Health and Safety
Profile and Mission
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services has been meeting the safety training needs of Fort Nelson and the Horn River Basin area for nearly ten years. Its mission is to offer the highest quality safety training courses to the people and the community in this region.
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services has an all-encompassing vision where companies and individuals feel they are valued for what they are, their diversity and cultures are respected and RCS is recognised as a training supplier of first choice.
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services will seek to achieve its mission and vision through integrity, respect and genuine partnerships of the community members involved.
Health and Safety Statement
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services will adhere, or exceed all legal and regulation requirement. Our position is:
That the safety of our staff, students and interested parties will be paramount, and that a safe environment is also a good learning environment.
Be wholly committed to maintain current/future health and safety practices and procedure that reflect our leadership role in safety training.
Actively seek to exceed the minimal regulatory requirements in our practice of due diligence.
Whilst Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services cannot be Worker Compensation Board registered, due to being a single owner-operated sole proprietorship, it fully endorses and upholds all employment regulations and guidelines, and complies fully with WorkSafeBC Training and Certification Standards. (April 2014)
It is fully understood that in the Training and Certification Standard, there is a duty or obligation by the first aid training agency, WorkSafeBC will hold the agency responsible for those duties. A breach of duties or obligations, or a breach of the Agency Agreement may result in termination of the agency registration.
It is further acknowledged that the agency is responsible for quality assurance including, but not limited to, any OFA or equivalent course activities conducted on behalf of the authorized agency by training providers, training centres, authorized providers, partner providers, training partners, independent contract instructors and/or examiners, program monitors and/or auditors.
Roles and Responsibilities
Whilst Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services will make every practicable effort to ensure workplace safety, it is ultimately the worker who, through training, qualification, knowledge, skills, and supervision achieves the aims of the organisation in a professional and safe manner.
As a sole proprietor it is keenly recognised that safety, doing things right is in fact the life-blood of our business. It would be business suicide to not act in a safe manner whilst instructing others to do so. “Walking the walk” is a critical component that not only ensures repeat business contracts, but aids the adoption of the culture of working safe. As a small community, with many employed in a ‘dangerous - oil and gas’ environment the standards of the instructor are visible both in and out of the classroom environment, therefore being a role model is implicit to the conduct of the classroom experience.
As an owner/operator it is my belief that the effectiveness of the Health and Safety Policy be exposed to the same scrutiny as if a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee were enabled, and reviewing the said policy and procedures.
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.
Records will be kept of any complaints of discrimination or harassment for formal review and documentation.
Working Offsite or in a Remote Area
If a worker is required to work offsite or travel to a remote location, they will take the following action:
Journey management must be in place with departure, arrival and emergency response activation.
Electronic communication coverage, such as cell phones should be adopted where possible and a check in system enforced.
The worker will complete a thorough pre-inspection of the vehicle and all its vital functions, fluid levels check and confirmed, survival, breakdown equipment as needed checked for serviceability.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP)
Resourceful Consultancy (RCS) Services is committed to providing our clients, customers and students with exceptional service. As the service provided requires the collection, use and disclosure of some personal information, it is our aim to restrict the use and dissemination of any gathered data to the minimal amount dictated by governing/awarding bodies.
Where possible, both students and instructors should avoid heavy lifting and carrying. Where the course content requires such action, the instructor will clearly demonstrate the correct method prior to the student’s competency attempt. Resourceful Consultancy Services (RCS) will not be responsible for any injury or condition that arises from a classroom exercise if the instructor was not advised of any pre-existing condition, or the student does not follow the correct method.
Classroom Conduct and Violence Program
The instructor will, through the preamble inform students of the availability of knee pads, glove use, pocket masks and the like (See Preamble Sheet for details).
Harassment, bullying, or violence of any kind, including, but not restricted to; racism, discrimination, theft, foul language that offends, illegal substances, alcohol, and horseplay will not be permitted. The instructor will respect student’s diversity, their diversity of ideas and culture. The Instructor will maintain integrity and orderliness of the course and the learning environment.
Students equally have a responsibility to respect the learning environment, the culture and beliefs of others and the integrity of the course and the professionalism of the instructor, and the learning outcomes. Students who disrupt the learning process will not be accommodated, if after a warning, or under sever duress the instructor may remove them from the class.
Oxygen Use and Storage
Use and storage of oxygen cylinders will be strictly controlled. As a compressed cylinder, the pressure (2000psi) and contents pose significant hazards. These hazards include preventing the use of oily, greasy hands that only serve to increase the fire/explosion risk. Oxygen does not burn, however mixed with air make other products, gases, and materials burn or become explosive. Due to this concern, all oxygen cylinders will be stored away from heat, corrosive chemicals, and in a well ventilated area, never near flame or smoking. Ideally the cylinder will be kept in its case in the upright secured position. Their use will be in line with the instructors guide. Only an authorized company may refill the cylinders.
All equipment must be clean and ready for the lesson being instructed. The ‘Annie’ dolls will be cleaned:
Wearing appropriate PPE.
Removal of face, chest plate and lungs.
Wash all parts in warm soapy water.
Rinse and leave to air dry.
Replace old lungs as required.
Reassemble as per manufactures instructions.
Wipe face with isopropyl alcohol.
Let dry and pack away in carry bag (gauze in mouth to show clean).
All pocket masks used by the students during class will be issued to them on completion of the course, negating the need for cleaning.
First Aid and Blood Bourne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan
The instructor will take initial first aid responsibility in class if a student requires any attention, however if the student condition requires further attention, BC Ambulance will be called 250 774 2344. The use of medical grade gloves will protect against the risk of contamination of body fluid or blood. The risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens (BBP) or other potentially infectious materials (IM’s) may be minimal in the classroom setting, however any occupational exposure that can be anticipated will be avoided or controlled. An incident investigation will occur if it is believed any exposure to a BBP or IM occurred (post-exposure health management). An OFA First Aid Record and or Patient Assessment Chart may be used as required. The following action is to taken:
Follow standard procedures (eliminate, substitute, engineer, administrative or PPE to control the hazard.
Use single use pocket masks that have a one-way valve.
Follow all sharp handling procedures.
Use medical sterile single use gloves (wash hands before and after) when treating a patient, remove dispose of correctly.
Do not eat or drink in first aid treatment area.
Housekeeping, laundry and disinfection will be routine and after any potential to BBP or IM’s.
Heavily soiled (dripping, saturated, or grossly contaminated items are considered biomedical waste, they must be bagged and disposed of in accordance with provincial and local environmental regulatory agencies.