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Environmental Health and Safety


Policy Statement

With the full support of the President and Board of Governors, the University is fully committed to providing an environment which appropriately supports work, study, and campus life by conducting all aspects of its operations in accord with appropriate standards of health, safety, and environmental protection.

Procedures

The University understands that achieving high standards of health, safety, and environmental protection requires active support and participation of all employees, students and visitors.

Accordingly, the University will continue to develop its environmental health and safety program by working openly and in co-operation with members of the University community and, in particular, with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, and with external individuals and agencies which share its environmental health and safety goals.

In a rapidly changing world, Dalhousie University further understands that providing an appropriately healthy and safe environment, requires an ongoing and iterative process of program development, implementation, and performance audit, leading to program improvement.

Responding to Work Refusals

As described in Section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee will respond to a work refusal raised by an employee of the University who believes that the concerns which prompted the refusal have not been adequately addressed by the employee's supervisor.

Procedure:

  • Upon learning of a work refusal requiring a Committee response, a member of the Committee will immediately notify the Chair and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety Office.
  • The Chair person, in cooperation with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, will schedule a special meeting providing as much notice to members as is possible in the circumstances.
  • Those members able to attend the special meeting will constitute the Committee as described in Sections 17 (2) and 43 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    Having considered the information provided by the person exercising the right to refuse, and such other information as the Committee considers appropriate, the Committee will:
    • Unanimously advise the employee to return to work, or
    • Make such other recommendations to the employee or the University as the Committee feels appropriate.

Responding to Serious Accidents

Should a serious accident occur, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety will immediately inform the chairperson of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee and will initiate an accident investigation as set out in the Accident Investigation Policy.

Responsibility

Individuals are responsible for:

  • Acting safely to protect their own well being and that of others who might be impacted by their actions.
  • Complying with government regulations and University and departmental safety policies and procedures.
  • Promptly reporting hazardous situations.

Faculty, instructors, managers, and supervisors are responsible for ensuring:

  • Tasks undertaken under their supervision, are structured in such a fashion as to minimize the likelihood of harm.
  • Those whom they supervise are appropriately trained, equipped and supervised.

Deans, Chairs, Directors and Heads of Units are responsible for:

  • Providing safety leadership within their units.
  • Ensuring that their units operate effective health and safety programs.

The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for:

  • Supporting the health and safety efforts of Faculties and Departments by providing expert information and advice.
  • Providing such health and safety services and training as is appropriate.
  • Supporting the work of the University's Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
  • Liaising with external agencies to ensure that the University is fully aware of matters which might impact its environmental health and safety program.

The University is responsible for establishing and supporting a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, as set out in the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Date Issued: April 2006