Every working group on campus is somewhat unique. From research to administrative to technical services, every group has a responsibility to maintain health and safety standards. Safety Resources is here to help support campus members to work safely.
For all workplaces, the following is required by provincial regulations:
- An employee orientation process (that includes taking Safety Orientation for Employees)
- Ensure that all staff completes appropriate safety training and that training records are maintained
- Conduct regular workplace inspections and rectify known issues in a timely manner
- Use a checklist to maintain consistency
- Have a system for reporting deficiencies to responsible parties
- Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for work activities
- Standard operating procedures are important for safety, consistency, and knowledge transfer
- Knowledge and documentation of all work activities that take place in your working group and their associated safety precautions
- A Working Alone Policy
- For employees that either work alone and / or after-hours
- First aid preparedness
- First aid kit; appropriate for your staff size
- First aid attendants; appropriate for the staff size and working conditions
- Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- For all employees / all work activities
- A copy of your building’s Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
- Emergency Response Plan postings in multi-tenant rooms (local evacuation and lockdown guidelines)
- Representation on your Local Safety Committee (LSC)
- Worker and management representation is required
- An individual's participation on an LSC is voluntary and encouraged
- Knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as a worker in Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan Employment Act
- Your union's collective agreement with the university
Safety in your workplace is the responsibility of yourself, your coworkers, and your supervisor(s). Supervisors are responsible for upholding health and safety standards in their workplace. Supervisors are required to identify hazards in their work environment, and take steps to ensure the safety of their employees. Known issues should be addressed and resolved internally in a timely manner.
If you have questions or are looking for resources (orientation checklists; training logs; etc.), contact our Safety Management System team.
Obtaining Safety Equipment
Safety equipment or personal protective equipment (PPE) is an appropriate preventative and protective measure to manage a hazard when all other measures have been exhausted. Selecting and purchasing personal protective equipment is the responsibility of the work unit (department / working group / principle investigator, etc.).
Selecting preferred vendors
Safety equipment or PPE can be purchased from a variety of local vendors and university stores/supply centres. Fisher Scientific is a preferred supplier for many laboratory-based supplies and can also supply safety equipment and PPE.
NOTE: Respiratory protection must be properly fit tested before use.
Contact Safety Resources for assistance in:
- Selecting safety equipment or PPE;
- Fit testing of respiratory protection;
- Identifying an appropriate preventative and protective measure for a hazard in your workplace.
For more information, contact Safety Resources.
Testing Safety Equipment
The following safety equipment is tested by Safety Resources:
- Fire extinguisher – inspection - annual
- Fumehoods – faceflow velocity - annual
- Respiratory protection – fit testing – offered every Wednesday
- Harnesses (fall protection) – offered on demand
- AEDs – monthly
Other safety equipment must be inspected, tested and / or maintained by members of your working group. This includes:
- Eyewashes and safety showers in laboratories
- Testing log and SOP available here
- Biosafety cabinets / laminar flow hoods
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. lab coats; gloves; eye and face protection: glasses / goggles / face shield)
For more information on testing safety equipment in you workplace, contact Safety Resources.