Our committee is comprised of a group of professionals that are dedicated to the safety of all workers, regardless of their company. We are a transparent group that are more than willing to help the competition with a safety procedure, policy, or even provide assistance. If we have it, we are more than willing to share it. .
Our goal is to ensure the safety of our workers and to share information including incidents that occur to increase awareness to others in the same industry, thus keeping everyone safe, regardless of their employer. By sharing incidents by way of safety alerts, we can educate all workers and make others aware of potential hazards. If it’s happening at one shop, it’s happening somewhere else. We have just been fortunate enough to not have a serious incident.
Our committee meets quarterly, and if needed, we communicate more often via email. Once a year we meet face to face and have some really great discussions. We are always looking for more committee members to join our group to enhance awareness and education for all. If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Andy Nagy or Diane Hildebrand.
Not only is safety legislated by the government but it is a way of doing business and a part of what we do in our everyday lives. Simply put safety is a procedure that is designed to keep you from harm.
Under safety legislation all workers have 3 basic rights: the right to know (about hazards in the workplace), the right to participate (in safety meetings, inspections, etc) and the right to refuse (unsafe work).
However, employers have obligations too. Employers are required to: ensure that workers are aware of the hazards that they are being exposed to, train and educate workers.
A lot of people that think that safety is hard to do and is a lot of work. When you get down to the basics, the concept is pretty simple. Say what you do, do what you say and document that you do what you say you do.
Say what you do – develop policies and procedures to show employees how the work is to be completed and what is expected of them.
Do what you say – hold safety meetings, train and orientate your employees, ensure that workers are using the safe work practices and safe job procedures that are developed for those tasks and complete inspections.
Document what you say you do – keep records of your safety actions such as training, safety meetings, and inspections. If you cannot prove that you have done safety tasks, by way of documentation, it’s as if you didn’t do it. Completing regular internal audits will assist with ensuring compliance with your existing program.
Once you have everything in place it’s simply a matter of maintaining those standards and with a positive safety culture at your location it will become increasingly easier to maintain that program.
Diane Hildebrand, CRSP, CHSC
Chairperson for the Western Canadian Tire Dealers Safety Committee
Recently a bead seater tank exploded causing injury to a worker.
Please check with your bead seater tank distributer for manufacturers recommended Inspection, Maintenance, Storage, Disposal and Operating Instructions.
The Motor Safety Association encourages you to always follow manufacture’s recommendations.
Among several important topics discussed were the ongoing issue surrounding snow tire regulation in BC, emergency service work in Alberta, wheel recalls, the timing of issuing safety alerts, use of jack stands, lock out procedures and more.
Emergency Service Work
Representatives from the committee have met with Alberta Transportation. The province is updating Highway Traffic Act in 2016 and will consider the association’s request for Emergency Vehicle Status at that time.
Consistent signage for all service trucks
As part of the discussion, Alberta Transportation recommended that all tire service companies use the same procedures when working on the side of the road, including beacons, signage. The committee is coordinating a survey of procedures including beacons, signage, parking etc.
Lock ring recall notification
There was recently a serious incident in BC with regards to this type of assembly, as well as others, with sizes ranging from 20.5 ins to 25 ins.
Timing of safety alerts
As soon as safety alerts are issued they will be posted on the WCTD website, as well as included in the next issue of The Tracker
Use of jacks and jack stands
Matt White (TIA) notes: “Jack stands are rated in pairs, so the proper method is to jack the axle center or one side at a time and install two (2) stands per axle. As we know, on certain applications this is not possible, so the technician is only able to put a single jack stand in place. I have been suggesting to companies the use of cribbing in commercial truck applications, as it can assist in some certain situations.”
Lock out procedures
In regard to proper locking out of equipment, particularly for commercial vehicles: Some companies use a lock out tag. Some are using the steering wheel cover. Both are decent options. However, in a court of law, the question that will be asked is: “did you do everything to remove the hazard of starting the vehicle?”
Bead blaster safety
It’s important to be aware of Bead Blast Tank dates of certification. Every owner should review the manufacturer’s specifications to see what the expiry date is.
Download minutes from previous meetings:
Loading & Unloading Tires (PDF) and other materials to and from the mezzanine.
Press Guards (PDF) now mandatory on all hydraulic shop presses in B.C.
Distribution Yard Safety (PDF)