Risk Assessment and Risk Control
Conducting a risk assessment is an important tool for the mitigation of risk and hazards which may arise through the conduct of BCCF activities. When completed appropriately these can address, mitigate, and possibly eliminate many existing hazards that may be encountered, along with the opportunity to discover new or developing hazards and establish appropriate controls before they pose a risk. In addition knowing the degree of risk and expected hazard associated with a project, this process enables BCCF to assign hazard ratings, training, and protocols that can then be used to determine the level of controls, first aid, and communication required to ensure BCCF employee safety has been met as laid out by WorkSafeBC. These assessments also aid BCCF in appropriate incident follow up and concerns regarding due diligence.
Risk assessments will be completed for all projects on an annual basis, or whenever there is a change to the scope of work involved. BCCF will supply a standardized format to complete the risk assessment process regarding the activities involved unless a specific task risk assessment sheet is required by WorkSafeBC. This form along with any other associated documentation required for the assessment of specific hazards will be available in the Part 3 of this OHSP. The use of the standardized format will ensure that all risk is assessed including (when applicable) the following specific hazard assessments as required by the Regulation:
- Avalanche Risk Assessment and Safety Plan (4.1.1 of the Regulation)
- Cold Stress Assessment and Control Plan (7.34 Regulation)
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Risk Assessment (4.13 Regulation)
- Emergency Procedures (Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents, 5.99 Regulation)
- Ergonomics (MSI) Risk Identification and Risk Assessment (4.46 & 4.48 Regulation)
- Working Alone Hazard Identification (4.20.2 Regulation)
- Violence in the Workplace Risk Assessment (Regulation 4.28)
In addition to risk assessments an employer is responsible for ensuring that employees are made aware of all known hazards associated with their job (Section 115 (2) (b) of the Act). BCCF ensures that this is completed through the orientation process and Job Safety Analysis form for each project.
BCCF utilizes a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to ensure its employees are made aware of all tasks associated with their job on a project specific basis along with their associated risks and hazards. A JSA is a procedure that aids in integrating all safety procedures and practices by breaking down all aspects of that job into basic steps, documenting the hazards, and assigning the resulting control measures for each. BCCF expands the JSA procedure into a form that includes safety and project related contact information, a basic safety and equipment checklist, basic safety procedures, and check-in protocols. Refer to the appropriate Part 3 for a copy of the BCCF current JSA form.