October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week. Although this week is geared toward fire safety at home, it's still a good time to think about fire safety in the workplace.
Did you know that every 85 seconds a fire breaks out somewhere in Canada? Being prepared is not only a matter of life and death - it's a legal obligation. Although it might not be on the top of your to-do list, OHS laws require you as an employer to take steps to protect workers in the event of a workplace fire. There are three basic sets of obligations for employers:
Although some workplaces are more vulnerable than others, fire hazards exist in every workplace. It is important that you are using due diligence in order to be preventive and keep your workplace safe. What is Due Diligence? When applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that you as the employer must take all reasonable precautions to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace.
When exercising due diligence, you must implement a plan to identify possible workplace hazards(example - fires) and carry out the appropriate corrective action (example - fire safety procedure) to prevent accidents or injuries arising from these hazards.
Establishing a Due Diligence Program in Your WorkplaceThere are specific criteria for you to follow when establishing your program:
When it comes to health & safety in the workplace, the topic can be overwhelming. Clear Path offers two upcoming learning sessions: Intro to Health and Safety and Due Diligence.
The sessions cover:
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