Assessments

 

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) states that employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and to ensure that workers properly use or wear the required equipment. This includes assessing, identifying and controlling all of the hazards in the workplace that could cause injury or illness to your employees. These hazards must then be eliminated or controlled. Employers, supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law.

In addition to the assessments outlined below, WSPS provides a full complement of detailed risk analysis services as provided by our expert technical consulting team.

Hazard Identification and preliminary Risk Assessment (HIpRA)

The Internal Responsibility System requires employers provide information on hazards to workers, and to protect workers from those workplace hazards. In Canada, CSA Z1002-12: Occupational Health & Safety Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment control sets the foundation for adequate risk assessment process. HIpRA service is designed to be a customer facilitated general review of the major occupations conducted in the workplace. Information on hazards and risks will be amassed by internal and external document reviews, interviews of competent persons familiar with the work tasks and an onsite visit to validate initial HIRA findings.

Detailed Job Task Analysis

Detailed Job Task Analysis (JTA) is a key prevention activity that is designed to identify task specific hazards so that they can be eliminated or controlled before an injury or illness might occur. This activity focuses on a single job task specifically rather than a preliminary HIRA which has a broader focus on all occupations employed at the workplace(s). Customers find JTA activities beneficial particularly for high risk job tasks or tasks which result in reoccurring injuries or illness.

Confined Space Assessments

This detailed assessment service is designed to determine if a specific work area meets the legal definition of a Confined Space and to identify the hazards associated with each confined space.

The service is designed to help move customers closer to meeting compliance with the legal expectations of the OHSA and associated regulations related to confined spaces.

Workplace Violence Risk Assessment

This service will provide employers with a structured violence risk assessment following the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO) model endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. This assessment ensures the employer has considered and assessed the risk of workplace violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, as well as the type and conditions of work. The assessment also takes into account the circumstances of the workplace and those circumstances common to similar workplaces, in order to develop measures and procedures to control identified risks which are likely to expose a worker to physical injury. Such measures and procedures form part of the employer’s workplace violence prevention program.


Fred Young, Consultant

A consultant for more than 25 years, his work takes him from family farms to manufacturing facilities. Fred Young, Consultant

 

Consulting Services

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Managing Hazards (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (1/2 day)

This is a 1/2 day hazard management training course.
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$149.00

E-Courses

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (French) (3 hours)

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (French) (3 hours)

Outlines techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks and controlling hazards.
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$99.00

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Outlines techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks and controlling hazards.
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$99.00

Reference Products

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

A comprehensive, print-based resource that identifies applicable laws and standards and provides detailed guidelines relating to over 30 workplace hazards and 20 controls.
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$119.00

Downloads

Employee Violence Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Employee Violence Risk Assessment Questionnaire

A questionnaire employers can provide to workers to help assess violence risk. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.
140 KB pdf
OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

This toolbox supports "Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know".  It contains information, tools and assessments that can be useful to employers as they develop a workplace violence policy and program, a workplace harassment policy and program, or a domestic violence program.
1392 KB pdf
Workbook for Designated Substance Assessments

Workbook for Designated Substance Assessments

Certain toxic substances have been specially designated under the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulation 490/09 sets out a series of required steps to control exposure of workers to the substance, including conducting an assessment to determine whether the health of a worker may be affected by exposure.  This publication will help you conduct the assessment.
567 KB pdf
Workplace Hazards Inspection Form (Workplace Violence)

Workplace Hazards Inspection Form (Workplace Violence)

This form will help you identify potential hazards in your workplace as they relate to the security of your employees and visitors.
356 KB pdf
Workplace Hazard Assessment Form

Workplace Hazard Assessment Form

A workplace hazard assessment is conducted by examining the workplace and other sources of information for hazards that may affect a workers health and safety. This form can help you conduct effective hazard assessments.
98 KB PDF

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Master robot system safety - with a little help from WSPS

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Preventing robot system injuries: 6 pointers from a WSPS expert

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Prevent electrical injuries: new CSA Z462 standard and one-day course

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