Small Business Health and Safety – what you need to knowPublished on: September 18, 2018
B.C.'s small business week celebrates and recognizes the contribution of small businesses to B.C.’s economy and our local communities. It's also a good time to reflect on your business priorities, review health and safety processes and procedures, and start planning for the year ahead.
Health and safety doesn’t need to be complicated if you know the basics:
- Who does and doesn’t need coverage
- Understand your legal rights and responsibilities for health and safety
- Manage risk and control hazards
- Ensure workers are trained and adequately supervised
As a small business owner, you care about your workers, along with your bottom line. Workplace incidents can be very costly. Systems and processes that identify and control hazards in your workplace will prevent injuries, and can even reduce your premiums over time.
All employers — no matter how big or small — are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. We have resources for small business owners to help you understand what's required to meet your legal obligations, including registering your business and applying for coverage, managing claims, and meeting your responsibilities for health and safety.