CompanySafetyPolicies

 

ST. VITAL ELECTRIC LTD. IS COMMITTED TO SAFETY ON THE JOB, FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, AND FOR OTHERS.

This page outlines general company safety policies.  St. Vital Electric is fully COR-compliant.

 

ZERO HARM

 
Zero-Harm is based on the belief that injuries and illnesses are foreseeable and preventable — both on and off the job. It reflects our value for people. It states the principle that occupational injury or illness is unacceptable, and as such, will not be considered an unavoidable business risk. This philosophy is reinforced in our Total Loss Management (TLM) performance standards, with one of the goals being to provide a safe and healthy workplace where there is Zero-Harm to people. It is also a commitment to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable in order to prevent harm to people. “Safety is EVERYONE’s Business” At St. Vital Electric our goal is to have anyone and everyone who carries out work on Wholesale and Retail sites do so safely to avoid injury. Therefore, in addition to the knowledge and skills the worker brings to the job, we ask that you always apply a high degree of safety consciousness for your own safety and the safety of others. The Primary purpose of these rules is to prevent accidents and injuries to the worker, all others on site, plus the general public who may be impacted by the work.
 
Damage to equipment, property and the environment must also be avoided. Although we have tried to include the important health and safety practices and procedures which you must follow when working on sites, it is obvious that all situations cannot be covered. Therefore, use common sense and sound judgment at all times. If in doubt, ask! Safety must NEVER be compromised for the sake of getting the job done quickly. Always assess the safety risk prior to beginning a task. Think before you act. Do not start or continue a job if any condition exists which makes it unsafe for the worker or others in the area. Report the condition to your supervisor. Remember, it is your responsibility to work safely and to refuse to do unsafe work. Our operating activities can impact people, the environment, property and corporate assets. It is a fundamental commitment of the Company to safely manage such impacts.
 
This commitment will be demonstrated in all material plans, decisions and actions of the company, its employees and its contractors by:
 

– providing a safe work environment;

 

– developing the competency of a well-trained workforce;

 

– protecting the health, security and well-being of employees;

 

– avoiding, minimizing or safely managing the impacts of our operations on the communities in which we operate;

 

– avoiding waste and conserving energy and natural resources;

 

– setting and reviewing prudent environmental, health and safety targets

 

– establishing appropriate programs aimed at compliance with applicable regulatory standards

 
To support these goals, St. Vital Electric incorporates a Total Loss Management (TLM) system in its business and operations. TLM serves as the company’s overarching framework for environment, health and safety performance, providing clear management expectations, detailing employee responsibilities and serving as a mechanism for ongoing stewardship and continuous improvement through a program of regular monthly safety upgrades.
 
The Company recognizes that each has a role with St. Vital Electric in protecting themselves, others and the environment from potential hazards. Our managers, employees and others engaged on our behalf are expected to carry out their duties in a manner designed to protect themselves, their fellow workers, the public, the environment and the physical assets of the Company.
 
We are prepared to respond to unplanned events with suitable emergency plans and management processes. St. Vital Electric vice-presidents/officers are responsible for the implementation of this policy and the TLM system in their specific areas of responsibility and will support Company-wide initiatives. The Executive Management Team is responsible for the approval, maintenance, regular review and interpretation of this policy; and for providing the resources required for the continual improvement and implementation of TLM programs.

 

Communication of Safety Issues

 

Consult with your supervisor regarding any safety precautions or issues. If you require additional assistance contact the St. Vital Electric representative. The representative’s phone number will be available through your supervisor.

 

Responsibility

 

All contractors and consultants are responsible for the safety and supervision of employees working directly for them, employees of subcontractors, and any persons entering the work-site. In the case of major construction projects, this will include St. Vital Electric employees, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers.

The contractors must:
 

– Explain the rules specific to the site.

 

– Have each individual sign the form at the back of their booklet (before they begin work), keep a record of the signed forms and return the forms to St. Vital Electric.

 

– Ensure that individuals comply with all applicable legislation and rules on site.

 

– Ensure a primary supervisor is designated to control work on the site.

 

– Perform a daily risk assessment prior to commencement of work.

 

– Perform regular, documented safety and tailgate meetings onsite throughout major projects with appropriate action items and assigned accountability.

 

Event Reporting

 

All accidents that result in injury or damage to equipment, property or the environment, must be immediately reported to St. Vital Electric, and investigated by the contractor supervisor with findings reported to St. Vital Electric.
 
“Near Miss” incidents, which could have resulted in injury or damage, must be reported and investigated as described above. Your supervisor and/or a St. Vital Electric Representative will be responsible for filling an Event Report (Accident or Near Miss). This must be done as soon as possible after the event. The objective of the report and investigation is to help us learn form the accident in order to prevent future events.

 

GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

Smoking

 

Smoking is absolutely forbidden on St. Vital Electric property except where designated by authorized St. Vital Electric personnel.

 

Cameras

 

The use of cameras or video recorders is only permitted with the approval of St. Vital Electric personnel.

 

Alcohol / drugs

 

Intoxicating beverages, drugs, or persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are not permitted on St. Vital Electric work sites. Prescription Drugs that could impair a person’s performance must be reported to the supervisor.

 

Horseplay

 

Horseplay is unsafe and strictly prohibited. Work-site distractions must be minimized, i.e. loud music, pets and unauthorized personnel.

 

Housekeeping

 

The workplace must be kept clean and organized. Each person is responsible for cleaning up the work site after completing a job and at the end of the day or shift. Where the job requires the use of cables or extension cords, route them in a manner to prevent tripping hazards or contact with overhead equipment use.

 

Machinery

 

Machinery (St. Vital Electric, Contractor, or other) with moving components must be effectively safeguarded against accidental contact. Equipment must not be removed except for the purpose of making repairs or adjustments, and must be replaces as soon as the repairs are completed. Before any repair work is started on equipment (i.e. pump), it must be shutdown, isolated from its energy source, and locked out, to prevent it being started while work is in progress. When working around running machinery (but not on the machinery itself) use extra caution to not come in contact with moving parts, or the start/stop switches.

 

Fall Protection

 

Fall protection must be provided for all workers working at heights above approximately 3 metres as per provincial WCB/WSIB/OH&S regulations. Fall protection can include handrails, spotter personnel, and /or safety harnesses (6pt.) and lanyards. It is the Contractor’s responsibility to supply the harness and lanyard, and ensure that WSB / WSIB / OH&S requirements are met for worker training, harness fit and harness/lanyard certification. It is the responsibility of every worker to check the harness and lanyard daily, prior to its use, and protect the condition of the system during its use.

 

Fire Protection

 

All necessary precautions will be taken to prevent the outbreak of fire. Garbage consisting of paper, rags and other flammable materials will be kept in metal containers with a proper metal cover in place at all times. All refuse shall be removed from the work place, and properly disposed of, on a frequent basis. All flammable materials shall be stored and transported in accordance with legislation and accepted fire prevention rules. The contractor is responsible for supplying adequate fire protection for his operation (e.g. two 20-BC rater fire extinguishers when welding). Municipal hydrants must not be opened, altered or tampered with. These are for emergency purposes, and require approval by authorities for use.

 

Ladders

 

Only ladders in good condition, those that meet CSA Standards and OH&S Regulations are to be used. Before using any ladder, check that:
 

– Side stringers are sound

 

– Rungs are not loose or cracked

 

– Non-skid feet are in place and in good condition

 

– Extension mechanisms are in good working condition

 

– Step ladder locking brackets are in working order

 
When placing a ladder, ensure that it on solid footing with the bottom out ¼ of the height of the ladder Ladders must be tied off at the top, or held by other workers at the bottom. If a ladder is being used to access a platform or landing, it must extend 1 m above it for safe access and egress. Do not work on the top two rungs of any portable ladder. Both hands must be on a ladder when climbing or descending. Large tools or construction materials shall be hauled up or lowered on a line. The use of an appropriate industrial tool belt is acceptable for carrying small tools. Metal ladders are not to be used for electrical work.

 

Security Fencing

 

Security fencing is to be installed by the contractor and remain in place at a construction site until site is fully complete and ready to open. Any gate or fencing which was opened for your job must be closed when you are leaving the area unsupervised (lunch, breaks, or the end of the day). If in doubt, lock the gate.
 
All safety signage is to be posted on security fencing. The signs will include but not be limited to safety rules including ‘no smoking’, require safety equipment and no admittance of unauthorized personnel. Security fencing must be a minimum of 1.8 metres and be securely anchored to prevent incident.

 

Existing Equipment

 

Existing equipment not involved with the work, including but not limited to pumps, valves, electrical devices, etc. shall not be operated unless authorized by St. Vital Electric personnel.

 

Heaters

 

All equipment must be CSA approved and in accordance with applicable provincial legislation. Open flame heater units are to be used only with permission from St. Vital Electric.

 

Compressed Air

 

Never use compressed air for cleaning clothes or on any part of the body. Ensure air hose connections are secured with wire or other appropriate means to prevent hoses from uncoupling.

 

Vehicle Parking

 

Parking may be restricted due to site size and conditions. For large projects parking of construction vehicles is to be reviewed during the pre-construction meeting.

Contractor vehicles and equipment must be parked in a way that does not obstruct roadways, walkways, building exits, fire hydrants, or other emergency response corridors.

 

Contact Lenses

 

Contact lenses shall not be worn during any work which would expose the wearer to chemicals, gases, vapours, dust or other materials that may harm the eyes or cause irritations. Contact lenses must not be worn when using self-contained breathing equipment.

 

Flag Person

 

A flag person must be used when signs, signals and barricades do not provide appropriate control of traffic areas. The worker must be wearing a highly visible safety vest.

 

Guards & Guardrails

 

All protective guards for equipment and portable tools must be used as intended by the manufacturer.All openings and excavations must be appropriately guarded. All stairs with more than four risers must have handrails. All temporary work platforms and scaffolds that are 3.5 metres or more above ground level shall have proper guardrails and toe boards installed.

 

Falling Material

 

When there is a danger of material falling on workers or customers, barricades must be erected with warning signs on all sides or protective canopies installed.

 

Lighting

 

All electrical facilities temporary or permanent must comply with the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code and applicable provincial regulations. Use only approved explosion-proof flashlights in areas where hydrocarbon vapours may be present.

 

Overhead Electrical Power Lines

 

Prior to commencement of any work the contractor must investigate and be aware of any overhead electrical power or telephone lines. Equipment must not be operated within 3.5 metres of the power lines. A spotter shall be assigned during hoisting near overhead power lines.

 

Illegal Weapons

 

Possession of firearms by any person except police officers or security personnel (e.g. Brinks) is prohibited on St. Vital Electric facilities. Illegal, dangerous weapons of any type are prohibited on the jobsite.

 

Gas Cylinders

 

Compressed gas cylinders must always be secured in an upright position. When not in use, gas cylinders must be disconnected and cylinder caps installed.

 

Lifting / Ergonomics

 

Workers must be aware of proper lifting techniques and have access to lifting aids where necessary to avoid injury when moving or lifting material and equipment.

 

Barricades

 

Workers must cordon off work area where a safety hazard exists while performing work. This may include the use of caution tape, traffic cones, wooden barricades or use of their service vehicle to block off area.

 

Water Supply

 

Approved containers used to store drinking water shall be clearly marked and shall not be used for any other purpose.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

 

Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn by all workers engaged in specific tasks at the site. The PPE must be consistent with proper industrial practice, legislation and the specific needs of the job. PPE cannot be altered from approved standard (i.e. painting hardhats).

 

Head Protection

 

The Contractor must ensure CSA approved hard hats are worn by all workers when working on St. Vital Electric sites and adjacent offsite areas as required. The only exceptions are:
 

– When engaged in minor or low risk maintenance tasks on non-construction areas

 

– When wearing an approved welding mask

 

– When inside a vehicle

 

– When inside the construction office

 

– When doing interior ‘finishing’ work on completed structures

 

– Where hard hats become a hazard

 

Foot Protection

 

All workers at a construction site must wear CSA approved “green triangle” footwear. Substantial footwear (no sandals or other open toed footwear) may be worn on a job site in designated areas that do not require the CSA “green triangle” footwear.

 

Eye Protection

 

Protective eye wear is recommended at all times. All personnel on site must:
 

– for construction workers CSA approved safety glasses with side shields are required to be worn by all personnel.

 

– As a minimum requirement maintenance workers are to carry general-use safety glasses on their person. Workers must wear safety glasses whenever vision hazards are encountered.

 

– CSA approved safety glasses with side shields shall be worn for all construction sites. An exception to this is that CSA approved goggles or a full face shield may be required as indicated on the MSDS for handling certain chemicals, or where there is elevated potential of eye contact with oils or chemicals form pressurized systems.

 

– The minimum eye protection required is safety glasses, with side shields, which meet the CSA requirement. CSA approved “over-glasses”, with shields, are also acceptable.

 
Goggles, flash goggles, face-shields, and other task specific eye protection must be worn when necessary.

 

Clothing

 

The minimum required clothing is sleeved shirt and full length pants. “Tank tops”, and/or short pants are not permitted. When working around hydrocarbons, clothing should be of natural fibers such as cotton, wool or leather. Avoid wearing synthetic fibers such as nylon that can melt in a fire, or cause elevated static electricity sparking hazards.

 

Reflective Safety Vests

 

High visibility retro-reflective safety vests must be won by all personnel when hazards exist from moving machinery or vehicles. This includes indoor workers, since routine movement in and out of the building can expose workers to outdoor hazards.

 

Respiratory Protection Equipment

 

Approved respiratory protection equipment must be used when required by OH&S Regulations or St. Vital Electric. If a worker is required to wear respiratory protective equipment, the employer must ensure that the equipment meets applicable WCB/WSIB & OH&S regulations, and that the employee has been trained as required by these regulations. Workers must not wear excess facial hair when the nature of the work requires or may require the effective use of self contained breathing apparatus.

 

Hearing Protection

 

Ear plugs, or ear muffs approved for dampening sound must be worn when working near noisy equipment such as pumps, compressors, jack hammers and many types of saws. Hearing protection must be used in accordance with OS&A Regulations.

 

Hand Protection

 

Protective leather gloves shall be worn as required to prevent abrasions and cuts to workers hands. Chemical resistant gloves will be worn as appropriate when working with systems where contact with hydrocarbons, oils and chemicals can occur. Finger rings must not be worn when conducting maintenance on construction work.

 

Other

 

Where the job, regulations, or St. Vital Electric requires, other PPE specialized equipment must be worn to protect your safety (e.g. gloves, goggles, winter clothing, etc.) The Contractor is responsible for ensuring all PPE required for the job is available and used.

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL GUIDELINES

 

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

 

Compliance with TDG legislation (training, transport requirements, etc) is required for all personnel engaged in handling and/or transporting dangerous goods. A TDG certification card must be carried on those personnel as required by TDG legislation. All vehicles hauling dangerous goods must comply with TDG regulations, including the use of proper placards. All vehicles transporting dangerous foods are to have a minimum of one 20-BC rated fire extinguisher or type specific by TDG regulations.

 

Hazardous Materials

 

It is the contractor’s responsibility to have a hazard identification and management process which will address hazards at the workplace. The contractor must be diligent in assessing the changing workplace to identify hazards and manage risk to workers. The contractor must comply with Provincial regulations for managing hazardous materials as shown in, but not limited to the following list:
 

– Asbestos & Man Made Fibre (e.g. some types of wall board insulation, roofing material)

 

– Benzene (e.g. exposure to gasoline)

 

– Lead (e.g. some paint)

 

– PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl in some electrical equipment)

 

– Biological Waste (e.g. hypodermic needles, mold)

 

– Mercury (e.g. thermostats)

 
The contractor shall have a process to identify and qualify hazard exposures. The process will evaluate and specify appropriate controls that could include removal, storage, transportation and disposal in accordance with applicable legislative guidelines. The process must also address employee training on the specific health hazards, safe workplace and use of PPE.

 

SAFETY PRACTICES

 

Lock-out Procedures

 

Lockout procedures are necessary to ensure that mechanical equipment doesn’t start, and electrical equipment can’t be energized, while it is being worked on. The lockout procedure should be specifically written to de-energize the electrical or mechanical energy source of the equipment to be worked on. Installation of locks and tags on control point and testing is required to ensure adequate lock-out exists.

 

Testing

 

Contractors are to take appropriate precautions to protect workers and equipment during tests.

 

Welding, Cutting and grinding

 

Welding, cutting and grinding causes significant spark. A minimum of two 20-BC rated fire extinguishers must be on hand when welding, cutting or when grinding is being conducted. Always wear the appropriate eye, face, hand and body protection. Remove any combustible materials from the work area, and protect sewers, lower levels, etc., from falling sparks. Never remove guards from portable grinders and never use a grinder that does have a guard in place.

 

Routine Job Site Risk Assessment

 

Prior to commencing maintenance or construction activity at a site the worker should perform a ‘Risk Assessment’ of the area. At a minimum this assessment should include:
 

– a check of the workplace to identify any unsafe conditions

 

– identification of required Personal Protective Equipment

 

– is specialized safety equipment required (i.e. fall protection, fire extinguishers, etc)

 

– identification of proper tools

 

– identification of required equipment such as fall protection, fire extinguisher, barricades

 

– identification of specialized procedures such as confined space, lockouts, safe work permits