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A Glossary of Essential Safety Terminology


This blog  is where Onsite Safety Management strives to offer up to date information on all aspects of workplace safety. 

A Glossary of Essential Safety Terminology

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allowed claims

Any debt that is legal and is entitled to be paid.
As defined by The Law Dictionary


The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) is a law governing provincial public sector organizations such as government departments, agencies, boards, commissions, municipalities, schools and school boards, and public post-secondary institutions.
As defined by Newfoundland Government



A planned process by which an organisation compares its health and safety processes and performance with others to learn how to reduce accidents and ill health, improve compliance with health and safety law and/or cut compliance costs
As defined by Wikipedia



The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety is an independent departmental corporation under Schedule II of the Financial Administration Act and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Labour.
As defined by Wikipedia


Officially recognize (someone or something) as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.
As defined by


Facts that combine to give rise to a legally enforceable right or judicial action. Demand for relief. A claim is something that one party owes another. Someone may make a legal claim for money, or property, or for Social Security benefits.
As defined by The Free Dictionairy


The state of being in accordance with established safety standards and regulations, or the process of becoming so.
As defined by Safeopedia

Corrective Actions

Generated outputs from a wide range of safety management processes such as meetings, inspections, accident investigations, unsafe act and unsafe condition reporting and from audits, and are simply measures that need to be undertaken to ensure that a particular requirement is implemented
As defined by EazySafe

Chief Review Commissioner (CRC)

Reviews the decisions of the WHSCC as they apply to:

  1. acceptance of a worker's claim;

  2. a worker's entitlement to compensation benefits;

  3. whether an injury or disease is work related;

  4. whether accident costs should be charged to an employer;

  5. employer assessment disputes and duty to accommodate.
    As defined by Newfoundland Government


Canada offers the CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) designation, through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
As defined by Wikipedia


Due Diligence

To exercise due diligence, an employer must implement a plan to identify possible workplace hazards and carry out the appropriate corrective action to prevent accidents or injuries arising from these hazards.
As defined by CCOHS



The study of interactions between people and their physical and organizational environments. When people's workplace conditions and job demands match their capabilities, safety and productivity improve. Ergonomics can reduce the risk of strains and sprains and other related musculoskeletal injuries
As defined by WorkSafeBC


The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act states that you and your employer must work together to ensure your "early and safe return to work" (ESRTW). The goal of ESRTW is an early return to suitable employment.
As defined by Ontario Government


Field Visits

Supervisors are required to spend some time evaluating workers in the workplace. By observing the field, they can verify that the actual working conditions, at the job site, are within the acceptable requirements identified in the safe work plan. This allows them to confirm that the work is being performed safely and that all hazards are being controlled.
As defined by COS-MAG

First aid

First aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
As defined by Wikipedia



Hazard Exposure

Hazard exposure is a state of being in which a person or a group of people remain in an imminent risk of danger. Such dangers are related to the workplace health safety and environment or day to day life.
As defined by Safeopedia

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Aka: Dangerous Goods

Solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subject to chemical regulations.
As defined by Wikipedia


any practice, behaviour, substance, condition, or combination of these that can cause injury or illness to people, or damage to property.
As defined by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Hazard assessment

the process of identifying hazards so they can be eliminated or controlled.
As defined by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Hazard Control

all steps necessary to protect workers from exposure to a substance or system, the training and the procedures required to monitor worker exposure and their health to hazards such as chemicals, materials or substance, or other types of hazards such as noise and vibration.
As defined by CCOHS

Hazard Control Program

An outline of which methods are being used to control the exposure and how these controls will be monitored for effectiveness.
As defined by CCOHS


A systematic approach put in place by an employer to minimize the risk of injury and illness. It involves identifying, assessing, and controlling risks to workers in all workplace operations. An effective HSMS is a key component of any business; its scope and complexity will vary according to the type of workplace and the nature of its operations.
As defined by Enform



The term incident can be defined as an occurrence, condition, or situation arising in the course of work that resulted in or could have resulted in injuries, illnesses, damage to health, or fatalities.
As defined by CCOHS


a critical examination of the workplace, inspections help to identify and record hazards for corrective action. Health and safety committees can help plan, conduct, report and monitor inspections. Regular workplace inspections are an important part of the overall occupational health and safety program and management system, if present.
As defined by CCOHS



AKA: joint work site health and safety committee; occupational health committee; workplace safety and health committee; occupational health and safety committee.

A joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is a forum for bringing the internal responsibility system into practice. The committee consists of labour and management representatives who meet on a regular basis to deal with health and safety issues.
As defined by CCOHS


A job safety analysis (JSA) is a procedure which helps integrate accepted safety and health principles and practices into a particular task or job operation.
As defined by CCOHS




The aggregate of all human physical and mental effort used in creation of goods and services.
As defined by
Business Dictionary


the use of lock(s) to render machinery or equipment inoperable or to isolate an energy source in accordance with a written procedure.
As defined by WorkSafeBC

Lost-time Injury

The AWCBC defines a time-loss injury as "an injury for which a worker is compensated for a loss of wages following a work-related accident (or exposure to a noxious chemical) or receives compensation for a permanent disability with or without time lost in his or her employment".
As defined by CCOHS


Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour and its agencies are government branches responsible for employment equity and rights, occupational health and safety, and labour relations.
As defined by


A material safety data sheet is a technical document which provides detailed and comprehensive information on a controlled product related to:

  1. health effects of exposure to the product

  2. hazard evaluation related to the product’s handling, storage or use

  3. measure to protect workers at risk of exposure

  4. emergency procedures.

As defined by University of Regina



Occupational Classification, or NOC, is a systematic taxonomy in English of all occupations in the Canadian labour market.
As defined by Wikipedia


Occupational Disease

a health problem caused by exposure to a workplace health hazard.
As defined by WSIB


available or happening in the place where people work, rather than somewhere else
As defined by Cambridge Dictionary


a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work.
As defined by Wikipedia



Permanent Functional Impairment (PFI) refers to a change in function of the injured part of the body as a result of a work injury as assessed by medical means.
As defined by Workplace NL


Personal protective equipment refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection.
As defined by  Wikipedia


a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol.
As defined by Wikipedia



Return to Work Program

A return-to-work plan is a tool for managers to proactively help ill or injured employees return to productive employment in a timely and safe manner
As defined by Government of Canada


safety audit

a safety audit is a structured process whereby information is collected relating to the efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of the total health and safety management system of a company.
As defined by Safeopedia

Safety culture

the result of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organization's health and safety management system
As defined by Transport Canada

Safety policy

a written statement by an employer stating the company's commitment for the protection of the health and safety of employees and to the public.
As defined by Newfoundland Government


Toolbox meeting

an informal safety meeting that focuses on safety topics related to the specific job, such as workplace hazards and safe work practices. Meetings are normally short in duration and are generally conducted at the job site prior to the commencement of a job or work shift.
As defined by BCCSA





administer the Workers' Compensation Act for the province's workers and employers. Funded by employers and providing cost-effective disability and liability coverage for work-related injury and illness.
As defined by WCB Alberta


  • The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in Canadian workplaces. Information is provided by means of product labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS) and worker education programs.

As defined by CCOHS


  • Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act



  • Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission