Health and Safety Policy 31-500 | Effective Date: May 30, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to define WorkSafeNB’s commitment, as an employer, to health and safety.

Scope

This policy applies to all staff, members of the Board of Directors, and any individual on WorkSafeNB’s premises.

Statements

1.0 General

WorkSafeNB is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in which our employees, visitors, and clients can carry out their business.

We firmly believe in and are committed to ensuring that our operations are carried out in a way that ensures the health and safety of everyone.

We will not produce or render any service likely to cause an accident or exposure that may result in personal injury, damage to equipment, or loss in process.

WorkSafeNB, is also committed to

  • Responding to health and safety legislative requirements and the needs and issues that arise in the work environment. This includes establishing a continuous improvement process so that safety is always considered a priority;
  • Establishing a health and safety presence in the workplace so that all employees recognize a clear set of expectations about accountability to health and safety;
  • Promoting the active involvement of WorkSafeNB employees by developing a culture leading to appreciation of the need for a safe and healthy work environment;
  • Identifying hazards, assessing risks and implementing effective controls; and
  • Assessing health and safety learning needs, delivering instruction, and monitoring instruction for effectiveness.

2.0 Roles and Responsibilities

All members of our organization are responsible for health and safety and will be held accountable for their actions. As such, the Board of Directors, management, and, employees have a responsibility to work together to prevent injuries and ensure that a culture of health and safety is developed and maintained.

2.1 Board of Directors

While the Board has delegated the day-to-day operations of WorkSafeNB to the President and CEO, it continues to exercise its governance and oversight of health and safety by:

  • Approving goals, targets, and strategies, including those related to health and safety at WorkSafeNB;
  • Identifying and understanding strategic health and safety risks that WorkSafeNB may face;
  • Determining risk management strategies, if appropriate;
  • Ensuring sufficient resources are allocated to implement a comprehensive health and safety plan;
  • Ensuring appropriate organizational structures to manage health and safety; and
  • Examining accountability reports that provide information on risk management initiatives and health and safety plan implementation and progress.

2.2 Management

Management is responsible and accountable for:

  • Taking every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of its employees;
  • Complying with the OHS Act, regulations, and any order made in accordance with the OHS Act or regulations;
  • Ensuring that its employees comply with the OHS Act, regulations, and any order made in accordance with the OHS Act or regulations;
  • Ensuring that the necessary systems of work, tools, equipment, machines, devices and materials are maintained in good condition and are of minimum risk to health and safety when used as directed by the supplier or in accordance with the directions supplied by the supplier;
  • Ensuring that the place of employment is inspected at least once a month to identify any risks to the health and safety of employees;
  • Acquainting an employee with any hazard in connection with the use, handling, storage, disposal and transport of any tool, equipment, machine, device or biological, chemical or physical agent;
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure an employee’s health and safety;
  • Providing and maintaining in good condition, protective equipment as is required by regulation and ensuring that this equipment is used by an employee in the course of work;
  • Co-operating with a health and safety committee, the health and safety representative, and/or any person responsible for the enforcement of the OHS Act and the regulations; and
  • Developing an inspection program with a health and safety committee, or the health and safety representative, and sharing the results of each inspection.

2.3 Employees

Legislation empowers employees with three important rights concerning their health and safety. These rights are:

  • The right to know about workplace hazards, including how to identify hazards and protect themselves from these hazards;
  • The right to participate in decisions related to occupational health and safety, free of punishment for their participation (including participation on a Joint Health and Safety Committee); and
  • The right to refuse dangerous work.

With these rights comes the responsibility of employees to:

  • Perform their jobs safely;
  • Take measures to protect their own safety;
  • Take measures to protect the safety of their fellow employees;
  • Report workplace hazards to the employer;
  • Comply with the OHS Act, regulations, and any order made in accordance with the OHS Act or the regulations;
  • Ensure personal health and safety and that of other persons at, in, or near the place of employment;
  • Wear or use protective equipment required by regulation; and
  • Consult and co-operate with a health and safety committee, a health and safety representative, and/or any person responsible for the enforcement of the OHS Act and regulations.

3.0 Annual Health and Safety Plan

In meeting all of its obligations under this Policy, WorkSafeNB:

  • Develops an annual health and safety plan;
  • Communicates the plan and expectations to the entire organization;
  • Implements the plan;
  • Measures the effectiveness of the plan to ensure the objectives are met; and
  • Reports progress regularly to the Board of Directors, management, and employees.

Policy 24-001 Occupational Health and Safety Philosophy

Policy 24-010 Occupational Health and Safety Prosecutions

 

Employee - means (a) a person employed at or in a place of employment, or (b) a person at or in a place of employment for any purpose in connection therewith (OHS Act). At WorkSafeNB, this includes all staff who are full-time, part-time, contract, and/or casual, and any other person working under an employment relationship with WorkSafeNB.

Employer - means (a) a person who employs one or more employees, (b) a manager, superintendent, supervisor, overseer or any  person having authority over an employee, or (c) an agent of any person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), (OHS Act).

Management - includes any WorkSafeNB staff who meets the definition of employer.

WorkSafeNB – means the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission or "the Commission" as defined by the WHSCC & WCAT Act.

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