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COS-HR - Health and Safety Policy_HR_2016City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy Subject: Health and Safety Policy Category: Policy Policy No.: COS-HR-003 M&C Report No.: 2016-230 Effective Date: December 13, 2016 Next Review Date: (3 years) Area(s) this policy applies to: Employees of the Office Responsible for review of this Policy: City of Saint John Human Resources Related Instruments: Policy Sponsor: Commissioner of Corporate Services Document Pages: This document consists of 6 pages. Revision History: Common Clerk's Annotation for Official Record I certify that the Health and Safety Policy Statement was adopted by Common Council on October 3rd, 2016. 1 certify that the Health and Safety Policy was approved by the City Manager on December 13, 2016. ��. December 22, 2016 C'nmmnn Clark nnta Contact: Stephanie Hossack, Director Human Resources City of Saint John, City Hall 12th floor, P.O. Box 1971, Saint John, NB, E21-41-1 Telephone: 506-650-7637 Email: stephanie.hossack@saintjohn.ca City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.POLICY STATEMENT.................................................................................................................3 2. SCOPE.....................................................................................................................................3 3. LEGISLATION AND STANDARDS...............................................................................................4 4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.................................................................................................4 S. MONITOR AND REVIEW...........................................................................................................5 6. IMPLEMENTATION..................................................................................................................5 7. AUTHORIZATION.....................................................................................................................5 8. RESOURCES.............................................................................................................................5 9. PROCEDURES..........................................................................................................................6 10. GLOSSARY.............................................................................................................................6 11. INQUIRIES.............................................................................................................................6 12. APPENDICES..........................................................................................................................6 City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy 2 1. POLICY STATEMENT A central obligation of the City of Saint John is the health and safety of its employees and the protection of public property from damage and loss. The City of Saint John and all of its employees shall demonstrate a positive attitude toward health and safety by being duly diligent in all respects. Accidents causing injuries to employees and others, damage to equipment, and inefficiencies in operations are preventable. Health and safety hazards shall be minimized through the commitment of leadership and the attention to health and safety by employees of all levels. The objectives of this policy are: 1. Maintain the health and safety of employees. 2. Generally define the role and responsibilities of workplace partners in support of the City's Health and Safety Program. 3. Conduct operations in compliance with applicable legislation. 4. Provide for standards, procedures and guidelines designed to minimize injuries, damage and loss of property. 5. Reduce costs resulting from workplace accidents (personal injury and/or damage and loss to City property). 6. Enable the Joint Health & Safety Committee(s) to fulfill its proper functions under provincial legislation. 7. Encourage and maintain positive attitudes, co-operation and communications conducive to participation by all workplace partners concerning health and safety activities 2. SCOPE This policy applies to all employees and officials of the City, and includes overseeing the work carried out by contractors and sub -contractors retained by the City. The City is responsible to ensure there are no uncontrolled hazards at the workplace. City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy 3. LEGISLATION AND STANDARDS This Policy Document and all associated Standard Operating Procedures shall conform to and where appropriate exceed the requirements of the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act (NBOHSA) and regulations. 4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Safety is a joint responsibility. All employees are expected to participate, co-operate and support the City's goal of a healthy and accident -free workplace. Before a workplace can achieve exemplary safety performance, all stakeholders must accept ownership of safety and live up to his or her responsibilities for a safe and healthy workplace. This shared responsibility creates a partnership, the success of which is determined by the extent of participation and the degree of dedication. When an effective partnership is forged, an improved quality of work life is ensured for all concerned. Safety Officer The Safety Officer is responsible for the corporate occupational health and safety function concerning the monitoring of health and safety standards for employees, departments, and work activities of the City of Saint John; initiating programs to reduce accidents and eliminate hazards; supporting activities of the joint health and safety committee(s); and promoting occupational health and safety awareness in the workplace. Senior Staff/Deaartment Heads Senior Staff/Department Heads are responsible to provide leadership in safety activities; to comply with this and related safety policies, procedures and relevant regulatory standards as an example to employees and those in managerial/supervisory positions. Managers/Supervisors Managers/Supervisors are responsible for the implementation and operation of safety activities within their area of responsibility and for taking all reasonable steps to ensure work is performed in compliance with this and related safety policies, procedures and relevant regulatory standards. Managers/ Supervisors encourage proper health and safety attitudes by giving prompt and serious consideration to all recommendations and suggestions regarding improvement of the working environment. Employees Employees are responsible for observing and following safe working practices, as well as all established safety policies, procedures and relevant regulatory standards. They are to be aware of the hazards in their work and workplaces and the preventive measures to be City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy 4 taken. Employees are encouraged to take an active part in protecting themselves, their fellow workers and city and public property by reporting all hazardous conditions and substandard procedures. Joint Health and Safety Committee(s) Joint Health and Safety Committee members and alternates are responsible to fulfill their duties as specified in the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Committee(s') Terms of Reference. Contractors/Sub-Contractors Contractors, including their sub -contractors, from time to time, are retained by the City of Saint John to perform work. In accordance with the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act, Contractors and their Sub -Contractors are deemed to be in the employ of the City of Saint John. As a result, Contractors are required to follow this and other established City of Saint John safety policies, procedures, guidelines, and relevant regulatory standards. 5. MONITOR AND REVIEW This policy document will be reviewed annually by the City of Saint John's Human resources division of corporate services in collaboration with the City's Joint Health and Safety Committee and all business units of the City of Saint John. 6. IMPLEMENTATION This Policy Document will be implemented by the City of Saint John's Human Resources division of Corporate Services. 7. AUTHORIZATION This policy document is authorized by City Manager pursuant to a resolution of Common Council approving the associated Policy Statement. 8. RESOURCES WorkSafeNB: Electronic access to Acts and Regulation http://worksafenb.ca/acts-and-regulations (accessed Aug 22. 2016) City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy 9. PROCEDURES Standard Operating Procedures shall be developed, as required to support the administration of this Policy Document. 10. GLOSSARY N/A 11. INQUIRIES Inquiries regarding this Policy can be addressed to the Stephanie Hossack, Director, Human Resources, City of Saint John, City Hall — 12th floor, P.O. Box 1971, Saint John, NB, E21-41-1. 12. APPENDICES N/A City of Saint John Health and Safety Policy