OHS Policy Development (Samples)

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 Christopher Bauer and Bauer Ethics Seminars Christopher Bauer and Bauer Ethics Seminars

Who Decides What's Abusive?
A few weeks ago, the Weekly Ethics Thought discussed the need to investigate and deal with inappropriate or discriminatory workplace comments both immediately and effectively. But who decides what is inappropriate or abusive? Could your company use help in developing more effective systems for reinforcing appropriate behavior while simultaneously reducing the risks for inappropriate behavior? Christopher Bauer can can help with that. Information is available by phone at 615-385-3523 or by using the information request form found here. Information on Bauer Ethics Seminars' most requested programs can be found here.

Better Impact Better Impact

Arrive Safe and Sound
to Help With Your Nonprofit’s Vehicle Safety Program

Centre for Research on Work Disability Centre for Research on Work Disability

Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick
IRPP report on the income and employment challenges experienced by Canadians living with illness

Conference Board of Canada Conference Board of Canada

Mental Health and Well-Being In The Workplace: What Works and Why It Makes Business Sense is a newly released report created by The Conference Board Inc. This 29-page report is informed by discussions, literature reviews, and round table events with academics, consultants, and companies known for their impressive well-being programs. It provides recommendations and resources for those looking to begin a well-being initiative at their organization or increase the momentum of a current program, and it includes examples of successful initiatives, the rationale behind their project initiation, and tips for moving the programs forward.

Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs by Louise Chenier and Charles Boyer Feb 2016



Denver Foundation Denver Foundation

Inclusive Project
The Denver Foundation's the Inclusiveness Project:A publication for nonprofits and funders.
Free tool to define inclusiveness and its benefits. The publication is also designed to assist organizations in preparing to do inclusiveness work; specifically, in understanding how to "Make the Case" for doing inclusiveness work within their own organization. It also includes highlights of research from the various reports the foundation has issued, as well as sector-wide data about inclusiveness. 

KnowHow Nonprofit KnowHow Nonprofit

Health and safety policies

Risk Assessment Video’s Whether you are a CEO or team leader, this free toolkit will help you identify potential risks to your organisation. Based on your answers to the self-assessment questions, the toolkit will identify where you may have some weaknesses while also providing practical advice about getting to grips with the problem. Topic Include:
How to carry out a risk assessment
Fire safety and risk assessment
Disaster recovery plan
Sale of second-hand goods
Planning an event
Volunteers and lone working
Manual handling, slips and trips, accidents
Visits and outings
Safeguarding vulnerable persons

National Association of Social Workers’  National Association of Social Workers’

NASW Guidelines for Social Worker Safety in the Workplace; National Association of Social Workers’ (2013) These American guidelines address safety within the context of social work practice. Ideally, these guidelines can stimulate the development of agency policies and practices to enhance social worker safety

Nonprofit Risk Management Center Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Lend a Helping Handbook: Employment Policies Worthy of Your Mission(PDF)
Employee handbooks exist on a wide spectrum—ranging from those that are actually read, respected, and applied, to those that are downright dangerous and expose your nonprofit to legal and employment practices risks. Creating effective employee handbooks and organizational policies are a good risk management practice; they increase the likelihood of a shared and consistent view about the organization’s values and key policies. They also provide a helpful roadmap for supervisors and managers charged with enforcing policies.
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
A range of safety related resources. The following are just a few examples
Lighting and Landscape Elevators, Escalators and Stairways
Safety Devices (fire alarms, smoke detectors)
Design and Layout
Safety and Electricity
Housekeeping (Keeping a Clean and Safe Office Space)
Use of Kitchen Equipment
Office Activities
Office Administration Security
Protect Staff From Bloodborne Pathogens
Community Service
Food Preparation

South Australia, Department of Education and Children’s Services South Australia, Department of Education and Children’s Services

Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people,2011
The main intent of this document is to safeguard the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and young people by promoting in adults an enhanced understanding of appropriate relationship boundaries. In respecting these boundaries, staff can feel confident about meeting their responsibilities to children and young people and meeting the expectations of the professional communities in which they work

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...

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.