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What is meant by due diligence?

Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances. 

Applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers shall take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances, to prevent injuries or incidents in the workplace. This duty also applies to situations that are not addressed elsewhere in the occupational health and safety legislation. Reasonable precautions are also referred to as reasonable care. It refers to the care, caution, or action a reasonable person is expected to take under similar circumstances. 

Another term used is employers must do what is "reasonably practicable".  Reasonably practicable has been described by the Labour Program (Canada) as taking precautions that are not only possible, but that are also suitable or rational, given the particular situation.  Determining what should be done is usually done on a case by case basis.  

To exercise due diligence, an employer must implement a plan to identify possible workplace hazards and carry out the appropriate corrective action to prevent incidents or injuries arising from these hazards. 

 

What does due diligence have a special significance?

"Due diligence" is important as a legal defense for a person charged under occupational health and safety legislation. If charged, a defendant may be found not guilty if he or she can prove that due diligence was exercised. In other words, the defendant must be able to prove that all precautions, reasonable under the circumstances, were taken to protect the health and safety of workers. 

Due diligence is demonstrated by your actions before an event occurs, not after. 

 

How does an employer establish a due diligence program?

The conditions for establishing due diligence include several criteria: 

  • The employer must have in place written OH&S policies, practices, and procedures. These policies, etc. would demonstrate and document that the employer carried out workplace safety audits, identified hazardous practices and hazardous conditions and made necessary changes to correct these conditions, and provided employees with information to enable them to work safely.
  • The employer must provide the appropriate training and education to the employees so that they understand and carry out their work according to the established policies, practices, and procedures. 
  • The employer must educate and train the supervisors to ensure they arecompetent persons, as defined in legislation. Ensure that managers and supervisors: 
    • Talk to new employees about safety during orientation training.
    • Meet regularly with staff to discuss health and safety matters.
    • Inspect areas of the workplace under their responsibility, and respond promptly to unsafe conditions and activities.
    • Pay attention to routine and non-routine activities, ensuring that employees understand the hazards and the preventative measures to be followed.
  • The employer must monitor the workplace and ensure that employees are following the policies, practices and procedures. Written documentation of progressive disciplining for breaches of safety rules is considered due diligence. 
  • There are obviously many requirements for the employer but workers also have responsibilities. They have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of themselves and their coworkers - this includes following safe work practices and complying with regulations. 
  • The employer should have an incident (accident) investigation reporting system and investigation program in place. Employees should be encouraged to report "near misses" and these should be investigated also. Acting on the recommendations, as well as incorporating information from these investigations into revised, improved policies, practices and procedures will also establish the employer is practicing due diligence. 
  • The employer should document, in writing, all of the above activities. This documentation will give the employer a history of how the company's occupational health and safety program has progressed over time. Second, it will provide up-to-date documentation that can be used as a defense to charges in case an incident occurs despite an employer's efforts. 
  • Employers must also ensure that all people who are at the workplace are included, such as contractors, visitors, students/interns and volunteers.

All of the elements of a "due diligence program" must be in effect before any incident or injury occurs. If employers have questions about due diligence, they should seek legal advice fortheir jurisdiction to ensure that all appropriate due diligence requirements are in place. 

Remember, due diligence is demonstrated by your actions before an event occurs, not after.  

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Training is still mandatory...even during a pandemic

As we adjust to the NEW NORMAL, many companies are avoiding sending their employees to in-class training...however...training must be an essential part of business.

If you haven't already, you may want to consider using our new website with over 60 courses that can be taken on-line.

Most of the courses are completed fully on-line and others are BLENDED courses, where the theory potion is on-line and a practical evaluation is completed by one of our trainers at YOUR worksite. Everyone that has used this loves it.

  • It's convenient (do the theory when it suits you).
  • It saves time (it generally takes less time to complete the theory on-line than in a class).
  • It's efficient (no need to shut down operations.  We come to your site and evaluate what they learned while they do their job).

These course can be purchased in three ways.

1) Course can be purchased one at a time, paid by credit card through PayPal by credit card.

2) You can assign a company administrator that we would set-up with the ability to assign courses to your staff with a PO # and will invoice your company once per month.

or, what we recommend,

3) Your company can take your safety program COMPLETELY electronic with a monthly subscription (paid annually) to our Client Portal.  This will allow you full, UNLIMITED access to all on-line training (except for the CSO course). We also convert all of the many paper forms that you and your staff fill out and file every month to electronic forms that are filled out on your phone/tablet/computer and are stored electronically so that you have full access to them at all times. We convert your safety manual, committee minutes, incident reports etc to electronic formats. There are reminder emails sent to managers to ensure that all of your inspections, training etc. is always up to date. Even your annual WCB Safety Certification Audit can be done virtually though the Client Portal and, if necessary, a Zoom meeting.

Call us for more information.

Choosing a Mask as per NS Government recommendations

Non-medical masks should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (like cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely (and comfortably) cover the nose and mouth without gaping

Some masks include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter to help increase the effectiveness.

Non-medical masks shouldn’t:

  • impair vision or interfere with tasks
  • be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
  • be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
  • be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
  • be shared with others
  • have exhalation valves

Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended, because they don't protect others from COVID-19 and don't limit the spread of the virus.





SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 6, 2020
Federal Government Recalls more Hand Sanitizers due to potential health risks.




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SCHEDULED CLASSROOM TRAINING HAS RESUMED.

July 29th, 2020

Starting Friday July 31st, 2020, non surgical masks will be mandatory in all public spaces in Nova Scotia. We ask that all clients coming to OHES for training, meetings, pick-ups, etc. wear a mask in order to help us remain in compliance with the new rules from Public Health.

Some companies may want to consider using our new website with over 40 courses that can be taken on-line. Most of the courses are completed fully on-line and others are blended course where the theory potion is on-line and a practical evaluation is completed by one of our trainers at your worksite.

These course can be purchased in three ways.

1) Course can be purchased one at a time, paid by credit card through PayPal by credit card.

2) You can assign a company administrator that we would set-up with the ability to assign courses to your staff with a PO # and will invoice your company once per month.

or, what we recommend,

3) Your company can take your safety program completely electronic with a monthly subscription to our Client Portal.  This will allow you full, unlimited access to all on-line training (except for the CSO course). We also convert all of the many paper forms that you and your staff fill out and file every month to electronic forms that are filled out on your phone/tablet/computer and are stored electronically so that you have full access to them at all times. We convert your safety manual, committee minutes, incident reports etc to electronic formats. There are reminder emails sent to managers to ensure that all of your inspections, training etc. is always up to date. Even your annual WCB Safety Certification Audit can be done virtually though the Client Portal and, if necessary, a Zoom meeting.

Call us for more information.

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June 09, 2020

Classroom training has resumed with smaller class sizes to be able to maintain social distancing requirements. Check out our calendar for upcoming courses.

We now have over 40 courses, including some blended learning courses, available on-line.  These can be taken as a pay-as-you-go or you can contact us for other options. Contact Mike at 902-237-9333 with any questions.

Please stay up-to-date on the Covid-19 pandemic by visiting the Nova Scotia website:
https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Check out information from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety:
*  Restaurants/Food Services
*  Food Processing
*  Manufacturing
*  Retail
*  Construction
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Occupational Health & Educational Services (2002) Inc is comprised of a team of professional and technically adaptable consultants who have helped many organizations improve their health and safety performance over the past 23 years. We provide our clients with the confidence and continuity of a single source “one stop shop” for all workplace occupational health, safety and environmental needs.

ISO 9001 / 2015 REGISTRATION
Since our Occupational Health and Safety Programs and Services are not only designed to resolve operational issues, but also regulatory issues, consistency and quality of products and services is of paramount importance to us.
Even though we meet or exceed recognized standards and back that up with Errors and Omissions insurance, we do not rest until we have done everything possible to allay any fears that our clients may have regarding our abilities. Thus, we are also ISO 9001/ 2015 Registered. This certification is, again, assurance that our services meet an internationally recognized standard for quality systems and processes.

Our Facilities
With OHES, you can get full training sessions with both classroom and simulators right in-house. This gives us the ability to allow our clients hands-on training in a simulated and controlled environment. Here are some courses that take advantage of our facilities.
  • Asbestos/Mould/Lead Identification & Simulated Remediation Training
  • Scissor Lift
  • Confined Space Entry & Rescue Simulated Training
  • Frame/Rolling Scaffolding Theory and Practical
  • Lockout Tagout & ARC Flash Simulated Training


Our Team
Jim Benoit - Jim has worked over 30 years in the occupational health & safety field. He is WCB Safety Certified Auditor, a Certified Safety Officer and is certified as an ISO 9001 internal auditor.  Jim began working with Occupational Health & Educational Services almost 20 years ago and purchased OHES 4 years later. Since purchasing the company, OHES has grown over 300%. Under Jim's leadership, OHES one of the recognized Safety Certified Program auditing companies for the Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board. Jim has developed hundreds of Federal and Provincial safety management systems. Jim has conducted over 2000 audits, provides various safety training at all levels and leads site inspections.

Michael Doucette - After leaving the military in 1992, Michael worked in the automotive industry starting on the bodyshop floor to the assembly plant and eventually managing collision centres for large dealerships. Although heavily involved in safety as a manager, Michael became involved full time in the safety field and obtained his CSO and CRSP designations, certified as an ISO 9001 internal auditor, Health & Safety Auditor.

Michael has taken his years of field level experience and assists companies in developing and implementing safety programs into their company's workflow providing a seamless integration of safety and productivity. Michael provides various safety training classes, including Red Cross First Aid and also develops comprehensive Fire Safety Programs.

Michael has experience with different industries such as: Forestry, Construction,  Trucking, Heavy Equipment and Health Care Infection Control for working in Construction and also Infectious Control for Janitorial Cleaning in Health & Care environment.

Occupational Health & Educational Services (2002) Inc.   -   10 Akerley Blvd, Unit 42 - Dartmouth NS B3B 1J4

Phone: (902)-481-0879   -   Fax: (902)-481-0433   -   admin@ohessafetycertified.ca