Why Do You Need Business Continuity Management

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Why Do You Need Business Continuity Management

What Is It?

Business continuity management sounds like a big string of complicated words that you may never heard of before.

Business continuity is a management process that holistically analyzes the needs of your business. It identifies the potential threats that the business might face from cybersecurity to theft.

Once the potential threats to the business are realized, a framework is built to place guards against these things happening. The stakeholders, business values, and brand reputation will stay intact when safeguarded against these things.

Business continuity management looks at both internal and external threats to the company. It involves disaster recovery planning, crisis management, management of incidents, contingency planning, and management in case of emergencies.

Why Do I Need It?

The business world is, to put it mildly, an ever-evolving place. We work amidst a constantly evolving environment, which means constantly evolving threats.

That means that developing strategies to manage the threats that might arise in your business is extremely important. You need to defend yourself against serious internal disasters or external incidents. A business continuity management plan will have safe holds in place to guard against these things.

Having a business continuity management plan in place helps increase your organization’s reputability. Not only do regulations require that certain businesses have one in place, people will recognize that you had the foresight to enact the plan if things go wrong.

If your company was to experience a cyber risk, your plan will be in place with a protocol on what to do if the worst happens. The downtime of recovering from the incident will decrease, and the cost will decrease as well.

When a plan is securely in place, it adds to the consistency of your company. Investors and employees alike can feel confident that their best interests are well-protected.

For example, if a fire were to occur in your operation to where the business could temporarily not operate, you’d have a plan in place of what to do. You’d know about threats to your business operations when production comes to a halt, what to do about potential worker’s compensation, and any other specific plans your business would need to go through.

Now imagine that same situation without having a plan to act on in place. You’d look unprofessional and lose revenue in the time you spend trying to clean up the mess. You need a plan in place in case an emergency occurs.

How Do I Get It?

Well, it’s pretty clear that your business needs continuity management. There are many places to turn in order to get consulting, but you don’t want to trust such an important element of your business to just anyone. You might be putting yourself in the hands of someone who doesn’t have experience and won’t be able to create a plan that will actually guard you.

That’s why you should turn to FAST for consulting. You’ll get someone to personally look at your business and work with your for your specific needs. A plan tailored to your exact business is much more effective than a general plan that someone didn’t really care about. They care at FAST. Trust your business to someone who cares as much as you do.


Working at Heights: Safety Tips for a Dangerous Job

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Working at Heights: Safety Tips for a Dangerous Job

Working at heights is literally as it sounds: when you see construction crews on high level buildings, they’re working at heights. It’s working from anywhere that a fall could be considered debilitating. Thought your office job was stressful? Imagine having to worry about falling every time you take a step. Continue reading Working at Heights: Safety Tips for a Dangerous Job


Think You Don’t Need Health And Safety Consulting? Think Again

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Think You Don’t Need Health And Safety Consulting? Think Again

Perhaps you’ve been running a business or are an employee at a company thinking, nah, I don’t need a health and safety program. But then the unexpected day comes, and someone comes to audit your workplace, or an employee notices something that doesn’t measure up to guidelines.

It’s important to perform your own health and safety audits for your company so that you don’t fall short if any outside source examines your program and you have to face the repercussions.

What is A Health and Safety Audit?

Depending on your type of business, the parameters for a health and safety audit can differ.

Audits themselves are designed to assess the effectiveness of the safety plans and programs that you have in place. They make sure that your procedures, like inspection forms and safety materials, are completely up to date and still as accurate as possible.

More often than not, your audit will be voluntary to make sure that your workplace is protecting you well. But sometimes, a ministry of labor auditor can arrive and evaluate the procedures of your company.

Audits allow a company to determine the how to improve their employee’s safety, if necessary. They take into account the factors that are working well and which factors aren’t.

You can post your audit results for everyone to view once you’ve finished with the auditing process. Employee happiness can increase when they know exactly what a company is doing in order to ensure that they’re being kept as safe and healthy as possible.

If your company ends up being reviewed, can you prove your due diligence? You won’t want to answer no to this question – it could result in penalties like revoking licenses or stopping operations until the assessed problems are resolved.

What a Health and Safety Consultation Can Do For You

When your company is up to code, your staff or fellow employees can rest much easier knowing that there’s a well inspected code that’s up to standard in the workplace. Management is also protecting itself from liability.

Once you’ve proved how much you care about implementing a code that’s up to date, overall confidence in staff and management will increase as well. You’re helping to eliminate any penalties you might have incurred from a safety infringement.

When you go through your health and safety procedures and assess their effectiveness, you’re also streamlining the process. You can increase efficiency of your operations when you go over them with a fine toothed comb.

Why Consulting Helps Prepare You

Preparing for a health and safety audit or performing one yourself can be a wholly overwhelming process.

It’s hard to do on your own, so you can hire a professional to help you. Our occupational health and safety program will carefully assess your company’s legal requirements, then look at the program you have in place to see if it matches up.

We’ll let you know what the gaps are in your system, and take any corrective actions that need to be taken. We’ll show you how to implement them, ensuring your company is completely up to standard.

We go through emergency response programs, traffic management audits, site inspections, workplace investigations, and many more with expert knowledge that you may not have. Get a consultation today and set your mind at ease.


How To Use An Eyewash Station: What To Do In An Emergency

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How To Use An Eyewash Station: What To Do In An Emergency

Have you seen the emergency eyewash station at your work, but really have no idea what that contraption is meant to do? Not even sure why you’d need to use it? Or worse, does your work not have one of these stations at all?

First of all, if your workplace guidelines require an eyewash station and you don’t have an operational one in your vicinity, you could be risking failing at an audit when the time comes. Not only that, but if a serious incident actually takes place, you need to have the proper safety materials in place to avoid eye injury as best as possible.

Get Your Equipment

Different workplaces, obviously, require different safety measures. You may need eye dressings, eye drops, a portable station, a cederroth eye wash station, or others. They’re all listed out for you to easily find online.

Depending on federal, provincial or workplace labour laws, your place of work might require you to have some or all of these things. If you work around chemicals, especially, you’ll likely be required to have multiple of these stations around the area.

What’s It For?

An eye was station is used when foreign particles get into the eyes. They help to prevent the eyes from getting permanently damaged by rinsing out the hazardous material right away.Having or not having an eye wash station can literally be the difference between someone going blind and someone recovering their vision.

An eyewash station must be used if the object that gets into the eyes is found of the MSDS, or the Material Data Safety Sheet. This is a document that catalogs all the foreign substances that are potential hazards to our bodies, and our eyes. This document also informs you that if you don’t wash your eyes when coming into contact with these materials, serious eye injuries can occur.

Most containers that have the potential to cause this kind of damage come with warnings such as “Causes Permanent Eye Damage” or “Causes Chemical Burns.” If a substance has this type of warning on it and it gets into someone’s eyes, an eyewash station is then used.

Eye wash stations should be inspected regularly to ensure that in an emergency they would function properly.

How Do You Use It?

An eye wash station is only considered operational if it contains fresh, clean water. You should also be able to use it without the assistance of your hands. It needs to be highly visible, with signs that point out exactly where it’s located. The access to your eyewash station cannot be obstructed by any other object.

The most important thing to remember about using an eyewash station is that every second counts. You absolutely cannot waste any time between getting a harmful substance in your eyes and using the station. Getting there faster could mean saving your vision.

The eyes should be flooded with water, using the fingers to keep the eyes open. This is why it’s important that the station is able to be operated without the use of your hands. It’s essential that the eyes are cleaned fully, which means cleansing the eyes for an entire fifteen minutes.

While cleaning the eyes for fifteen minutes, you should roll your eyes as much as possible to assist in removing the foreign substances. Absolutely nothing but water or the eye wash solution should be used in the eye wash station.

If you need to consult someone on how to train your employees to use an eyewash station, F.A.S.T. Rescue will send out an expert to teach your employees emergency response training in the most efficient way available.


Would You Pass a Workwell Audit?

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Would You Pass a Workwell Audit?

A workwell audit, in a nutshell, makes sure that you work well.

In reality, its an audit put into place by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board to review a number of aspects of the workplace. These include employee representation, training, workplace standards, policies, performance, and record keeping.

What Does The Audit Look At?

It’s hard to know if you’d pass an audit if you don’t even know what the audit would be assessing. Are you aware of your workplace health and safety policy? Do you even have a workplace health and safety policy? That’s a good place to start. You should also make sure you have training that’s specifically adapted to fit your respective departments.

During the audit, an evaluator will look at your workplace procedures and practices and watch as they are performed.

They’ll also assess your health and safety documentation to see if it’s up to code. Your return-to-work program documentation like policies, procedures, and records will also be under review.

Your workplace will get a tour to see if it meets requirements, and staff and management may all be subject to interviews. These interviews are conducted at random.

The Workwell audit contains about forty pages for the evaluator to go through when looking at your facility and workplace. The following are the categories that the evaluator looks through:

 

  1. Health & Safety Policy
  2. Health & Safety Responsibilities
  3. Posted Health & Safety Materials
  4. Health & Safety Standards and Procedures
  5. Health & Safety Representative/Committee
  6. Health & Safety Education/Training
  7. First Aid Requirements
  8. Health & Safety Inspections
  9. Preventative Maintenance
  10. Injury/Incident Investigations
  11. Senior Management
  12. Early and Safe Return to Work

 

Once those elements are assessed, the evaluator will help you to identify things that are top top priorities that need to be fixed immediately. These things might have a direct impact on the quality of work.

To pass the test, you must get a score of 75% or more when it comes to the evaluation criteria. If you don’t pass the test, you have six months to correct the problems that were observed during your audit. If the problems aren’t fixed within those three months, then large fines may be incurred.

Get Help

Still not sure if you would pass the test from the WSIB Workwell Audit? Our team of experts will make sure that you pass it on the first try, saving you your valuable time.

We’ll give you a hands on approach to the safety audit by personally assessing the safety program you have in place and seeing if it matches up with the standards that the audit is looking for.

If we see any gaps in your safety program, we’ll provide you with personal training and support to get you everything you need to pass the test without ever having to break a sweat. The majority of companies that receive a Workwell audit do not pass the first time. Don’t let that be you.


Don’t Be This Guy, Let Us Help You

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Don’t Be This Guy, Let Us Help You

Would you like to cost your company $60,000 by failing to comply with safety orders? Probably not, right?

One coffee shop operator in Stittsville, Ontario, did just that in 2017. In response to an incident, a inspector visited the shop – all pretty routine.

When the inspector visited the shop, he realized that a few of the shop’s safety standards weren’t quite up to code. Unfortunate, but again, not all-together unusual or out of place. Continue reading Don’t Be This Guy, Let Us Help You


10 Workplace Safety Signs Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

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10 Workplace Safety Signs Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

Workplace safety is no joke. But sometimes, we get caught up in taking things so seriously, that we don’t let ourselves have any fun. It’s important to find that balance, and let yourself lighten up every now and then. These signs will definitely help. Continue reading 10 Workplace Safety Signs Guaranteed To Make You Laugh


Top Three Benefits of Offering Safety Training for Your Staff

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Top Three Benefits of Offering Safety Training for Your Staff

Many companies think about offering safety training to their staff simply because it’s a requirement to meet regulatory needs. The truth is that proper safety training delivers benefits above and beyond maintaining the requirements that Canadian regulations dictate.

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5 Reasons to Outsource Employee Training

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5 Reasons to Outsource Employee Training

Employee training is a broad and very complex topic; it requires deep knowledge of federal, provincial, local, industry, and role-specific rules and regulations and can be accompanied by extensive fines and penalties if not done and documented correctly. While some organizations choose to maintain employee training in-house, the most risk-adverse and safety-focused organizations outsource training to experts like F.A.S.T. Rescue. Here, we’ll outline the five primary reasons clients choose to outsource employee training.

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Fostering Safer Factories: Employee Protection Tips In The Manufacturing Industry

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Fostering Safer Factories: Employee Protection Tips In The Manufacturing Industry

As an employer in the manufacturing industry, safety is both a moral responsibility and a necessity for success. If you want to get the best and brightest people working in your facilities, you have to demonstrate that you care about your workers. There’s no way to do that without first preventing all the worst hazards of your industry. The following tips will help you keep those hazards to a minimum and safeguard your workers for the long haul:

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