The law is clear on risk analysis. The employer must “have the methods and techniques to identify hazards” (OHSA section 51.5). On the employee’s side, the roles and responsibilities are different. He must “PARTICIPATE in the identification of hazards” (OHSA section 49.5).
It is not by chance that things are like this. OHS is not the chicken or the egg. We know where it starts and where it ends up. It starts with employer responsibilities, which may in some cases impact employee responsibilities.
Why should employees be involved in risk analysis? Simply because the person who spends 40 hours a week at his or her workstation is the EXPERT of his or her position and knows in detail about facets unknown to others.
Involving employees in the search for solutions also makes it possible to get ideas from your teams and reduce resistance to change when it comes time to implement preventive measures.
About Marc-André Ferron
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of health and safety and management, he has been involved in nearly 700 companies in all sectors of activity. During his career, he has held the following positions, among others: Consultant and international speaker in OHS management, Director of Human Resources and Finance, Manager of Health and Safety, Quality and Environment in sectors such as the paper industry, petrochemicals as well as renewable energy production To date, he is the author of 12 bilingual publications on OSH management now sold internationally. Over the past 8 years he has addressed more than 40,000 people at various public and private events.