SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. Company Safety Policy

It is the policy of SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. to perform work in a safe manner consistent with the Occupational Health & Safety Act for construction projects. Every SDI employee and every trade employed by SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. will study the Act and the Regulations and will work in accordance with them.

It is our belief that every employee in the construction industry is entitled to work in a safe and healthy construction environment. Every precaution shall be taken to provide such an environment.

Employee safety is of utmost concern to SDI Builders 2010 Ltd.  It is our objective to provide a safe environment for employees and trades to work in, with an awareness on the part of the employees and trades of hazards on the construction site.  With the cooperation of all trades and employees, we are confident that our goal of an accident-free workplace is attainable and realistic.

All Management, Supervisors, Sub-contractors and workers are required to make every effort to ensure that SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. meets all legislative requirements and maintains the highest standards.

Robert F. Secco,
President

SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. Company Safety Policy

SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. shall ensure that:

  • Measures and procedures required by Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations for construction projects are carried out on each project.
  • Employers and employees on each project comply with the Act and Regulations.
  • Health & Safety of employees on each project is protected by adhering to the policies and guidelines set out in this document.

THE EMPLOYER shall:

  • Prepare a health and safety policy.  Post it in the workplace and review it annually.
  • Develop a program to implement the health and safety policy.  Ensure it is known throughout the organization.  Ensure training is in place to make the program work.
  • Ensure that a competent person is appointed as supervisor.
  • Ensure that information, instruction and supervision is provided.
  • Ensure that measure and procedures required by law are carried out in the workplace.
  • Ensure that equipment, material and protective devices required by law are provided.
  • Ensure that accident prevention education programs and first aid training programs as provided as required.

THE SUPERVISOR shall:

  • Be aware of the applicable provisions of the Act and the Regulations, as well as the company procedures.
  • Ensure the workforce understands their health and safety responsibilities.
  • Ensure that employees and sub-trades work in the manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures required by the Act and Regulations.
  • Ensure that employees and sub-trades use or wear their equipment, protective devices or clothing the employer requires to be used or worn.
  • Ensure that employees and sub-trades are advised of any potential or actual danger to their health or safety.
  • Ensure that employees and sub-trades are provided with timely orientation (in writing where prescribed) as to the measures and procedures to follow for their protection.
  • Be visibly committed to making health and safety work.  Inspire others to make it work.

EMPLOYEES AND SUBTRADES shall:

  • Work in accordance with provisions of the Act and the Regulations
  • Use or wear the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the employer requires be used or worn.
  • Report to the employer or supervisor any problems with equipment that may endanger personnel.
  • Report to the employer or supervisor any contravention of the Act of the Regulations or hazard on the project.
  • Never work in a manner that may endanger anyone.
  • Do not remove, displace or interfere with the use of any safeguards.
  • Never engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct on the jobsite.
  • Not use or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescriptive drugs while on the jobsite.
  • Use appropriate eye protection when chipping, drilling, sawing or using chemicals or acids.
  • Maintain an orderly work area
  • Control welding and cutting operations at all times to protect employees, materials and equipment.
  • When in doubt, ask for information or direction from the supervisor.
  • Provide recommendations to the supervisor to improve health & safety.

VISITORS:

  • Only authorized personnel allowed on all work sites.
  • Authorized visitors must be aware of all safety requirements and have in their possession all safety equipment required for the site.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

In case of emergency, be it injury, fire, chemical spills, explosion or structural collapse, the following procedures shall be undertaken by the supervisor:

  • TAKE COMMAND
  • Assign duties to specific personnel
  • PROVIDE PROTECTION
  • Protect the accident scene from continuing or further hazards, i.e. traffic, operating machinery, fire or live wires.
  • GIVE FIRST AID
  • Give first aid to the injured as soon as possible.

1.) CALL AN AMBULANCE

  • Call an ambulance and any other emergency services required (dial 911).

2.) GUIDE THE AMBULANCE AND OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES

  • Meet and direct the ambulance and other emergency vehicles to the accident scene.

3.) GET THE NAME OF THE HOSPITAL

  • For follow-up, find out where the injured is being taken.

4.) ADVISE MANAGEMENT

  • Inform senior management  so that they can contact relatives, notify authorities and start procedures for reporting and investigating the accident

5.) ISOLATE THE ACCIDENT SCENE

  • Barricade, rope off or post a guard at the scene to make sure that nothing is moved or changed until authorities have completed the investigation.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

GENERAL PERSONAL PROTECTION

For personal protection on the job site, employees are not to wear:

  • Loose clothing or cuffs
  • Greasy or oily clothing, gloves or boots
  • Torn or ragged clothing
  • Finger rings or neck chains

HEAD PROTECTION

  • Workers must obtain and wear at all times on the job site a CSA Certified Class B safety hat.  Damaged or cracked hats are to be replaced immediately.

FOOT PROTECTION

  • At all times on the job, workers must wear CSA Certified Grade 1 footwear with heavy duty toe and sole protection.  Footwear must bear a green triangular patch with CSA stamp.
  • Footwear must be fully laced and tied.
  • Badly worn or deteriorated work boots must be replaced immediately.

EYE PROTECTION

  • Cover goggles are required for workers drilling overhead or into concrete, masonry and drywall, when using power activated tools and when chipping, grinding or cutting.

HEARING PROTECTION

  • It is recommended that each worker have hearing protection available since continuous exposure to excessive noise can lead to hearing loss.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • In addition to mandatory hard hats and safety boots, other personal protective equipment such as eye protection, hearing protection and fall-arrest devices must be worn when required.  Under certain hazardous conditions, there may also be a requirement for gloves, respirators, or specially-designed protective clothing under certain hazardous conditions.  Note that failure to wear required personal protective equipment is grounds for immediate removal of those employees, from the worksite.

SAFETY BELTS, SAFETY HARNESSES AND LANYARDS

All safety belts and lanyards must be CSA certified.  Both the belt and the lanyards will carry a CSA label.  Safety harnesses must be snug fitting and worn with all hardware and straps intact and properly fastened.  Lanyards must be 16 mm diameter nylon or equivalent.

The D-ring on the safety belt should be in the centre of the back.  The lanyard should be secured to a rigid support or lifeline, preferably higher than waist level and be kept as short as possible (no more than 1.5 meters) to reduce fall distance.  When the lanyard is wire rope or nylon webbing, a shock absorber must be used.

All lifelines must be:

  • Used by only one worker at a time.
  • Free from any danger of chafing.
  • Free of cuts, abrasions and other defects.
  • Long enough to reach the ground or knotted at the end to prevent the lanyard from running off the lifeline.

All lifeline users must be certified and be in possession of their certification card.

SCAFFOLDING

Scaffolding will be used for ceiling demolition, mechanical and electrical installation and ceiling installation.

Scaffolding and wood deck material must be inspected daily for:

  • Cracks, cuts, wormholes, splits and knots;
  • Damage to cleats;
  • Plank overhang (between 6 and 12 inches);
  • Rust or cracks to uprights and cross members braces;
  • Secure attachment of feet and legs;
  • Free motion of feet/wheels and working condition of locking mechanisms;
  • Bends in pins and locking fit.

Scaffolding that will not be higher than three frames does not require to tie into structure.

The working platform will be properly assembled and protected by guardrails compatible with frames.

SITE SPECIFIC HAZARD ASSESSMENT

The Ontario Health and Safety Association has determined that the 5 major causes of fatalities in construction are:

  1. Falls
  2. Electrocution
  3. Stroke by and/or caught between
  4. Reversing vehicles
  5. Trench or excavation wall collapse

A site-specific hazard assessment will be completed for each individual project and appropriate procedures developed for identified hazards.

LOCK-OUT/TAG OUT PROCEDURES

Four actions to all lockouts:

  1. Identify all energy sources connected with the work.
  2. Disable, redirect or stop all energy from doing what it normally does.
  3. Confirm that a zero energy state has been reached.
  4. Apply restrain devices to keep the system from starting up while being worked on.  Restrain device must be tagged with company name, worker name, reason for lockout and date of lockout.

PRINCIPLES OF CONTROL

The following principles of control are incorporated into the Safety Policy of SDI Builders Ltd.

1.) Control at the source by elimination of hazards:

  • Substitution of harmful products
  • Isolation of hazards

2.) Control along the patch by Standard Operating Procedures

  • Housekeeping
  • Barriers

3.) Control at the worker

  • PPE
  • Administration controls

HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

SDI Builders 2010 Ltd. is committed to a healthy and safe business.  Our management is committed to doing a job safely and free of health hazards.  We will not tolerate any unsafe conditions or acts.

It is also the responsibility of EVERY employee, subcontractor, etc. on our jobs to work safely and report ALL unsafe conditions.  All employees will be held accountable for their performance.

Through the above, we strive to create the safest possible work environment.  So think first, don’t take chances, because “IT’S THE LAW”.

Our policy to enforce the Occupational Health & Safety Act with an employees, subcontractors and visitors is as follows:

  1. The first warning will be verbal but date and infraction will be recorded in our daily diary.
  2. The second warning will be in writing, a copy of which will be given to the person/persons involved.
  3. The third warning will involve immediate suspension from the job site.

EQUIPMENT POLICY

  1. CSA Class B hard hat
  2. CSA green patch footwear
  3. Long pants and long shirt sleeves
  4. Proper eye and respiratory protection, when required
  5. Safety belts, tie ropes, etc. when required

The safety information in this policy does not take precedence over Occupational Health and Safety legislation.  All employees and sub-contractors should be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Regulations for Construction Projects (O. Reg. 213/91)

SDI Builders 2010 is firmly committed to enforcing this policy in order to promote safe and healthy workplace.  If this policy is not being enforced, please call our office at 519-434-3325.

Robert F. Secco,
President