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Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program

Under Policy 34, Health, Safety and Environment, the University of Waterloo strives to provide a safe, healthy work and educational environment for its students, employees, visitors and contractors. uWaterloo's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program informs members of the campus community on health, safety and environment practices and legislative requirements.

While the HSE Program endeavours to be comprehensive it is only a relatively brief summary of information. Further health, safety and environment resources are available to persons through their Departments and Faculties. Members of the campus community are encouraged to contact the Safety Office or a Joint Health and Safety Committee member to comment on the Health, Safety and Environment Program.

Internal Responsibility System

Faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors share responsibility for health, safety and environment. This concept of an internal responsibility system is based on the principle that members of the campus community are in the best position to identify health, safety and environment problems and to develop solutions. The internal responsibility system involves everyone, from senior administration to workers and students and is fostered by Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

  

Several provisions of OHSA guide our internal responsibility system including the requirement for UW to have a health, safety and environment policy and program. All members of the campus community have responsibilities which are outlined in

uWaterloo's Health, Safety and Environment Management System.

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Organization

University of Waterloo Policy 34, Health, Safety and Environment, emphasizes health, safety and environment administration and activities within Departments and Faculties.

The Safety Office serves as a HSE resource to assist members of the University community in meeting their obligations to provide a safe, healthy work and educational environment. In particular, the Safety Office develops and reviews uWaterloo's Health, Safety and Environment programs, provides advice, assists Faculty/departmental health and safety co-ordinators/committees and serves on or is a resource to uWaterloo's HSE committees.

Main/Core Health, Safety and Environment Program Areas: Health, Safety and Environment Management System, occupational health and safety,  health and safety committees, training, hygiene, WHMIS students and employees, research/teaching labs/studios, x-rays, lasers, radiation, biosafety,  WSIB (workers’ compensation), first aid, ergonomics, fieldwork, fire, emergency preparedness, environment, hazardous waste, emergency response, air/water emissions, public safety and events, personal safety, dangerous and controlled goods transportation. 

As part of uWaterloo's Employee Health Program, during clinic hours, Health Services is available as a First Aid Treatment centre for employees. A clinic nurse will assess employees who are injured or have an urgent illness while at work. The nurse will arrange treatment and evaluation by a physician, if necessary. Health Services does not act as the family physician for employees.

The Occupational Health Nurse within Health Services supports employee health by providing the following services and programs:

A Joint Health and Safety Committee (Terms of Reference) is an advisory group of worker, management and student representatives who meet regularly to review injury reports, discuss health and safety concerns and make recommendations. The Committee's functions include:

For more information contact the Safety Office at ext. 33587