Purpose

The Local Safety Committee (LSC) assists in the identification and help facilitates the resolution of local health, safety and enviornmental issues within the College of Engineering. 

The committee is one component of the University’s Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures. In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the University of Saskatchewan has established an Occupational Health Committee (OHC) to provide a forum for consultation between the University of Saskatchewan and representatives of its employees concerning health and safety issues in the University workplace. The primary focus of the OHC is to address health and safety issues that have implications for the University as a whole. In support of the OHC and its activities, a network of local safety committees is established to identify, review and address health and safety concerns arising at the college/division level.

(You can learn more about Safety Committees on the Safety Resources Webpage)

Scope of this Policy

The committee operates in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan Local Safety Committee Terms of Reference.

Reporting Structure

The LSC consists of at least one management representative, the Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Strategic Projects (ADGS), who serves as one of the two co-chairs. The committee reports through the ADGS to college leadership.

Responsibilities

The Committee, under the direction of the co-chairs, is accountable for fulfilling its mandate as laid out in this document and in the University LSC Terms of Reference, including:
  1. Promoting health and safety at the University with a focus towards the Workplace Responsibility System and injury prevention.
  2. Assisting in identifying, eliminating and/or controlling hazards in the workplace.
  3. Receiving, reviewing and responding to local safety concerns in cooperation with the Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection (WSEP) unit that have not been resolved between a worker and his/her supervisor.
  4. Conducting workplace inspections. The frequency of inspections is to be determined based on the identified risks in the workplace. Workplace inspections shall be conducted at least once per year.
  5. Providing input to the department/unit head and/or ADR concerning the management of safety issues in the workplace.
  6. In consultation with WSEP, referring to the Occupational Health Committee (OHC) any concerns which the LSC is unable, after diligent effort, to resolve.
  7. Referring dangerous work refusals to the OHC.
  8. Cooperating with WSEP and the OHC.

Provide advice and guidance on college policies and procedures relating to the committee’s mandate.

Committee Appointment Process

The committee is comprised of the following members:
  • The ADGS, as Co-Chair, management representative
  • One technician from each engineering department as appointed by the Department Head
  • A representative from Engineering Shops as appointed by Shops Supervisor
  • The College Shipper / Reciever
  • A faculty representative
  • A representative from Sci-Fi camps as appointed by the Associate Dean Academic

The committee shall elect by secret ballot an employee co-chair to a three-year term.

The following organizations shall be invited to attend committee meetings: 
  • The Undergraduate Engineering Student Association
  • The Graduate Engineering Student Association
  • A Student Group Representative
  • The College Facilities SBA
  • An OHC Representative
  • A Safety Resources Representative

Committee Membership

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