Have a Compliance Audit performed by a former government inspector
- Walkthrough Inspections
- Audit of Individual Programs
- Complete Compliance Audit
In an effort to meet legal obligations, companies are subjected to the complex array of health and safety laws, regulations and codes of practice. Many companies search for answers to the most basic questions:
- What do we need to do to comply?
- What is required by the regulation?
- What is the easiest way to comply?
- How do we do it?
- Do we have the proper procedures in place?
- Do we have adequate training?
An inspector from the Workplace Safety and Health Division can inspect a workplace at any time. A company can be fined up to $150,000.00 for a first offence and is considering raising the fine to $250,000.00
Increased fines under Workplace Safety and Health Act
Maximum fines for workplace safety violations will increase substantially under proposed legislative amendments in Bill 4, The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act, introduced by Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard.
“These amendments will substantially increase the fine levels under the act to better reflect the serious nature of violating laws that protect workers,” said Howard. “Higher maximum fines increase their deterrence value and send a message that serious safety and health violations have serious consequences.”
The current maximum fines under The Workplace Safety and Health Act are $150,000 for the first offence and $300,000 for a second or subsequent offence. They are among the lowest in the country. The government is acting on a recommendation from the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health to increase the maximum fine levels to $250,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for a second or subsequent offence.
“The advisory council is made up of an equal number of representatives from employers, labour, and health and safety technical organizations,” noted the minister. “I’m very pleased that all advisory council members endorsed this effort.”
The maximum fines have not changed since they were set in 1997.
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A Workplace Safety and Health inspector can even issue a Stop Work Order that immediately shuts down a production line, or even the plant, until a serious workplace hazard is corrected.
An audit of your company or individual program can spot gaps and inefficiencies in your safety and health programs. Consider addressing safety and health issues proactively. Be prepared for your next inspection by the Workplace Safety and Health Division.
Who is the Auditor?
An audit is only as good as the auditor. Each auditor for Winnipeg Air Testing meets the following minimum criteria:
- Former government inspector with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Division
- Over 30 years of experience
- Canadian Registered Safety Professional
- Certified Industrial Hygienist
- Registered Occupational Hygienist
Many companies perform periodic walkthroughs of their workplace. The purpose of these walkthroughs is to identify potential hazards and issues that may be present. The walkthroughs are typically done by members of the Safety and Health Committee. Often, these members may not be accredited safety professionals.
Consider having an experienced Registered Safety Professional accompanying you on your workplace’s next walkthrough. Their specialized training and years of experience can make the difference. An accompanied walkthrough is performed once a year. The cost is typically in the $200 to $400 depending on the size and nature of the workplace.
Audit of Individual Programs
Companies often have specialized programs such as WHMIS, asbestos programs, confined space, lockout/tagout, respiratory protection, and so on. Each of these has detailed requirements and technical challenges. With regulations and technology changes, it can be difficult for a company to keep these programs up to date. Consider having such a program audited by an experienced independent safety and health professional who can spot gaps in your program(s) and has the knowledge to bring you back into compliance in the easiest manner. Perhaps your company needs a specific safety and health program from the ground up.
The cost for audits for individual programs varies with the nature of the program and size of the company.
Complete Safety and Health Program Audits
This involves a compete review of the entire program. The intent is determine the status of compliance with current legislation and find gaps or omissions in your safety and health program. The cost varies with the size of the company and the number of internal programs to be audited
For a free quotation please contact us.