Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Committee Members:

Lorna Hamilton - Chairperson (Health)

Mike Calow (Public Service)

Tao Dong (Crowns)

Diane Langlois (Education)

Damara Seudath (Community Services)

Patty Weber (Retail Regulatory)

Vacant (Human Rights/Equity)

lbuchinski [at] sgeu [dot] org (Larry Buchinski) - Staff Advisor (tel. no. 775.7245)


Do you need prizes for your NAOSH week event?  Contact your OH&S Standing Committee Representative with details of your event and they will be happy to give you some prizes.

Please visit www.NAOSH.org for additional information regarding NAOSH Week.


2015 SGEU Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship

The 2015 SGEU Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship of $500 is available to all SGEU members in good standing, their spouses or dependents.

Application Deadline is August 31, 2015.

Click here to apply


Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Forms

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour OH&S Conference Application Form  (Ramada Plaza, Saskatoon) - September 9-11, 2015.

Application Deadline is June 5, 2015.

OH&S Incident Notification Form

OH&S Concern Form

Alleged Harassment Report Form

Sample Agenda



Summary Offense Tickets

  • Summary Offense Tickets and new Legislation has come into effect July 1, 2014.  This is found under www.saskatchewan.ca/sot

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

  • WHMIS is changing to the "The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)".  Canada is committed to transferring over to this system by June 2015.
  • Below is a link to some interesting information that is all very basic.  It is foundational to understand why the GHS is coming into place and how it supports/enhances WHMIS.  You can take these free online introductory courses from CCOHS which is a partnership with WHMIS and Health Canada.  The introductory one is about a half hour with the basic overview of why these changes are important and necessary.  The second course takes overview of why these changes are important and necessary.  The second course takes about an hour offering some additional content with respect to the "supplier" and the third course takes about an hour offering some additional content with respect to the "worker".
  • Free online courses at www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/ghs.html
    • WHMIS After GHS:  an Introduction (30 minutes)
    • WHMIS After GHS:  How Suppliers Can Prepare (60 minutes)
    • WHMIS (After GHS) for workers (60 minutes)

Courses are offered in english and french and are free of charge but registration is required in order to keep users aware of changes to the courses.


Training

  • Every workplace committee member is entitled to five days' OH&S training per year at the employer's cost.  The standing committee would like to see that all OH&S workplace committee members be trained in levels 1 & 2 (not just co-chairs) and question as to the correct process to ensure this is done.  Any committee member can have employer paid training as long as it is recognized.
  • Reference www.saskatchewan.ca/work/safety-in-the-workplace/ohc-and-ohs-representative/ohc for details of OHCs.
  • Visit www.worksafesask.ca for information on the available training courses.

If you are an active workplace OH&S committee member and have not already registered, please complete and submit the  SGEU Elected Position Registration Form. Please ensure your form is authorized by local signing authority.


History:

1972:  Saskatchewan leads

In passing its own Occupational Health and Safety Act, Saskatchewan institutes the concept of internal responsibility system by making health and safety a joint responsibility of employer and employees and requiring the establishment of joint health and safety committees.  It enshrines three fundamental rights of workers:

  • the right to know about the hazards in the workplace;
  • the right to participate in health and safety disucssions at work; and
  • the right to refuse unsafe work.

How to deal with an Occupational Health and Safety (OH & S) concern.

  • Step 1:  Immediately inform your supervisor/person in charge (if the problem is not resolved go to Step 2).
  • Step 2:  Contact your OH&S workplace committee member.  (If the problem is not resolved go to Step 3).
  • Step 3:  Work with the OH&S workplace committee to resolve the concern.  (If the problem is not resolved go to Step 4).
  • Step 4:  Contact the Ministry of Labour Relations and Safety @ 1.800.567.7233, or email workersadvocate [at] gov [dot] sk [dot] ca or visit http://www.lrws.gov.sk.ca

Harper Government putting worker's lives in danger!

Please view the link below for the video in regards to Bill C-4 and also, please note the petition as well.  There have already been 7,000 people fill out letters to the MPs, so please circulate as widely as possible.   

Video

English: http://youtu.be/Q73hgnkaZxE

French: http://youtu.be/QArSbCHi4R0

Petition

English Petition: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/right-to-refuse-unsafe-work

French Petition: http://www.congresdutravail.ca/droit-de-refuser-travail-dangereux

 


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