At our company, maintaining a safe workplace is one of our core values. We believe every worker has the right to go home safe and healthy at the end of the day, and we work to improve our program to ensure that happens. In 2017, lost time injury frequency rates across all of our divisions were below the comparable industry rate.
Joint Health & Safety Committees from across the entire company come together at the Biannual Safety Summit to focus upon our Health & Safety program and components. This is where we explore each of the seven philosophies and what they mean to us as well as identify new ways to help coworkers and others follow and live up to these philosophies.
We are committed to continually improving our Health & Safety performance by maintaining a proactive approach to the management of our Health & Safety program, while adopting and promoting our Superior Safety Culture. We conduct standard and site-specific Health & Safety training across the company on various topics, such as Common Core, Working at Heights, Lockout-Tagout and Fall Protection. Site-specific training needs are discussed quarterly at Joint Health & Safety Committee meetings and conducted on an as-needed basis.
2017 Health & Safety Program Highlights
In 2017, we undertook a variety of initiatives to enhance our Health & Safety Program:
An updated Hard Hat Policy was introduced, which distinguishes individuals on site by the colour of their hard hat to easily identify visitors (blue), new or probationary employees (green), supervisors (white), general labourers (yellow) as well as members of the emergency response team (red). All new issued Walker Industries hard hats have 360° reflective striping for improved visibility.
All Walker Industries sites conducted Workplace Risk Hazard Assessments to increase awareness of risks in the workplace and engage employees. Through the assessments, current controls were documented and a gap analysis identified any controls that could be strengthened or introduced.
Third-party Health & Safety audits were conducted at each site to assess the functionality of the Internal Responsibility System, determine compliance of work practices, review specific high-risk positions or activities and evaluate training and awareness programs. The audits provided us with opportunities for improvement across our Health & Safety program.
Our Executive Team updated their pledge to the Superior Safety Culture. They have continued their commitment by doing their part in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses by keeping Health & Safety at the heart of our business and providing the resources needed to reduce the impact of Health & Safety related issues for our employees and their families. These continue to be visible at every Walker Industries site to ensure employees are aware that Health & Safety is a top priority at the executive level.
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