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Health & Safety Plan

All employers are obligated to ensure that a written plan for health and safety at work is prepared, regardless of the size of the workplace.

What is a Workplace Health & Safety Plan?

A workplace health and safety plan is an important part of comprehensive occupational health and safety management. Its purpose is to give a good overview of the hazards that exist in the workplace and how they have been managed through mitigation. It also includes a plan for further action to prevent or manage the hazards as far as possible.

All employers are obligated by law to ensure that a written plan for health and safety at work is prepared, regardless of the size of the workplace. When the preparation of the workplace health and safety plan requires additional capability or training for management and employees, the employer must seek assistance from an authorized service provider which is qualified for the task ahead.

It is important that the presentation of the plan is clear and accessible to managers and employees.

The plan must include a risk assessment, a health protection and prevention plan and followed-up with remedial measures as appropriate.

Risk Assessment

Includes identification, analysis and evaluation of the work environment with regard to the safety and health of employees as well as a summary of the results of the risk assessment. The risk assessment process is a systematic approach which applies to all aspects of the work environment. It includes a classification of risk factors with regard to severity to employees and a prioritized treatment of more serious risks.

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Health Protection and Prevention Plan

Includes a defined, timed remedial plan for the measures that need to be taken in order to prevent or reduce defined risk factors which have been identified in the risk assessment.

Also included is an overview of the preventive measures that have been identified in the Occupational Safety and Health Act or Regulations that have been established on the basis of it. This includes policies and response plans for bullying, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and violence in the workplace, and an emergency plan outlining first-aid, firefighting and evacuation measures.

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Remedial Measures Review Plan

Should state how and when the remedial measures set out in the health protection and prevention plan will be reviewed. Included in the review should be other remedial measures to verify that they are still relevant and have the desired effect.

Thus, the health and safety plan is a living document which is relevant to the daily management of the workplace.