Section I Policy Statements - DOC by bib20662

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									                                                 Farm Name:
        Safe Farms Check Program
                                Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                           Date Revised:

Approved by:




Purpose:
Specific duties are assigned to persons with different levels of authority to ensure accountability.
Everyone must work together to control hazards and prevent emergencies.

Policy Statement:
Everyone is responsible for safety in the workplace in accordance with his/her level of
authority within the (farm name) .

Statement of Responsibilities:

A. Employer
Is understood to be every person who, by himself or his agent or representative employs or
engages one or more workers. The employer has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure, so far
as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his workers and that
everyone follows accepted and regulated standards.

         Provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
         Define responsibility and accountability for health and safety in the workplace.
         Inform employees of their rights and responsibilities for a safe workplace.
         When worker numbers warrant, establish and maintain an effective Safety and Health
          Committee (SHC) or Workplace Safety and Health Representative and ensure it functions
          effectively and efficiently.
         Respond to the SHC recommendations within 30 days.
         Assist SHC members to obtain appropriate training that will enable them to fulfill their
          duties.
         Establish and maintain an effective WSH program.
         Identify all hazards and risks to the workers, and establish safe work practices to reduce,
          control or eliminate those hazards.
         Conduct workplace inspections and correct sub-standard conditions of the workplace.
         Allocate enough resources (money, time, equipment, people, including competent
          managers and supervisors) to implement the WSH program.
         Ensure managers and supervisors are trained, supported and held accountable for
          fulfilling their workplace health and safety requirements.
         Provide workers with legislated health and safety information and training.
         Ensure workers have the training, certification, supervision and experience to do their
          jobs safely.
         Provide for the safe handling, use, storage and transport of hazardous materials.

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        Safe Farms Check Program
                                Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                           Date Revised:

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         Ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to workers.
         Ensure incidents and occupational diseases are reported to the appropriate authority.
         Ensure medical/first aid facilities are provided as necessary.
         Inform and train volunteers regarding safety and health policies and procedures related to
          their duties so as to enable them to work and act safely.
B. Supervisor
      A supervisor is understood to be a person who has charge of a workplace or authority
      over a worker.

A supervisor has the following responsibilities:
    Understand and ensure his/her own compliance with workplace health and safety
       requirements.
    Co-operate with the SHC, helping it to do its job properly, and ensure all workers support
       committee members in their health and safety activities.
    Ensure hazards are identified and proper measures are taken to control the risks
       associated with those hazards.
    Inspect work areas and correct unsafe acts and conditions.
    Instruct and coach workers to follow safe work procedures.
    Ensure that workers comply with established safety and health standards.
    Ensure only authorized, trained and competent workers operate equipment.
    Ensure the necessary PPE is provided to workers and used properly.
    Ensure equipment is properly maintained.
    Know how to safely handle, store and dispose of chemical and biological substances at
       the workplace.
    Develop and implement emergency workplace procedures.
    Ensure workers are trained in emergency workplace procedures and know what to do in
       the event of an emergency.
    Report and participate/cooperate in order to investigate all incidents and dangerous
       occurrences.
    Promote health and safety awareness in the workplace.
    Co-operate with other parties in dealing with health and safety issues.
C. Worker
        A work is
(a) any person who is employed by an employer to perform a service whether for gain or reward,
or hope of gain or reward or not,


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        Safe Farms Check Program
                               Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                         Date Revised:

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(b) any person engaged by another person to perform services, whether under a contract of
employment or not
(i) who performs work or services for another person for compensation or reward on such terms
and conditions that he is, in relation to that person, in a position of economic dependence upon
that person more closely resembling the relationship of any employee than that of an independent
contractor, and
(ii) who works or performs services in a workplace which is owned or operated by the person
who engages him to perform services,
(c) any person undergoing training or serving an apprenticeship at an educational institution or at
any other place.

A worker has three rights under the Workplace Safety and Health legislation; namely to:
    Know about hazards in the workplace.
    Participate in WSH activities.
    Refuse work if the work is unusually dangerous.
A worker has the following safety and health responsibilities:
    Take reasonable care to protect his/her health and safety and that of others in the
      workplace.
    Cooperate with any person exercising a duty under the WSH legislation.
    Comply with and follow safe work practices and procedures.
    Understand and follow safety and health requirements.
    Use safety equipment, machine guards, safety devices and PPE as required by standards
      and as required and provided by the employer.
    Report all unsafe acts and workplace hazards to their supervisor.
    Take initiative to resolve unsafe situations within the scope of their responsibility.
    Follow safe work practices and procedures required by, or developed by the employer.
    Immediately report all incidents, dangerous occurrences, injuries or illnesses to their
      immediate supervisor.
    Work and act safely and help others to work and act safely.
    Participate in safety and health activities.

D. Owner
An “owner” is understood as:
in relation to any land or premises used or to be used as a workplace, includes
(a) a trustee, receiver, mortgagee in possession, tenant, lessee or occupier of
the land or premises, and
(b) a person who acts as an agent or delegate of a person mentioned in clause (a),


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        Safe Farms Check Program
                               Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                         Date Revised:

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but does not include a person who occupies premises used as a private residence, unless that
person carries on a business, profession or trade at that residence;

An owner has the following safety and health responsibilities:
    ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the land or premises used as a workplace
      that is under his or her control is provided and maintained in a manner that does not
      create a risk to the safety or health of any person;
    Ensure the safety of equipment, conditions and activities in their building(s) or site(s) that
      are not under the complete control of the employer.
    Take reasonable precautions to ensure that any premises or equipment, over which they
      have control, is maintained and does not endanger the health and safety of people
      working with it.
    Know and comply with the health and safety requirements in the Act and its regulations.

The (farm name) will ensure that the owners will follow established safety and health
standards insofar as is reasonably practicable.

E. Contractor
A “contractor” is defined as:
a person who, pursuant to one or more contracts, directs the activities of one or more employers
or self-employed persons involved in work at a workplace.

A written agreement or contract will be developed between the        (farm name) and the
contractor to do work for the farm. The employer must designate a site manager in charge of the
operations to ensure that the contractor policy is followed and there is compliance with safety
policies and procedures.

A contractor is responsible for:
    matters that the contractor has control over.
    anything that is not under the direct and complete control of the employer or self-
       employed person.
    providing the employer/self-employed person with any information that may affect the
       health and safety of their workers.
    Compliance with all aspects of the Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations

F. Prime Contractor
There must be a prime contractor for a construction project if more than one employer or self-
employed person is involved in work at the construction project site at the same time.


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                                                Farm Name:
        Safe Farms Check Program
                               Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                           Date Revised:

Approved by:



The Prime contractor for a construction project is
(a) the person who enters into a contract to serve as the prime contractor with the owner of the
construction project site; or
(b) if there is no contract referred to in clause (a), or if that contract is not in effect, the prime
contractor is the owner of the construction project site.
Duties of the prime contractor are:
  To ensure that every person involved in work on the project complies with the WSH Act and
     the regulations, including the prime contractor
  co-ordinate, organize and oversee the performance of all work at the construction project
     site and conduct his or her own activities in such a way as to ensure that no person is
     exposed to risks to his or her safety or health arising out of, or in connection with activities
     at the construction site
  co-operate with any other person exercising a duty imposed by the WSH Act or the
     regulations

G. Contracted or Self-Employed Persons
Self-employed persons might include people like plumbers, electricians, farrier, etc.

A self-employed person has responsibilities as follows:
    Work and act safely.
    Conduct their business in such a way that persons affected by his/her work are not
        exposed to risks to their own health and safety.
Provide information to the employer about any hazards associated with the work they are doing.
    When on a construction project, inform the prime contractor (if there is one) that he/she is
        working on the project.
    Cooperate with anyone with responsibilities under the WSH legislation.
    Comply with the WSH legislation.

H. Supplier
A “supplier” is understood to be:
      a person who supplies, sells, leases, installs or provides any tool, equipment, machine,
      device or any biological substance or chemical substance to be used in a workplace.

Supplier’s responsibilities include:
    Take reasonable precautions to ensure that the products supplied to a workplace are safe
       when used according to instructions provided.
    Provide instructions for safe use of product(s) supplied to any party, e.g. the employer,
       self-employed person, contractor, etc.

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                                               Farm Name:
        Safe Farms Check Program
                               Step 4: Statement of Responsibilities
Date:                                                                         Date Revised:

Approved by:



         Ensure that product(s) comply with WSH legislation.



I. Volunteers
While volunteers are not technically employed in the service of an employer, the employer must
take reasonable measures to ensure their safety and health while on the premises. In the interests
of safety and risk management, volunteers should be expected to:
     work and act safely.
     abide by all safety policies and procedures of the (name of farm)                     as
        they relate to their service with the employer.




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