Jordan Tesluk, work place researcher and auditor, says some company safety plans are largely layers of information lacking any coherent pathway to action. But better health and safety plans put their information into a system where roles and reporting flows are clearly defined ensuring that practices are effective. This article is based on a presentation to the WSCA 2009 Conference.

Understanding Health and Safety Programs (Article).pdf

Over the past 10 years, the forestry industry has seen tremendous changes in the way that health and safety is managed. Many companies have devoted substantial time and resources to the development of formalized safety programs in order to better protect their workers, and achieve compliance with evolving regulatory and industry requirements. As a forestry workforce researcher and a certified external auditor with the BC Forest Safety Council, I have had the opportunity to examine the different methods that companies have adopted in developing their programs.

I have paid close attention to the strategies that are helping companies succeed, and the pitfalls that are holding others back. During these observations, I have identified two distinctly different approaches to health and safety program development. These include system-based programs (System-programs) and information-based programs (Info-programs). These two approaches to health and safety program development offer different challenges and benefits to the companies that use them.

Jordan Tesluk, M.A
BCFSC External Auditor
Symbiotic Solutions – Auditing and Consulting Services

To view Jordan’s entire 14 page document please click on the green PDF link at the top of this article.

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