Western Stevedoring is regulated federally by the Minister of Labour and must comply with Federal Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including Part XIX: Hazard Prevention Program. In collaboration with our Work Place Health and Safety Committees, Western Stevedoring has developed a Hazard Prevention Program designed to identify and prevent hazards within our workplace.
In consultation with each of our Work Place Health and Safety Committees, Western Stevedoring has developed and continues to review an implementation plan with specific timeframes for each phase of our Hazard Prevention Program.
Hazard Identification and Assessment Methodology
Before hazards can be prevented, they must be identified and suitably assessed for the potential risk to cause injury.
Western Stevedoring and our Work Place Health and Safety Committees have developed a hazard identification and assessment methodology, in which sub-committees comprised of subject matter experts (including workers, foremen and supervisors) analyze information, such as investigation reports, injury records, and inspections.
Using this methodology, workplace hazards are identified and assessed by analyzing the following factors: the nature of the hazard, ergonomic factors, worker exposure levels, effect(s) of the hazard, worker reports, and any existing preventative measures.
The core of Western Stevedoring’s Hazard Prevention Program lies in taking preventative measures to address potential hazards using priority action approach. Preventative measures include conducting maintenance to avoid failures that could result in a hazard to workers, ensuring that preventative measures do not create additional hazards, and taking steps to address any newly identified hazards, including ergonomic hazards.
Western Stevedoring’s priority action approach aims to first eliminate hazards using engineering controls, such as mechanical aids or equipment design/redesign. When hazards cannot be eliminated, Western seeks to reduce them through substitution, isolation or administrative controls and procedures. Finally, as a last line of defense to protect workers from hazards, we provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Employee Education and Training
Western Stevedoring understands that once a hazard prevention program and methods are in place, we must provide our employees with education and training to support this program.
We provide information pertaining to the hazard prevention program itself, the nature of the workplace and hazards within it, the employee’s duty to report, and an overview of the Canada Labour Code Part II: Act and Regulations.
In compliance with the Canada Labour Code, Western Stevedoring will ensure the effectiveness of the Hazard Prevention Program (including ergonomics-related components) whenever there is a change in hazardous conditions or when new hazards are introduced.
Ongoing evaluation considers the activities of the worker, inspection reports, investigations, audits, injury records and statistics, and committee observations.