Making Safety A Way Of Life!
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Making Safety A Way Of Life!
Working towards COR™?
COR™ (Certificate of Recognition) is an accreditation supported by the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). This program requires construction organizations to develop safe workplaces and consistent practices. The program not only will save your company money by reducing your injury rate, worker compensation premiums, legal risks, property damage and lost productivity, but will also give you access to clients who are increasingly requiring their suppliers have COR™ certification.
F.A.S.T. Rescue can assist you in achieving COR™ accreditation from setup to final qualification. Contact us for more information.
Ontario rewards Employers with a Health & Safety Management System
Organized, systematic approaches to health & safety have been shown to increase worker awareness and participation in safe practices. This in turn, has reduced workplace injuries and illness. Similar programs in Europe and Japan have resulted in a decline in workplace accidents.
On November 22, 2019, the Ontario government announced a pro-active initiative, Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers. This initiative recognizes and financially rewards employers who have successfully implemented an occupational health & safety management system in their workplace. The incentives, estimated at $140 million, are open to all employers in Ontario, regardless of size or sector and will come in the form of WSIB rebates over a three year period.
Building on the provincial program, WSIB is launching their own Health & Safety Excellence program. The provincial program will target those employers who have already implemented a health & safety program while the WSIB program is aimed at encouraging employers without an existing program to adopt one.
Jump start your Safety Management System by contacting us.
Ways To Make Workplace Safety Training More Exciting
When you hear the phrase “Workplace Safety Training,” do you jump for joy? The answer is probably not. In fact, it’s probably more of the opposite of that reaction. Workplace safety training can often be a very boring topic, and seem like just another chore for you to have to go through in your business as an employee or an employer.
Yet you know the importance of getting your employees trained effectively, efficiently, and comprehensively. But everyone knows that information is easier to retain when it’s presented in an easily digestible manner that people will actually enjoy.
Here’s how to get the most of your employee’s workplace safety training.
Have a Conversation
If you’re doing a presentation about workplace training or simply guiding your employees through a safety lecture, don’t do so without allowing a place for feedback. Most studies report that the education that attendees yield from lectures is relatively low. On the other hand, when you incorporate room for interaction into your presentation, retention of the topic is increased.
When you’re preparing to train your employees on safety, structure the event so you’re having a conversation with your workers. Instead of talking at them, you can talk with them, and they will feel more engaged.
A Little Incentive Never Hurt
If you used a rewards-based program as an incentive for employees to complete their training, they’ll have a whole new level of motivation associated with their task.
You can turn the training into a friendly competition, based on who can complete it in the shortest amount of time, who can score the highest on the tests, or who can answer the most questions.
You can use a gift card as a reward, or just bragging rights that they did the best. You can even offer an extended break to the person who performs the best.
Getting your head into the game with roleplay is a great way to increase retention of materials and allow the training to make a lasting impact. When you assign roles to your workers, you can act out real-life scenarios that may arise on the job. This way, your employees can engage in kinetic learning and have already been walked through a potential dangerous situation. That way, if the dangerous situation did actually arise, they’ve already experienced a similar scenario and will remember how to react.
Wherever possible, incorporate ways for your employees to interact with the information that you’re giving to them. Depending on your work situation, you can make video games that simulate situations that they might encounter, or use quizzes to keep them paying attention to the presentation at hand.
The closest you can get to simulation a real-life situation that you’re describing, the better. Not only does this make your presentation more fun, it gives workers some experience dealing with potential situations.
Get it at F.A.S.T.
You knew we were going to go there. Yes, when you do your workplace safety training with F.A.S.T., you’re getting all that exciting workplace safety training. You might have thought that the word “exciting” and “workplace safety training” couldn’t be used together in the same sentence, but we’ve got your back for engaging safety seminars of all types.
We make safety a way of life, not just a one-time training session that your employees are going to be likely to forget. We offer all measure of safety and training solutions for your business, and can consult with you to create the most effective training session possible.
Why You Need Systems 24-7 In Your Business
We don’t need to tell you twice. It’s a lot of work to manage your business and all your employees. When you think about it, it might seem overwhelming. There are so many different steps that you didn’t think about before.
Like implementing a Health and Safety program. Maybe you’re old hat, or maybe you have no idea where to even begin. Either way, it’s a multi-faceted process that will take up a lot of your valuable time if you don’t know what you’re doing.
What’s Systems 24-7?
You need System’s 24-7 on your side. It’s a one-stop portal that puts everything you need to manage your Health and Safety program together in one place. And it works for you, 24-7. See what we did there?
It’s an efficient online learning program that provides each and every employee or contractor with what they need during the training process. It gives them training, reports, policies, and forms that they may need, all bundled together in an easy interface so you don’t have to go searching through the confusing ether of papers out there.
It’s also priced modularly. You can customize it to the best fit for your company’s Health and Safety needs, and your budget.
How Does It Work?
Imagine a system that will do all the work for you. That’s what you’re going to get with the 24-7 program. You basically set it up, and let it go to work.
Your employees or contractors can go through courses that address your specific legal requirements regarding Health and Safety. The training courses that they go through can be specifically tailored to each employee’s specific role. You can also send them their training before they’ve even come to work, so right when they start, they’ll be fully prepared for their job.
Systems 24-7 tracks the completion of each of the courses so you don’t have to. You’ll get a comprehensive report of your employee’s progress.
Got a unique Health and Safety need? No problem. With the course editor, you can create your own courses to fit exactly what your business needs. You’ll be able to prove your due diligence with the reports that 24-7 will send you when your employees complete this course.
Your business is always changing and updating. That’s a good thing, but it means that you might have to sift through a lot of paperwork to update your employees on your policies. Not with Systems 24-7.
Systems 24-7 allows you to manage your policies and keep your employees up to date all in one place. Send off e-mails about your new protocols, store them, and catalog them. It’s that easy. You can also get reminders for when reviews are going to be conducted.
If you need a document, we’ve got it for you. There are hundreds of customizable resources in the resource library. These include SOPS, hazard assessments, human resource document templates, and more.
Now that you know all about what Systems 24-7 is going to do for you, why wait? You can breathe easy and focus on growing your business when you know all the Health and Safety concerns have been taken care of.
So get it today. There’s no point in putting it off any longer. Still not convinced? You can go through a demo of the program to see what it’s all about.
Oh, you also get access to all these online training courses. There’s over 200 of them. No big deal.
CPO Approved ‘Working at Heights’ Program
We are pleased to announce that we are a CPO Approved Training Provider, approved to deliver the ‘Working at Heights’ program. Our program has been reviewed and approved by CPO Approved.
This approval means F.A.S.T Rescue is able to provide both new applicants courses and previous applicants refresher courses, both of which must be delivered in person.
It is vital for companies to make sure that certain workers complete a ‘Working at Heights’ OHSA program, approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training partner.
The ‘Working at Heights’ training is a requirement for construction workers on projects that use any of these methods of fall prevention or protection: fall arrest systems, work or safety belts, safety nets, fall restricting systems or travel restraint systems.
‘Working at Heights’ (WAH) is a training requirement in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation and WAH is supplementary to the training requirements listed under the Construction Regulation.
The ‘Working at Heights’ program is split into two modules, Basic Theory, followed by a Practical.
- Understanding the right and responsibilities involved in working at heights
- Identifying hazards of working at heights
- Knowing the hierarchy of limitations and controls of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Physical barriers and warning methods
- Ladder Safety
- Basic Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment
- Fixed equipment and barriers
- Fall Personal Protective Equipment (fall restricting, travel restraint, fall arrest systems)
- Anchor points
- Rescue planning
- Work access equipment and platforms
About F.A.S.T. Rescue
F.A.S.T. Rescue are health and safety experts offering consulting, supplies and training solutions that help make employees safe in the workplace. We’re passionate about health and safety, offering unrivaled value and solutions with a satisfaction guarantee. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Working From Heights Training Requirement Extended
Workers who use fall protection on a construction project must take an approved ‘working at heights’ training program.
The training is in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is on top of the training requirements under the Construction Regulation.
The training applies to workers who face a hazard from working at heights and use fall protection on construction projects such as:
- Travel restraint systems
- Fall restricting systems
- Fall arrest systems
- Safety nets
- Work belts / safety belts
The Ministry of Labour has extended the deadline for the training requirement to October 1st, for experienced workers meeting the following criteria.
1. Have completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015
2. Currently enrolled in a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1st
‘Construction activity’ can occur in any industry in connection with a project. For example the installation of a new piece of equipment, structural maintenance, renovation, or repair, clearing of land. It doesn’t matter what sector the business is in, constructor type work is considered construction activity, and the Working at Heights Standard applies.
FAST Rescue provides a Working from Heights training program that teaches workers to recognize fall hazards and apply the proper safety measures.
We also instruct operators how to efficiently work on platforms and reduce injury risk and equipment damage.
Other areas of training include: precautions for lifting, fall arrest personal protective, how to properly inspect equipment, size adjusting harnesses & lanyards, and legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
The FAST Rescue Working from Heights Training Program meets the 2015 Ontario training requirements. The training session is 8 hours and certification is good for 3 years.
Contact us to learn more and find a course near you.
Workplace Safety and First Aid Regulations for WSIB in Ontario
By law, all employers in the province of Ontario who are covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act must have accessible first aid equipment available to workers at all times, adequate safety training for their employees, as well as provide a safe working environment.
The different requirements that are necessary for a workplace, in regards to the First Aid Kits, training and facilities will always vary depending on how many employees are employed at the company, and on a shift during one time. Continue reading Workplace Safety and First Aid Regulations for WSIB in Ontario
Bill 132: September 8, 2016 – Key Changes & Steps To Take
On September 8th, 2016, Ontario’s recently introduced Bill 132 will come into effect. Bill 132 is an act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters and comes with many required changes to Ontario workplaces.