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Employers with 20 or more workers must have a health & safety program that is developed in consultation with the joint work site health and safety committee.
Employers with fewer than 20 workers is not required to have a program, but must have documentation in place that meets the requirements established by the OHS legislation.
Occupational Health and Safety, Act Regulations and Code
What is a health & safety (H&S) program?
An H&S program is a coordinated system of procedures and processes used to improve occupational health and safety and prevent injury and illness in the workplace.
Employers, workers, and other work site parties are responsible for their own health and safety, as well as that of everyone at or near the work site. The program encourages people to be aware of their roles and responsibilities and to work together to identify and solve health and safety concerns.
Step 1: Review the government’s guidance on H&S programs
Below are some helpful links from Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) to get you started on building your program.
Use the OHS starter kit to guide you through other steps:
Step 2: Determine if you require a H&S committee or representative
Your committee/representative will be crucial in helping you develop your program and keeping it current.
a) Start by determining whether your work site requires a H&S committee, or simply a representative.
b) Your committee co-chairs or representative must attend mandatory training.
c) Your committee or representative should utilize the government’s templates and examples to help them with their responsibilities. (See Appendix 3 for templates)
Step 3: Hazard Assessment & Control
All employers are required to have hazard assessments completed for each work site no matter how many workers they employ.