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About Safety Office

Purpose

The Safety Office serves as a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) resource to assist members of the university community in meeting their obligations to provide a safe, healthy work and educational environment.

The Safety Office has the following functions:

  • Develop and review University of Waterloo's HSE programs
  • Provide advice and assist faculty/departmental health and safety coordinators and committees
  • Serves as a resource to HSE committees within the University of Waterloo

Core health, safety and environment program areas include:

  • Health, safety and environment management system
  • Occupation health and safety
  • Health and safety committees
  • Training
  • Hygiene
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMS) for both students and employees
  • Research and teaching laboratories/studios
  • X-rays, lasers, radiation and biosafety
  • Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) - workers' compensation
  • First-aid, ergonomics and fieldwork
  • Fire, emergency preparedness and emergency response
  • Environment and hazardous waste
  • Air/water emissions
  • Public safety and events
  • Personal safety
  • Dangerous and controlled goods transportation

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