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Calculating costs, benefits of safety programs • Keeping cool in the hot sun

Calculating costs, benefits of safety programs

Looking for a tool to help calculate the impact of safety on the bottom line? The Institute for Workplace Health, in co-operation with the Industrial Accident Prevention Association and Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, have developed the Health & Safety Smart Planner, a free software tool designed to calculate the costs and benefits of OHS initiatives for Ontario employers. It can be used by anyone involved in or undertaking a health and safety initiative. It has three sections: Do Your Own Analysis (calculates the benefits and costs of safety initiatives in your workplace); Incident Cost Calculator (records the costs of health and safety incidents); and About H&S Smart Planning (provides detailed help explaining how to use the software.) This version was designed for manufacturing and service sector workplaces in Ontario but other sectors may find it useful. Other versions of this software are under development for British Columbia and Manitoba.

Keeping cool in the hot sun

It’s July and the temperatures are rising. Employees who work outdoors, or in extreme heat, are susceptible to heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration. In 2007, Manitoba published a handy 18-page Guideline for Thermal Stress to help employers develop thermal stress management programs. (It even has tips for workers in extreme cold for those long Canadian winters.)

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