Creating an Effective OHS Management System: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Manufacturing businesses face a multitude of risks and hazards that could significantly impact their operations and employees' safety. An effective Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management system can help safeguard your business from these risks and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

At RTR Engineering, we have been providing OHS services to manufacturing businesses throughout Southern Ontario for years. Our experience has taught us that a well-designed and implemented OHS management system can lead to significant operational efficiency and cost savings, in addition to protecting your employees.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create an effective OHS management system for your Southern Ontario manufacturing business:


Step 1: Conduct a Comprehensive Risk Assessment

The first step towards creating an effective OHS management system is to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your business operations. This will help identify potential hazards and risks that could impact your employees' safety and your business operations.

Step 2: Develop an OHS Policy and Procedures Manual

Based on the risk assessment, develop an OHS policy and procedures manual that outlines your business's commitment to OHS and the procedures to follow to ensure compliance.

Step 3: Implement an OHS Training Program

Develop an OHS training program for your employees, including training on the OHS policy and procedures manual, hazard identification and control measures, and emergency response procedures.

Step 4: Conduct Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (PSRs)

If your business involves new or modified equipment installations, conduct PSRs to ensure that your equipment meets the OHS standards.

Step 5: Implement Hazardous Area Classifications

If your business involves hazardous materials, implement hazardous area classifications to ensure the safety of your employees.

Step 6: Seek OHS Consulting Services

Seek OHS consulting services to provide guidance on OHS regulations compliance, training, and the development of a comprehensive OHS management system.

Step 7: Implement Telecommunications Engineering Services

If your business involves telecommunications infrastructure, implement telecommunications engineering services to provide specialized OHS services in this field.


Creating an effective OHS management system for your Southern Ontario manufacturing business requires a comprehensive understanding of your business operations and potential risks. Our team at RTR Engineering can help you develop a personalized and effective OHS management system that meets your specific needs.

To learn more about our services and how we can help your business achieve compliance and operational efficiency, please click here. If you have any questions or need guidance, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (519) 577-7898 or email [email protected].