Risk Management: Health & Safety for Industrial Businesses


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Introductory webinar concerning health & safety best practices in Ontario and the importance of managing the risks involved. Companies can save themselves thousands of dollars in potential losses and fines by keeping themselves educated and being proactive.

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Risk Management: Health & Safety for Industrial Businesses

  1. 1. Risk Management Health & Safety for Industrial Establishments Dave McCormick, President Karen Galipeau, Industrial Health & Safety Practice Leader Pam Saddlemeyer, H&S Consultant Chantal Van Maren, Operations Manager
  2. 2. “ Keeping a focus on your NEER can pay benefits in the future!” Risk Management Health & Safety for Industrial Establishments
  3. 3. Our Objective Today <ul><li>Understand WSIB and NEER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebate status </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employer, supervisor and employee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All play a role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Show real life examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When non-compliant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how you can benefit from </li></ul><ul><li>a safe work environment </li></ul>
  4. 4. How we help companies – “Responsive” <ul><li>Experience : 25+ years </li></ul><ul><li>Advise : On WSIB premiums or NEER that resulted in refunds and rebates- for many Pivotal customers- have saved $1000’s for many current customers- and its complimentary! </li></ul><ul><li>Action : Immediate staffing solutions , workplace safety assessments, claims management, HR and Legislative guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Offsetting WSIB premiums with rebates, and </li></ul><ul><li>effective use of temporary staffing </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Facts <ul><li>37,791 / 89,569 / 252,985 / 100 / 279 </li></ul>
  6. 6. You can never be too safe… <ul><li>Take precautions against </li></ul><ul><li>injury to people, damage to </li></ul><ul><li>machinery, product </li></ul><ul><li>and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Smart thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Cost saving </li></ul><ul><li>Life saving measures </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did You Know? <ul><li>Your premium is based on rating categories established by WSIB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure your organization against the 2009 industry average </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Premium Surcharges vs. Rebates </li></ul><ul><li>Significant changes to the program in 2009 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Guarding against tragedy <ul><li>Even the experienced worker </li></ul><ul><li>can take chances, take short cuts, </li></ul><ul><li>and make mistakes. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it impossible for those </li></ul><ul><li>mistakes to be made! </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is NEER? <ul><li>It’s not a Dr. Seuss character </li></ul><ul><li>____________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>New Experimental Experience Rating </li></ul><ul><li>A mechanism for rewarding good health and safety records and punishing those that don’t measure up. </li></ul>
  10. 10. N ew E xperimental E xperience R ating <ul><li>Provides the financial incentive for premium reductions </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a more fair distribution of the premium burden </li></ul><ul><li>Earn premium rebates by maintaining good H&S records </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Mahoney; changes coming in early 2009 </li></ul>
  11. 11. A supervisor shall ensure that a worker … <ul><li>Section 27 (1)(b) </li></ul><ul><li>Uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that a worker’s employer requires to be used or worn. </li></ul>Supervisors; Make your employees wear their personal protective equipment
  12. 12. Do you recognize these workplace mishaps?
  13. 13. Do you recognize these workplace mishaps?
  14. 14. OHSA – Duties of the Supervisor <ul><li>Are your supervisors knowledgeable of their obligations? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal protective equipment (PPE): Are your employees made to wear/use them? </li></ul><ul><li>Is H&S part of everyone’s job description and performance review? </li></ul><ul><li>Is training provided for and from your supervisors documented? </li></ul><ul><li>Take every precaution reasonable for the protection </li></ul><ul><li>of the worker </li></ul>
  15. 15. Responsibilities of Employers <ul><li>Review H&S policies </li></ul><ul><li>Inform supervisors of their obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Build H&S in job descriptions / performance reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Included in discipline policies </li></ul><ul><li>Designated leader/champion for safety </li></ul><ul><li>U se a team approach </li></ul>
  16. 16. Mandatory Duties <ul><li>Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let your company fall behind the 3 ball… </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Fines Can be Stiff! <ul><li>Personal and Corporate liability </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$25,000 / 12 Months / $500,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Criminal negligence charges </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wanton and reckless disregard” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Passage of Bill C45 Broadens Consequences <ul><li>1992 Westray Mines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Methane explosion in 1992 killed 26 miners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52 non-criminal counts of operating an unsafe mine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2003: new regime of outlining the framework of corporate liability in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Conviction Stats </li></ul>
  19. 19. Be Responsible for the Actions of Employers, Supervisors and Employees <ul><li>Get educated </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat </li></ul>
  20. 20. Communicate verbally & visually… <ul><li>Place safety signs everywhere applicable </li></ul><ul><li>Make the signs clear to understand for all ethnic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Train all workers on the meanings of signs and symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Lead by example </li></ul><ul><li>Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker </li></ul>
  21. 21. Summary <ul><li>NEER management can save your company money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offsetting premiums with rebates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible temporary staffing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inform : communicate frequently and broadly </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct : provide training and document consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise: apply a no-nonsense approach </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is responsible! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Questions? Ask your Pivotal representative to help offset your premium costs, lower your risk of potential injuries and accidents or how to create a new health and safety program that meets all compliance requirements … Learn more about MOL, WSIB and Pivotal at www.pivotalsolutions.com