Instruction of Workers

Health and Safety instructions include both formalized training and specific job site instructions where required. Areas of instruction should include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Evacuation training
  • WHMIS training
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Violence in the Workplace procedures
  • Occupational First Aid (where required)

In order to ensure an effective instruction program, each new or transferred employee will be given an orientation to his or her new position prior to beginning the job. They will also be given specific training appropriate to the job as required.

Safety instruction is to be included in classes, where appropriate, by the instructor.

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SAFETY

Workers' Compensation Board regulations outline general responsibility for safety as noted below (figures in brackets refer to the applicable WCB Regulation)

Okanagan College Administration

  • provide a safe workplace (2.2, 4.1)
  • report serious accidents to the WCB (3.7)
  • ensure adequate direction & instruction of workers in the safe performance of their duties (3.22)
  • initiate, maintain, and publicize a comprehensive OH&S Program (3.1)
  • establish goals for safety, including a safety policy (3.4)
  • take action as required to improve unsafe conditions (3.12)
  • provide first aid facilities (33.2)
  • ensure personal protective equipment is available (8.22[2])
  • hold management meetings to make periodic reviews of health and safety activities and accident trends (3.4[d])
  • support supervisors and Health & Safety Coordinator in the administration of safety activities
  • evaluate safety performance of supervisors
  • set a good example

Health & Safety Coordinator

  • advise all levels of management and supervisors on safety program
  • co-ordinate interdepartmental safety activities
  • maintain safety reference library
  • collect, analyze, and disseminate accident statistics and reports (3.4[f])
  • conduct research on special safety problems
  • assist in the investigation of all serious accidents/incidents (3.10, 3.11)
  • keep current on developments in Occupational Health and Safety
  • conduct periodic plant-wide inspections as required in regulations
  • update Safety Manual as required
  • set a good example

Deans/Directors/Managers re: Employees

  • know OC safety policy and own responsibilities (2.1, 2.2)
  • provide proper instruction of new employees/students on safety procedures (3.23)
  • ensure that only authorized, adequately-trained workers and students operate machinery or equipment (4.10[2])
  • enforce safety regulations (3.23)
  • report and investigate all accidents/incidents in consultation with Health & Safety Coordinator (3.8)
  • correct unsafe conditions and/or acts (3.12)
  • ensure inspection of equipment and facilities for proper maintenance are completed (3.4[b])
  • detect, interview, and if necessary, refer troubled employees (4.20)
  • formulate safety procedures for own areas, in compliance with WCB, the College's Occupational Health and Safety policy and standards in consultation with the Occupational Health and Safety Committee(s)
  • instill safety awareness in workers and students
  • follow up on safety recommendations of Occupational Health & Safety Committees, Management and Health & Safety Coordinator
  • set a good example

Instructors re: Students

  • know OC safety policy and own responsibilities (2.1, 2.2)
  • ensure that only authorized, adequately-trained workers and students operate machinery or equipment (4.10[2])
  • enforce safety regulations (3.23)
  • report and investigate all accidents/incidents in consultation with Health & Safety Coordinator (3.8)
  • correct unsafe conditions and/or acts (3.12)
  • ensure inspection of equipment and facilities for proper maintenance are completed (3.4[b])
  • formulate safety procedures for own areas, in compliance with WCB, the College's Occupational Health and Safety policy and standards in consultation with the Occupational Health and Safety Committee(s)
  • instill safety awareness in workers and students
  • follow up on safety recommendations of Occupational Health & Safety Committees, Management and Health & Safety Coordinator
  • set a good example

Employees/Students

  • know and comply with regulations (2.1, 2.2)
  • follow safe work procedures (4.25) 
  • report unsafe acts and conditions (3.20)
  • report any injury immediately (see section 53(1) of Act)
  • must not remain on the worksite while their ability to work is impaired (4.20[1])
  • make safety suggestions
  • correct unsafe conditions
  • set a good example

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