Health & Safety Commitment Statement
Driving Home Our Commitment to Safety
May 1, 2016
Driving to be an industry leader in health, safety and injury prevention, Excel Transportation takes a “no excuses” approach to managing safety. Our most important objective is that every person goes home safe to their families at the end of each workday. As a caring and respectful organization, the wellbeing of every employee is of utmost importance. Therefore, Excel is committed to providing a safe work environment and subscribes to the principle that all incidents and injuries can be prevented. Getting injured is not an acceptable cost of doing business, nor is it a satisfactory part of getting the job done. Maintaining the health and safety of employees, customers and the public is vital to our continued success. Our employees make this company successful and are the Company’s most precious and valuable resource that creates Excel’s competitive advantage.
Recognizing our legal and moral obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace, safety is still a shared responsibility requiring employee commitment, involvement, feedback, and engagement. Regardless of our role or position in the Company, safety is everyone’s job. Each of us is obligated to work safely and expected to take all reasonable steps to prevent incidents and injuries to ourselves, co-workers, customers and the public. Being proactive and focusing on continuous improvement to our safety management system and processes, Excel will plan for, manage and measure safety like any other business function. We will provide the necessary resources required to develop, implement and maintain our safety program and systems. We will infuse safety into everything that we do at Excel so that it is ingrained into our core values to build our safety first culture and create a positive safety climate to prevent injuries, property damage and/or any other loss.
GM/CEO, Excel Transportation Inc.
Overview of Responsibilities
Incident loss and the elimination of injuries can be controlled through effective safety management systems, processes, leadership and active employee involvement. As a shared responsibility, safety is a direct responsibility of all managers, supervisory, safety committee members and employees. The points below outline both legal responsibilities and additional Excel expectations for each of the following groups.
Companies Role In Fulfilling This Safety Commitment Include:
Excel will meet, and where possible, exceed minimum regulatory safety standards. With this, Excel is committed to
- Reinforce that working safely is everyone’s responsibility.
- Take all reasonable steps to prevent work related incidents and disease through the recognition, evaluation, control, and, wherever practical, the removal of hazards to maintain safe and healthy working conditions.
- Correct or mitigate hazardous conditions that could lead to an incident or injury.
- Focus on continuous improvement of our safety management system.
- Maintain all company buildings, equipment and facilities in safe working order.
- Provide resources for on-going safety training to all employees to promote awareness of health and safety issues and safe work practices and procedures.
- Comply with all laws, regulations, company programs and procedures.
- Develop, implement and promote safe work practices.
- Support employee involvement and engagement in health and safety.
Supervisors & Managers Role in Fulfilling This Safety Commitment Include:
- Be safety champions and lead by example to develop a safety climate to build and promote a safety first culture where employees are encouraged to discuss safety concerns and ask about a safety related issue.
- Train and educate employees on all known or reasonably foreseeable safety hazards and how to eliminate, control and/or mitigate such hazards.
- Monitor the safety of employees under your direction ensuring they are provided with adequate training and instruction, and that work is being done safely.
- Monitor the safety of employees under their direction ensuring they are provided with adequate training and instruction, and that work is being done safely.
- Monitor and ensure compliance with safety legislation, company rules, programs and safe work procedures.
- SMS Resources, Managers, and General Manager will monitor and assist with the implementation of the Safety Management System and processes.
- Conduct regular crew safety talks to inform, and educate employees about safety issues.
- Initiate accident investigations, hazard assessments and take corrective action to eliminate or control hazards.
- Follow-up on corrective actions to maintain a healthy and safe working environment within your areas of responsibility.
Human Resources & Safety Department’s Role in Fulfilling This Safety Commitment Include:
- Be champions and gate keepers of our safety first culture to promote a positive safety climate.
- Be a resource to management and provide advice to supervisors, managers and employees on safety.
- Review, design and develop company programs and procedures on safety and health issues.
- Develop and implement programs to ensure all employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities.
- Ensure that safety programs and procedures comply with regulation and best practices by maintaining a current working knowledge of health & safety regulations and policy issues.
- Develop administrative procedures to improve safety and encourage reporting of unsafe conditions.
- Establish processes to maintain compliance with safety programs.
- Maintain records of injuries, illness, WCB, leading and lagging safety statistics.
- Review injury and illness trends, identify problem areas and recommend solutions.
- Maintain an ability management program to ensure that both on and off the job injuries/illnesses are managed to ensure employee’s timely return to work in a safe and efficient manner.
- Develop processes to recruit & retain safety conscientious employees who care about their own safety and the safety of co-workers.
- Coordinate health & safety activities to prevent workplace injuries; including such activities as incident investigations, follow-up to corrective actions, documentation and collection of appropriate data for the Joint Health and Safety Committee, Supervisors, Managers and employees.
- Focus on improving Health and Safety by researching, utilizing and developing best practices, creating awareness, and facilitating educational opportunities for the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
- Utilize internal auditing practices as required by the BC Forest Safety Council and Alberta Forest Products Association Safety Auditing criteria.
Employee’s Role To Fulfill Their Obligations Under This Safety Commitment Include:
- Take personal responsibility to take all reasonable steps to maintain personal health and safety, the safety of co-workers and any other party working around you.
- Be leaders and proactive with safety to identify hazards to eliminate injuries and other losses.
- Wherever possible correct unsafe conditions before an incident or injury occur.
- Immediately report any unsafe conditions, accidents, incidents, near misses and work related injuries to your supervisor, or any other person having the ability and authority to deal with such issues.
- Conform to all safety legislation, regulations, established safe work procedures and programs.
- Properly wear, use and maintain personal protective equipment as required.
- When circumstances warrant it, exercise your right to refuse unsafe work by properly following the right to refuse unsafe work procedure.
Health and Safety Committee’s Role In Fulfilling This Safety Commitment Include:
- Be safety champions and lead by example to encourage safe work behaviors, safe work practices to eliminate incidents, injuries and to help build our safety first culture.
- Identify safety issues in the workplace and be active participants by recommending solutions to safety issues and concerns.
- Interact and consult with co-workers, supervisors and managers regarding concerns relating to the health and safety of workers.
- Make recommendations to the Company and the workers to improve safety in the workplace.
- Make recommendations to the employer on educational programs to promote the health and safety of workers; comply with the regulations; and, monitor the programs’ effectiveness.
- Advise the Company on programs and policies required under the regulations for the workplace and to monitor their effectiveness.
- Advise the Company on proposed changes to the workplace or the work processes that may affect the health or safety of workers.
- Participate in, and ensure that accident investigations and regular inspections are carried out, as required by Company programs and safety regulations.
Subcontractors Role in Fulfilling This Safety Commitment Include:
- Complete a Subcontractor Evaluation and Agreement.
- Provide to Excel Transportation proof of Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage.
- Follow and comply with all health & safety legislation.
- Follow and comply with Excel Transportation’s safety programs and expectations.
- Report all unsafe conditions, potential hazards, near-misses, incidents, injuries, occupational illnesses promptly.
- Obtain a Visitor Orientation from a suitably qualified employee.
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