Health and Safety Program "How to" Manual

Occupational health and safety (OH&S) programs - every workplace should have
one, and in most jurisdictions, they are required. An effective health and
safety program provides a clear set of guidelines for activities that, if
followed diligently, can reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

The key to the success of the program is the manner in which it is implemented
and maintained. To help you get started, CCOHS has developed a 134-page manual,
Implementing a Health and Safety (OH&S) Program. This publication provides
essential information, sample policies, procedures, checklists and guidance on
the development, maintenance, and continual improvement of an OH&S program. You
can use and customise the materials provided to create a program specific for
your workplace.

Anyone who is committed to creating a healthy and safe workplace can benefit
from Implementing a Health and Safety (OH&S) Program, including employers,
owners, managers - and the organization as a whole. It can help organizations
of any size to create an OH&S program with emphasis on effectiveness,
compliance, diligence, and documentation, as well as to use their hazard
assessments to prevent or reduce hazards and risks to employees. Lastly it will
assist you in monitoring and improving your OH&S program. It is important to
note that the information in this publication is based on best practice
principles and techniques and is intended to provide guidance, rather than
prescribe specific requirements. It is not intended as a legal interpretation
of any federal, provincial or territorial legislation.

Ultimately an effective OH&S program can reduce workplace fatalities, illnesses
and injuries and foster a workplace culture of prevention and awareness towards
health and safety issues.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety