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Health & Safety in the Workplace

Business 381 Presentation By: Tara Kronshage May Lai Silkie Wong

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on 24 July 2010

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Transcript of Health & Safety in the Workplace

Health & Safety
In The Workplace By: Tara Kronshage
Silkie Wong
May Lai Employees Employers Compliance
Policies Defining Safety Question: Can anyone think
of different safety issues that
companies are currently
facing? Emotional Safety
Intellectual Safety
Physical Safety
Managing the Health and Wellness
of Employees Health and Wellness Plans
Disability Management - STD, LTD & EAP
Open lines of communication
Honest Hiring Practices
WLB Plans
Benefits Packages
Corporate Culture
Increased buy-in for strategic plans

Question: What do you think
are some of the ways companies
can manage the health and
wellness of their employees? Question: Why do you think companies should care about employee health and safety? Efficiency
Ability to handle pressure/stress

Leading Cause of Injury
1) Human Error
- Understaffing
- Not Enough Formal Breaks
2) Physical Facilities Question: What is the leading
cause of injury in the workplace? Recently Reported Accidents (WCB):

Fingers amputates clearing obstruction in trim saw.

Head struck by bus on hoist when rolling bridge jack failed.

Mechanic trapped between arm and frame of compact loader

Worker died when scaffold rolled into ungaurded floor opening Three Key Components of H&S Workers Compensation Act Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
Defining terms like "hazard area," "IDLH atmosphere," "oxygen deficient. "

Scope of application: "This Occupational Health and Safety Regulation applies to all employers, workers and all other persons working in or contributing to the production of any industry within the scope of Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act."

Rights and Responsibilities: Occupational First Aid
General Conditions Advancing Employee Engagement Through a
Healthy Workplace Strategy •developing an understanding of the unique characteristics of its workforce and environment
•promote personal health
•prevent future illness
•targeting high risk or high volume health needs
•companies are competing with external factors that are outside of their control
Discussion Questions:

Now that you have seen our presentation can you give us real life examples of how your company manages or doesn't manage your health and saftey in the workplace?

What correlation does your example have to employee engagement?
Emergency Procedures Impairment
Impairment by alcohol, drug or other substances
Physical or Mental Impairment Work Area Requirement Door Installation
Glass Work Area Guards and Handrails Walkways
Handrails on Stairways What else does the Workers Compensation Act Include? "Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline

concerned with the understanding of interactions

among humans and other elements of a system,

and the profession that applies theory, principles,

data and methods to design in order to optimize

human well-being and overall system performance"
-- International Ergonomics Association
Worker's Democracy and the Struggle Over Occupational Health and Safety
Kara Granzow, University of Alberta
Nancy Theberge, University of Waterloo Participation vs Democracy Lack of transition
"Best knowledge"
Disconnect 3 Main Problems 1. Not listening
2. Not (re)acting
3. Lack of relationship Employee Engagement & Knowledge Acquisition Findings: Positive effects
Limitations Andrea Seymour, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Kathryne Dupre, Memorial University of Newfoundland Findings H&S Policies = Engaged Employees
Reduced Stress Levels
More Efficient

Reccomendations Effects of H&S Questions?
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