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Policy 406 Health and Safety

Policy Statement

The Upper Grand District School Board is committed to providing a safe, respectful and healthy workplace and learning environment for all employees, students, volunteers, visitors and contractors. The Board is committed to preventing occupational illness and injury in the workplace, continually improving health and safety practices and performance in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, relevant codes, standards and practices.

The Board will take every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of employees, students, volunteers, visitors and contractors. This shall be accomplished by developing, documenting and implementing safety policies and procedures. All employees, including visitors and contractors shall follow Board policies and procedures. Employees shall report any hazards, unsafe conditions, practices and behavior to their Supervisor.

The Board recognizes and endorses the Internal Responsibility System whereby all workplace parties participate in building a robust safety program. Employees who direct work are responsible for ensuring that safe work procedures and training are implemented and followed to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. They are also responsible to ensure that hazards, unsafe conditions, practices and behaviors that are reported to them are addressed in a timely manner.

The Board maintains one Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) under a multi-site agreement with the Ministry of Labour. The JHSC has responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which are detailed in the JHSC Terms of Reference.

All members of the Board community are expected to demonstrate their commitment towards a safe and healthy work environment by acting in compliance with this Policy.


First adopted: May 1998
Revision history: November 2000, March 2012, February 2014, May 2015, June 2016, June 2017, September 2018