Safety Program Development

Hazard Assessment

It is important to assess the risks of injury in the workplace and involve workers in assessing and controlling all hazards.

"Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety legislation requires employers to conduct hazard assessments and to eliminate the hazards identified. If they cannot be eliminated, the employer must introduce controls to protect against them."

Hazard Assessment and Controls Workbook 

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Work Site 

Inspections

Work Site Inspections

Inspections are important as they allow you to:

  • listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors

  • gain further understanding of jobs and tasks

  • identify existing and potential hazards

  • determine underlying causes of hazards

  • recommend corrective action

  • monitor steps taken to eliminate hazards or control the risk (e.g., engineering controls, administrative controls, policies, procedures, personal protective equipment)

Emergency Preparedness 

Preparing for emergencies is an important part of your workplace health and safety program and is a legal requirement throughout Canada. It is important to develop policies and procedures to assess all possible emergencies. Prepare activities and procedures on the risk to the workers health, safety and environment and educate employees on what common emergencies the workers could be facing in their workplace. Practice site-specific responses and develop a recovery plan on what steps to take to resume normal activities after an emergency. 

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