General Health & Safety Rules

General Health & Safety rules apply to all employees, students and contractors at Okanagan College. General rules are intended to ensure that OC is a safe campus and must be followed without exception.

Reporting of Injuries

In accordance with the Workers Compensation Act, (sec. 53) all employees and students covered by the WCB are required to immediately report all work related injures to an Occupational First Aid Attendant or Supervisor/Instructor and the Safety Office (local 4573)

Alcohol and Drugs

In accordance with WCB Reg. 4.20, no Okanagan College employee or student will be permitted to enter or remain on the premises while his or her ability to work is effected by alcohol, drug, or other substance so as to endanger his or her health or safety or that of any other person.


In accordance with Okanagan College Board policy to provide a smoke-free environment and with WCB Reg. 4.81(a), smoking is not permitted within any building.

Operation of Company Vehicles/Mobile Equipment

Only employees with a valid drivers license with the correct classification will be permitted to operate Okanagan College vehicles or mobile equipment. In addition to a valid drivers license, specific training may be required for each type of vehicle. Vehicle and mobile equipment operators must wear seat belts.

Improper Activity or Behavior

In accordance with Occupational Health & Safety Reg. 4.25, no employee or student shall engage in any improper activity or behavior that might create or constitute a hazard to themselves or to any other person. Any employee or student engaging in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate collective agreement or Student Conduct (Discipline) Policy as outlined in the Okanagan College Calendar.

Personal Protective Equipment

All Okanagan College employees, students and visitors are required to wear the specified personal protective equipment (PPE) for the area or specific job being performed.

Reporting of Unsafe Conditions

All employees and students are required to report any unsafe or harmful conditions to their immediate supervisor. The supervisor must ensure that any necessary corrective action is taken without delay (Reg. 3.20) except in the case of an emergency where action must be taken immediately. Where after a one week period, the employee or student is not satisfied with the action taken, he/she may advise the Health & Safety Coordinator and the Safety Committee and explain the reason for dissatisfaction. Any follow-up that may be required should be reported to the Health & Safety Committee.

Potential hazards may include, but are not limited to:

  • operating machinery, tool, appliances or other equipment without authority
  • working at unsafe speeds
  • removing or rendering guards ineffective
  • defective tools or equipment
  • poor material handling
  • failure to lock-out or de-energize
  • neglecting to wear personal protective equipment
  • poor housekeeping
  • horseplay

To ensure that housekeeping is maintained at a high level, all employees and students must ensure that:

  • aisles are kept clear
  • spilled material is cleaned up
  • emergency eyewash and showers are kept clear
  • tripping hazards are reported
  • poor lighting is reported