The Maritime Employers Association recognizes that occupational health and safety is not only a priority but a practice that encompasses all longshoring operations in the Port of Montreal. The mandate of the M.E.A.’s Health and Safety Department is not only to coordinate all health and safety procedures at member companies but also to train, with the collaboration of the Training Centre, inform and advise the concerned parties on the legislation that is in force, as well as, provide support and to act as a link between the companies in the application and implementation of an accident prevention policy to promote health and safety among employees.
The Health and Safety department presides over joint safety committees and, with the assistance of experts in the field, who participate in these committees, investigates, develops and establishes tools and methods to promote a constant evolution of safety practices and ensures that health and safety becomes an essential part of longshoring operations.
The shipping industry falls under federal jurisdiction and a number of ministries and organizations are involved in establishing legislation, policies and principles for the industry, such as Human Resources Social Development Canada, as well as, Transports Canada – Maritime Safety and Security. On the other hand, the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) is the organization that deals with workers’ compensation for employees who are victims of accidents at work.
Since it is an undeniable fact that safety is inherent to the profitability of any company, the M.E.A. knows the importance of establishing definite health and safety procedures and in raising the awareness of employees in order to offer a safe and secure working environment.