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AQUATREAT is committed to the Health and Safety of all our employees.
The purpose of the Health and Safety policies and procedures is to guide and
direct all employees to work safely and prevent injury, to themselves and others.
All employees are encouraged to participate in developing, implementing, and
enforcing Health and Safety policies and procedures. All employees must take all
reasonable steps to prevent accidents and never sacrifice safety for expedience.
Our goal is to eliminate or minimize hazards that can cause accidents.
It is company policy that all employees be given a copy of the policies manual
and be familiar with its contents.
This policy will be reviewed annually.
Together we can achieve a safe and happy work environment.

 
Health and Safety Policy

AQUATREAT is committed to the goal of providing and maintaining a healthy
and safe working environment, with a view to continuous improvement.This
goal is only achievable by adherence to established objectives striving to
exceed all obligations under applicable legislation, and by fostering an
enthusiastic commitment to health, safety and the environment within
AQUATREAT personnel, contractors and visitors.
In particular:
▪ Management, working in cooperation with the Joint Health and Safety
Committee, will strive to take all reasonable steps to reduce workplace
hazards to as low as reasonably achievable.
▪ Supervisors and managers are held accountable for the health and
safety of all employees under their supervision. This includes

responsibility for applicable training and instruction, appropriate follow-
up on reported health and safety concerns, and implementation of

recommended corrective action. This accountability is integrated into
the performance appraisal system.
▪ Supervisors, workers and visitors are expected to perform their duties
and responsibilities in a safe and healthful manner, and are accountable
for the Health and Safety of themselves and others.
▪ AQUATREAT is committed to providing all necessary training and
instruction to ensure that appropriate work practices are followedon
the job, and to promote their use off the job.
▪ If necessary, AQUATREAT will take disciplinary action where
individuals fail to work in a healthy and safe manner, or do not comply
with applicable legislation or corporate policies and procedures.
Health, safety, the environment and loss control in the workplace are everyone’s
responsibility. AQUATREAT expects that everyone will join in our efforts to
provide a healthy and safe working environment on a continuous day to day
basis. Only through the dedication and efforts of all individuals can AQUATREAT
succeed in providing a healthy safe working environment.

Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
Duties of Workers

Occupational Health and Safety and You

One of your most important responsibilities is to protect your Health and Safety
as well as that of your co-workers. This booklet will discuss some of your duties
under the occupational Health and Safety legislation and help you to make your
workplace safer and healthier.

What the law requires

Workplaces under the jurisdiction are governed by your provincial legislation.

The legislation places duties on owners, employers, workers, suppliers, the self-
employed and contractors, to establish and maintain safe and healthy working

conditions. The legislation is administered by your provincial legislation. Your
officials are responsible for monitoring compliance.

Duties Of Your Employer
Your employer is responsible for providing you with safe and healthy working
conditions. This includes a duty to protect you from violence, discrimination and
harassment. You must cooperate with your employer in making your workplace
safe and healthy.

Your Responsibilities
You must also comply with the legislation. You have responsibilities to:
▪ protect your own Health and Safety and that of your co-workers;
▪ not initiate or participate in the harassment of another worker; and
▪ co-operate with your supervisor and anyone else with duties under
the legislation.
Your Rights
The legislation gives your three rights:
▪ the right to know the hazards at work and how to control them;
▪ the right to participate in Occupational Health and Safety; and

▪ the right to refuse work which you believe to be unusually dangerous.
You may not be punished for using these rights. An employer can be required
to legally justify any action taken against a worker who is active in Health and
Safety.

Your Right to Know
The Act requires your employer to provide you with all the information you
need to control the hazards you face at work. For example, chemicals at the
workplace must be listed. You are entitled to review this list. Your employer
must train you to safely handle the chemicals you will work with. If you are
inexperienced, you must receive an orientation which includes;
▪ What to do in a fire or other emergency;
▪ First aid facilities;
▪ Prohibited or restricted areas;
▪ Workplace hazards; and
▪ Any other information you should know.
You must also be supervised closely by a competent supervisor.
Your Right to Participate

You have the right to become involved in occupational Health and Safety.
The legislation encourages employers and workers to work together to
maintain a healthy and safe workplace. Employers at workplaces with (ten or
more – consult your provincial act) workers must set up an occupational
health committee of employer and worker representatives.
Committees Have Duties To:
▪ Regularly inspect the workplace;
▪ Conduct accident investigations;
▪ Deal with the Health and Safety concerns of employees;
▪ Investigate refusals to work;

▪ Meet at least (four times a year – consult your provincial act); and return
minutes of each meeting to the Division.

Committee members are entitled to five days (consult your provincial legislation) of
unpaid educational leave each year to take occupational Health and Safety courses.
They may attend courses provided by the Division without loss of pay or benefits.
Certain types of workplaces with less than (ten – consult your provincial act)
employees must have a worker Health and Safety representative. The representative
must be selected by the workers at the workplace. He or she has many of the
responsibilities of an occupational health committee.
Your Right to Refuse
You have the right to refuse to do work which you believe is unusually dangerous.
The unusual danger may be to you or to anyone else. An unusual danger could
include such things as:
▪ a danger which is not normal for your occupation or the job;
▪ a danger under which you would not normally carry out your job; and/or
▪ a situation for which you are not properly trained, equipped or experienced.
To exercise this right, use the following guidelines.
Once you believe that the work you have been asked to do is unusually
dangerous, you should inform your supervisor. Make sure that the supervisor
understands that you are refusing to do the disputed job for health and
safety reasons. Work with the supervisor to attempt to resolve the problem.
If the problem cannot be resolved by the supervisor to your satisfaction, and
no worker health and safety representative or occupational health committee
exists at the workplace, your supervisor should phone the Division and ask for
advice. You also have the right to contact the Division at any time.
The supervisor has the right to assign you to other work (at no loss in pay or
benefits) until the matter is resolved.
Do not leave the site without the permission of your employer.
If a committee exists at the workplace, contact your local representative and
ask for help. Your supervisor should contact the co-chairpersons and ask
them to investigate. They will try to resolve the matter. If they cannot
resolve the matter to your satisfaction, they will convene for an emergency

committee meeting. The committee will investigate and prepare a report on
the refusal.
You have the right to continue to refuse until:
▪ measures have been taken to satisfy you that the job is now safe to
perform; or
▪ Your occupational health committee has investigated and ruled
against your refusal.
If the committee rules against your refusal, you have the right to appeal the
ruling to an occupational health officer. The officer will investigate and
prepare a report on the disputed work. If you disagree with the decision of
the officer, you may appeal to the director of the Division.
An employer cannot assign another worker to do the disputed job unless the
replacement worker is advised in writing:
▪ of the refusal and the reasons for it;
▪ of the reasons why the employer believes that their placement
worker can do the disputed job safely;
▪ that the replacement worker also has the right to refuse; and
▪ of the steps to follow when exercising this right.

Contact Information

7456 Salah Ad Din Al Ayyubi Rd, Al Malaz, P.O: 7006
Riyadh 12629, Saudi Arabia
EMAIL: Info@aquatreategypt.com

19 TAQA St, Madinat Nasr, Cairo, Egypt
TEL: +20 2 472 8300 FAX: +20 2 247 22206
EMAIL: Info@aquatreategypt.com

5750 Tosca Dr, Mississauga, ON L5M 0P7, Canada
TEL: +1 (289) 339-6893
EMAIL: Info@aquatreategypt.com

Responsibilities

Our safety program is the responsibility of all levels of company employees. The
chain of responsibility is as follows.
1) Warehouse staff and delivery driver report to the warehouse supervisor.
2) Warehouse supervisor, sales staff and suppliers report to the safety
officer.
3) Safety officer reports to the branch manager.
4) All employees are responsible for the health and safety of all visitors or
contractors brought on site by them, and to ensure that they are aware
ofand follow all company safety rules and procedures at a minimum.

Warehouse And Delivery Staff

Warehouse and delivery people are accountable to the warehouse supervisor for
ensuring that all aspects of Occupational Health & Safety policy are followed.
Employees must take an active roll in protecting and promoting their health,
safety and accident prevention. You must not perform activities that jeopardize
your health and safety or that of others.
Warehouse Supervisor
The warehouse supervisor is accountable to the safety officer and is responsible
for ensuring the Occupational health & safety policy is followed. They must
provide leadership in all aspects of Health and Safety including developing policy
and procedure. They are also responsible for ensuring proper procedures are
followed in the lacquer areas for pouring, mixing and storing flammable
products.

Sales Staff and Suppliers
Sales staff is accountable to the safety officer for ensuring that Occupational
Health & Safety policies are followed. They are responsible for all aspects of
health and safety in their area of the office and sample areas.
Suppliers are accountable to the safety officer for providing WHMIS and MSDS
(Material Safety Data Sheets) sheets for all hazardous products supplied by
them.

 

Safety Officer

The safety officer is accountable to the branch manager and is responsible for
Occupational Health & Safety performance for all employees in their branch at
all levels.
The safety officer must provide leadership in all aspects of health and safety
activities at work or otherwise. The safety officer must take an active roll in all
aspects of safety, within their branch.

Branch Manager
The branch manager is responsible for the health and safety of all employees
within their branch. The branch manager must ensure all policies and
procedures are followed according to Occupational Health & Safety.

Duties

Branch Manager
1) Ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent accidents.
2) Ensure that standards and procedures are developed and maintained.
3) Be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety act and any revised
regulations and ensure they are followed.
4) Ensure that all employees are instructed in the procedures and
requirements of Occupational Health & Safety.
5) Review accident reports, safety audits and other related material relative
to health or safety.

Safety Officer
1. Ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent accidents.
2. Be familiar with Occupational Health & Safety act, the company policy and
any other legislation pertaining to health or safety.
3. Ensure all policies and legislation is followed by all levels of employees.
4. Ensure safety meetings are held and minutes are recorded, posted and
filed accordingly to Occupational Health & Safety regulations.
5. Ensure all accidents are reported and investigated.

6. Ensure MSDS sheets are provided for all hazardous materials delivered to
the workplace and are readily available for employees to review.
7. Review all MSDS and advise/train employees in the safe use, storage and
transportation of controlled or dangerous products including what to do in
case of an accidental spill or emergency.
8. Ensure employees are instructed in the procedures and requirements of
Occupational Health & Safety.
9. Review all accidents and near misses to determine root and basic causes,
with suggestion/implementation of changes to prevent re-occurrence.
10.Ensure all employees are trained in WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous
Material Information System)

All Other Staff
1) Comply with all Company Procedures, Safety Policy and requirements of
Occupational Health & Safety.
2) Be responsible for working safely and carrying out their duties with skill
and care as to not cause accidental injury to themselves, fellow
employees or the general public.
3) Immediately report all injuries, near misses or potential hazards to their
supervisor.
4) Know the location of all fire extinguishers, fire alarms or other warning
devices.
5) Ensure all personal safety equipment is being used properly.
6) Never engage in horse play or tomfoolery.
7) Maintain clean and orderly work area.
8) When in doubt…. ASK
Suppliers
1) Provide MSDS for all hazardous material shipped to our warehouse.
2) Ensure all reasonable steps are taken to prevent an accident.
3) Be familiar with Occupational Health & Safety act.

General Safety Rules

1) All accidents, injuries or near misses, regardless of their nature, shall be
promptly reported to the safety officer.
2) Clothing shall be appropriate to the duties being performed. Long pants,
a clean neat shirt and steel toed shoes are the minimum requirements.
3) Hard hats and safety vests are provided for all warehouse staff and must
be worn at all times in the warehouse, loading or unloading of vehicles in
the yard.
4) Running is not permitted except in extreme emergencies.
5) Smoking is not permitted in any part of the warehouse or office. You may
only smoke in designated areas.
6) Visitors and customers are to be escorted by staff while on company
property.
7) Hand tools are to be used for their intended purpose only.
8) Only licensed personnel may operate forklifts or other warehouse
equipment and must wear a seatbelt while doing so.
9) Riding on equipment is prohibited except where designated for operator.
10) Horseplay, fighting or tomfoolery is strictly prohibited on AQUATREAT
premises.
11) All spacers are to be of equal proportion and undamaged. Damaged
spacers are dangerous.
12) Open lifts are to be stored on the floor or in assigned bunks. Do not stack
an open lift; this act will result in disciplinary action up to and including
dismissal. All lumber lifts must be banded.
13) Only solid spacers are to be used on lumber products, no particle board
spacers.
14) All bunked products will be placed securely in the bunks.
15) All spills will be immediately cleaned up and reported.
16) Drawers and filing cabinets will be kept closed when not in use.
17) Filing cabinet drawers are to be filled from the bottom up or the cabinet is
to be securely fastened /anchored.
18) Lifts and clutter will be cleaned up before the end of your workday.
19) Aisles are to be kept clear at ALL times.
20) Do not unload a truck alone under any circumstances, if someone cannot
help you then wait or call someone else for help. (Applies on and off
AQUATREAT property).

Safety Tips

1) If you are not sure…..ask.
2) Follow instructions and don’t take chances.
3) Wear your personal safety equipment.
4) Never operate equipment you have not been trained for.
5) Keep your work area clean.
6) Stay clear of forklifts while they are being operated.
7) Avoid injury by lifting correctly. If it’s heavy ask for help. Max weight to
be lifted is 75lbs.
8) Make sure the job can be done safely.
9) DO NOT unload a truck alone.

Portable Ladders
Portable ladders must be secured against movement and placed on a base that is
stable; the base of an inclined portable ladder is to be no further from the base
of the wall or structure than 1⁄4 of the height to where the ladder contacts the
wall or structure.

Pallets & Storage Racks
All employees must ensure that pallets used to transport or store
materials/containers are loaded, moved, stacked, arranged and stored in a
manner that does not create danger to workers.
AQUATREAT must ensure that racks used to store materials or equipment are
designed, constructed and maintained to support the load placedon them and
are placed on firm foundations that can support the load.
Employees must report any damage to a storage rack to the manager as quickly
as is practical. All managers and employees must take all reasonable steps to
prevent storage racks from being damaged to the extent that their integrity as a
structure is compromised.

First Aid

An employer must ensure that the first aiders at a work site have successfully
completed a first aid training course approved by a Director of Medical Services
and hold a valid certificate in first aid. (Consult with your local medical
services)
An employer must keep record at the site of workers who are first aiders and
post these names where they are accessible by all employees.
Every branch must have a first aid kit on site; each kit must contain the
following: (see your Provincial legislation)
a) 10 antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged
b) 25 sterile adhesive dressings, individually packaged
c) 10 – 10cm X 10cm sterile gauze pads, individually packaged
d) 2 – 10cm X 10cm sterile compress dressings, with ties individually
packaged
e) 2 – 15cm X 15cm sterile compress dressings, with ties, individually
packaged
f) 2 conform gauze bandages – 75mm wide
g) 3 cotton triangular bandages
h) 5 safety pins – assorted sizes
i) 1 pair of scissors
j) 1 pair of tweezers
k) 125mm x 4.5 m of adhesive tape
l) 1 crepe tension bandage – 75mm wide
m) 1 resuscitation barrier device with a one-way valve
n) 4 pairs of disposable surgical gloves
o) 1 first aid instruction manual (condensed)
p) inventory of kit contents
q) 1 waterproof waste bag

Accident And Near Miss Reporting

The following protocol must be followed.
1) All employees must immediately report any occupational injury, accident
or near miss to the safety officer or their supervisor.
2) Supervisors must immediately tend to injuries and then report them to
the safety officer.
3) Branch managers must immediately discuss the incident with the safety
officer and injured persons.

The purpose of this procedure is to comply with Occupational Health & Safety
act, workers compensation board and to determine the cause of the accident and
make recommendations to prevent further re-occurrence. All reports of injury
must be filed.
If an injury occurs a record must be kept and include the following:
a) name of worker
b) name and qualifications of person giving first aid
c) a description of illness or injury
d) the first aid given to the worker
e) the date and time the illness or injury
f) the date and time the illness or injury was reported
g) where at the work side the incident occurred?
h) the work-related cause of the incident, if any
The employer must retain the records kept for 3 years from the date the incident
is recorded. A person who has custody of records must ensure that no person
other than the worker has access to a workers records unless:
a) the record is in a form that does not identify worker
b) the worker has given written permission to the person
c) the Director of Medical Services or a person authorized by the director
requires to be produced under the act.
An employer must give a worker a copy of the records pertaining to the worker if
the worker asks for a copy.

Critical Injury Protocol

First and foremost, always take whatever measures are required to provide
proper care of an injured worker.
If a critical injury has occurred and the worker has been cared for, the branch
manager, safety officer and W.C.B must be notified. The appropriate report
must be completed as soon as possible; this is to ensure that important details
are not forgotten.
A critical injury is an injury that….
1) Places life in jeopardy
2) Produces unconsciousness

3) Results in substantial loss of blood
4) Involves the fracture of a leg or arm, but not a finger or toe
5) Involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot, but not a finger or
toe.
6) Consists of burns to major portion of the body.
7) Causes loss of sight in an eye.

Accident Investigation Policy

All accidents that result in injury or property damage or that could have resulted
in serious injury or property damage (near miss) must be thoroughly
investigated.
The investigation must determine the cause of the incident so that appropriate
action can be taken to prevent recurrence.
The safety officer shall be responsible for conducting the investigation. The
investigation report shall be completed as soon as possible after the incident and
reported to the branch manager. The safety officer and appropriate supervisor
shall determine what steps are to be taken to prevent recurrence.
Any disputes arising from the investigation will be investigated and arbitrated by
the branch manager.

Alcohol And Drug Policy

It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure an alcohol and drug free
environment. If there is any awareness or suspicion that any employee, supplier
or visitor is under the influence of illegal narcotics or alcohol, will be removed
from the premises immediately.
Should an employee report to work while under the influence of such
substances, the employee will be taken home either in a cab or by the Branch
Manager.

This is a zero tolerance policy

Disciplinary Action

Careless work and irresponsible behavior directly affect the quality of health and
safety in the workplace. Even absenteeism influences safety by placing more
duties on fellow employees.
The following instances shall be cause for verbal or written warning and possible
dismissal.
1) Absenteeism without cause
2) Health and safety violations
3) Poor conduct or misconduct
4) Theft
5) Sexual harassment
6) Racial discrimination
7) Carelessness
8) Willful damage to company property
9) Drug or alcohol use

Compliance with company and legislative safety standards is necessary to
maintain a safe and healthy work environment. As with any program
noncompliance issues must be dealt with.
The following is a guideline for disciplinary actions for safety infractions based on
seriousness of the offence.
*First offence, employee will be given a documented verbal warning
*Second offence, employee will be given a written warning and a one day
suspension.
*Third offence, employee may be suspended or terminated (suspension or
termination to fit seriousness of the offence).

Hazard Warning Signs

Whenever possible, warning signs will be displayed where a potential hazard
may cause injury. Warning signs must be strictly adhered to.
Warning signs must be posted where hazards exist and must not be removed
unless hazard has been controlled.

Environmental Policy

AQUATREAT is Committed to the Protection of the Environment for Present
and Future Generations. All Employees Are Responsible for incorporating into
Their Planning and Work the Actions Necessary to Fulfill thisCommitment.
AQUATREAT will Meet These Responsibilities by Endeavoring to Provide
the Resources for Continuing To:
▪ Design and manage our operations to meet or surpass applicable
environmental laws.
▪ Work in partnership with customers, suppliers, trade associations and
government agencies to promote the environmentally safe handling and
disposition of materials and products.
▪ Acquire knowledge and technologies to improve the environmentally
save efficient use of our processes and products.
▪ Formulate and implement effective environmental emergency response
systems.
▪ Involve our employees in our environmental programs and keep them
informed of our performance.
▪ Promote employee awareness of this policy and enhance their
capabilities to implement this policy.

Acknowledgement & Agreement Receipt

Date

I, , hereby acknowledge receipt of the
AQUATREAT “Occupational Health & Safety Manual”.
I have read, understand and agree to the terms of employment and will
carry out and abide by the operational procedures and rules as outlined
therein.
I agree:
To adhere to all company policies and procedures.
To the use of safety equipment, at all times, which is required by my safe
work procedures and by my clients.
That government and client regulations shall be complied with at all times.
That I am responsible and accountable for my health and safety
performance.

Employee’s Signature:

Manager, AQUATREAT:

This page is to be forwarded to head office at time of signing.