10 Basic Safety Program Elements

1. Environmental Health and Safety Policy

Ensure employees are aware of the policy and its requirements WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3(a)

2. Management Meetings

Include safety as an agenda item on management meetings and document in the minutes WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3(d)

3. Local Joint Health & Safety Committees

  • Ensure a local joint health safety committee is in place and meets monthly
  • Ensure that meetings are well attended and documented
    WC Act Section 125, 131, 137

4. Orientation, Training and Supervision of Employees

Ensure employees and students receive proper instruction and supervision in the safe performance of their work WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3(g)

5. Hazard Assessment and Worksite Inspections

  • Work areas must be inspected regularly
  • Inspections must be documented
  • Unsafe conditions should be corrected immediately or effectively controlled
  • Prior to initiating new projects, conduct a hazard assessment and take appropriate steps to control/eliminate the hazards identified
  • Document hazard assessments
    WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3(f), 3.5, 3.9 WC Act Section 117 (1)(a), 117(2(a)

6. Incident Investigations

  • All incidents should be reported and documented
  • Time loss and medical aid incidents should be investigated and documented
    WC Act Section 172-177

7. Written Safe Work Instructions

Appropriate safe work, written instructions should be available for reference WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3 (c)

8. Records and Statistics

Document all training, meetings, disciplinary actions, inspections, incident reports and investigations, employee or student safety concerns
WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 3.3(f)

9. First Aid and Emergency Services

  • Ensure employees and students are familiar with location of first aid services, fire pull stations, fire exits and assembly areas, and telephone number to report emergencies and request assistance
  • Ensure the department has a fire safety plan and emergency response plan
    WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 4.16

10. Program Review

  • Regularly review program components and update as necessary; document this process