Health & Safety Training

Training plays an important role in Okanagan College's efforts to create a healthy and safe environment for the college community while maintaining regulatory compliance. Ensuring that everyone meets necessary training requirements is a cooperative effort.

Employees are responsible for:

  • performing their work in a safe and responsible manner;
  • knowing appropriate safe work procedures and safety rules; and,
  • obeying established safety rules and maintaining hazard-free work areas by identifying unsafe conditions and reporting them to their supervisors.

Supervisors are responsible for:

  • ensuring their employees receive the health and safety training necessary to work safely;
  • conducting periodic reviews of safety conditions; and,
  • ensuring prompt correction of unsafe work habits and/or conditions.

 

Subsequent to a September 2015 OHS awareness session for management in Kelowna, a survey was completed by the participants.  The results will be incorporated into a multi-year plan and training over the next fiscal year will include:

  • H&S supervisory training emphasizing accident investigation and due diligence
  • more information and tools for supervisors to address concerns on ergonomics, first aid and unsafe workplaces (identification & correction of hazards)
  • improve communication and availability of information on health and safety

The following OHS courses are offered at no-cost to employees.  Supervisory approval is required prior to registering.  Register via e-mail to chayman@okanagan.bc.ca .

OHS Supervisory Responsibilities Training

Under WorkSafe Regulations, a supervisor is any person «who instructs, directs and controls workers in the performance of their duties». Further, a supervisor must ensure the health and safety of all their workers and any other workers present at their workplace.

Please contact Carolyn Hayman, Manager Health, Safety and Emergency Management Services (chayman@okanagan.bc.ca; local 5475) to enroll in the next training session to be scheduled. 

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015 updates Canada's requirements for workplace chemicals under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  Okanagan College must ensure that general WHMIS education, as it pertains to the workplace, is provided to workers.
  • Training sessions are offered via Continuing Studies. Please contact Mame McCrea Silva, Manager OHS Operations and Training (MSilva@okanagan.bc.ca; local 5648) to schedule specific departmental sessions.
  • To register, employees must contact the Continuing Studies department CSCentral@okanagan.bc.ca and provide their employee number and the date of the course they wish to attend.