Canada Labour Code, Part II Occupational Health and Safety
As of November 28, 2005 the Hazard Prevention Program Regulationsare law.
Many companies already have a hazard prevention program in place. You must verify your existing program or create the program required by the Canada Labour Code.
A hazard prevention program is a work place specific program designed to prevent accidents and injury in work places, based on the hazards at that work place.
The federalHazard Prevention Program Regulations were developed in close consultation with employer and employee representatives.
If you have a current, effective hazard prevention program, it will likely meet most of the federal requirements. The employer must, however, ensure it complies with the current requirements of the Code and regulations.
The regulations provide necessary information without prescribing details of what exactly must be done in each work place. You will have to formalize your existing prevention efforts. The key components of the hazard prevention program are:
The Labour Program offers several information products and assistance that can help you get started on developing or reviewing a hazard prevention program. Here are some of the tools you may find useful:
You must consult with your policy or work place health and safety committee or representative.
The Labour Program will be evaluating the employer's hazard prevention program in the course of routine work place interventions. Employers who demonstrate an effective program or who demonstrate they are actively implementing an effective hazard prevention programwill not be subject to federal compliance measures.
Given that a hazard prevention program's complexity will depend on the size and nature of an employer, federal health and safety officers will use good judgment when evaluating compliance.
A good hazard prevention program can prevent work place accidents and injuries while streamlining an employer's health and safety activities. The Labour Program can also assist you in identifying resources to help you get started. Contact us at one of our district offices today.
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