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We believe that you can never ask too many questions, especially when it comes to the health, safety and well-being of our Saskatchewan people. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our members. These questions come from general day to day business and from the training we provide.

What kind of training do we offer?

For more information on our individual training courses, please see our Training Courses page.  We also offer a nationally recognized certificate program, the Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate This certificate program can also be modified for non-hospitality organizations, as the Health & Safety Leadership Certificate.

How do I determine who requires what training within my business or organization?

The SHSA has a dedicated team of safety advisors who are trained to work with you to determine your organization’s needs.  This may include a formal evaluation of your business, which results in recommended training, resources, and services to suit your needs.

I’ve been audited. Now what?

Call us. We will review the audit report and work directly with you in determining and implementing ways that will improve your overall work place safety. We provide consultations for free and training for a minimal fee. Our approach is to work with you to build and improve on the systems that the audit may require.

What training do OH&S Committee co-chairpersons require?

According to the Saskatchewan Occupational Health & Safety Regulations, 1996, “At a place of employment where a committee is established, an employer or contractor shall ensure that the co-chairpersons of the committee receive training respecting the duties and functions of a committee.”

To fulfill this duty, SHSA recommends: Your Safety Committee and the Law training for your OH&S co-chairpersons, and any other committee members who are interested in this sort of training.

What is the difference between an audit and SHSA’s Safety Evaluation?

The purpose of an audit is to gather comprehensive information about all aspects of an organization’s safety management system, based on interviews, observation, and documentation. The SHSA Safety Evaluation covers the same information, but takes a more holistic approach. There is no score or grade, but the organization will be left with an overview of where they could improve and tips on how to do so. The benefit of the evaluation is that it is timely (can be completed in one day plus an online survey) and the results offer ways to improve.

My employee is hurt, who decides when he/she comes back to work?

You do! The employee in question’s doctor will provide you with an outline of the employee’s physical restrictions (e.g. weight restrictions, hours of work), but it is up to you, the employer, to decide when they return. If you have modified duties prepared ahead of time, you can get them back to work as soon as you are aware of their physical capabilities.

What should a committee member do if they see people working unsafely?

Committee members do not have any added authority in that position. A committee member’s duty is to advise and recommend. They do have the responsibility however, as do all staff, to speak to anyone who is working unsafely, or to speak to their manager if they do not feel comfortable approaching the person directly. In our Your Safety Committee and Law training we cover direct, indirect, and root causes, how to prevent all causes of workplace injury and provide your organization insight into which staff members require additional safety training.

Do I need to have an Occupational Health & Safety Committee?

All workplaces in Saskatchewan who employ 10 or more employees must have an Occupational Health Committee. If you have a workplace of 10 or fewer please contact us for guidance and suggestions on how to engage every employee in their own workplace safety.

What is a “near miss”?

A “near miss” is an incident that does not result in an injury or property damage, but could have. For example, a bucket of water is left on the top step of a ladder and falls off. This makes a mess but no one is hurt. However, if someone had been walking by at the time, it could have fallen and hit someone on the head. Another example is a slippery/icy parking lot. Someone slips a little but doesn’t fall. They could have fallen and injured themselves, but by chance they did not. Our Incident Investigations & Inspections training helps you expose direct, indirect, and root causes. You will understand how to prevent all causes from ever happening again while tracking injury prevention and incident statistics, including near miss reporting.

Still have questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 306-522-5499 or 1-866-999-SHSA or email us. We are happy to help you with any and all safety questions you may have!

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