Is IRS just regulatory compliance
Is IRS just regulatory compliance?
That’s a very interesting question that comes to everyone’s mind. OHS Management System is built around a people framework popularly known as IRS. Therefore, IRS becomes the foundation for a successful OHS Management System. Moreover, an OHS Management System without IRS is lifeless. Therefore, it’s clear that a weak IRS will hurt the entire OHS initiative of a company.
IRS needs to go beyond regulatory compliance to be effective
For IRS to be effective, it needs to go beyond regulatory compliance to ensure unrestricted scope. It is important to note that regulatory compliance is just the first step of IRS. Therefore, companies need to comply with the general duties specified under the OHSA. That said, OHSA regulations don’t cover all the hazards at a workplace. Therefore, IRS is one of the best ways for a company to ensure regulatory compliance.
Hazard is a hazard, whether covered under the act or not
Many workplace hazards, whether covered by the OHSA or not, are hazards nonetheless. Thus, they possess the potential to cause harm to workers. OHSA makes it apparently clear that employers, supervisors, and workers need to make constant efforts to mitigate these hazards. Moreover, they need to do it through proactive measures and reasonable caution.
IRS doesn’t allow employers and workers to hide behind OHS regulations
IRS goes beyond regulatory compliance, not allowing employers and workers to hide behind the OHS regulations. OHSA expects all workers to go the extra mile by ensuring that the company has a well-defined IRS. For instance, persons working in Northern Ontario could be vulnerable to bear attacks. OHSA expects that the employers, supervisors, and all workers will know about this as a risk. Therefore, OHSA expects a company to take all the reasonable precautions. These precautions should be taken in the given circumstances to bring down the risk to as low as it could possibly go.