OHS Best Practices/Safety System/Safety Culture

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Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP)

Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) is Alberta Government approved Certifying Partner and a registered non-profit organization under the Society Act of Alberta. The AASP is a service focused Certifying Partner, providing a practical and reasonable approach to health and safety in the workplace. Through our commitment to our members, and solely through their funding of memberships and course fees, the AASP has grown to be the second largest issuer of Certificates of Recognition (COR and SECOR) in the province. The AASP is also the largest Certifying Partner that serves all industries in Alberta while receiving no government funding.

Also See ALIGN/Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as a Certifying PartnerAlberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as a Certifying Partner

Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour

Volume 1: Overview of Best Practices in Occupational Health and Safety in the Healthcare Industry Copyright© 2009–2011 Government of Alberta

8 Elements of a Health &Safety Management Systems
A health and safety management system is a process put in place by an employer to minimize the risk of injury and illness. This is accomplished by identifying, assessing and controlling risks to workers in all workplace operations.The scope and complexity of a health and safety management system will vary according to the type of workplace and the nature of operations carried out. To be effective eight components should be in place

Alberta Labour Alberta Labour

COR | How it works

A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards.

A COR shows that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards. These standards are established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

To get a COR, your business must first have a health and safety management system in place, and then have it successfully audited through a Certifying Partner COR 

Find a Certifying Partner A Certifying Partner will help you set up a health and safety management system and get a COR. There are 13 Certifying Partners authorized to administer the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program to Alberta employers. Choose a Certifying Partner that has the right fit for your company and industry.

Partnerships in Injury Reduction This program promotes health and safety through partnerships with safety associations, industry groups, educational institutions and labour organizations. How it works Partnerships in Injury Reduction is a voluntary program in which employer and worker representatives work collaboratively with government to build effective health and safety management systems. By improving health and safety, the social and financial costs of workplace injury and illness are reduced.

Alberta Safety Council Alberta Safety Council

The Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) program encourages the development of effective workplace health, safety and disability management programs in Alberta.  The program offers Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) premium incentives to employers who reduce their claim costs below predicted targets. Employers must meet specified standards for health and safety outlined by Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry. Companies entering the PIR program work towards attaining a Certificate of Recognition (COR). A COR indicates that an employer has implemented a health

Alberta Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee Training

The Alberta Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee Training will provide you with the knowledge to help develop, implement, and monitor workplace health and safety programs. By identifying problems and bringing them to your employer’s attention, committees provide workers with greater protection against work-related injury, illness, and death. This course will also help you and your employer to work together and view health and safety concerns from different viewpoints to make sure everything possible is done to protect workers.

American Psychological Association: Centre for Organizational Excellence American Psychological Association: Centre for Organizational Excellence

Resources for Employers A psychologically healthy workplace fosters employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity.

Psychologically healthy workplace practices can be grouped into five categories:
Employee involvement
Work-life balance
Employee growth & development
Health & safety and Employee recognition

BMJ Quality & Safety BMJ Quality & Safety

Safety Culture Assessment: A Tool for Improving Patient Safety in Healthcare Organizations by V F Nieva, J Sorra Growing interest in safety culture has been accompanied by the need for assessment tools focused on the cultural aspects of patient safety improvement efforts. This paper discusses the use of safety culture assessment as a tool for improving patient safety

Canada Business Network Canada Business Network

Workplace health and safety regulations You have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of all of your employees while they are working. This requires that you comply with certain regulations and standards for the safety of your workplace.

Employer and Employee Duties — Occupational Health and Safety (Federally Regulated Employers) Read about the obligations that you and your employees have under the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is a Canadian federal government agency based in Hamilton, Ontario, which serves to support the vision of eliminating all Canadian work-related illnesses and injuries.

Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors (E-course) Managers and supervisors have the front-line responsibility to protect workers and keep the workplace safe. In this online course, learn how to recognize hazards and take effective preventive actions to prevent injuries and foster a safety culture at your workplace

Canadian HR Solutions  Canadian HR Solutions

Engage Your People Through Wellness
Employers are required to protect the mental and physical health of their employees. This includes protection from harassment, violence, and bullying. Some employers have been held liable for exposing employees to unsafe work environments that have resulted in psychological harm. Investing in workplace health and wellness makes good business sense. Attendees leave our workshops with the tools to deliver immediate impact where they work. Canadian HR Solutions offer resources and expertise to build respectful workplaces with high-performing employees

Canadian Language Benchmarks' Essential Skills Website Canadian Language Benchmarks' Essential Skills Website

A website created by the federal government to help sector councils, industry organizations, and workplaces to define occupational language requirements and to provide appropriate language training or development opportunities.

Canadian Red Cross Canadian Red Cross

Respect in the Workplace Learn to spot and understand workplace bullying, harassing and discriminating behaviours in yourself and in your colleagues. Respect in the Workplace equips you to eliminate these harmful behaviours in a mutually-respectful, self-empowering way that helps to build a more positive team and a safer, healthier workplace.

Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments for Organizations and Communities Ten Steps is a straightforward risk management course to help businesses, organizations and communities to prevent violence, abuse and bullying. Learn to customize a concrete action plan to prevent and respond proactively to these threats.

Carrillo Consultants Carrillo Consultants

Safety Communications Improvement Process Experience and research has shown us that lack of trust impedes communication, and that reduced communication leads to organizational failure because preventative information does not surface or is suppressed. Communication cannot be improved without improving the way people relate to each other.

Community Recreation Non-Profit Resource Directory Community Recreation Non-Profit Resource Directory

An Introduction to Safety (COR)

The safety of your staff, volunteers and board should be considered at all times. Do you have staff, and if so do you have a Health and Safety Policy in place?  You need to ensure you are doing your due diligence to ensure volunteers and participants at events are safe as well.

In the business world companies work with Occupational Health and Safety, Workers Compensation and Certifying Partners, to develop health and safety management systems and receive a certification called COR – Certificate of Recognition. At this time of publication there were over 10,000 Alberta companies holding their COR.

Although this type of certification will not be applicable to many non-profits, the common factor is Risk Management.  By being aware of the risks involved in your programs and services, and identifying ways to manage those risks, non-profits have the opportunity to offer those they serve a reassurance that they are committed to safety in all applicable area

Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

Decision-Making Matrix Decision-Making Matrix - This Risk Assessment Tool (for staff) Helps You Deal With Difficult Behavior Better Than Ever If you’ve had Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, or if you teach the program to your colleagues, you know which intervention to use and when. And now, the enhanced program features an additional tool to help assess risk and choose the safest response.

Free Resource Pack Get a collection of posters and pamphlets filled with tips and strategies to help you make your workplace safer.

Crisis Response Planning Checklist [PDF] to assist you and your organization in designing clear and simple crisis response procedures

Fostering Emotionally Safe Environments for Caregiving by Dr. Randy Boardman
The Crisis Prevention Institute's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program advances the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security SM of all stakeholders in caregiving settings such as schools, residential, or other youth services. This article will discuss the emotional safety of challenging youth and staff who serve them Download the free eBook, Creating a Safe and Caring Work Environment.

Checklist for Managing Mental Health at Work. Download this free guide for tips on addressing mental health issues in your workplace.

Employment and Social Development Canada Employment and Social Development Canada

Report by Employer Panel for Caregivers When WORK and CAREGIVING Collide: How Employers Can Support Their Employees Who Are Caregivers Many Canadians are juggling the demands of full or part-time employment with the need to provide regular informal care to family and friends. Caregiving can affect the well-being of employee caregivers, and lead to increased costs for their employers by impacting job performance, absenteeism and productivity...Read or Download Report Here 

Excel Academy Excel Academy

Abuse Awareness, Protocols & Prevention Online Course
This hybrid support worker course combines online work and selected readings and is dedicated to creating a zero tolerance agency culture with respect to abuse issues. The comprehensive training reviews both the mandatory abuse reporting in Provincial Legislation – “Protection of Persons In Care Act” as well as the “Abuse Prevention and Response Protocols” presented by the Provincial Board, Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Practical participation involving exercises, case scenarios and role playing will provide realistic situations that require participants to problem solve a variety of abuse issue situations

Excellence Canada Excellence Canada

Excellence, Innovation and Wellness The Standard of Performance for Role-Model OrganizationsThe Standard of Performance for Role-Model Organizations

Healthy Workplace ® Standards

Mental Health at Work®

Quiz - 10 Steps to a Certified Healthy Workplace
Here are the 10 requirements that make up the Healthy Workplace® Essentials program, leading to a certificate from Excellence Canada upon successful implementation. See how well you think your own organization is doing by rating it against each requirement

Mental Health at Work® Challenge
Excellence Canada, and Cookson James Loyalty, founders of the BestLifeRewarded wellness incentive program are pleased to present the Mental Health at Work® Challenge as part of a “coordinated assault” to change the face of healthcare in Canada. Their goal is to have your organization make a commitment to take some immediate small steps to start implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The Mental Health at Work® Challenge is available to all Canadian organizations at no charge. Please register today (it's free) to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to raising awareness and supporting your employees with turnkey evidence-based tools.

First Reference First Reference

Workplace violence and harassment prevention: A practical guide for employers
How to develop and implement a prevention program and policies that comply with legal Requirements,Author: Adam Gorley (updated 2011) First Reference Compliance & Best Practices Guides Employers have legal obligations to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace. This guide offers the methodology for building a violence prevention plan and highlights the legal/HR issues, policies and steps that must be taken

Graham Lowe Graham Lowe

The Wellness Dividend, a new report by Graham Lowe, provides employers and benefits consultants with a state-of-the-art, evidence-based overview of why investing in employee wellness makes sense. Also provided are practical insights about how to do this

Health and Safety Executive UK (HSE) Health and Safety Executive UK (HSE)

Human Factors Briefing Note No. 7 Safety Culture The Confederation of British Industry describes the culture of an organization as "the mix of shared values, attitudes and patterns of behaviour that give the organization its particular character. They suggest that the "safety culture of an organization could be described as the ideas and beliefs that all members of the organization share about risk, accidents and ill health".

Healthy South Dakota Healthy South Dakota

Strides to a Healthier Worksite – Wellness Challenge Toolkit*
This worksite wellness programs resource was developed to assist you with organizing your very own challenge to encourage employees to lead healthier lifestyles. The tool kit includes an overview of a wellness challenge and a step by step guide to setting up the wellness challenge whether it is a steps, minute or 5 A Day challenge. Included in the tool kits are a variety of supplemental materials including registration forms, calendars, advertisements and sample challenge resources.

Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project

Wellness Program Ideas for Your Workplace.  This infographic lists wellness program ideas suggested by participants of our Be a Wellness Leader Workshops. Any wellness initiatives must be developed based on and evaluated against the Five Wellness Pillars, following the Wellness Cycle.

The Healthy Workplaces Framework Infographic. 

The Healthy Helping Cycle  Healthy Helping Cycle This article explains the relationship between the process of client assistance and health and the growth of a vibrant, healthy organization.

Be a Wellness Leader Workshop Slides.  Take good notes

HES Wellness Solutions HES Wellness Solutions

Employee Well-Being Is Too Important to Leave to Consultants and Vendors If your main purpose for hiring a consultant is so you can abdicate responsibility for the choices you make, there’s no need to read on. But if your goal really is to serve your organization with the best wellness program model and services, here’s what you can gain by doing some of the heavy lifting...

How Financial Incentives/Disincentives Undermine Wellness: Making wellness rewarding without rewards

Human Resource News & Insights Human Resource News & Insights

Updating Your Employee Handbook: The Essentials. Claims prevention & the employee handbook - It's easy to overlook the importance of keeping the employee handbook current. Here's a checklist you can use to make sure you've got all your bases covered

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Labour Program  promotes a fair, safe, healthy, stable, cooperative and productive work environment, which contributes to the social and economic well-being of all Canadians. The Labour Program is responsible for protecting the rights and well-being of both workers and employers in federally regulated workplaces. We work closely with provincial and territorial governments, unions, employers, international partners, and other stakeholders to promote fair, safe and productive workplaces and collaborative workplace relations.

Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) Injury Prevention Centre (IPC)

The Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) is a provincial organization committed to advancing the impact of prevention, emergency response, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries in Alberta. The Centre staff consists of researchers, data analysts, program coordinators, educators and communicators who work with partners across Alberta to control injury.

Institute for Work &  Health Institute for Work & Health

OHS Management Audits Differ In What They Assess And How
The nature and delivery of occupational health and safety (OHS) audits vary greatly. As a result, employers should determine why they are auditing and what they hope to find out when choosing an audit that best suits their needs.

OHS risks in social service organizations Despite the personal rewards of working in non-profit social service organizations, such jobs can also be demanding. Workers may face long hours, low pay and the risk of exposure to violence and infectious diseases. Yet these settings are often overlooked as being workplaces with health and safety risks. This study explores working conditions and work-related risks in three social service organizations. It focuses on the organization’s “mission” – its purpose and value of helping marginalized clients – as a concept that affects workers’ willingness to take and accept workplace risks...

Managing Mental Health Matters Managing Mental Health Matters

Managing Mental Health Matters (MMHM) is a "first of its kind" program focused on helping managers, supervisors and other leaders learn how to effectively recognize and manage mental health related issues in the workplace.

MHSA (Alberta) COR MHSA (Alberta) COR

Certificate of Recognition (COR)
A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a government-approved safety program that awards employers who develop health and safety management safety systems that meet established provincial standards. Through the Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) program, certificates are issued by Alberta Human Services and are co-signed by Certifying Partners.

Certifying Partner
Certifying Partners (CPs) are health and safety associations that promote worksite health and safety practices in Alberta.

Health and Safety Management System Training -  training in the development and implementation of a health and safety management system to the standard required for COR certification. This training is the first step in the development of a health and safety program, whether the employer is participating in the regular, medium (MECOR) or small (SECOR) employer COR program.

Auditor Training – instruction on how to measure the effectiveness of a company’s health and safety management system.

Coordination of Health and Safety Audits – coordinate, track, schedule and/or arrange audits for auditor qualification, COR certification, COR maintenance, and COR re-certification.

Quality Assurance Review – perform quality assurance reviews on all submitted health and safety audits, and provide feedback to auditor

National Association of Social Workers National Association of Social Workers

Creating a Climate of Safety
Given the realities of the social work practice environment the importance of emphasizing safety for social workers is clear. The NASW MA Chapter recommends that all social service agencies have policies that address the safety of workers, management, and administration, as well as clients. Safety polices reflect the profession’s ethical values, are critical to the effective provision of services, and are integral to a positive, productive, and professional work life. Attention to safety in the workplace can reduce the level of burnout and help with staff retention

National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2012 report Changing Directions-Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada recommended the wide adoption of psychological health and safety standards in Canadian workplaces. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) worked with the CSA and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to develop The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in 2013. The Commission describes it as “a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.” Employers, governments and regulatory authorities, service providers, policy and legal specialists, and unions were involved in the development of the National Standard. Over time and with training, the National Standard could be a very important tool for unions in advocating for better mental health practices in the workplace.


Nonprofit Safety Rules Each Employee and client should become familiar with and follow General and Departmental Safety Rules.
Supervisors must enforce Safe Work practices through strict adherence to Safety Rules.

Safety and Audit Inspections Inspection of work areas and audits of safety programs are tools that can be used to identify problems and hazards before these conditions result in accidents or injuries. Audits also help to identify the effectiveness of safety program management and can be used as a guide to assure regulatory compliance and a safe workplace.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Hitting the Nail on the Head: Prioritizing Safety at Your Nonprofit
Safety incidents at a nonprofit can result in the loss of life or permanent injury, plummeting employee morale, reputational damage, insurance claims and costly financial and human resource burdens for the nonprofit. Sector leaders must safeguard their missions from these consequences, and strive to cultivate safe environments for their employees, volunteers, and service recipients.

Workplace Safety Preserves and Protects By Barbara B. Oliver and Jennifer Chandler Haug
Workplace safety is about preventing injury and illness to employees and volunteers in the workplace. Thus, it's about protecting the nonprofit's most valuable asset: its staff members
Work Place Safety Toolkit

OHS Online OHS Online

Stop Trying to Create a Safety Culture by Shawn M. Galloway, OH&S,Mar 01, 2013 Organizational safety goals should not be focused on the creation of safety culture, rather on improvement to the existing and ranging cultural foci that already exist in the many influencing groups to which your employees are exposed. Rather than questioning, "Do we have a safety culture?" ask, "Are we managing our safety culture or being managed by it?"

Parachute Canada Parachute Canada

Parachute is a national, charitable organization, that wants to bring attention to the issue of preventable injury and to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury and enjoy long lives lived to the fullest. This site is packed full of great resources and research related to injury prevention!

Passport to Safety  an online national safety test, certification and transcript program for workers. Those who complete a test receive a 'certificate' or 'passport' which acknowledges and verifies the student’s basic level of workplace health and safety knowledge.

Economic Burden of Injury reports Canada Released in August 2009, The Economic Burden of Injury in Canada updates and builds on the original 1998 report, outlining the enormous costs of both intentional and unintentional injuries and breaking the data down by province as well as nationally. The study revealed that injury costs Canadians $19.8 billion annually – more than $600 for each man, woman and child in the country. In fact, injury – from falls, traffic, drowning, suicide, violence and other means – remains the leading cause of death for Canadians aged one to 44, taking the lives of 13,667 people in 2004.

Safety Awakenings Safety Awakenings

Safety videos
Can be used for new hire safety orientation and for regularly scheduled employee safety meetings.1,000 free downloadable workplace safety and health (OSHA) videos

Safety To The COR Safety To The COR

The Alberta Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop efficient health and safety management systems which meet the provincial standards. These certificates are issued by Alberta Job Skills, Training and Labour and are co-signed by the Certifying Partner in partnership with the Alberta government


The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey 2016
The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey has proven to be a valuable tool for health benefit administrators making decisions about the kind of health coverage their plans will provide. Over the years, the survey has looked at the issues of workplace stress, the growing need for homecare services and disease prevention. It offers the benefits industry an important benchmark to evaluate emerging healthcare issues that impact employee health and productivity

Science Direct Science Direct

A new conceptual framework to improve the application of occupational health and safety management systems,A.M. Makin *, C. Winder, School of Safety Science, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney 2052, Australia 2008 A conceptual framework to ensure that an OHS MS has been carefully constructed and customised to the individual organisation is presented here to bring together the merits of the three main control strategies that have emerged for dealing with workplace hazards namely: safe place, safe person and safe systems.

Sun Life Financial Sun Life Financial

Sun Life-Ivey Canadian Wellness Return on Investment Study
“Wellness programs save about 1.5 to 1.7 days in absenteeism per worker over 12 months, or an estimated $251 per employee per year in savings.” The increasing number of health concerns for Canadians has more employers considering workplace wellness programs. The first of its kind in Canada, this academically rigorous research study will aim to provide best practice learning’s for employers, and help pave the way for future research. It is anticipated that the reports will provide much needed data on the potential impact and value that workplace wellness programs can bring to the long-term health and well-being of Canadians

Syntrio Syntrio

Discrimination Online Training Related to Discrimination and Harassment Prevention
Intended to promote lawful employment practices and foster a more respectful work environment

The Globe and Mail The Globe and Mail

Why Canadian companies can’t ignore the cost of mental illness April 12, 2016 Considering 20 to 25 per cent of a company’s workforce could be dealing with mental health issues, either personally or with a family member, it’s important for employers to establish programs that offer support and encourage open, judgement-free dialogue...

The Research Partnership Program (RPP) The Research Partnership Program (RPP)

The Research Partnership Program (RPP) was designed to give agency leaders in human services a process to develop and grow health and wellness initiatives that will have a strong possibility of creating real change. The purposes of the program are: to stimulate wellness initiatives, to work collaboratively using a participatory approach, and to develop models of change. Agencies participating in the RPP will actively be involved in assessment, planning initiatives, implementation of their program, creating communication and policy materials, and program evaluation. Representatives from these agencies will participate in the Alberta-wide Health and Wellness Conference in 2017, to share success stories and lessons learned from their agency’s program. We hope to develop case studies from these agencies that can further inform our HWHP framework and provide examples for other Alberta human-services agencies. We would like to identify other interested agencies in each of the sub-sectors to continue this work.

UAC Uni-Assignment Centre UAC Uni-Assignment Centre

Employee Health Safety And Welfare Social Work Essay For smooth functioning of an organization, the employer should to ensure safety and security of his employees. Health and safety form an integral part of work environment

Vanier Institute of the Family Vanier Institute of the Family

Public Policy Brief: Compassionate Care Benefits. On January 3, 2016, significant changes were made to compassionate care benefits. Eligible employees now have access to up to 26 weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, instead of 6 weeks, to care for a gravely ill family member. Weeks of benefits may be taken within an expanded period of 52 weeks, up from 26 weeks. No other changes were made regarding eligibility, benefit calculations or maximums... Flex at Work Benchmarking Initiative. Organizations across Canada have been adapting their flex initiatives in response to changing demographics (aging workforce, millennial generation), technological advancements and increasing expectations of workplace flexibility among employees. Many of these organizations have also embarked on a systematic review of their organizational philosophy, policies and practices regarding flexible work...

WCB  May 2014 WCB May 2014

Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews Special Edition 2018
As you know, last fall the Government of Alberta made important changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These changes provide Albertans with the same rights that Canadians across the province already had ,and were the first significant updates in decades. On June 1, those changes will come into force. If you have questions, go to Ask An Expert or call the Contact Centre toll-free at 1-866-415-8690.
Improvements to the WCB system

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ALIGN WCB Presentation Materials
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Features of Alberta Workers’ Compensation
How Claims Costs Impact Premiums
Disability Management
Report within 72 hours of the date of accident
Develop an Employee Injury Package
Sign-up for Occupational Injury Service(OIS)
Develop a Modified Duties Job Bank
Sign up for Partnerships in Injury Reduction Questions

Wellness Proposals Wellness Proposals

Wellness library contains more than 15,000 free health and wellness handouts, brochures, booklets, care guides, tip sheets, sample policies, complete worksite wellness programs and more that are all provided here free of charge.Most of the free wellness program tool kits found on this page come from government agencies and many of them include everything you need to design, launch, maintain and evaluate a wellness program.