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5 ways your business can improve workplace health and safety

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For many business owners, occupational health and safety requirements are an important aspect of their day-to-day operations, but they are too often misunderstood. Trying to navigate all the rules and regulations of workplace health and safety can seem daunting, expensive, and time-consuming, but it doesn’t need to be.

At CFIB, we’ve made it easier by creating customizable templates that will keep your workplace and employees safe! These templates include: 

Don’t forget, for further assistance, CFIB’s Business Counsellors can walk you through these documents to help adapt them to your business, and provide you with expert advice on your provincial health and safety regulations.   

5 easy ways to improve occupational health and safety in your small business!

1. Demonstrate your commitment to safety

You and your management team can show you’re committed to workplace safety by :

  • Creating a health and safety policy for the business
  • Provide examples of safe and unsafe practices
  • Participate in workplace safety discussions with staff
  • Complete regular internal inspections 
  • Provide resources for staff on workplace safety
2. Identify and manage your risks

Identify Risks :

  • Biohazards (ex. virus)
  • Chemical (ex. gases) 
  • Mechanical (ex. machines) 
  • Ergonomic (ex. work posture) 
  • Psychological (ex. difficult customers) 
  • Physical (ex. noise)

Manage Risks : 

  • Ensure staff have proper protection equipment 
  • Conduct inspections and maintenance
  • Provide training
  • Put up informational posters
  • Security devices 
  • Safer work processes 
3. Train your employees

Analyze your needs and the needs of your employees

  • Establish your priorities 
  • Find training for staff 
    • CCOHS
    • CFIB
    • Consultants, etc.
  • Organize training 
  • Log the information
4. Investigate accidents and develop plans to reduce future risks
  • Collect all the facts 
  • Ask the right questions : Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
  • Investigate 
  • Develop plans to reduce future risk 
5. Measure your performance
  • Measure your preventive actions
    • How many OHS discussions does your business hold in a year?
    • What actions have you taken during the year to improve safety?
    • How many inspections does your business conduct in a year?
  • Set course of action for improvment 
    • Increase OHS training
    • Increase OHS discussions and inspections
    • Implement a safety committee, etc.

DON’T FORGET: There are fourteen jurisdictions in Canada - one federal, ten provincial and three territorial - each having its own occupational health and safety legislation, outlining the general rights and responsibilities of the employer, the supervisor and the worker. CFIB’s Business Counsellors can help you navigate through all the rules and regulations!

Our Business Counsellors are available to help all CFIB members at 1-888-234-2232 or by email [email protected] 

Exclusively for members, CFIB offers the Small Business Health & Safety Certificate, an online course, offering training on the following topics:

  • Health and Safety for Small Business
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Health and Safety Committees
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Office Ergonomics
  • Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips
  • WHMIS for Workers