Safety Management System

A comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS) ensures the health and safety of employees.  The SMS helps organizations proactively identify and control hazards.  A workplace safety culture cannot be achieved without an effective SMS.

AWARE-NS has developed a Safety Management System (SMS) of 13 elements, complete with program content, tools, templates and forms that will support the needs of the Nova Scotia Health and Community Services sectors.

Safe Handling and Mobility (SHM)

AWARE-NS, the Health and Community Services Safety Association, in partnership with WCB Nova Scotia are working with individual organizations in developing and implementing an effective Safe Handling and Mobility (SHM) program.

The SHM program begins with Setting the Stage; building awareness and senior leadership commitment through active engagement. Program Review is then conducted to identify gaps and opportunities. Equipment Inventory is conducted, and an Action Plan is developed to close the gaps on the program and equipment.  The SHM Team is formed and roles and responsibilities are identified (SHM Champion, peer leaders, PACE Team & trainers) and an education/training roll-out plan is prepared for staff.

Workplace Violence Prevention

Violence in the workplace is an issue that affects the safety and security of employees, residents and visitors at your
organization. Workplace violence claims a high personal cost due to the emotional trauma and physical injury experienced
by victims, their families and co-workers. It can also lead to increased absenteeism, higher sick leave costs, lost
productivity, high employee turn-over, higher insurance premiums and increased WCB premiums.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee

A joint occupational health and safety committee (JOHSC) is a forum for bringing the internal responsibility system into practice.

Safety for Supervisors and Managers

The program objective is to integrate leadership skills and the practical application of the Safety Management System (SMS). Upon completion, participants will understand their role, responsibility and accountability for health and safety. It provides the tools and resources in developing a proactive occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS), and supports leadership values that positively impact safe work culture.