CWW Health and Safety Policy
Commitment, Respect, and Vigilance
At Clean Water Works, we acknowledge and support the right of every employee to work in a safe and healthy environment. We are committed to providing our employees with the safest possible working conditions at all times.
In order to ensure that we consistently achieve this objective, we implement, monitor and evaluate our health and safety program on an ongoing basis to ensure its effectiveness. We respect and follow the guidelines and regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and implement additional safe-work practices developed from our evolving health & safety program.
CWW takes every possible measure within our power to ensure a safe working environment. We encourage the cooperation of all to implement and enforce our program. We require all our employees to participate in ongoing training; encourage and maintain transparent communication between management personnel and staff through our active Joint Health and Safety Committee; and work together to identify and eliminate any potential hazards that could lead to accidents or injuries.
We hold our supervisors to task for the health and safety of all employees under their direction. Each supervisor is responsible for ensuring that machinery and equipment is in safe and good operating order, and that employees act in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures. Every CWW employee must comply with regulations and directives of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and work with one another to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
In addition to following the health and safety standards as described in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, CWW consistently examines additional ways to improve health and safety on our worksites and in our offices. We do so through the efforts of the dedicated members of our Joint Health and Safety Committee. These men and women meet regularly to identify and deploy further policies and initiatives that improve and protect the health and safety of everyone within our operational realm: our customers, our suppliers, our employees and our site visitors.
We are proud to maintain the following accreditations:
- Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification (JHSC)
- Electrical Safety Awareness
- First Aid / CPR
- Confined Space Entry / Rescue Techniques
- Safe Traffic Control Procedures
- Safe Trenching
- Current with WSIB Clearance Certificates
- The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO)
- Pipe line and certification Assessment Training (PACP)
- Enbridge Safety Awareness
- Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) – Hydro Excavating Safe Practices
- Hydro Ottawa Approved *
* Approved by Hydro Ottawa to conduct Hydro excavation activities in the vicinity of the Hydro Ottawa plant
Clean Water Works has established a consistent safety-first work culture. When combined with our well known reputation for delivering outstanding service, this culture enables us to work for the following clients:
- Benthall Kennedy Canada Ltd
- Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada LP
- SNC – Lavalin Operations and Maintenance
- RCMP Qualified
- Hydro One
- Ottawa Hydro
- Bell Canada
- ComplyWorks Certified
- Contractor Check Certified
- CN Rail Certified
- Via Rail Certified
Clean Water Works has developed a learning program for all new workers that starts with a full orientation, job integration and job-specific awareness training before any employee sets foot on a work site. Our employees are made aware of their rights and the laws that govern our work, and are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment to participate in a safe and fair working environment. We don’t stop there. With the guidance of our in-house trainer, we provide yearly training updates on all mandatory training modules. The programs that we cannot deliver in house, we outsource to some of the best safety training partners we know: the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, Industrial Safety Training and En-Safe.
A strong health and safety workplace culture consists of:
- Competence (appropriate knowledge and training, systems for responding to events, properly functioning Joint Health and Safety Committee)
- Commitment (demonstration by the employer of leadership on safety, appropriate policies and procedures to protect workers, enforcement against poor health and safety practices, insistence upon full compliance)
- Capacity (adequate resources for preventing injuries, good system for obtaining assistance when required)
A strong and consistent training program creates a strong health and safety culture. Strong leadership from management reinforces this tone and establishes a corporate culture that nurtures the program. A health and safety culture requires all workplace parties to be ever vigilant.