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Garry Bennett, CHSO, PGSC
(647) 570-4318

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Consulting

Occupational Health and Safety Management / Gap Analysis

An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a fundamental part of an organization’s risk management strategy. GB will analyze your current requirements and implement an OHSMS strategy that will enable your organization to:

  • Protect its workforce and others under its control
  • Comply with legal requirements
  • Facilitate continual improvement

In order to meet the Certificate Of Recognition (COR) for Ontario GC, GB provides robust Gap Analysis of your Safety Management System. This ensures successful auditing.

Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are your best defense by proactively identifying hazards before they can cause injury. GB expert staff conduct comprehensive inspections to identify and record hazards for corrective action through a critical examination of the workplace. These inspections allow us to:

  • Listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors
  • Gain further understanding of jobs and tasks
  • Identify existing and potential hazards
  • Determine underlying causes of hazards
  • Recommend corrective action
  • Monitor steps taken to eliminate hazards or control the risk (e.g., engineering controls, administrative controls, policies, procedures, personal protective equipment)

Health and Safety Policy Program Development

The health and safety policy is one of the most critical policies at any workplace, laying the foundation for creating a safe workplace. The goal of health and safety programs and policies is to clearly define standards, assign responsibilities and provide a framework for compliance with legislative requirements and development of a safe workplace. GB is committed to building programs, developing policies that address identified needs, and providing assistance in successfully implementing comprehensive programs. Our work encompasses:

  • H&S policy development
  • H&S programs
  • Analysis of program requirements
  • Document development
  • Employee education
  • Assistance with program implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Program administrator training
  • Auditing

Tips for making safety a workplace priority

  • Make positive attitudes and proven safe work practices a condition of hiring
  • Make new workers aware of your safety policy as part of the hiring process
  • Make safety a part of all management, supervisor, and worker evaluations
  • Put workplace safety on the agenda at group meetings

Workplace Accident Investigations and Reporting

GB conducts thorough investigations that uncover facts concerning injury, illness, or fatality after it has or could have occurred to determine the causes and develops policies to prevent future injuries and illnesses.

Policy Writing / Subcontractor Pre-Qualification

Canadian Health and Safety legislation requires employers to distribute health and safety program documentation in their workplace. A written occupational health and safety policy helps promote an effective OHS program. Such a policy should reflect the unique needs of your workplace and should be regularly reviewed and updated. GB prepares compliant documentation that communicates a commitment to health and safety.

Site Inspection

Immediate response to any Ministry of Labour Order is critical to prevent loss of production, penalties and stop work issuances. GB provides assistance to understand, address and comply with the Ministry of Labour inspection or investigation. Inspecting construction sites to ensure that appropriate controls are in place is another crucial element of an effective health and safety program. GB conducts informal and formal documented inspections to meet client requirements. GB’s well-managed inspection program identifies problems and assesses risks before accidents or injuries occur.

  • Identify potential problems
  • Identify deficiencies in equipment and/or machinery
  • Assess and determine the degree of compliance
  • Demonstrate management support for the health and safety program

Accident and Incident Investigation

Accident/Incident investigation and analysis, which determine root causes, are critical for preventing future accidents. GB investigations and analysis produce information leading to corrective actions to prevent or reduce the number of accidents in the workplace. Investigations will:

  • Reduce the likelihood of fraudulent claims
  • Save on hiring and training replacement employees
  • Facilitate employer/employee contact, giving the employer more control and direction, leading to a more favorable resolution
  • Promote better morale among all workers

Joint Health and Safety CommitteE Monitoring Effectiveness

The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is a forum for bringing the internal responsibility system into practice. GB provides guidance to respond to committee of labour and management representatives who meet on a regular basis to deal with health and safety issues. Bringing in-depth practical knowledge of specific tasks from both about and management perspectives, GB brings balance and oversight to ensure policies, and procedures are handled effectively and enhances the cooperation among all parts of the work force toward solving health and safety problems.