Health and Safety Policy

Policy number: CS-1401-1979
Policy title: Health and Safety
Policy owner: Chief Human Resources Officer
Effective date: November 19, 1979
Revision date: March 28, 2022

On this page

  1. Purpose
  2. Application and Scope
  3. Definitions
  4. Principles
  5. Accountability and Compliance
  6. Roles and Responsibilities
  7. Policy Revision Date
  8. Attachments
  9. Specific Links

1. Purpose

Mohawk College values the health, safety and well-being of the College community and is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment through policies, programs, procedures and guidelines that meet or exceed the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Workers, visitors and contractors are responsible for working safely and in accordance with applicable legislation and Mohawk College requirements. To achieve a healthy and safe workplace, we must all work together to create a high level of health and safety awareness and respect health and safety policies, procedures and legislation. Non-compliance with this policy or other safety related policies, procedures or legislative requirements will result in disciplinary action as appropriate.

 

2. Application and Scope

This policy applies to all Workers, volunteers, visitors and contractors of Mohawk College.

 

3. Definitions

“Director” refers to members of the Board of Governors.

“Officer” refers to the President and Vice Presidents.

“Employer” is Mohawk College under the OHSA.

“Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC)” are advisory groups consisting of management and worker representatives established under the requirements of Section 9 of the OHSA.

“Supervisor (Leader(s))” refers to a person who has charge over a workplace or authority over a worker as defined by the OHSA.  Supervisors include the following: Managers, Directors, Associate Deans, Deans, Registrar, Chiefs, Vice Presidents, and President. 

“Worker” means any of the following, but does not include an inmate of a correctional institution or like institution or facility who participates inside the institution or facility in a work project or rehabilitation program:

  • A person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation.
  • A secondary school student who performs work or supplies services for no monetary compensation under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled.
  • A person who performs work or supplies services for no monetary compensation under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology, university, private career college or other post-secondary institution.
  • Such other persons as may be prescribed who perform work or supply services to an employer for no monetary compensation.

 

4. Principles

  • Mohawk College values the health, safety and well-being of the College community and is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment.  This will be achieved through policies, programs, procedures and guidelines that meet or exceed the requirements of the OHSA.  
  • Mohawk College supports the implementation of the Internal Responsibility System to involve the workplace parties for promoting occupational health and safety and preventing accidents, incidents and occupational injuries.
  • Workers, visitors and contractors are responsible for working safely and in accordance with legislated and College requirements.
  • Non-compliance with this policy or other safety related policies, procedures or legislative requirements will result in disciplinary action as appropriate.

 

5. Accountability and Compliance

5.1 Accountability Framework

This policy has been approved by the Senior Leadership Team.

5.2 Compliance

The Chief Human Resources Officer is responsible for implementing this policy, monitoring its effectiveness and reviewing this policy on an annual basis or more frequently as necessary.

Supervisors are responsible for departmental compliance with this policy and maintaining a safe and healthy environment in their areas of responsibility.

 

6. Roles and Responsibilities

6.1 Employer

Through the Mohawk Executive Group, Mohawk College shall:

  • Take all reasonable care to ensure Mohawk College complies with the OHSA and Regulations and its obligations as an “Employer”.
  • Provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment by ensuring compliance with safety regulations and requirements.
  • Support the College Joint Health and Safety Committees.
  • Ensure corrective measures for identified hazards are promptly implemented.
  • Ensure leaders are competent and accountable for health and safety.

6.2 Leaders/Supervisors

Leaders shall:

  • Take all reasonable precautions for the protection of their workers and their obligations as “Supervisors” under the OHSA.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy working environment and ensure work is performed in compliance with the OHSA and Regulations and Mohawk College policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Ensure Workers are informed of actual and potential hazards and have applicable training to conduct their work safely.
  • Investigate workplace accidents, incidents or hazardous conditions in their area of responsibility and implement corrective measures or hazards identified.

6.2.1 Professors, Instructors and Technologists (included in the definition of 'Leader')

Professors, Instructors and Technologists have responsibility for the learning environment and authority over students. They have responsibilities to provide a positive safety example and leadership for students. With respect to safety they shall:

  • Ensure students perform work in compliance with the OHSA and Regulations, departmental and Mohawk College requirements.
  • Ensure students are informed of actual or potential hazards and how to avoid those hazards.
  • Take all reasonable precautions for the protection of students.
  • Ensure safe practices and procedures are followed.
  • Ensure students wear the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Ensure emergency procedures such as fire evacuations; lockdown and hold and secure are reviewed with students at the beginning of each semester.

6.3 Workers

Workers shall:

  • Comply with the OHSA and regulations and with applicable Mohawk College policies, programs and procedures and their obligations as “Workers” under the OHSA.
  • Ensure work is performed in compliance with the OHSA and regulations and the college’s policies and procedures.
  • Only operate equipment on which they have been trained for which they are authorized to use.
  • Promptly report to their Supervisor any observed contravention of the OHSA or regulations or of the Mohawk College rules and procedures or any workplace hazard of which they are aware.
  • Promptly report a workplace accident, incident, hazard or injury to their Supervisor.
  • Participate in Health and Safety training and education.

6.4 Visitors

Visitors to Mohawk College are responsible for:

  • Conducting themselves in a safe manner and obeying all posted rules and applicable safety requirements.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment required in designated areas.
  • Responding promptly to emergency announcements or alarms and to instructions from College Workers responding to emergencies.
  • Reporting any accident, injury or unsafe condition to Security Services or other College Workers.

 

7. Policy Revision Date 

7.1 Revision Date

March 2023

7.2 Responsibility

The Chief Human Resources Officer will review this policy annually in conjunction with the Joint Health and Safety Committee. This Policy will be posted on the Joint Health and Safety Bulletin Boards and under the ‘Safety and Wellness’ section of MyMohawk.

 

8. Attachments

Attachment 1 – Health and Safety Policy (Posted Version)

 

9. Specific Links