AXIS is hired primarily to perform safety inspections, and as such, we knew that it was important to step up our safety game! In 2011 we became the first non-contractor company to become Small employer COR™ certified. We want to be the leader in our industry, especially when it comes to safety.
The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) is a safety program that is recognized as a comprehensive health and safety program. (check out https://www.constructionsafety.ca/training/cor-program/)
As a company that is hired primarily to perform safety inspections, we knew that it was important to step up our safety game! In 2011 we became the first non-contractor company to become Small employer COR™ certified. We want to be the leader in our industry and especially when it comes to safety.
Small Business and Safety
For a small company, what does it mean to be COR™ certified? Well, it means a big audit every year, it means a lot of paperwork and documentation. But at AXIS we believe it is more than that. Safety is a culture, not just a requirement. When we choose to do things in the safest possible way, we know that this means a more efficient process, it means that all our people get home every day and we truly believe it offers our clients better service.
When you are a small company, how can you make your COR™ certification more than just an annual audit?
- Document what you are doing when it happens! You are already talking safety and doing the things, take a photo, send it with an email to ensure that it is recorded!
- Use your calendar to remind you of regular inspections that need to be done. Set up a recurring meeting for the fire extinguisher inspections, the office safety inspection.
- If you are overwhelmed at creating new Safe work procedures, and safe job procedures, get on google. Safety resources are shared and available. Some of my favourite sites include CSAM and Safe Work Manitoba. But if you need specialized procedures, like we often do google away. Just ensure that the references are Canadian and that you review them to ensure they match your specific needs. But there is no reason you need to start from scratch!
- Empower your people to be proactive when it comes to safety. Ensure that everyone has the training they need to work safe! CSAM, Safety Services of Manitoba, and Made Safe are great local resources!
- Reward safe workers. Have an incentive program for employees for completing Job Hazard assessments, for identifying near misses and celebrate safety goals!
Safety isn’t about a number it is about everyone coming to work every day confident that they will make it home at the end of the day.
I would love to hear from my fellow small business people, how do you manage your safety program?
Until next week,