Health and Safety in Small Business (2 of 5)

Kwok, remember to always turn the handles in. Ok guys, your hard hats, gloves, let’s go. See the bikes here? They’ve all been pulled out and I need ‘em back in the racks as well. I really don’t want you and your guys tripping over and hurting yourselves. Hey Ryan, Let’s watch the sprayer – it’s getting really slippery here. How’s yours looking? Oh, pretty tight – it’s good to go. Yeah, I’m good to go too. I think my business is safe. I’m doing everything I can. Is there anything else I should be doing? Surveys show that most small businesses in BC already think they are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe. The reality is that many are not. So how do you know if you are doing everything you can? Here are some specific things you can do to make your workplace safer. I really like the way everything’s nice and clear, so this is what I want to keep seeing. Have a process to identify hazards. Ok, so this can’t happen. We want to make sure that the emergency exits are always clear. Why don’t we get Ryan and we’ll move these. This means regular inspections, weekly or monthly, by you and your workers. Yeah, no, that stuff is stacked way too high It could easily fall on someone. Let’s put the heavier items on the bottom shelf. Look for potential hazards, such as cluttered hallways, unsafe storage areas, and faulty or unguarded equipment. Provide an orientation for new employees before they start working. Hey guys, gather around, let’s have a quick jobsite orientation here. Now of course we’re in a parking lot. I’ve already delineated the area with cones where we’re going to be working. Be careful of vehicles – I don’t want you or anyone else getting hurt. Always, always, always wear your PPE, no excuses, especially on a site like this. And if you have any questions or you see any hazards that I haven’t brought up, please tell me and I’ll work to resolve them immediately, alright? There are specific requirements for what this orientation should include. These are detailed in section 3.23 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. It’s important you know how to put a bike on a stationary trainer. First, take the quick-release skewers and position them in between the support bolts here. Start to tighten it in. Provide specific training on new job tasks. Don’t just tell them what to do – show them. The last thing we do is bring the support wheel up, tighten it up, and then we’re good to go. Ok. Want to try it on one of the other bikes? Sure. Great, I’ll check you in a few minutes to see how you’re doing. After orientation and training, walk by and check to make sure they are doing things properly. How’s it going? Pretty good. I think I got it this time. You forgot one thing. Oh, locknut. Yup. Good work. It’s all about being safe. Offer feedback on safety the same way you would for quality or production issues. Meet regularly with your employees to talk about safety issues, and fix problems as they arise. Keep records of all your activities related to health and safety, such as orientation, training, and supervision. These are just a few of the elements of a basic health and safety program to make your workplace safer. For more information, visit

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