HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT OZA Inspections Ltd. and its management are wholly committed to providing the means to achieve and maintain a safe and healthy environment and workplace for its employees and clients within our offices. This same level of commitment extends to the work and duties of our field staff and their roles on and around construction projects. Management will do everything possible to fulfill this commitment.
WORKPLACE HARASSMENT POLICY OZA Inspections Ltd. is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for all of its employees, making sure that every person is treated with respect and dignity. OZA Inspections considers workplace harassment to be a serious misconduct, and will not be tolerated from any person in the workplace, and this extends to customers, clients, contractors, visitors, and members of the public.
Motor Vehicle Incidents (MVIs) are the greatest single cause of Ontario worker fatalities. OZA Inspections realizes the dangers that driving a motor vehicle creates, and requires its employees to not only follow company policies and procedures, but to follow the law (Ontario Highway Traffic Act) at all times.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
OZA Inspections will provide all employees with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment required for their duties as outlined in the OHSA. This PPE includes eye protection (safety glasses), head protection (hard hat), hearing protection (ear plugs), and safety clothing (reflective vests). Employees are required to provide and maintain their own foot protection (safety boots). In addition to PPE, OZA Inspections requires employees to follow these additional clothing safety guidelines when required: keep long hair tied back or under a hat, keep zippers and buttons done up, make sure clothing is not baggy/loose, eliminate drawstrings and other loose/dangling pieces, remove threads and repair tears/cuts in clothing, remove or secure loose/dangling jewelry.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POLICY
OZA Inspections Ltd. is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for all of its employees, and emergency preparedness plans will be developed, reviewed and implemented for the office and fieldwork environments. Employees will be required to become familiar with the emergency preparedness plans and follow them should they be required to do so.
Heat and humidity are a normal part of Ontario summers, but how your body reacts to the heat depends on how hard you are working, How much water you have been drinking, how fit you are, and whether you have become acclimatized to the higher temperatures. Heat stress can occur wherever physical work is being done in a hot, humid environment. The body tries to cool itself by increasing the heart rate to move blood—and heat—to the skin, and by sweating to help cool the blood and body. When too much water is lost through sweating, dehydration occurs, and this can lead to heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat stress should never be ignored. They are your body’s way of telling you that something needs to be done to balance your body’s heating and cooling system.
Cold snap prompts safety reminder for workers
Frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes with winter temperatures forecast to remain cold across Ontario in the days ahead, employers and workers to be prepared and have a plan in place to manage the risks associated with working outside in below zero temperatures. Cold-related injuries include frostbite, hypothermia and trench foot. Hypothermia can take hold of a worker gradually and, if untreated, can lead to death. “In extreme temperatures, frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes without the proper clothing and equipment. Construction workers, trucking and transportation drivers, utility and maintenance workers are just a few of the many different occupations that require workers to perform their duties outside and employers and workers need to ensure they are ready to work safely in these conditions.” Workers can be affected by frostbite from something as simple as working with wet gloves or removing gloves to put chains on tires. If workers are going to be exposed to low temperatures, employers need to do a cold stress assessment and implement a cold exposure control plan, to prevent injuries. A cold exposure control plan must determine who is working where, what they will be exposed to and for how long. To prevent cold stress, exposed skin should be minimized and workers should wear a hat and layer clothing to allow perspiration to escape and trap heat. Clothes need to be kept dry and bare hands must be kept away from metal objects. Workers should also stay hydrated but limit the amount of coffee and tea. Employees also need to work rested as fatigue is a risk factor in the cold and employers should pace any vigorous work with scheduled breaks in warm and dry areas.
OZA Inspections and its employees will be required to conduct its work at, near, on or in construction/industrial locations every so often. These types of environments pose various different hazards to health and safety, especially to employees that are not aware of the hazards and the proper procedures to follow when in these types of environments. OZA Inspections employees will be required to not only follow policies and procedures implemented by OZA Inspections Ltd., but also any policies/procedures, certification, training, etc. required by the contractor/sub-contractor in charge of the site.
POLICY STATEMENT OZA Inspections Ltd.
The OZA is committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive Workplace where Employees, the general public and the community are protected from the adverse effects of inappropriate use of Substances. Employees are expected to perform their work duties safely, competently and efficiently, without any limitation arising from Substance use or the after-effects of Substance use that risks their health or safety or that of any other person. This Policy is designed to promote cooperation among all Employees to prevent and address Substance use and Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace.
BLASTING AND DRILLING OPERATIONS
OZA Inspections and its employees will not be involved in any blasting/drilling work. However, contractors may ask that OZA Inspections employees carry out tasks or access location near blasting/drilling operations.
Health & Safety Manager
OZA Inspections Ltd. and its management are wholly committed to providing the training required to ensure that all employees and clients/guests maintain a safe and healthy work environment, surrounding any work conducted by OZA Inspections Ltd. and/or subcontractors. Training will ensure that the minimum requirements outlined by the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act are met, and any additional training needed for specific work sites or contracts will be provided to employees.
CONTRACTOR/ VISITOR SAFETY
All contractors, subcontractors, and visitors that will be dealing with OZA Inspections and its employees must comply with OHSA regulations, and OZA Inspections policies (whichever of the two is more stringent). All contractors, subcontractors, and visitors will be required to adhere to the OZA Inspections Health and Safety manual, and will be held to the same standards and responsibilities for a safe workplace as an OZA Inspections employee.
ACCESSIBILITY ONTARIO AND ACCESSIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY
OZA Inspections Ltd. and its management are wholly committed to ensuring that its services are accessible for all Ontarians. The company will strive to ensure that its services and related activities are available for people with disabilities, providing them in a manner that people with disabilities can benefit from equally, while respecting their dignity and independence. Services and related activities for persons with disabilities will be integrated with regular services to enable a person with a disability to use or benefit from these services, unless there are alternate measures that may be needed.
OZA Inspections employees will typically be working in areas where vehicle traffic is present and one of the main hazards, especially when not working on a construction site. Vehicle traffic poses numerous hazards to employees, and incidents can lead to serious injury and may even result in death.
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