Safety First — Is your business a safe place to work?
Whether your business is big or small, based at one location or many, you are legally responsible to make sure that your business is a safe and healthy place to work.
A plan should establish employer and employee responsibilities, identify hazards, reduce or eliminate the risk for injuries from workplace accidents and meet with all health and safety regulations.
What are some of the things you can do to promote safety in the workplace?
- Set out clear health and safety policies.
- Make sure that your employees read and understand the safety plan and that all questions have been addressed.
- Provide your employees with the information and training they need; for example, WHMIS training. See our related blog, WHMIS: Keeping your workplace safe.
- Supply protective equipment, devices, and clothing and ensure that they are used.
- Have the necessary first aid equipment available and ensure your employees know how to use it. Training should be provided by qualified first aid organizations.
- Record and look into accidents that happen in the workplace.
Keep in mind that as an employer, you must adhere to all health and safety regulations and your employees have the right to refuse to report to work if they fear work conditions are unsafe. Some clients may even choose not to do business with you unless they see proof that you have a workplace safety plan in place. Our Health and Safety resources page will guide you to the information related to your industry and location.
Free Health and Safety resources are available for your review on the Labour Programs page.
A health and safety program is a good idea for most workplaces. The size, the types of potential hazards, and the nature of your business will determine the type of program you'll need.
Workplace health and safety is everyone's responsibility. Make your program workplace-specific so it will work for you!