Intro to the EMC Health & Safety Excellence Program

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:30am EST Health & Safety 1465 Views

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Most of the work you perform in the Health & Safety Excellence program is already a legal requirement, so you might as well receive recognition (financial and non-financial) for your efforts. Plus, companies with improved H&S records tend to see a decrease in WSIB premiums.

Based on the premise that a well-integrated workplace Health & Safety Excellence program is good for business. 

  • The program provides a clear road map for Ontario businesses to improve workplace safety, whether they are just getting started or want to optimize systems and processes they already have in place.
  • The Health and Safety Excellence program is flexible – it is tailored to individual business needs across different sectors and helps foster a culture health and safety and improve outcomes.
  • The Health and Safety program has 36 topics spread across three levels – foundation, intermediate and advanced – to help develop and integrate health and safety into workplaces and take a business from awareness to excellence.
  • The Health and Safety Excellence program can also help businesses achieve best practice standard, such as COR2020 or ISO 45001.
  • Businesses that are successful in the program will earn rebates and other non-financial recognition for their investment in health and safety.

Pandemic Readiness

  • Now more than ever before, workplace health and safety is critical for businesses. Keeping your employees and customers healthy and safe during a pandemic needs to remain a top priority.
  • The WSIB’s Health and Safety Excellence program can help get pandemic ready and stay ready.
  • The Health and Safety Excellence program will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help businesses keep their people and our communities safe.
  • The following five topics address immediate pandemic related priorities and can help businesses safely resume operations and remain open
    • Risk assessment – assess COVID-19 related health and safety risks in your workplace, including any new or modified operations or work locations, such as transitioning to work from home offices.
    • Control of hazards – control the spread of COVID-19 through implementation of engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices, such as hygiene and sanitation, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Emergency prevention and preparedness – ensure your organization is ready to address challenges resulting from COVID-19 and is pandemic ready.
    • Emergency response – define a work plan to address COVID-19, prevent spread, and resume your business operations safely.
    • Workplace health promotion – empower your staff and support employee mental health through the pandemic and foster a more engaged and resilient workforce.

Tyler Beauchamp is a Health and Safety Excellence Consultant, having worked at the WSIB since 2008.  Tyler has worked in many roles across the WSIB including our case management, serious injuries, and our mental health injuries programs. Most recently, he has been working directly with employers helping them to develop their occupational health and safety management systems.
He has an undergraduate degree in health sciences, a graduate degree in behaviour neuroscience and certification Occupational Health and Safety.  He is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.


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