We are committed to the ongoing improvement of a healthy, safe and environmentally sound workplace for our employees, contractors, customers, visitors and the public. Our Health and Safety Program is developed to meet the basic requirements of the Alberta Human Resources and Employment "Partnerships Health and Safety Program".
The Alberta Human Resources and Employment Partnerships in Health and Safety Program is founded on the premise that when employers and workers voluntarily build effective health and safety programs in their own workplaces, the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and illnesses will be reduced. Supporting health and safety programs leads to larger reductions in injuries than regulatory compliance alone.
The purpose of our Health and Safety Program is to identify, assess and control workplace hazards. Our Health and Safety Program is comprised of eight key elements:
Management Leadership and Organizational Commitment
The success of E5 Group's health & safety program is significantly impacted by management commitment and employee participation. With management and employees working cooperatively together we ensure the success of our health & safety program. This commitment is the driving force for the rest of the health & safety program.
Hazard Identification and Assessment
Hazard identification and assessment impacts all other elements and forms the basis for determining what hazard controls are required, what needs to be inspected on a regular basis, what the training needs are, and where critical incidents have the highest potential to occur. By focusing on Hazard Identification and Assessment, E5 can determine where the greatest health & safety risks are within the workplace.
Hazard Controls eliminate or reduce hazards to acceptable levels. There are three categories of hazard controls: engineering controls (e.g. ground fault circuit breakers, machine guarding, safety interlocks), administrative controls (job procedures, safe work practices, rules), and personal protective equipment (eye protection, fire retardant clothing, and chemical resistant gloves). By implementing appropriate hazard controls, E5 reduces risks posed by hazards in the workplace.
Regular planned health & safety inspections verify the effectiveness of the hazard controls implemented from the hazard identification, assessment and control processes. Planned inspections are an opportunity for E5 to ensure that the hazard controls being implemented are used properly. The inspections also provide an opportunity to identify hazards that were not previously identified during the hazard identification process.
Qualifications, Orientation and Training
Qualifications, orientations, and training are required by all E5 employees in order to perform their duties in a healthy & safe manner. Well-trained, qualified, and oriented employees perform their duties in a healthy & safe manner with fewer incidents leading to sustained and even increased productivity.
Efficient and appropriate actions during emergencies minimize the impact to life, property, production and image. By implementing Emergency Response planning and training E5 provides assurances that our employees can respond efficiently and appropriately in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Accident and Incident Investigation
Accident and Incident Investigation is an integral part of E5's health & safety programs. By employing sound investigations we determine the causes of incidents and with the proper analysis determine what controls are needed to prevent recurrence. Our emphasis of incident investigation is on fact finding - not fault finding. This approach enables E5 to utilize our investigations as excellent learning resources.
E5's detailed Program Administration provides for the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of your health & safety program. Communication, employee participation, the process for corrective action, record keeping and the evaluation process are all addressed in this element.
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Our safety program is beneficial to our company, our customers and our industry partners. A health and safety program that is lead by management and has the participation of everyone in the organization will result in the prevention of incidents, and the human and financial costs associated with them. To date at E5 Group there has not been a work related injury or illness and we intend to keep it that way.
These are but a few of the many ways in which E5 Group's health & safety program benefits our customers both directly and indirectly.
In Alberta, the regulations for environmental compliance are extensive. All companies have a legal and morale responsibility to understand their environmental responsibilities outlined in:
In Alberta, the two most important environmental laws are the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and the Water Act. Both clearly state, that it's not only critical that a business comply with the law, it's also vital that a business be able to show environmental "due diligence" in its operations.
In general, "due diligence" means "taking every step reasonable in the circumstances to anticipate and prevent an environmental offence from occurring." Due diligence is allowed as a legitimate defence if you are charged with an offence under EPEA and its regulations.
In order to prove "due diligence" a company must be able to demonstrate that it had implemented environmental management systems adequate to prevent the commission of the offence, and that these systems were working in practice.