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1 How a Health and Safety Professional can be an asset to your operation

2 What a Health and Safety professional can bring to your Operation.  Reduction of Injuries and Loss.  Going from Reactive to Pro-active.  Keep you in compliance with Legislation.

3 Injury Reduction  Help select and design training programs that create competent workers.  Work with Operations in identifying workplace hazards.  Assist in developing work methods that will reduce the risk of injuries.

4 Injury Reduction  Determine the true causes of an incident  Build programs to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries  Build return to work programs for injured workers

5 Assist Operations to go from Reactive to Proactive  Identify the causes of potential loss.  Put corrective actions in place prior to loss occurring.  Less time spent dealing with the aftermath of an accident: Worker cannot return to regular duties Incident investigation Repair Dealing with Compliance Officers

6 What is in it for my company to reduce injuries or equipment loss  An incident that involved two rail cars and the Rail Mover jumped a track cost : Rerailment cost: $70,000 -$100,000 Approximately 40 hours of investigation time: $4,000 The loss of productivity was estimated to two time cost of the incident.

7 Keeping in compliance with legislation  OHS administrative tickets and fines Administrative fine $10,000 per day to the company $100-$500 for Administrative tickets to the worker

8 Keeping in compliance with legislation If Fined after a severe incident… ○ (a) First offence: ○ (i) to a fine of not more than $ and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $ for each day during which the offence continues after the first day or part of a day, or ○ (ii) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both fines and imprisonment, and

9 Keeping in compliance with legislation If Fined after a severe incident… ○ (b) Second offence: ○ (i) to a fine of not more than $ and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $ for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues after the first day, or ○ (ii) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

10 Other regulatory bodies  Alberta Transportation  Alberta Energy Regulator  Alberta Environment  ABSA  Environment Canada  Transportation of Dangerous Goods  All these Regulatory bodies could remove operation licenses and/or issues fines.

11 How to select a Health and Safety Professional  Evaluate your company’s culture  Determine level of risk  Industries: Complexity of the process  Level of involvement from the management group: Hands-on management very visible or more independent  Evaluate the type of Workers: Labourer versus Gas plant Operator Construction versus retail

12 Types of safety professionals; what’s the difference?  Process Safety Engineer  National Construction Safety Officer  Canadian Registered Safety Professional  Occupational Nurse  Medic

13 Types of safety professionals; what’s the difference? My humble opinion:  Interview the person for their personality  Do they like people?  What is their vision of Health and Safety?  Do they have experience in your industry?  Team player? Leader?  Do they like to coach?  Do they like to learn?  Can they convince?  Will they make an effort to “Seek first to understand and then seek to be understood”

14 How to continue improvement  The Management Team and Health and Safety advisor must continually: Learn from their investigation. Reassess any changes to the organization: ○ New processes ○ New technologies ○ New social trends ○ Changes in the environment ○ Changes in the work force

15 In Summary  The right Health and Safety Professional can be a great asset. They can: Reduce injuries Reduce costs Become pro-active Give a company a competitive edge against competitors.

16 One Final thought:  They is always more then one causes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksd2 DE_qGH8&list=RDKsd2DE_qGH8#t=68

17 Questions?


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