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Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety

The City of Hamilton is vitally interested in the Health and Safety of all of its workers. Protection of all workers from injury or occupational disease is a major continuing objective.

On this page important information is provided about the role of:

  • Management
  • Employees
  • Safety committees
  • Workplace Safety Section

Click here for Health & Safety Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

All employees should familiarize themselves with each group’s responsibilities so they know what to do and where to turn if they have questions or require assistance on health and safety issues. A list of workplace health and safety contacts is provided at the bottom of this page.

Role of Management

All levels of Management (including, GM's; Directors; Managers and Foremen/Women) are held accountable for the health and safety of workers under their supervision.

Supervisors are responsible to ensure that any machinery and/or equipment provided is in proper and safe condition and that workers work in compliance with established legislation, safe work practices and procedures. Workers must receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety, before commencement of the job.

All managers and supervisors are required to review the city's new health and safety policy and its procedures and guidelines with employees. The procedures are based on requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Managers and supervisors shall ensure their workplaces are in compliance with any procedure that applies to their operation.

Additional information for management staff is available on eNet, the City of Hamilton’s employee intranet. From the eNet homepage, click: “You Should Know” then “Workplace Safety & WSIB”.

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Role of Employees

Every employee must protect his or her own health and safety by working in compliance with legislative and other requirements, including safe work practices and procedures as established by the City of Hamilton.

  • employees are required to review information that applies to their area of operation in order to understand:
  • general rules, dispute resolution mechanisms and stakeholder responsibilities
  • guidelines for Joint Health and Safety Committees
  • health and safety procedures which range from the use of cell phones and fire protection to working in confined spaces and working alone
  • information on physical agents that can pose risks to workers - for example, cold environments, ultraviolet exposure and inclement weather
  • operational guidelines for protective clothing and working with various types of equipment workplace security guidelines

Additional information for employees is available on on eNet, the City of Hamilton’s employee intranet. From the eNet homepage, click: “You Should Know” then “Workplace Safety & WSIB”

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Role of Safety Committees

Joint Health & Safety Committees are consulted on all occupational health and safety issues. The committees also review our Occupational Health and Safety Policy annually and make recommendations to management as required.

The City of Hamilton's Occupational Health & Safety Policy provides significant support to the Integrated Management System (IMS). In this program, the environment and health and safety are key considerations in the city's decision-making and operational processes. IMS is currently being implemented in the department of Public Works.

Additional information on safety committees, including membership and committee locations, is available on eNet, the City of Hamilton’s employee intranet. From the eNet homepage, click: “You Should Know” then “Workplace Safety & WSIB”

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Workplace Safety Section

The Corporate Workplace Safety Section is a part of the Human Resources Department of the City of Hamilton. We provide advisory and technical services on Health and Safety issues to all stakeholders within the City of Hamilton.  The goal of the Workplace Health & Safety Section is to equip stakeholders with the knowledge and the technical/administrative tools required to establish a safe and healthy workplace for all and to ensure that the City of Hamilton complies with all existing Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Standards.

This is accomplished through the following:

providing guidance and advice on all OHS issues including interpretation of OHSA and how it applies to your operations

  • promoting a high level of Health and Safety awareness
  • procedures
  • providing basic occupational hygiene services
  • assisting with Policy and Procedures review and development (for specific procedures see World on "Corona" (S:) Hamilton/HumRes/Lab/Health and Safety/Procedures)
  • reviewing new Legislation and provide sound advice on all Legislative initiatives respecting OHS issues
  • assisting with WHMIS and Designated Substances assessments
  • actively and enthusiastically promoting the Internal Responsibility System by working in concert with all Joint Health and Safety Committees
  • performing periodic job site evaluations and workplace inspections
  • generate reports on the effectiveness of your OHS programs
  • liaising on the City's behalf with Ministry of Labor and various applicable Safe Workplace Associations such as C.S.A.O., E.U.S.A., I.A.P.A. and MHSP.

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Workplace Safety Contacts:

For information on any occupational health and safety issue, call your departmental advisor:
 

·         In Public Works - 905-546-2424  ext. 2392

·         In Public Health & Community Services – 905-546-2424 ext. 5539

·         In all other departments - 546-2424 ext. 2396 or ext. 4176  

Additional information on the corporate health and safety program is available on the City of Hamilton’s employee intranet site known as eNet. From the eNet homepage, click: “You Should Know” then “Workplace Safety & WSIB”.