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.
At the University of Saskatchewan, we adhere to the conditions set forth in the following documents for guiding principles regarding worker health and safety:
- U of S Health and Safety Policy
- U of S Workplace Responsibilities System (WRS)
- U of S Safety Management System (SMS) Guidance Document
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
- Complete Hazard Identification prior to starting work
- 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.
Documentation is an important part of safety culture, to both ensure due diligence and to also provide evidence of risk management.
Supervisors are required to outline specific safety guidelines for their employees or students, and ensure that these guidelines are adhered to.
To help with this, we have created some simple documents for supervisors to use to help develop their own safety management system.
- New Research Employee / Student Orientation Checklist
- Training Acknowledgement Log
- Working Alone / After Hours Plan Template
- Research Employee / Student Exit Checklist
Feel free to download these templates and use them in your working group.
If you have questions or are looking for custom resources (orientation checklists; training logs; etc.), contact our Safety Management System team.