On-Track Safety Solutions

Safety Program – Build In-house or Buy

If your company has decided to implement, revise, or update a safety system, you are frequently faced with whether it should be created in-house, or by a third party safety consulting company. With this decision a business owners need to look at its organizational and decide if building an in-house system would be better than what’s available in the market.

Building a complete and effective health and safety program for your company can be a complex process. Some key things your company should evaluate when to build vs. buy are; time, price, long-run support, and trial and error.  We look at these a little more in depth below:

  • Time, Price and Resources – What is the timeline that you need a safety program completed in for your company. Building a health and safety program from scratch is a time-consuming You need to ask yourself if you have the manpower and knowledge within the organization to complete a full health and safety program within the allotted time.
  • Will an in-house program grow with your organization and support you in the long run? When an organization grows, it’s important that the safety system grows with it. Even though the program might work well for you today, will it fit your business after future growth? If your company is moving from a SECOR to a COR or switching certifying partners, does your company understand how to make this transition smoothly.
  • Trial and Error – When creating your health and safety program it may be hard to define what works compared to what works well. This trial and error period could take months of trying different techniques to find what fits your company, which in turn means more money out of your pocket. An in-house system may not adhere to legislative requirements and can quickly become a burdensome task. By analyzing your company’s needs, a third party vendor will be able to provide you with a program that’s built solely around your needs and wants. If you are not confident in performing safety analysis on tasks, hazards and controls it if often best to consult with a third party safety consulting company.

If your company does not have the adequate support or knowledge to bring an effective health and safety program to life, On-Track Safety Solutions can help you from start to finish with this problem. Call our office at 800-440-6650 or email at info@on-tracksafety.com for more information on safety program development and safety program implementation.

How to Create a Formal Hazard Assessment

There are two levels of hazard assessment:

  • Formal hazard assessment
  • Field-level hazard assessment

Formal Hazard Assessment are the foundation of safety program and involve:

  • identification of all jobs and tasks performed by employees,
  • assessment of each task for hazards,
  • prioritization of the hazards based on the level of risk,
  • implementation of controls for the identified hazards

 

Steps for Conducting a Formal Hazard Assessment

  1. Create an inventory of jobs and tasks – The first step of formal hazard assessment is to create a list of all jobs within the scope of your companies business, and record the number of workers that perform each job. Then, list all the tasks performed as part of each job identified.

 

  1. Identify and assess hazards – Each task needs to be assessed to determine the potential hazards and associated risk.  Workers who perform the tasks should be involved in this process to ensure nothing is overlooked. After the hazards are identified, calculate their risk ratings by asking the following questions:
  • What are the consequences if the hazards are not controlled?
  • What is the probability of an incident occurring?
  • What is the frequency of exposure to the hazard?

 

  1. Prioritize hazards- Using the information created so far, determine the overall risk rating for each task, and rank the tasks in order of priority, based on the level of risk.  Sort the tasks from high risk to low risk, and this will give you a critical task list.

 

  1. Determine controls- Address identified hazards by assigning methods of control to eliminate or reduce the hazard. Elimination, engineering, administrative, PPE or a combination of controls can be used for each identified hazard.

 

  1. Review hazard assessments- Formal hazard assessments should be dated and subject to a regular review schedule to prevent the development of conditions that may put workers at risk. These reviews should take place annually (at a minimum), or anytime a new process is introduced, a change is made to the operation, or a significant addition or alteration is made to a work site.

On-Track Safety can help your company with the creation of a formal hazard assessment that will meet government and partnership requirements.  Call our office at 800-440-6650 for more information.

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Customized Safety Manual

We can assist you in creating & implementing a Health & Safety Manual to meet the submission requirements for COR or SECOR for the following associations:

Alberta

  • Alberta Construction Safety Association’s (ACSA), Enform, Alberta Association of Safety Partnerships (AASP), Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), Alberta Safety Council, Alberta Safety Partnerships, and Manufacturers Health and Safety Association (MHSA)

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA), Enform, and Work Safe Saskatchewan

British Columbia

  • Enform, BC Construction Safety Alliance, British Columbia Municipal Safety Association, Trucking Safety Council of BC.

All manuals will be customized for your specific needs.

If you’ve created your own COR or SECOR safety manual we can review your documentation prior to submission and provide advice and assistance.

Our programs can include any of the information below, and additional sections can also be added:

  • Health and Safety Policies
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Safe Job Procedures
  • Company Rules
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Training and Communication
  • Inspections
  • Investigations and Reporting
  • Emergency Response
  • Records and Statistics
  • Legislation
  • WHMIS
  • Orientation
  • Violence
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Commercial Vehicle Regulations
  • Light Duty
  • Waste Management/Environmental Policy
  • ISNetworld® RAVS information

Safety Audit – COR & SECOR

On-Track Safety Solutions can assist your company in each step of becoming COR/SECOR certified. We have experienced certified auditors that are comfortable auditing companies of all sizes ranging from 1 to 5,000 employees from all different industries. Contact our office for more information or to book your external or internal COR or SECOR audit. Our auditors can conduct Partners in Injury Reduction COR & SECOR audits for the following partnerships:

  • Enform
  • Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)
  • Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP)
  • Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA)
  • Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)
  • Manufacturer’s Health and Safety Association (MHSA)
  • And more

Our auditors combine in-depth knowledge of regulatory programs and management system expertise to help you stay one step ahead of the competition.

COR Audit Monitoring Program

The COR Audit Monitoring Program provides assistance to companies looking to finding qualified Internal and External COR/SECOR Auditors. We provide this FREE service to companies in a variety of industries, including oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, and transportation.

Many companies struggle to find an experienced COR Auditor that is available to conduct an audit prior to their certificate expiry date. On-Track has taken steps to ease this process by developing a program that will monitor your renewal date so we can contact you in advance of your certificate expiry date in order to book an Auditor for you. This service alleviates the need for you take the time out of your busy schedule to contact numerous auditors in order to finally find one who is available to conduct your audit.

Should you need more information regarding this program or should you wish to sign up for our COR Audit Monitoring Service or need to book an Auditor for your upcoming COR/SECOR audit please complete the online form or contact us at 986-3811

Existing safety manual gap audit

Your company’s health and safety program is guided by your manual, which we can review for you, and according to your chosen certifying partnership and jurisdictions, provide you with a written report on any areas that may need improvement. To perform a gap audit we will utilize the material you provide our office and include a quote to make any revisions to include missing components if necessary to meet current legislation and criteria.

On-Track Safety can review your health & safety manual and perform a gap Audit on the basis of the following certifying partnership:

  •  Alberta Construction Safety Association – ACSA
  •  Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association – SCSA
  •  BC Construction Safety Association – BCCSA
  •  ENFORM
  •  Alberta Association of Safety Partnerships – AASP
  •  Alberta Safety Council – ASC
  •  Alberta Motor Transportation Association – AMTA
  •  Manufacturers Health and Safety Association – MHSA

Contact our office for more information on a gap audits

Safety Audit Pre-Qualification Help

On-Track Safety Solutions can help with safety pre-qualification for Oil & Gas company safety audit

These qualification processes can be difficult to understand, and time consuming. On-Track Safety has worked with a number of clients to help pass these qualification processes.

Pre-Qualification tools support communication between producers and contractors, which is key to maintaining strong, respectful working relationships, injury-free worksites and business continuity. They ensure basic requirements are maintained by everyone on site before the work begins.

A Word From The Owner

At On-Track Safety Solutions Ltd. we are committed to a safe and healthy workplace for everyone – our employees, customers, and subcontractors. Our success is directly related to our dedication to safety and quality.

We continually train our workforce to ensure safe and successful projects. We take pride in the fact that our zero injury goal continues to be met, providing our customers with confidence in our safety and services.

Diana Rude
President/Owner
On-Track Safety Solutions Ltd.

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