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Designing and Implementing an OH&S Program and Establishing a Safety Culture

This four-day course addresses the key components of and the tools required for preparing, implementing and managing an effective Occupational Health and Safety Program as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The presentations address the theoretical components, legal requirements, as well as a strong emphasis on strategies for effective implementation of a safety program.

Participants gain the necessary background, understanding and innovative tools to prepare and implement an effective Occupational Health and Safety Program. An effective OH&S Program will help your organization reduce the incredible costs, in terms of people and dollars, of injuries and illness in the workplace.

Note: This is a required course in the Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Management.


  • Leadership skills for effective program implementation
  • How to establish due diligence
  • Effective methods to reduce the high cost of injuries
  • Due Diligence & the Employer
  • The role of the Workers’ Compensation Board in injury prevention
  • Hazard Identification and Investigation Systems
  • Integration of Health and Wellness Components Within a Safety Program
  • How to be proactive when dealing with employees relations and safety


Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Days 2-4, will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Program outline

Lead Instructor: John Cameron

Day 1

8:00 Registration

Introduction Exercise

  • Why an Occupational Health & Safety Program
  • Identifying the Problems - (General) (Your Organization)
  • Training for Change What Changes Do We Want To See?
  • What Barriers Do We have To Overcome?

1:00 Workers' Compensation Board

  • Purpose; Insurance; Funding; Premiums
  • The Real Costs of Accidents
  • Responsibilities and Ownership
  • Information and Services Available

4:00 Adjournment

Day 2

8:30 OHS Division: Role and Responsibility

  • Due Diligence
  • Strict Liability Offences
  • Accident Investigations
  • Charges and Penalties

1:00 Developing A positive Safety Culture P.A.T.S.

  • (People Approach To Safety)
  • (Practical Approach To Safety)
  • (Pro-Active Approach To Safety)
  • Going beyond the Hard Hats, Safety Boots, Rules & Regulations
  • Senior Management Responsibility
  • Supervisory Responsibility
  • Employee Responsibility
  • Involvement
  • Commitment
  • Responsibility
  • Ownership
  • Perception

4:00 Adjournment

Day 3

8:30 Hazard Identification & Investigation Systems

11:00 Integration of Health and Wellness Components Within a Safety Program

  • Initial and Periodic Risk Based Health Assessments Disability Case Management

1:00 Operational Issues

  • Training and Supervision of Employees
  • Written Safe Work Procedures
  • Function of Field Safety Officers
  • Maintaining Records and Statistics
  • Monitoring for Effectiveness

4:00 Adjournment

Day 4

8:30 Occupational Health & Safety CommitteeTraining

  • Why a JOH&S Committee
  • Regulations Legal Responsibilities of the Committee
  • Meetings / Records / Terms of Reference
  • How to Keep your JOH&S Committee Motivated

1:00 Near-Miss / Incident / Accident Investigation

  • Who Should Do The Investigating?
  • Forms & Investigating Procedures

Workplace Inspections


Action Plan

4:00 Adjournment

Note - This workshop is designed to be very flexible to meet the needs of those attending.

Lead instructor

John Cameron is a human resource practitioner with over 30 years experience in managing, recruiting, employee relations, health and safety and industrial engineering. Mr. Cameron worked for 23 years with Michelin Tire (Canada) Inc. where he held various human resource positions, including manager of safety and security. Prior to that he was with Scott Maritimes where he was involved in the development of innovative safety programs. He is President of J.K. Cameron & Associates Consulting Inc. that provides both on-site and public video-based and live-facilitated training sessions focusing on people training and development and one-stop health and safety solutions.