Small business health and safety guide

Surveys show that most small business already think they are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe. The reality is that many are not.

Here are some specific things you can do to make your workplace safer


Have a process to identify hazards. This means regular inspections, weekly or monthly, by you and your workers.

Look for potential hazards, such as cluttered hallways, unsafe storage areas, and faulty or unguarded equipment.


Provide an orientation for new employees before they start working. There are specific requirements for what this orientation should include.

These are detailed in a section 3.23 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Provide specific training on new job task. Don't just tell them what to do - show them.


After orientation and training, walk be and check to make sure they are doing things probably.

Offer feedback on safety the same way you would for quality or production issues. Meet regularly with your employees to talk about safety issues, and fix problems as they arise.


Keep records of all your activities related to health and safety, such as orientation, training and supervision.

These are just a few elements of a basic health and safety program to make your workplace safer.

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