17- Year Study Proves That Workplace Safety Provides a Return on Investment
Businesses tend to focus on the bottom line. Consequently, executives constantly pressure managers in their organizations—including health and safety professionals—to document their department’s return on investment, or ROI. In other words, executives want to know that safety is not just about preventing losses, it can also make money for their organizations. The Foster Wheeler Study Foster Wheeler, a large construction firm in the United Kingdom, conducted a comprehensive 17-year study to determine if a link exists between workplace safety and productivity. Productivity, of course, is the key ingredient in the formula for profitability and competitiveness. Consequently, a demonstrable link between investing in workplace safety and an increase in productivity would show that safety produces a positive ROI. The Foster Wheeler (FW) study showed a very high correlation (63 percent) between safety and productivity.This study analyzed safety- and performance-related data from 19 construction projects that were completed over a 17-year period.
The analysis was based on the following four indicators:
- Cost ratio (budgeted costs versus actual costs)
- Schedule ratio (planned schedule versus actual schedule)
- Safety (total hours of worker exposure versus time lost to injuries)
- Productivity ratio (budgeted man-hours versus actual man-hours)
By grouping these four indicators into six pairs, FW was able to use a technique called regression analysis to determine if an association existed between them. The key result was a 63 percent degree of overlap between safety and productivity. Best of all, the FW study showed that cutting the frequency of injury in half resulted in a 10 percent increase in productivity. This study, because of its length and comprehensive nature, pushed the health and safety movement into a new era. Along with other studies that have shown similar results, the Foster Wheeler study gives health and safety professionals the hard data they need to demonstrate the ROI of providing a safe and healthy work environment.
Cited from Occupational Health and Safety for Technologists, Engineers and Managers, Second Edition, pg 14
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Protecting Outdoor Workers from Tick & Lyme Disease
•Determine if workers may be at risk of getting tick bites and developing Lyme disease.
•Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers from Lyme disease as required under clause 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
•Provide workers with information, instruction and supervision to protect the health or safety of the worker as required under clause 25(2)(a) of the OHSA. Ensure workers are aware of the risk and know how to identify the presence of ticks, how to prevent or minimize exposure, and how to treat a tick bite that has occurred.
•Make sure supervisors know what is required to protect workers from Lyme disease as required under clause 25(2)(d) of the OHSA.
•Ensure that appropriate personal protective clothing as required is provided.
•When made aware that a worker has developed Lyme disease from exposure at work, report to the Ministry of Labour as an occupational illness as required under subsection 52(2) of the OHSA.
How can workers avoid ticks? If you are working outside, protect yourself!
•Wear light-coloured clothing to help find ticks more easily.
•Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Wear a hat if contact with overhead vegetation cannot be avoided. Wear closed footwear and socks.
•Tuck your pants into your socks
•Use an insect repellent, or bug spray, containing DEET or Icaridin on clothes and exposed skin. Always read the label for directions on how to use it.
•Avoid bushy areas and long grass if possible.
•Immediately after outdoor work do a total body inspection for ticks. pay close attention to areas such as your scalp, ankles, armpits, groin, naval and behind your ears and knees. Use a mirror to check the back of your body or have someone else check for you.
•Shower soon after being outdoors to wash off a tick that may not be attached through a bite.
•Check any equipment or gear that you may have brought with you outside for ticks.
•Put clothes in the dryer for one hour on high heat to kill any ticks.
•Wear protective gloves when handling dead animals.
•If you find any ticks, report it to your employer so that other workers can be made aware of the hazard and recheck themselves for ticks.
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Workplace Inspections Initiatives & Blitzes 2018/19
Each year the MOL schedules inspection blitzes and initiatives in specific sectors to protect workers' rights under both the OHSA and the Employment Standards Act and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.
The next round takes place April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 – the fiscal year.
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Are You Ready To Respond To a Workplace Accident?
Article Courtesy of CBHM Employment Standards Lawyer- Lenoury Law- Employment & Labour Law LLP
Torkin Manes LLP
February 23 2016
Many organizations are not prepared if there is a workplace accident that results in injury to an employee. An accident is not just an accident, and especially not in the workplace. Rather, a host of legal obligations are immediately triggered with significant consequences in the event of non-compliance.
Picture this: You are a senior manager for a medium sized manufacturing company. It is Monday morning and you have just settled into your weekly management meeting. Suddenly, you hear a large “bang”. At first you think nothing of it, just the usual sounds from the shop floor. However, 5 minutes later, your floor supervisor comes into the room and says, “there’s been an accident and John has been hurt”. There is panic in the room (or, worse, there is a lack of urgency in the room!) and everyone is looking to you to figure out what to do.
You may not realize it, but a host of legal obligations have been triggered. Do you know what comes next?
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