The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls

  One of the core principles that we use in health and safety management is that of the Hierarchy of Hazard Controls. The hierarchy of hazard controls gives us a template to find the most effective way to control hazards in the workplace. There are 5 broad categories of hazard control methods: Elimination: Elimination of a hazard… Read More »

Getting the Best out of your Joint Health and Safety Committee

  Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) are one of the best tools for improving your workplace’s safety performance. Especially if they can avoid the pitfalls that these groups can  run into from time to time. In this article we’ll look at some ideas for making the best of your JHSC. In Ontario, workplaces with 20 or more employees are required to have… Read More »

Designing an Effective Lockout/ Tag Out Program

When safety systems break down, workers are exposed to risk. This is especially true when it comes to lockout/tag out systems. Accidents involving failures of lockout/tag out systems can be especially dangerous because they involve workers who are in close proximity with machinery. Lockouts are required for maintenance and cleaning or clearing stock jams; situations… Read More »

The Business Case for Health and Safety

In some companies, safety is viewed as an expense, a necessary evil. When it comes right down to it, safety improvements are looked at as being yet another business expense that has to compete with all the other financial outlays that go with running a company. And I can certainly understand why. In the real… Read More »

Why we do Health and Safety

When I attended the United Steelworkers HSE Conference in Pittsburgh in 2015, one of the presenters of the accident investigation workshop I attended said something that crystallized my commitment to health and safety in the workplace. At the time I’d been thinking a lot about the fact that as Health and Safety professionals, we only… Read More »