- Measure, cut, shape, assemble, and join materials.
- Read, prepare, and interpret blueprints and drawings.
- Prepare cost estimates and documentation for clients.
- Use, clean, and maintain various equipment and tools.
Step 1: Assessing your risksA good carpentry risk assessment will consider unsafe situations where health and safety may be compromised. This includes but isn’t limited to:
- Exposure to loud noise from machinery and tools.
- Exposure to moulds, fungi and bacteria that could cause dermatitis, allergic reactions, or respiratory problems.
- Exposure to certain carcinogens that can cause cancer, including wood dust.
- Risk of pain or injury from working in awkward positions, performing repetitive tasks, or lifting.
- Risk of eye injury from flying particles.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures when working outdoors.
- Do I work with any flammable or combustible liquids? If so, how do I currently store them?
- Do I follow safe lifting techniques?
- Am I following current CCOHS standards when it comes to safe handling of tools and equipment?
- How do I currently dispose of waste and debris?
- Am I properly regulating the amount of materials onsite? Are they being properly stored and secured?
- Is there a clear emergency procedure? Do I have this posted in a visible place?
- Have I conducted thorough background checks on each worker?
- Is everyone familiar with the common hazards associated with the equipment and/or materials we work with?
- Does everyone wear the proper personal protective equipment?
- Is everyone taking the appropriate amount of breaks? Are my employees stressed or exhausted?
- Does everyone know how to report an incident or a hazard onsite?
Step 2: Responding to your risksOnce you have identified the key risks your business faces, evaluate your current mechanisms in place to mitigate them. Consider the implementation of a loss prevention program where you are committed to adhering to certain standards that protect your property and employees. This will vary depending on the scope of your work, your team, and the size of your business. Loss prevention is the shared responsibility of both employees and management. Below, we’ve outlined what each group brings to the table when it comes to a proactive risk management approach:
- Provide a safe workplace, tools, equipment, etc.
- Provide a loss prevention program including creating, implementing, monitoring, and supporting the program through training, supervision, analysis, and documentation.
- Provide adequate management controls for loss prevention by identifying, communicating, and controlling hazards throughout the business.
- Review incident reports and ensure prompt corrective action.
- Monitor the loss prevention program for application and effectiveness, modifying if necessary.
- Evaluate how effectively employees follow standards of health, safety, and loss prevention and include this in performance reviews.
- Regularly review loss prevention activities with employees.
- Actively participate in all aspects of the loss prevention program, including: training, evaluation of performance, and documentation.
- Understand the safe handling procedures of all tools and equipment.
- Clarify any uncertainty with management regarding any processes or rules in place.
- Maintain a safe working environment through regular inspection and cleaning.
- Be familiar with the reporting process in the event of an incident or potential risk.