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Here’s what Peter Barnes, Senior Policy Analyst Occupational Health & Safety, Treasury Board of Canada, the Government of Canada’s top OHS person, had to say about our Due Diligence Training and Audit Program:

“With respect to your computer based Due Diligence program, I have carefully reviewed the contents and, in my considered opinion, it is a comprehensive tool that identifies both the essential components of a prevention program and the means whereby “due diligence” can be demonstrated”. Furthermore, I am of the opinion that the ongoing use of this tool will greatly assist departments and agencies in the Public Service of Canada in developing and maintaining an effective safety and health program, in providing senior management with the information they need, and in providing supervisors, employees and joint (health & safety) committee members with an effective training aid.

Finally, if it ever becomes necessary to demonstrate to the satisfaction of a Court that a department, or manager acting on behalf of a department did in fact exercise “due diligence” the confirmed use of this tool within a prevention program would be a powerful part of the required defense.”







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Employers must identify all risks that are foreseeable
in the workplace
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Universally, health and safety legislation is intended to ensure that employers and employees act responsibly regarding health and safety within the workplace. In matters of incident or accident, employers are required to prove that they have acted responsibly in the prevention of accidents and in the preservation of health.

This is generally termed proving "due diligence." Although the specific requirements may change from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, laws are generally uniform in their intent and methodology.

Due diligence is the primary defense for individuals or corporations charged with an offense under health and safety legislation. Legislation generally enables accused persons to avoid conviction, fines, and/or imprisonment if they can prove that they acted with sufficient care, and in a reasonable manner in the specific circumstances under scrutiny.

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How do I implement an overall
health and safety plan?

The Abacus Safety Due Diligence Training and Audit Program provides a comprehensive checklist of questions pertaining to the requirements for establishing a health and safety policy and an Accident Response Plan (ARP) in the event that a workplace accident occurs.

Waiting for an accident to happen and then responding is a recipe for disaster.

In short, an ARP is imperative in today's Occupational Health and Safety environment.

Abacus Safety's other training programs like WHMIS, SIMDUT, and TDG are designed to improve workplace health and safety. These training products represent an integral part of an effective overall health and safety program.

Bill C-45

The proclamation of Bill C45, an act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada along with the Occupational Health and Safety Code (OH&S) should serve as notice to all that workplace health and safety is no longer a peripheral issue to be handled solely by safety officers. It is, or should be, a primary concern for everyone in a corporation from the Board of Directors on down to the most junior employee. This makes sense not only from a moral and ethical perspective but also from an economic one. Lost time and damages from workplace accidents coupled with hefty fines can do significant damage to an employer's bottom line. Fines (for example) under Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code can now reach $500,000 for a first offence and up to $1,000,000 for any subsequent offence. Under Bill C45, a corporation can be liable for criminal negligence in cases of wanton and reckless disregard for worker or public safety. Employers are also subject to unique sentencing options including the required development of policies and court ordered procedures and public disclosure.

Given the large fines which can be levied and the possibility of criminal sanctions, it is imperative that employers develop and practice proper safety policies and procedures in order to try and prevent accidents from occurring. Part of any safety program however should include a properly developed Accident Response Plan (ARP) in the event that a workplace accident occurs. Waiting for an accident to happen and then responding is a recipe for disaster.

In short, an ARP is imperative in today's Occupational Health and Safety environment. An appropriately drafted ARP can be of significant benefit to an employer. Firstly, it can ensure that crucial evidence pertaining to an accident is preserved or that additional evidence over and above that obtained by the investigators is secured. This evidence can be of immense value when preparing an appropriate defence. Secondly, an ARP can ensure that all legally privileged documents are protected and that all statutory requirements and demands by investigators can be properly met without providing any extraneous incriminating evidence. With the advent of criminal prosecution, this last point cannot be overemphasized.

Abacus Safety computer based training programs can play an important role in an employers overall health and safety program. These programs provide effective and efficient training regarding standard health and safety requirements. They also provide a permanent record of the training experience and a meaningful management tool in the performance of due diligence.

Due Diligence Program Features
and Highlights . . .

Due diligence in the workplace means exercising care and taking precautions with workers health and safety. It means identifying and minimizing health and safety risks to workers through pro-active measures.

Due diligence is not definitive. Due diligence is determined on the merits of each individual case. What might constitute diligent behavior in one instance may not hold true in another. Each workplace is considered unique and therefore each occurrence must be assessed on an individual basis.

Most importantly, Due Diligence is a powerful process that enables employers to prevent costly work-related injuries and illnesses.

Employers must demonstrate that they understand and comply with the duties set out in the Occupational Health and Safety legislation. If an employer cannot do so, it can never establish due diligence as a defense.

Employers must identify all risks that are foreseeable in the workplace. Once identified, the Act requires that employers address these risks through a properly functioning and documented health and safety system.

Our computer based training programs may completely address all of a particular company's health and safety training requirements, however in many instances it is supplemental to other training that is required and provided.