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2009 is here and with it comes our list of annual to-do's that we must complete as operation schedules unfold over the next few months. These are valuable reminders of the safety requirements that we cannot overlook. Dates and times will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Please take the time to review both of the Coulson Group Corporate Safety Policy and the BC Forest Safety Council Safety Accord that are on the next two pages. Upcoming safety audits will question our awareness of these documents.
Our Key Beliefs:
Recognition of Safety Performance and Practices:
Commitment to Training and Supervision:
Wayne Coulson and the management team of The Coulson Group of Companies are committed to reducing the risk of accidents in their operations, using a problem solving approach.
Our goal is to eliminate all accidents and achieve an accident frequency target of zero.
The Coulson Group will maintain a flexible and responsive approach to solving safety problems. The problem solving approach will focus on the use of self-managed work teams. Each team will have a team leader who will either be a supervisor or a chargehand, depending on the operation. The team leaders and workers will be the critical component of the safety program. The self-managed work teams will perform job site inspections using checklists created with their input. Any issues that can not be resolved at that level will be brought to the next level of management for resolution.
Wayne Coulson is responsible to insure that the safety program is part of our way of doing business in the Coulson Group of Companies.
The Coulson Management team is responsible to ensure that safety is not compromised for reasons of productivity or cost.
Supervisors are responsible for taking a problem solving approach to safety and ensuring that they remove the obstacles to safe work performance.
Team leaders are responsible for safety inspections and for ensuring that all crew members are adequately trained.
Workers are responsible to work safely, to ask for help if they need it, and to report any unsafe situations to the team leader or supervisor.
The Safety Coordinator is responsible to review the Corporate Safety Program annually and incorporate approved program evaluation recommendations.
Condition and procedure inspections will be developed with crew input focusing on risk assessment. The risk assessment will be based on exposure to hazard, consequences of the exposure, and likelihood of an accident occurring. First aid records, crew experience and W.C.B. requirements will all be used to develop the inspection checklists.
Inspections will be conducted monthly. The results of these inspections will be forwarded to supervisors for corrective action as required. Response to these results will be a first priority for all supervisors.
Instruction of Workers
Written procedures for the safe performance of duties will be developed for all jobs. Written safety rules will be provided to all workers. Workers changing jobs will be provided with training on the new job. The minimum standard for training will be show, tell, test, check. We will maintain records of workers training.
Weekly management meetings will include safety as an agenda item. Management will review the safety activities and results of the previous week and the planned activities of the upcoming period.
Worksafe BC is an insurance provider for Federal Employees. The materials provided will enable you to included essential reporting to the Labour Program.
All accidents requiring medical aid will be reported and investigated. All accidents where the victim is at risk of death, and all blasting accidents or major structural failure, will be reported immediately to the W.C.B. Any near miss incident with a high potential for injury will be investigated. Investigations will focus on risk reduction. The results of these investigations will be reviewed by management and corrective action implemented immediately.
Trained joint union management safety committees will meet monthly to review safety activities and make recommendations to management to improve the program.
Wayne Coulson, Chief Executive Officer
Coulson Group of Companies