Safety Programs

SAFETY PROGRAMS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH OUR AWARD WINNING SAFETY PROGRAMS

There is a reason these programs have won multiple awards: they work.  Utilizing a combination of a structured, easy to follow management process, prepared program materials and high impact visual tools, you can experience real significant change in your organization’s safety record and culture.

Get a Grip on Safety

The “Get a Grip on Safety” Program has been set up to provide Business Leaders and Safety Managers with the necessary tools to provide their business areas with Slip Trip and Fall awareness training. In Canada over 42,000 workers get injured annually due to fall accidents. This number represents about 17% of the “time-loss injuries” that were accepted by workers’ compensation boards or commissions across Canada.

This program has 6 main areas of focus.

Transition zones are defined by  moving from one surface to another, like rug to tile in the office, or concrete to steel grading at a worksite.

An example of a walkway is an identified pathway that is regularly used to get from point A to point B.

High quality boots promote both comfort and safety. Look for boots with soles made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) or rubber compounds (e.g. Vibram™ or oarprene).

Over-the-shoe traction aids can provide additional slip resistance. Lightweight, fit over all types of shoes, and are effective in snow, ice, oil, grease, and free-standing water.

When workers are rushed, frustrated, fatigued, or complacent, they are more likely to put themselves or others at risk. Focus on the task at hand and the walking path so that a better and quicker reaction to react to events can occur.

Always watch where you step!

When  climbing up or down, or entering and exiting equipment or facilities, there is a higher risk of having a  slip, trip or fall.

Always face the ladder, and keep hands free when climbing up or down. Keep the center of the body between the rails of the ladder to prevent over-reaching. Know which ladder to use for each application and environment.

No matter what time of year, it’s important to pay attention to the risks in and around your home. Identify if there are any hazards in the area before starting any task… then plan how to keep you and your family safe.

LIFE SAVING RULES

This Industry Accepted Standard is a means of protecting the health and safety of the individual by significantly reducing the risk of injury associated with “rule confusion” between different companies by focusing on critical hazards and work activities.

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CONFINED SPACE

Obtaining authorization before entering a confined space.

  • I confirm energy sources
    are isolated
  • I confirm the atmosphere
    has been tested and is
    monitored
  • I check and use my
    breathing apparatus
    when required
  • I confirm there is an
    attendant standing by
  • I confirm a rescue plan
    is in place
  • I obtain authorization to enter

WORKING AT HEIGHT

Protecting yourself against a fall when working at height.

  • I inspect my fall protection
    equipment before use
  • I secure tools and work
    materials to prevent
    dropped objects
  • I tie off 100% to approved
    anchor points while outside
    a protected area

WORK AUTHORIZATION

Work with a valid permit when required.

  • I have confirmed if a permit
    is required
  • I am authorized to perform
    the work
  • I understand the permit
  • I have confirmed that
    hazards are controlled and
    it is safe to start
  • I stop and reassess if
    conditions change

ENERGY ISOLATION

Verify isolation and zero energy before work begins.

  • I have identified all energy
    sources
  • I confirm that hazardous
    energy sources have been
    isolated, locked, and tagged
  • I have checked there is
    zero energy and tested for
    residual or stored energy

LINE OF FIRE

Keep yourself and Others out of the Line of Fire.

  • I position myself to avoid:
    • Moving objects
    • Vehicles
    • Pressure releases
    • Dropped objects
  • I establish and obey barriers
    and exclusion zones
  • I take action to secure loose
    objects and report potential
    dropped objects

BYPASSING SAFETY CONTROLS

Obtain authorization before overriding or disabling safety controls.

  • I understand and use
    safety-critical equipment
    and procedures which
    apply to my task
  • I obtain authorization
    before:.
    • Disabling or overriding
      safety equipment
    • Deviating from
      procedures
    • Crossing a barrier

DRIVING

Follow safe driving rules.

  • I always wear a seatbelt
  • I do not exceed the speed
    limit, and reduce my speed for road conditions
  • I do not use phones or
    operate devices while
    driving
  • I am fit, rested and fully
    alert while driving
  • I follow journey management requirements

HOT WORK

Control flammables and Ignition sources.

  • I identify and control
    ignition sources
  • Before starting any hot
    work:
    • I confirm flammable
      material has been
      removed or isolated
    • I obtain authorization
  • Before starting hot work in a hazardous area I confirm:
    • A gas test has been
      completed
    • Gas will be monitored
      continually

SAFE MECHANICAL LIFTING

Plan lifting operations and control the area.

  • I confirm that the
    equipment and load have
    been inspected and are fit
    for purpose
  • I only operate equipment
    that I am qualified to use
  • I establish and obey barriers
    and exclusion zones
  • I never walk under a
    suspended load

FIT FOR DUTY

Be in a state to perform work safely.

  • I will be physically and
    mentally in a state to
    perform my assigned duties
  • I commit to not being under
    the influence of alcohol or
    drugs
  • I will inform a supervisor
    immediately if I or a coworker
    may be unfit for
    work

Are You in the “Line of Fire?”

 

What is ‘Line of Fire’? When you are at risk of coming into contact with a force your body cannot endure. People often unknowingly put themselves in the Line of Fire and Line of Fire related injuries are common and have a high serious injury frequency. Line of Fire hazards exist year round (not a seasonal trend, like “Get a Grip on Safety”) and are now a specific Life Saving Rule.

Line of fire is broken up into three mechanisms of injury by industry standards:

Stored Energy

Stored energy is “pent up” energy that can be released unexpectedly. Consider what we can do to protect ourselves from injuries that are caused by energy releases.

Striking Hazard

Striking Hazards are the most frequent Line of Fire risk to workers. These are hazards that strike you, or that you strike against.

Crushing Hazard

Crushing Hazards can cause injuries that occur when body parts get caught in, on or between two objects. These hazards are also referred to as pinch points.