Health and Safety Committees and Records
There are many opportunities for faculty and staff to become involved in safety programs and issues at the University of Calgary. Health and safety records should be retained for a minimum of three years.
Worksite health and safety committees play an important role in fulfilling every worker's fundamental right to participate in identifying, assessing, and controlling work site hazards. At the University of Calgary, the Safety Improvement Team (SIT) is such a committee.
The purpose of the SIT is to identify concerns, propose solutions, and collaborate on initiatives relating to the health and safety of the faculty, staff, and students represented by the team.
Role of the Safety Improvement Team
In order to monitor health and safety programs within units, each SIT is responsible for, but not limited to, the following activities:
- reporting to the dean, director/department head, or designate
- receiving, discussing, and recommending resolution to concerns brought to the attention of the SIT
- participating in regular scheduled worksite inspections as required, reporting any hazardous conditions, and reporting on the corrective actions taken
- reviewing and making recommendations on corrective actions resulting from incident investigations
- acting as a resource for health and safety issues or concerns
- liaising with EHS on matters that may impact other areas of the university
- promoting health and safety awareness.
Standard Terms of Reference
EHS has developed a Standard Terms of Reference which provides guidance to the multiple SITs in the university community. Each SIT may modify and adopt their own terms of reference to suit the requirements of the faculty/department by either meeting or exceeding the Standard Terms of Reference requirements.
Safety Improvement Teams on Campus
- Cumming School of Medicine
- Veterinary Medicine
- Faculty of Science (FoS)
- FoS - Dean's Office
- FoS - Department of Biological Sciences
- FoS - Department of Geoscience
- FoS - Department of Physics and Astronomy
- FoS - Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- FoS - Department of Computer Science
- FoS - Department of Chemistry
The Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee (JWHSC) is an advisory committee to the Vice President of Finance and Services. The committee consists of management and worker representatives working together to provide consultation on, and the development of, solutions and resolutions to health and safety issues at the worksite.
The committee is established with representation from:
- AUPE Local 052 in accordance with the current Collective Agreement
- The University of Calgary Faculty Association (TUCFA)
- Management and Professional Staff (MaPS)
- Graduate Students Association (GSA)
- The Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC)
- The University of Calgary Senior Leadership Team