Safety and Environment
Commitment to Safety
After initial training of new employees, management and supervisors are required to monitor each other’s work habits and immediately bring unsafe conditions to the attention of new and seasoned employees alike. Incidents of failure to comply with established safety procedures will result in education and retraining. PWTransit believes that voluntary compliance rather than discipline for non-compliance is a more effective way to build the safety culture.
All locations of PWTransit undergo WorkSafe / WCB / WSIB Certificate Of Recognition (COR) and National Safety Code (NSC) audits conducted on an annual basis by a Director of Safety for one of the other lines of business or the Corporate Vice President of Safety for Pacific Western Transportation.
Six Steps to Safety
PWTransit uses the “Six Steps of Safety Management” in all our individual operations as a self-assessment tool to measure ourselves against DuPont and other industry safety leaders.
1. Identify the Hazards
2. Identify the risks associated with those hazards
3. Assess the risks according to Frequency, Severity, and Probability
4. Control the risks through Engineering, Administrative process, and Personal protective equipment
5. Document the process
6. Monitor and review the outcomes
Using the Six Steps, an assessment is made each quarter to gauge our progress and chart our future course towards being the leader in safety for our industry. Demanding goals are set with the input of managers, department heads, and lead hands so that the goals can be communicated to all Employees in our Division up to and including the newest person on the payroll.
The Six Steps were developed internally and adopted throughout the corporation to enable PWTransit to take advantage of the best safety practices currently being used at any of our operations across Canada. The broad range of experience and qualifications that we as a corporation can bring to bear on a problem, positions us to be an innovator and industry leader in safety.
Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
At PWTransit Occupational Health & Safety is more than just a statement. We believe that each and every one of our
employees is entitled to go home in the same, if not better, condition than when they came to work that day. PWTransit has
implemented many programs, policies and procedures to enable safety to be at the forefront of employees’ thoughts and
actions throughout their workday.
PWTransit promotes a culture of safe working environments for all its personnel in every aspect of its operation. Corporate programs are designed to reduce incidents and time lost incidents by increasing the level of safety awareness with all personnel. Each employee is charged with identifying any unsafe act or situation throughout their work day and bringing it to the attention of co-workers, supervisors
or the manager if they are unable to rectify it themselves.
The Company’s orientation and training program for all Operators, maintenance, and service staff will include a complete review of the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), current OH&S regulations, location and operation of safety features such as fire extinguishers, chemical eyewash, and first-aid posts, as well as specific Company policies and procedures. The Manager and Supervisory staff will complete a much more rigorous WHIMS course detailing the obligations of administering the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) program.
PWTransit adheres to a corporate policy of all formal meetings beginning with a safety component at the top of the agenda, regardless of subject of the meeting. Identified members of the maintenance and dispatch departments receive First Aid training certification to fulfill the responsibilities of First Aid Attendant during all times of the service day.