The Fundamentals - Documented Best Practices for Health and Productivity
Disability Management in the Federal Public Service
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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
HRSDC has established a National Occupational Health and Safety Office comprising 13 regional and national occupational health and safety (OHS) advisors, with well-defined roles and responsibilities. Following are some of the milestones of this office:
Revised the departmental OHS policy that outlines the department's overarching commitment to:
- Promote a healthy and safe workplace for all employees;
- Prevent and reduce occupational injuries, incidents and illnesses; and
- Prevent violence in the workplace.
Developed a departmental OHS Program that:
- Introduces a formal structure;
- Focuses on prevention;
- Provides tools, information and support; and
- Established an OHS intranet site.
The departmental OHS training program consists of several modules:
- Module I (Overview and Duties), the foundation of the OHS Program, formalizes an OHS structure and assigns duties to better manage OHS matters.
- Module II (Hazard Prevention Program) provides the guidance and tools to identify, assess and implement measures to eliminate or reduce hazards.
- Module III (Integrated Ergonomics Program) outlines the department's approach to providing ergonomic services through preventive measures and is a key measure for addressing ergonomic-related hazards.
- Module IV (Workplace Violence Prevention Policy) outlines the department's policy for preventing violence in the workplace.
- Module V (Training and Awareness) identifies the OHS training and awareness requirements for employees, managers, committee members and representatives and establishes key delivery methods and tracking measures.
- Module VI (Reporting and Monitoring) outlines key OHS recording and reporting requirements, along with tools to monitor and evaluate elements of the OHS Program.
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