Municipalities and Regional Districts are reacting to changes in the Workers Compensation Act and the Workers’ Compensation Board OHS Regulation. These organizations need a strategic safety plan that takes into account the culture of the organization, financial and resource constraints and organizational goals.
Allman Safety has been assisting municipalities with their safety efforts since the Act and Regulation changed.
BC Municipal Safety Association
Allman Safety was hired to develop a framework and programs for Occupational Health and Safety in 24 subject areas required by changes in the WCB OHS Regulation. The programs use a risk assessment model that includes written programs, procedures and training packages in each of the following subject areas:
- OHS Core Program,
- Biohazardous Control,
- Violence in the Workplace,
- Working Alone,
- Contractor Coordination,
- Confined Spaces,
- Emergency Preparedness,
- Indoor Air Quality,
- Urban Forestry,
- Heat and Cold Stress,
- Hazardous Substances,
- Personal Protective Equipment,
- Tire Servicing,
- Pressure Blasting,
- Small Engines,
- Asbestos, and
City of Colwood
The City of Colwood participated in the BC Municipal Safety Association’s program development. Once the municipality received all of the modules of their new safety programs, they were at a loss as to what steps to take next.
The municipality knew they were basically in compliance with the regulations, but they had significant liability because of their lack of documentation of work practices. At the same time, they did not want to be bound by written procedures that did not apply to their workplace and that would restrict their flexibility. They also take their responsibility to the taxpayers very seriously, so they wanted a process that was fiscally responsible.
Allman Safety interviewed both staff and hourly workers to determine the culture of their organization and their safety needs. The result was a safety program with clearly laid out responsibilities and implementation over a challenging but achievable timeline. Most importantly, the resulting program had the commitment of both management and workers.