OH&S Practitioners are responsible for developing and implementing an OH&S Safety Program and Safety Systems. However, what is the difference between a program and a system?
What is an OH&S Safety Program?
An OH&S Safety Program is a plan of action created by organizations to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in the workplace.
In Canada, OH&S legislation requires organizations to institute a safety program in adherence to requirements identified by health and safety legislation.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), implementing programs help organizations “meet and achieve good health and safety practices”.
Some examples of programs you may be familiar with at your own workplace, are:
Programs such as thes signify an organization’s commitment to safety, from management to staff, and the responsibilities and values required to maintain a safe, respectful work environment.
The Elements of a Safety System
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) outline the elements that support a safety program, its operational effectiveness, and legal requirements. A Safety System, or OHSMS, consists of the resources, systems, planning, implementation and monitoring processes, culture, structure, and tasks.
Therefore, an OHSMS is an effective tool for sustaining management control that can limit incidence rates and prevent workplace hazards from occurring. A key factor of a safety system is that it follows a continuous cycle
Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals
Module 1 of the online OH&S Certificate, Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals, teaches learners how a safety system and a safety program differ, and why an OH&S practitioner should be concerned with these criteria.
Moreover, learners will also identify the key components of a safety program, and learn the significance of a successful safety program to both, effective leadership and communication, and a commitment to safety.
More learning outcomes:
- The role of an OH&S practitioner
- Key lessons learned in the field of OH&s
- Various safety theories
- Different management strategies, the need for, and various approaches
- OH&S history in Canada and British Columbia
- Basic principles of OH&S
- Principles of OH&S legislation
- OH&S resources accessible to practitioners
- Ethical perspectives and codes of ethics