^ Top of Page If your company already has an effective written occupational health and safety policy or program in place, the new regulation may not require any further action.
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Once the hazards have been identified, controls for exposure to these hazards should be detailed in the health and safety program.
Details of the required elements of an occupational health and safety program are outlined in the attached regulations.
In May 2001, a number of amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act were proclaimed.
One important amendment, effective January 1, 2002, requires employers with ten or more employees to establish and maintain a written health and safety program, and for employers with less than ten employees to establish and maintain a written health and safety policy.
^ Top of Page The development of a health and safety policy or program is the responsibility of the employer.
However, for such a policy or program to be accepted and successful it will need the commitment and endorsement of the workers.
The legislation stipulates that the health and safety program is to be reviewed and revised at least every three years.
In addition, a review is required to be undertaken whenever there is a change of circumstances that may affect the health and safety of workers, or where an officer makes such a request.
Some of the requirements specified in the regulation may not be applicable to every workplace.
However, each employer should carry out their own health and safety risk assessment, in consultation with the occupational health and safety committee, to determine what hazards are present at the workplace.
The review of the program should be done in consultation with the occupational health and safety committee.