The White River Health, Safety, and Environmental program has been developed to provide a systematic approach to safety and health in order to have an incident free culture of safety.


The White River Safety & Health Management System applies to all operations conducted by White River.  Any new acquisition, project, joint venture or contract controlled by White River shall follow its requirements. 

Audit — the systematic and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled.

Audit program — a set of one or more audits planned for a specific time frame and directed towards a specific purpose.  Note: An audit program includes all activities necessary for planning, organizing, and conducting the audits.

Competence — demonstrated ability to apply Health, Safety, and Enviromental  knowledge and skills.

Continual improvement — the process of enhancing the Health, Safety, and Enviromental  to achieve ongoing improvement in overall safety management performance.

Contractor — an organization or individual providing services to another organization in accordance with agreed-upon specifications, terms, and conditions.

Document — a medium containing information related to the Health, Safety, and Enviromental .

Employee — a person employed by the organization or a person under the day-to-day control of the organization.

Employee representative — a non-managerial employee who is:

(a) a representative of other employees according to the requirements of law or collective agreements; or

(b) selected by non-managerial employees for other reasons.

Ergonomics — integrated knowledge derived from the social and technical sciences, used to match jobs, systems, products, and environments with the physical and mental attributes of the people involved.

Hazard — a source of potential harm to an employee.

Incident — an occurrence, arising in the course of work, that could result in an injury or illness (includes near misses).

Legal requirements — requirements of applicable OHS federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal laws, regulations, and bylaws, and where applicable, provisions of the organization’s collective agreements that relate to health and safety.

Organization — a White River, operation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, or association, or a part or combination thereof, that has its own management. An organization may be incorporated or unincorporated, public or private.

Other requirements — other occupational health and safety provisions to which the organization subscribes.

Procedure — a documented method to carry out an activity.

Process — a set of interrelated or interacting activities, that transforms inputs into outputs.

Record — a document that states results achieved or provides evidence of activities performed.

Risk — a combination of the likelihood of the occurrence of a hazardous event and the severity of harm caused by the event.

Safety health and safety management system (HSE) — part of the overall management of the organization that addresses occupational, health and safety hazards and risks associated with its activities.

System — a set of interrelated or interacting elements.

Workplace parties — managers (including supervisors), employees, and employee representatives.

Health, Safety & Environmental Elements

The following is a general listing and description of the White River Health, Safety, and Enviromental  (HSE) elements and their application.




Scope & Boundary, Policy Procedure, Policy Statement.




Hazard Identification, Risk Control, Objectives, Legal Requirements, Safety & Health Programs.


Implementation & Operations

Implementation & Operations

Structure, Training, Communications, Document & Operations Control, Emergencies


Checking & Corrective Action

Checking & Corrective Action

Performance Measuring & Monitoring, Non-Conformances, Records, Inspections.


Management Review

Management Review

Safety Management System Review, Reviewing Effectiveness.

Leadership & Commitment

Senior management of White River shall provide leadership for safety and health activities and assume overall responsibility for the HSE. This responsibility includes:

  • Establishing, actively promoting, and maintaining the HSE;
  • Providing appropriate financial, human, and organizational resources to plan, implement, check, review, and correct the HSE;
  • Defining roles, assigning responsibilities, establishing accountability, and delegating authority to implement an effective HSE;
  • Establishing and implementing an safety and health policy and measurable objectives;
  • Reviewing the organization’s HSE at planned intervals;
  • Ensuring that employees and employee representatives are consulted; and
  • Encouraging active participation on the part of employees and contractors in the establishment and maintenance of the HSE.

The White River senior management shall, if warranted due to White River workforce size, designate one or more representatives of management who, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall have defined roles, responsibilities and authority for ensuring that this HSE is established, maintained and reviewed to support:

  • Effective processes to identify and eliminate or control work-related hazards and risks;
  • Reporting on the performance of the HSE to senior management, employees, and employee representatives (if present) as appropriate for review and as the basis for improvement.

Employee participation is an essential aspect of the HSE.  White River shall provide employees and employee representatives, if warranted due to White River workforce size, with time and resources to participate effectively in the development of the safety and health policy and in the process of HSE planning, implementation, training, evaluation, and corrective action; and encourage employee participation by providing mechanisms that:

  • Support employee participation, such as identifying and removing barriers to participation.
  • Establish workplace health and safety committees or employee representatives where required by legislation and, where applicable, collective agreements or other requirements; and
  • Ensure that employees and employee representatives are trained in, and consulted on, all aspects of HSE associated with their work.

The White River Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) is driven by leadership and commitment from senior management and its readiness to provide resources for HSE matters.  White River is committed to providing a productive, safe and healthy work environment for our employees, contractors, clients, customers and visitors.

Our commitments are communicated to all employees, contractors and suppliers and include:

  • To instill a corporate culture where harm to our staff through work is totally unacceptable;
  • To be proactive in assessing health, safety and environmental hazards for new business, new and existing work systems, practices and equipment;
  • To encourage team problem solving at all levels of the organization to implement work practices that continually improve safety, environmental standards and productivity;
  • To report and investigate incidents and implement systems and practices that prevent reoccurrence;
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements and industry standards;
  • To train managers and employees to competently perform work described in safe work procedures;
  • To provide information to all employees, contractors and customers that inform them of health safety and environmental issues relevant to White River operations;
  • To ensure products are safe and without adverse environmental impact.
  • All White River staff have a responsibility for implementing this Health, Safety, and Environmental policy by striving to achieve a zero tolerance towards hazards, incidents and injuries.
  • We continuously improve safety and health management by setting objectives, plans and performance measures and regularly reviewing progress against the targets set.
  • We involve our staff in safety and health management through training and by contributing in identifying, assessing and controlling hazards.

Policy Overview

The objective of the White River Safety & Health Policy is to state its commitments to provide safe and healthy working conditions.  It outlines the steps that are taken to meet these commitments and provides the framework for the White River Safety & Health Management System. 

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