Occupational Health And Safety Policy

1. PURPOSE

D.L. HANNON INC.'s Occupational Health & Safety Policy is to conduct its operations with the highest regard for the health and safety of its employees, customers, and the public. By investing in training and awareness, using the most up-to-date tools and equipment, and following certified fleet and equipment maintenance procedures, the Company is dedicated to providing a working environment in which employees can work safely.

2. SCOPE OF THE POLICY

Health and Safety are the responsibility of employees at all levels. Employees in positions of leadership must understand and accept their distinct responsibility for health and safety and will be held accountable for safety performance. They must communicate safety and lead by example. All employees must follow the Company's health and safety rules and policies, maintain a positive safety attitude, and promote safe work practices to prevent accidents involving themselves or others.

3. COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS

We will meet or exceed all applicable health and safety legislation and accepted industry standards. The Company will make every reasonable effort to eliminate or control workplace hazards and minimize risks that have the potential to threaten health and safety. The Company will conduct audits and measurements of its safety system in order to make continual improvements in safety performance.

4. MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • A) Providing a safe and healthful workplace
  • B) Establishing and maintaining a health and safety program
  • C) Ensuring workers are trained or certified, as required
  • D) Reporting accidents and cases of occupational disease to the appropriate authority
  • E) Providing medical and first aid facilities
  • F) Ensuring personal protective equipment is available
  • G) Providing workers with health and safety information
  • H) Supporting supervisors in their health and safety activities
  • I) Evaluating health and safety performance of supervisors
  • 1. The employees will select a Health and Safety representative(s) on an annual basis. Management and the representative(s) will develop an employee safety meeting program.

    2. Managers and supervisors will be trained and held responsible for ensuring that the employees, under their supervision, follow this policy and comply with the Ontario Health & Safety Act. They are held accountable for ensuring that employees use safe work practices and receive training to protect their health and safety. Managers and supervisors also have a general responsibility for ensuring the safety of equipment and facility.

    3. The employees will be required to support the Company's Health and Safety initiative and to co-operate with the Occupational Health and Safety committee or representative(s) and with others exercising authority under the applicable laws. It is the duty of each employee to report to the supervisor or manager, as soon as possible, any hazardous conditions, injury, accident or illness related to the workplace. Also, employees must protect their health and safety by complying with applicable Acts and Regulations and to follow policies, procedures, rules and instructions as prescribed by the Company.

    4. All accidents must be reported (by the injured person or a witness) to their immediate supervisor without delay prior to leaving the workplace. This allows the accident investigation to take place and submit the details to the appropriate agencies, i.e. Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), Ministry of Labour (M.O.L.) and Electrical Utilities Safety Association of Ontario, Inc. (E.U.S.A.)

    5. The Company and employees will adhere to the rules of the Electrical Utilities Safety Association of Ontario, Inc. (E.U.S.A.), all applicable Health and Safety Legislation, and Safety Practices (Appendix "A").

    6. Employees who do not comply with the Company's Health and Safety Policy will be disciplined in accordance with Progressive Discipline (Appendix "B").

    7. The Company will provide all employees with a copy of its Health and Safety Policy.

    APPENDIX "A" - SAFETY PRACTICES

    1) All workers will use the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

    a) Head Protection

    All workers must supply themselves with an approved safety helmet. This requirement is adhered to by ensuring that all employees wear a Class "E" hard hat.

    b) Eye Protection

    All workers must supply themselves with both clear and tinted lenses safety glasses. Safety glasses meet CSA Standard Z94 and ANSI Standard Z87.

    c) Foot Protection

    All workers must supply themselves with approved footwear. Approved footwear is CSA "Green Patch" with electrically resistant soles.

    d) Fire Retardant Clothing
    Fire Retardant clothing will be worn as outlined in Rule 113 of the EUSA Electrical Utility Safety Rule Book.

    2) Fall Protection

    Full body parachute-type harnesses and shock absorbing lanyards are used by all personnel when working on aerial devices. The Pole-Choker belting arrangement is used to prevent falls when working on wooden poles.

    3) Fire Protection

    All aerial devices and radial boom derrick equipped vehicles carry 9 kg. (20 lb.) dry chemical fire extinguishers with a minimum of 4A 40BC rating. All employees shall be aware of fire exits and fire extinguishers.

    4) Traffic Protection and Control

    D.L. HANNON INC. will conduct Worksite Protection and Traffic Control courses for their outside work forces. The course uses available information from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects, the Construction Safety Association of Ontario and E&USA. Certification cards are given to employees who participate in these courses.

    5) Digging and Excavating

    Before digging pole holes or other excavations, the location will be checked for other underground plant with utilities such as Bell Canada, The Local Gas Company, Local Hydro Utility, Cable TV, etc. Only hand digging or earth excavation equipment will be allowed, unless adequate clearance is obtained to ensure that the underground plant will not be damaged by using hydraulic equipment. For any trench over four feet in depth, an excavation permit is required from the Ministry of Labour.

    6) Setting Poles and Installing Vaults or Transformers

    Only competent and experienced operators will be used to operate equipment to set poles or install transformers. Operators will complete a Radial Boom Derrick Course. Only booms adequate to raise wooden or concrete poles or install transformers or vaults within load chart capacities will be used.

    7) Rigging for Lifts

    Only adequately inspected and maintained slings and cables with a safety factor of 5:1 will be used when lifting.

    All hazards must be controlled when rigging for lifts. When setting poles in the vicinity of energized conductors, the work equipment will be grounded, adequate clearance maintained and/or the conductors covered with the proper class of rubber or fibre cover-up.

    8) Stringing Conductor and Pulling Cable

    Overhead conductors and underground cable will be installed using tension machines. Only competent and experienced operators will be used to operate the tensioning equipment.

    When stringing overhead conductors, roadways and underbuild conductor will be protected by the use of conductor cover-up. The tension machines will be grounded, bond-matted and guarded against unauthorized entry.

    9) Cable Terminations

    Underground cable installation and termination, provided by D.L. HANNON INC., will employ trained personnel who are experts in this type of work.

    10) Energized Conductors

    Only adequately trained and competent personnel will perform work on energized conductors. Adequate clearance will be maintained between energized phase conductors and adjacent phases or neutral conductors or other grounded equipment. Phase checks will be made where necessary to determine the correct conductor phasing.

    11) Customer Services and Transformers

    All work will be organized in a manner to prevent unnecessary power interruptions to the customers of the local hydro utility. Customers will be given adequate notification when power interruptions are unavoidable. The voltage will be checked at all new transformer installations. Phase rotation meter checks will be made at locations where necessary to determine the correct phase sequence and connections.

    12) Rubber Gloves

    As D.L. HANNON INC. is a member of the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association, we stringently abide by the E&USA Electrical Utility Operations Rule Book. The ground-to-ground rubber glove rule is in effect at D.L. HANNON INC.

    All journeyman linemen and senior apprentices receive training in the use of rubber gloves up to and including Class 4 as well as installing and removing the coverup that is required on energized lines.

    Rubber gloves testing is valid for 90 days from the test date and must be removed from service and retested at that time.

    Robber gloves must be worn at all times unless specific permission has been received from the foreman/supervisor as per Rule 204 in the EUSA Electrical Utility Safety Rule Book.

    13) Grounding

    When hydro power lines are isolated for de-energized work methods, isolation will be verified and the conductors will be grounded. Grounded lines not only prove isolation, temporary line grounds ensure the work can be carried out using de-energized work methods.

    14) Entry and Work in Confined Spaces

    When working in confined spaces such as cable manholes, the space will be checked for oxygen level, explosive gases and toxic vapours before anyone enters. The manhole will be continuously monitored with equipment having visual and audible alarms and continuously ventilated when required. Rescue equipment will be placed in position before anyone enters a confined space. Workers will wear an approved full body harness when working in confined spaces and continuous two-way communication will be maintained at all times.

    15) Vehicles

    All drivers must perform a daily vehicle circle check and initial the various items on the Check List sheet. The checklists must be returned to the office each week. All drivers must hold a valid license and proper endorsement for the vehicle they drive.

    Emergency telephone numbers are located in the glove compartment of Company vehicles.

    All Company vehicles will drive with lights on at all times. Smoking is permitted in designated vehicles.

    All aerial devices are inspected and tested to meet the CAN/CSA22-M88 Standard in compliance with Sections 143 and 144 of the regulations for Construction Projects. Fibreglass booms on all aerial devices are dielectrically tested on a yearly schedule

    Along with adequate insurance coverage, all vehicles and trailers 4500 kg. and over are checked yearly to meet MTP certification requirements.

    16) Bucket Evacuation, Pole Top Rescue, Bucket Rescue and Ladder Safety

    Each year, D.L. HANNON INC. personnel will practice bucket evacuation, pole top rescue and bucket rescue and receive instruction in ladder safety.

    17) First Aid and CPR

    All work crew members of D.L. HANNON INC. will participate in Standard First Aid and Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training that meet current Workplace Safety and Insurance Board standards. All vehicles carry first aid kits and the status of their contents are regularly inspected.

    18) Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

    All employees of D.L. HANNON INC. will receive a yearly training update on WHMIS. The course contains the responsibilities of suppliers, management and employees as well as information on labels and Material Safety Data Sheets. The course also includes a yearly updated written test that must be completed by each participant. Certification cards are given to employees on completion of the WHMIS test.

    19) Environment

    D.L. HANNON INC. will exercise due diligence in the planning, monitoring, spill response, restoration or any other environmental concern in relation to water, soils, vegetation, roads and right-of-way.

    Personnel on-site will be informed of all environmental concerns and the steps to be taken to ensure work procedures are utilized that take into account any sensitive environmental areas.

    If a spill of any size occurs, immediate steps will be taken to barricade the spill from affecting streams or wet lands. Cleanup procedures will begin immediately. Spill response kits will be available to prevent a spill from entering sensitive areas.

    Ministry of Environment and Energy will be informed immediately as well as the municipality where work is being performed.

    20) Work Methods

    D.L. HANNON INC. staff will only utilize those work methods and procedures that are recognized as standard in the industry. Staff must follow the rules as outlined in the Rule Book for Electrical & Utility Operations and the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association Safe Practice Guides.

    21) Occupational Health and Safety Act

    D.L. HANNON INC. is committed to perform the work in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects. D.L. HANNON INC. will also abide by all rules, standards, directives or bulletins that pertain to the job as set out by the client company.

    22) Emergency "May Day Radio Signal"

    In case of an emergency, or in the event of an accident, a "May Day Radio Signal" shall be used for immediate response.

    APPENDIX "B" - PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

    In the event that any employee does not accept his/her share of responsibility for Health and Safety in the workplace, and thereby breaches this Health and Safety Policy, the employee's supervisor, safety representative or fellow employee will point out the infraction, review the safety rules, conduct a personal discussion to ensure he/she is aware of the infraction and request the employee's co-operation.

    Following this, if the supervisor, safety representative or fellow employee feels the employee is not co-operating and is ignoring the Health and Safety Policy requirements, the incident will be reported to Management.

    Management WILL ACT upon the reported incident in a responsible manner depending upon the severity of the incident with the following progressive disciplinary procedures at its disposal.

  • 1. The FIRST reported breach of this policy will result in a verbal reprimand and be documented in the employee's personnel file.
  • 2. The SECOND breach of this policy will result in a written reprimand and be documented in the employee's personnel file.
  • 3. The THIRD breach of this policy will result in an immediate unpaid suspension of three (3) working days and confirmed in writing to the employee.
  • 4. The FOURTH breach of this policy will result in an immediate unpaid suspension of ten (10) working days and confirmed in writing to the employee.
  • 5. The FIRTH breach of this policy will result in dismissal and confirmed in writing to the employee.
  • IF APPLICABLE: Any employee being disciplined for a breach of this policy may elect to have a union steward present. The chief steward will be sent a copy of each memorandum or letter to an employee regarding discipline.

    The period of time between an employee violating a rule(s) or regulation(s) will have some bearing on subsequent corrective steps taken. The nature, frequency, severity and circumstances must be taken into account when deciding with which step to proceed.

  • First infraction - verbal reprimand (Duration) 6 months
  • Second infraction - written reprimand (Duration) 1 year
  • Third infraction - suspension (3 days) (Duration) 2 years
  • Fourth infraction - suspension (10 days) (Duration) 3 years

    If there is no further cause for corrective action for the duration associated with the verbal and written reprimand infraction, the previous step will be disregarded when determining the corrective action for subsequent infractions.