Services - Safety Works Alberta

By: Safety Works  09-12-2011
Keywords: health and safety, Safety Program, Emergency Preparedness


Services Offered:


Health and Safety Program Development

  • The staff of Safety Works will work with the client to develop the processes and procedures needed to build a successful health and safety program by assessing what is currently in place in the client organization, restructuring it and working with the client to fill in the gaps to build the health and safety program that will be specific to the needs of the client, their staff and the worksite(s) in use.

Health and Safety Program Maintenance

  • Once the health and safety program has been developed, there are processes that need to be completed on a regular basis to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Safety Committee meetings, toolbox meetings, incident investigations, inspections, hazard assessments and statistical gathering and assessment are some of the processes that need to be done on a regular basis. Safety Works can assist with development and the monitoring of these processes as well as the training of individuals to proceed independently with them.

Auditing

  • COR - As part of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) process audits of the health and safety program must occur annually with external auditors used for the certification (initial) and recertification (third) years. The auditors of Safety Works can perform these tasks for your organization at a competitive rate.
  • Baseline – If you are considering applying to get the Certificate of Recognition (COR) for your company and are unsure how your health and safety program will stack up, you may wish to have the auditors of Safety Works conduct a baseline audit some months prior to the scheduled certification audit.
    • This will allow time for the recommendations and corrective actions contained in the Baseline Audit Report to be addressed and for documentation to be built to prove that these actions have taken place.
    • The Baseline Audit may also indicate that as an organization, you are not ready for COR and there is more work for everyone to do. If there is, safety works can get your organization moving in the right direction and prepare you and your organization for the Certification Audit.

Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA)

  • Before you can write an emergency preparedness plan you need to know what risks you’re are. We will work with you to identify both natural and man-made risks your organization may be at risk of exposure to. The HRVA is considered the blueprint to work from to create your Emergency Plan.

Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • On completion of your HRVA, our staff will meet with you to map out an Emergency Preparedness plan, this will include mitigation factors, or how to reduce your risks of the incident occurring. Those risks that cannot be removed we will create a prevention strategy. The final pieces of the puzzle are the response to and recovery from those incidents that do occur, and reducing their effects on your organization.

Training

  • Hazard Assessment – Safety Works can train your staff in the process of hazard identification and assessment using either your assessment tool or one that we will provide for you. Training will include the identification of hazards, categorization of the, health vs. safety hazards, likelihood, exposure and consequence and prioritization. The course will also include the types of controls available and how to properly document the hazards ad the control processes in place.
  • Incident Investigation – The correct methods and timing of an investigation are key to determining a true picture of what occurred. The course will focus on the differences between accidents and incidents, the many causes, the investigation process, interview techniques, documentation, cause determination, corrective actions and follow-up.
  • Due Diligence – Due diligence is the process of activities that are put in place and carried out to control the hazards before the incident happens – not after it occurs. The course discusses the principles of due diligence, the OH+S legislation involved and the responsibilities of the employer and the worker in developing and working with the Health and Safety Program.
  • Custom Courses – From time to time, the client may define a specific issue that needs to be addressed. We can facilitate the addressing of this need by developing specific training sessions targeted to the client’s needs. By using company information, (pictures, job hazard analysis sheets, policies etc.) we can tailor the course to be more applicable and relevant to the specific target group.
  • Emergency Exercises - Once you have an emergency plan that is not the end of the process, if you have not tested it all you have is a binder on a shelf. Orientation, Tabletop or functional? Our staff work with you on deciding what type of exercise you should hold, then design and facilitate the exercise and follow up with a report with recommendations for improving your plan.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) - A system created out of necessity following devastating wild fires in California during the 1070’s. This system is now used by organizations throughout North America and has been identified by the Government of Alberta as the Command system of choice in the latest Provincial Emergency plan. ICS teaches common terminology, resource management, and most importantly ensuring the safety of staff involved in response functions. Our staff is able to teach ICS 100, 200, 300 and 400, also ICS 402, a course aimed at elected officials, describing their role and function during an emergency incident.

Keywords: Emergency Preparedness, health and safety, Health And Safety Program, Safety Program