Governing Documents: Staff
Effective Date:
June 21, 2011
Revised Date:
Review Date:
June 21, 2021
Approving Body:
Board of Governors
President: Delegated to Vice-President Administration
Executive Director of Human Resources
Applies to:
Board of Governors members; Senate members; Faculty/School Councils; Students; Contractors and Suppliers: All Employees

1.0 Reason for Policy

The reason for the Policy is to identify responsibility and accountability for the safety and health of academic and support staff, students and visitors at the University.

2.0 Policy Statement

The safety and health of all academic and support staff, students and visitors to the University campuses is a priority for the University.

The University shall:

a) Comply with, or exceed, the requirements of any applicable workplace health and safety legislation;
b) Provide a safe and healthy environment in which to carry on the University’s affairs so far as is reasonably practicable; and
c) Work to minimize workplace illness and injury at the University.

To achieve these objectives, the responsibility and accountability for health and safety shall be an integral part of the duties of supervisory staff at all levels, including the senior executive.

3.0 Accountability

3.1 The University Secretary is responsible for advising the President that a formal review of the Policy is required.

3.2 The Executive Director of Human Resources is responsible for the communication, administration and interpretation of this policy.

3.3 All supervisors, employees, and students will be accountable for complying with the Policy and all Secondary Documents.

4.0 Secondary Documents

4.1 The Vice-President (Administration) may approve Procedures which are secondary to and comply with this Policy.

4.2 The Procedures approved under this Policy may include, but are not necessarily limited to, provisions relating to:

(a) the responsibility and accountability of supervisory staff for health and safety;
(b) the compliance responsibilities of employees, students and visitors;
(c) the supporting role and mandate of the Environmental Health and Safety Office;
(d) the establishment, role, and mandate of safety committees; and
(e) mechanisms for resolution of health and safety concerns.

5.0 Review

5.1 Formal Policy reviews will be conducted every ten (10) years. The next scheduled review date for this Policy is June 21, 2021.

5.2 In the interim, this Policy may be revised or rescinded if:

(a) the Approving Body deems necessary; or
(b) the relevant Bylaw, Regulations or Policy is revised or rescinded.

5.3 If this Policy is revised or rescinded, all Secondary Documents will be reviewed as soon as reasonably possible in order to ensure that they:

(a) comply with the revised Policy; or
(b) are in turn rescinded.

6.0 Effect on Previous Statements

6.1 This Policy supersedes Safety and Health Policy (dated February 1, 2003).

7.0 Cross References

Safety Management Procedure

Health and Safety – Employees, Students, Visitors, EHSO Procedures

Safety Committees Procedure

Response to Health and Safety Concerns