Smaller Workplaces Health & Safety Program
Hazardous working conditions can harm workers and impact a businesses' bottom line whether the workplace is big or small. Under Ontario's OHSA, most workplaces which regularly employ more than five workers and less than 20 must ensure there is at least one worker health and safety representative. Like members of joint health and safety committees in larger workplaces, health and safety representatives have the legal right to inspect the workplace, investigate injuries and recommend control measures.
To help meet this legal requirement and support prevention efforts, the WHSC has a new two-day program to assist health and safety representatives in small workplaces. The comprehensive program aims to provide participants with the skills to establish, maintain and review a health and safety program. Through a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the workplace parties, and by focusing on methods to identify, assess and control hazards, representatives in small workplaces will be encouraged and empowered to create a successful health and safety program.