Safety Advisor Corner: Safety Tips for OHS Administrators

Safety Tip #1
Any individual tasked with safety within the organization should familiarize themselves with the WorkSafeBC Employer Planning Toolkit. Available on WorksafeBC’s website, the Toolkit paints an accurate picture and displays trends regarding a company’s safety performance. Reviewing these statistics allows for informed decisions on how to improve safety in the workplace as well as the cost justification for making any required changes.

Safety Tip #2
Large companies typically have a worker pool to draw from. If an employee is injured away from work, disability insurance can provide the employee with a reliable source of partial income, while alternatives often exist for the employer that can address their needs during the employee’s absence. However, for an employer with 20 workers, one employee represents 5% of their workforce. Smaller employers lacking short-term disability insurance coverage may yield to the temptation of releasing the worker due to the absence of suitable alternatives and the pressing requirement for an able-bodied person to protect the operational needs of the business.

Employers are thus encouraged to offer PPE to employees to take home for personal use. By encouraging employees to be safe in a home environment (i.e., while cutting the lawn or using a chainsaw), the risk of injury to the person is reduced, thereby helping to secure employee attendance. Offering employees the use of company PPE is good business and demonstrates concern for worker welfare both on and off the job.

Safety Tip #3
Hazard profiles for specific jobs can be used to create quick and easy job postings. If hazards of a specific role are known, then these can be included in the job description. After hiring, the hazard profile can then be used to create a training matrix. This will assist in reducing employee turnover and increasing efficiencies, since successful hires are more likely to have acquired necessary training.