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December 15, 2017
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Library Board Policies - Occupational Health and Safety Policy

The Halton Hills Public Library is vitally interested in the health and safety of its employees.  Protection of employees from injury or occupational disease is a major continuing objective.  The board will make every effort to provide and maintain a safe, healthy work environment in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  All employees must be dedicated to the continuing objective of reducing risk of injury.

Halton Hills Public Library Board as employer, is ultimately responsible for worker health and safety.  The Director of Library Services will take every reasonable precaution for the protection of workers.

Supervisors will be held accountable for the health and safety of employees under their supervision.  Supervisors are responsible to ensure that machinery and equipment are safe and that employees work in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures.  Employees must receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety.

In keeping with the Internal Responsibility System*, every employee must protect his or her own health and safety by working in compliance with the law and with safe work practices and procedures established by the board.

It is in the best interest of everyone to consider health and safety in every activity.  Commitment to health and safety must form an integral part of this organization.

The Halton Hills Public Library has established a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) that consists of both workers and managers, and examines health and safety issues on an ongoing basis.  A report on any incidents occurring at the library and/or involving library staff in the course of his/her work will be a standing agenda item at every board meeting.

Revised/Approved:  November 12, 2014

*The Internal Responsibility System is the underlying philosophy of the occupational health and safety legislation in all Canadian jurisdictions.  Its foundation is that everyone in the workplace – both employees and employers – is responsible for his or her own safety and for the safety of coworkers.  Acts and regulations do not always impose or prescribe the specific steps to take for compliance.  Instead, it holds employers responsible for determining such steps to ensure health and safety of all employees.

Internal Responsibility System does the following:

  • Establishes responsibility sharing systems
  • Promotes safety culture
  • Promotes best practice
  • Helps develop self-reliance
  • Ensures compliance