responsibilities
- Administrative Procedures
- Emergency Procedures
- Safe Work Procedures
- Hazard Control & Identification
- Orientation and Training
And Many More…
There is a false belief that if a contractor does not have more than 5 payroll employees, but does sub contract to more than 5 workers, they do not require a health and safety policy. This is not true; all employers who employ more than 5 employees on a regular basis, whether or not payroll or sub contract basis must have a written health and safety policy and program.
In order to prepare a Health and Safety Policy and Program, we would meet to discuss the exact type of work your company performs in order to establish the parts of a program that would be applicable to your individual organization.
We would then prepare a custom program, provide you with a copy for your review, make any necessary changes, and provide you with a finished version.