The Benefits of Occupational Health and Safety Consulting for Small Businesses in Ontario

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Welcome to the world of small businesses in Ontario, where entrepreneurs and business owners strive to achieve success and profitability. In this competitive landscape, it’s not uncommon for small businesses to overlook occupational health and safety. However, workplace accidents can be costly, and they can have a severe impact on a small business’s bottom line. Fortunately, there’s a solution that can help small businesses mitigate risks and ensure a safe and healthy work environment: occupational health and safety consulting. To understand this in more detail, here are five points by RTR Engineering.


1. Regulatory compliance
Occupational health and safety regulations in Ontario are enforced by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development. Compliance with these regulations is mandatory, and failure to comply can result in penalties, fines, and legal liabilities. Occupational health and safety consulting services can help small businesses navigate the regulations and ensure they are meeting their legal obligations.
2. Cost savings
Workplace accidents and injuries can be costly for small businesses. Workers’ compensation claims, medical expenses, and lost productivity can all contribute to a significant financial burden. By identifying and mitigating workplace hazards, occupational health, and safety consulting services can help small businesses reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, ultimately resulting in cost savings.

3. Employee safety and health
A safe and healthy work environment is crucial for employee well-being and job satisfaction. Occupational health and safety consulting services can help small businesses identify and address hazards that could pose a risk to employee health and safety. This can include everything from providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to developing emergency response plans.

4. Improved efficiency
Occupational health and safety consulting services can help small businesses streamline their health and safety processes. For example, consultants can help businesses develop standardized procedures for hazard identification and risk assessment. This can result in more efficient processes, ultimately saving time and resources. In addition, improved efficiency can also contribute to a positive workplace culture. When employees feel that their employer is committed to their safety and health, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and loyal.

5. Reputation and branding
A commitment to employee safety and health can be a powerful marketing tool for small businesses. By investing in occupational health and safety consulting, businesses can demonstrate to customers, employees, and other stakeholders that they prioritize safety and health. This can help build trust, enhance reputation, and ultimately lead to increased business opportunities.

If you’re looking for an industrial safety engineering and consulting company, consider reaching out to RTR Engineering. A Pre-Start Health & Safety Review (PSR or PHSR) is a machine safety compliance review for equipment or processes being installed or modified in a manufacturing environment, prior to its commissioning at the user’s location. A PSR is required in Ontario by Section 7 of Regulation 851 - Industrial Establishments, of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (S.7 of O.Reg. 851), under 8 specific circumstances, to be performed by an Ontario Licensed Professional Engineer. The review is typically done at the final manufacturing location, however a preliminary review at the machine manufacturer’s location, before installation, can be advantageous as changes or modifications are more easily fabricated and integrated.

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