14 November 2016

To: Faculty and Staff

From: Nadia Singh, Associate University Secretary, Secretariat

Subject: Revisions to Policy 34 - Health, Safety and Environment

Date: 14 November 2016

The University’s Policy 34 – Health, Safety and Environment has been updated, as required by legislation. 

The Policy was last revised in October of 2015, at which time consultation occurred with the Joint Health & Safety Committee and all of the University’s relations committees.  The following pieces of feedback were incorporated:

  • clarifying the student/supervisor role while a student is conducting research under the direct supervision of a University employee (s. 6.3.8);
  • clarity around responsibilities for environmental protection (s. 6.4.7); and
  • the definition of “supervisor” was added.

As part of this year’s review, the Policy was reviewed for clarity and currency to existing legislation.  Of note:

  • s. 6.2.1 clarifies that scope is limited to contraventions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (the “Act”); and
  • s. 6.2.3 was removed as it no longer reflects the reporting relationship to the Provost, now that a functional Senior Management Health & Safety Committee is in place, which receives University level health and safety concerns.

Consultation was held with the University’s four Joint Health & Safety Committees through the fall of 2016. 

The updated Policy can be found here: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat/policies-procedures-guidelines/policy-34