Good morning clients and friends of Serenity Safety Consulting. I would like to start by wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!
Thursday December 11th was this quarter’s COR Company’s meeting held by CSAM. There was some interesting information to come out of the meeting and I hope to summarize the key points that I took from it. As always, please contact me if you have any questions.
WSH – Update:
- The folks from Workplace safety and health division discussed some of the changes that have taken place. WSH Officers have now been tasked by the Department of Labour to actively check for licences for the trades and enforce journeyman to apprentice ratios. I have already had a client receive an improvement order for this that could have resulted in a stop work order for their site.
- Medical Marijuana – The question of employees using marijuana prescribed by a doctor has been asked by many companies and is becoming a greater issue in the workplace. WSH has said that companies should make sure they have a good company drug policy in place to address workers using drugs, prescription or otherwise. WSH’s view of medical marijuana is just like any medication that could impair the workers judgement and therefore must be disclosed to the company prior to a worker taking it or using it. Workers under the influence of marijuana would be considered to be highly impaired and not suitable to perform tasks, especially in the construction trades.
- WSH will also be starting to focus on the agricultural sector, specifically farms where there are highly vulnerable workers. This would include migrant and young workers that have been found to be new to the work and lack training that is required. WSH will be targeting this work sites over the next year.
- WSH did an enforcement blitz in November that saw 954 compliance visits conducted. Of those there were 258 improvement orders and 118 stop work orders issued . The critical areas continue to be excavations, fall protection and fall arrest, powered mobile equipment inspections (make sure you are doing these daily!), scaffolding, and workers wearing appropriate PPE (specifically head protection).
Safe Work Manitoba (The WCB)
- The WCB is happy to announce that rates in Manitoba are going down by an average of 13% for the next year. This is due to company’s continued commitment to the safety of the workers in Manitoba. This is a good start but there are changes to be made to the process.
- After extensive review, there are some new changes to the model that the WCB uses that they are hoping to make over the next few years. They include further financial incentives to encourage company’s to do more. Please see the the WCB Website for more info.
CSAM News –
- New Act & Regs are available from CSAM for $5!
- Quality Assurance – CSAM will be increasing the number of site visits for company’s already COR certified to ensure that they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. Spot audits are a key component of the COR Quality Assurance program.
- Remember that you audit must be submitted by a Registered Auditor! (Serenity Safety Consulting would be happy to assist with that if you need an audit done!)
- CSAM has completed the review of the audit process and a new COR Audit will be released in January 2015 with all companies required to use it for audits submitted after February 1, 2015. With the new audit document, CSAM will be implementing an audit quality and review program where submitted audits will receive critique and recommendations for improvements.
- Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is still being pressed on reinstating the COR requirement for all contracts. They are being reluctant all the safety associations are pressing the government to show support for the companies that are showing leadership and commitment to the safety and health of their workers.
- eAudits – There has been some interest in submitting audits electronically. CSAM is looking into this but there is nothing available as of now.
- Safety Groups – CSAM is looking for volunteers to be part of safety groups that are specific to the various sectors of the construction industry in Manitoba. If you are interested in contributing or getting more information please let them know. WSH is looking at increasing the diversity of the safety associations in the province and this is a first step.
- CSAM Safety Conference – Remember The Safety Conference is coming again in February! This is a fantastic opportunity to send workers, supervisors, managers, and safety committee members for the training that is required by WSH and gets points for those annual COR audits! Check out the courses and registration info here!
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