Health & Safety Orientation Leigh Elementary School 2007-2008 Supervisors: Principal Laurie Birnie General Duties of Employers Ensure the health and safety of all workers at a work place. Comply with Workers’ Compensation Act. Remedy any hazardous conditions at the work place Ensure workers are made aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health and safety hazards to which they are likely to be exposed. Employer’s Responsibility A copy of the Workers’ Compensation Act with respect to Occupational Health and Safety is available upon request by any worker in the work place. Please ask at the office. General Duties of Workers Comply with part 3 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Take reasonable care to protect the worker’s health and safety and the health and safety of others who may be affected by the worker’s acts or omissions at work. Carry out his/her work in accordance with established safe work procedures as required by the Act. Report to the supervisor (or employer) any contravention of the Act of which the worker is aware. This would include the absence of or defect in any protective equipment, device or clothing, or the existence of any other hazard that the worker considers is likely to endanger the worker or any other person. General Duties of Supervisors Ensure the health and safety of all workers under their direct supervision. Comply with Part 3 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Ensure that workers are made aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards in the area where they work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work Ifa worker has reasonable cause to believe that any work process would create an undue hazard to the health and safety of any person, that person must not carry out or cause to be carried out that work process This situation must immediately be reported to his or her supervisor who in turn must immediately investigate the matter Safety Rules Workers must use ladders or Workers must wear approved footstools to reach appropriate footwear, above their height. Desks and preferably with non-slip soles. chairs must not be used to When safe work procedures climb upon. have been established for a When lifting, a worker must lift job, workers must employ with the knees and not with the those practices when back. If the object is too heavy completing that task. to be lifted in this manner, then Workers must use personal the worker must seek help for protective equipment where a two person lift. required. Safety Rules Continued Moving equipment (such as a TV trolley or a piano) requires 2 people, one of whom must be an adult. Hands must be placed on top of the object to avoid hurting fingers on door frames. Floor spills must be cleaned immediately and wet patches clearly indicated. Safety Rules Continued Workers must wear medical gloves when dealing with body fluids. In some cases, protective eyewear may be required. Workers must not pick up used needles or condoms anywhere on the property. Please alert our caretakers who have the appropriate equipment and training to deal with these situations. Dealing with Known Hazards In general, the top two types of accidents that occur in schools are over exertion, and falls on the same level. These accidents can be avoided by: Using ladders. Lifting manageable weights in the appropriate manner. Wearing proper footwear (Seasonal) Paying attention to your safety. Safe Work Procedures for Teachers Work procedures exist for Home Arts, Tech Ed and Science teachers. TOCs must not use any equipment or chemicals until they have received appropriate safety training in that specific area. Safe Work Procedures for Custodians It is general practice that all custodians have a BSW certificate which indicates that they have been trained in safe work practices. Each cleaning cart has an MSDS Fetch sheet attached for their referral. Custodians must follow the procedures as laid out in the custodial handbook. A copy of this handbook is located in the medical room adjacent to the office. Safe Work Procedures for SEAs It is general practice that all SEAs have specialized training for working with students with special needs, including, but not limited to, procedures for safely lifting, toileting, and feeding students. If a worker is asked to perform a procedure for which they have not been trained, they are to contact a supervisor, prior to performing the task. Working Alone or in Isolation Workers who find themselves working alone or in isolation are expected to contact the supervisor to inform them, and to advise the supervisor when they leave the building. Elvis has left the building Risk of Violence If a worker is expected to work with a student who has a history of violence, that worker will be informed by either the administration or the safety trainer prior to working with the child. Students who have a history of violence will have an Emergency Management Plan which outlines strategies and procedures for reducing the risk and/or impact of violence. All workers must be familiar with this plan before they work with the student. Violent incidents must be reported to the supervisors immediately. The appropriate paper work must be completed before leaving the site on that day. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The majority of jobs in the school do not require the use of PPE. Where special procedures exist, such as in Science, Tech. Ed and Home Arts, the use of PPE is required where applicable. Please remember that workers may not proceed with these procedures unless they have received the special training. First Aid The attendant at our school is Catherine Hodges. She can be located in Classroom 210 on the second floor, east side of the building. In an emergency situation ask another worker (or reliable student) to contact the office to page the attendant. First Aid Equipment There are first Aid supplies located in the office, and with the first aid attendant. Eye wash facilities are located in the medical room. Teachers involved with chemicals must use the portable eye wash apparatus located with the science supplies. Please remember that workers may not use dangerous chemicals or substances unless they have received special training. Reporting an Incident Employees are required to report all work related injuries immediately to the school / worksite First Aid Attendant and his/her immediate supervisor/administrator (Workers’ Compensation Act Part 5, Division 53(1)). The First Aid Attendant will provide treatment and ensure accurate documentation of the injury. Employees reporting work related injuries who are referred by the First Aid Attendant to medical aid and/or choose to seek medical aid MUST complete an Employee Incident/Accident report prior to leaving the site. The First Aid Attendant will complete the first aid portion of the Incident/Accident Report and submit this to the Principal/Supervisor who will initiate the investigation and provide recommendations. Upon completion, this form is faxed to Health & Safety for submission to WorkSafeBC. Emergency Procedures Emergency procedures are established every September and are communicated to the staff. Copies of the plan are kept by each classroom teacher (web, office, etc?), and in the orange emergency bags located in every classroom. Emergency exit maps can be found posted in every classroom by one of the exit doors. The location of fire extinguishers is also shown. Workers new to the school must familiarize themselves with these maps prior to the beginning of the school day. Hazardous Materials As a general rule, hazardous materials are not permitted in schools. Custodians may use specific cleaners or compounds and these are labeled. Our custodians are trained to use these products. Other workers may not handle, use, store or dispose of labeled substances without proper training. SD 43 is a scent free district and workers are requested not to wear any scented products. WHMIS / MSDS Fetch Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) information is available on the District MY43 Health and Safety website. Every worker must review the WHMIS orientation and submit a completed survey/quiz prior to working with or in proximity to any chemicals in a school / site. Binders for WHMIS and MSDS Fetch are also available in the state where the binder is kept Occupational Health & Safety Committee The committee members include Catherine Hodges (CTA), Linda Sisson (CUPE) and Laurie Birnie(CPVPA). If you have health and safety concerns, please report them to one of these committee members. Have a Safe and Healthy Day!
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