Ottawa, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- June 2, 2010 - Policies and procedures may help sustain a safe workplace but for Hydro Ottawa, a practical approach including equipment inspection and emergency rescue techniques reinforces the importance of health and safety for its outside employees. This year, more than 200 field based employees participated in Hydro Ottawa’s recent annual Tool and Equipment Inspection Week, an event unique to Hydro Ottawa.

Industry experts were invited to perform comprehensive inspections and tests of tools, personal protective and critical safety equipment belonging to outdoor workers.

“Prevention is key when it comes to reducing the chances of work related injury,” said safety and trades training supervisor, Dave Stephens. “This week is intended to remind our employees their safety comes first.”

Among the tools inspected and tested were grounds, while compliance kits were verified to ensure the regulation manuals and reference guides were accurate and complete. In addition first aid kit inspectors looked for out-of-date products and non-essential items. Employees also practiced their emergency skills during rescue and evacuation exercises.

New to the event this year was a Wellness at Work campaign, promoting physical and mental wellness as key to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

This annual event allows Hydro Ottawa staff to keep their tools and skills up to date, contributing to peace of mind that a solid foundation is in place for their day-to-day assignments.  The company benefits through the efficiency of a consolidated daylong event that ensures compliance with industry regulations and reassures that best practices are being followed to keep its employees safe.

Tool and Equipment Inspection Week was held over four days at five Hydro Ottawa owned work centers across the city. This annual event is planned and managed by Hydro Ottawa’s Human Resources department.