Health & Safety

“The Great Atlantic and Pacific Company of Canada is committed to providing both employees and customers with a safe and healthy working and shopping environment. All reasonable efforts will be made to eliminate hazardous conditions and unsafe practices from the workplace”. We will be examining how Dominion takes precaution to protect workers, provides information, instruction and supervision to workers to protect their health and safety, and how they advise workers of potential or actual hazards in the workplace and how to deal with them. We will also look at the actions taken when there is an accident, and audits and inspections that are involved to protect and correct areas in the company.

Taking precaution in circumstances for the protection of a worker is accomplished through many different ways. For example, Dominion provides the butchers with metal gloves and aprons to protect them from a knife slipping and cutting them. The also provide the Photo lab with protective goggles, a splatter apron and plastic gloves to protect them from having hazardous chemicals spilling on them that may cause serious damage to their skin or eyes. To protect their workers and customers we wet floor signs are provided to warn people to walk with caution. The employees are provided with clip-on ties, which is a cautionary measure that is taken so that we are not strangled if our ties get caught. Every department has an eye wash station and a first aid
kit that are provided so that an injury may be given attention to right a way to prevent any further damage. Taking precaution helps to minimize accidents and protects the employer because the equipment is provided and therefore should be use, and if the equipment is not used and training was provided then that employee is at fault.

The employees are provided with information, instruction and supervision to protect their health and safety. Some examples are the signs that are posted up in our lunch room and in our departments to keep us informed and reminded about the proper ways of lifting heavy items, proper standing posture, and exercises that can be done to reduce injury. We are also provided with WHIMS, food handling and cooking training to protect our employees and customers. WHIMS’ training is for our photo lab employees that are dealing with the chemicals from the machine. The fool handling and cooking training is provided to all the employees that work with foods. Managers are also there to protect and correct our actions that we may be taking that could harm us in some way. We also have a health and safety committee that meets once a month to go over the accidents that occurred and how they could have been prevented. They are also there to remind employees of unsafe actions that they may be taking during their work. For example, if someone from the health and safety committee sees that you are using a milk crate instead of a step stool they will remind you of the purpose of using a step stool and why the milk crate is so unsafe to use. Supplying employees with information, supervision and instructions on health and safety helps to minimise accidents and protect the workers from serious dangers that may occur just from handing a situation in the wrong way.

Advising workers of any potential or actual hazards in the workplace and how to deal with them is done in many different areas. First, our photo lab is enforced to label all chemicals and keep them in a locked chest so that we can identify them in a case of a spill. Second, warning signs are place on bailers and compactors to instruct workers on how to operate the equipment properly and of any potential hazards that may be involved. We are also not allowed to use any cleaning supplies other than the ones that are supplies to us from head office. The reason is so that we know what is in these products and in case of contact with our eyes, we know what is in the product and how to treat the injury. Advising workers on what is in the store and how to deal with a problem is very important in reducing injury and helping