April 28th marked the International Labour Association’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work. When it comes to ensuring workplace safety, Compass Access Solutions takes education and prevention extremely seriously. Within the last 18 months, the Worker’s Compensation Board has reported approximately eight work-related casualties. By seeking to partner with and empower our employees, Compass’ internal safety team hopes to eliminate daily worksite hazards.
To help motivate our staff, we have created a Safety Incentive Program that enters employees who complete hazard identifications, report positive observations and near misses in a draw for a $100 gift card each month. Our goal is to facilitate conversations that lead to teachable moments and awareness regarding potential dangers on the work site. We believe this shared vision allow us to work together to create a space that is safe, sustainable, and productive for staff and clients. By staying up to date with the latest practices, technologies, and by keeping each other accountable, Compass maintains our commitment to making each job a little safer.
To learn more about how you can keep you worksites secure, we invite you to follow these easy steps:
Know your rights: workers have the right to participate in occupational safety by identifying and correcting work-related health and security concerns, as well as the right to refuse unsafe requests with reasonable cause. Employers should listen to the feedback received by employees and make appropriate corrections as necessary.
Keep a diligent eye out for hazards: Regular inspections can make sure risks are eliminated before they even present themselves. Your workspace can change in a moment, so the more familiar everyone is with their environment and potential dangers, the better equipped your team will be to deal with problems, should they arise.
Always report mishaps, no matter how small
Accidents happen, and sometimes it may seem tempting to sweep things under the rug and chalk minor injuries up to a ‘one-time occurrence’. Don’t fall victim to this mindset; it puts everyone in danger. Properly documenting all injuries, hazards, and accidents will make your workplace safe both in the present and future. Details on reporting incidents to the Canada Labour Program can be found here.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Workplace Incident Fatalities 2017
Government of Canada Workplace Safety
Hazardous Occurrence Investigation Report