OSH Works is a service to help organizations improve their occupational health and safety
performance. It provides a framework and guidance material to help organizations
develop and improve workplace health and safety programs to meet regulatory
compliance; develop comprehensive workplace health and safety programs; or achieve
certification to national or international Occupational Health and Safety Management
Occupational health and safety legislation in Canadian provincial, territorial and federal
jurisdictions requires organizations to have an occupational health and safety program.
Because of this legal requirement, many organizations will already have an occupational
health and safety program in place, with all the necessary documentation and records
available. Others will be highly motivated to have a demonstrable occupational health and
safety program in place. CCOHS created the Program version of OSH Works for these
The trend with health and safety programs today is to go beyond the consideration of
traditional workplace hazards, and to take a more holistic approach. As well as
considering the physical work environment, organizations are considering the psychosocial
work environment; personal health resources; and enterprise community involvement. For
organizations that want to address these 'avenues of influence', CCOHS created the
Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety version of OSH Works. Organizations with
well established health and safety programs may choose to implement an Occupational
Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and receive certification to either the
Canadian OHSMS standard CSA Z1000 or one of the international OHSMS standards such
as OHSAS 18001. An OHSMS involves integrating health and safety into all aspects of an
operation including production, human resources, administration, finance, maintenance,
and purchasing. CCOHS has created an OHSMS version of OSH Works to provide a
framework for organizations implementing and continually improving an OHSMS.
OSH Works benefits organizations by helping them to establish an occupational health and
safety program, improve an existing OH&S program and/or create a healthy workplace
through effective employee awareness programs and implementation of standards. As a
result of using any of the OSH Works programs, organizations will not only be able to
meet or exceed regulatory compliance, but create a healthier workforce, enhance
productivity and foster a culture of safety and prevention of injury and illness.
In the second half of the fiscal year, CCOHS began developing a simplified compliance
version of OSH Works, intended for small to medium sized enterprises. This new version
will be available in fiscal 2013-2014.
OSH Works is being actively promoted, and has ten subscribing organizations. These
organizations use OSH Works and are contributing towards its ongoing development.
Monitoring and Continuous Improvement
A Technical Specialist is assigned to each client account to provide the necessary support
needed to set-up the service and to improve the health and safety program. CCOHS staff
check in with each client quarterly to monitor the progress and to identify areas of the
service for improvement.