Occupational Health, Safety and Workplace Violence
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all library workplaces and facilities are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and that every reasonable precaution is taken to provide for a healthy and safe work environment. The implementation of this policy, through the establishment of occupational health and safety programs based on shared responsibility of management and employees will promote health and prevent workplace illness and injuries, harassment and workplace violence.
This policy applies to all library employees (including but not limited to full-time, part-time, students, volunteers, interns), contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, workers and every person accessing the library for services.
Oakville Public Library, in the performance of its services, is responsible for promoting health and safety for the protection of its workers and the public alike. Unsafe practices will not be tolerated.
Every worker, contract worker and sub-contractor, including every person accessing library property for services, must protect his or her own health and safety by complying with the law and with the safe work practices and procedures established and required by the library.
All levels of supervisors will be held accountable for the health and safety of workers under their supervision. The library provides a safe and healthy workplace by supporting a formal program of education and training; preventing accidents, workplace harassment and violence, including domestic violence in the workplace; and reducing injuries and occupational illness through accident investigations, follow up action and the recommendations of the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ontario Human Rights Code
Policy Number: HR-007 Policy
Category: Human Resources
Approved by: OPL Board
Accountability: Chief Executive Officer
Approval Date: June 4, 2020
Effective date: June 5, 2020
Next Review Date: 2021
Supersedes: March 2019