Reference: Hazard Assessment Policy

It is the responsibility of all Hanover School Divisions staff members to identify all potential hazards in the workplace, classroom, or as part of any educational activity. During the lesson planning process or a toolbox meeting, staff will identify all potential hazards, assess the risk of any activity or job, and prior to starting the job, lesson, activity, have a Safe Work Procedure in place.

In accordance with (Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act, W210, Section 7.4(5)(b) and Safe Work – Job Hazard Analysis and Safe Work procedures have been developed as follows.

Each vocational shop, lab, kitchen, are responsible for developing and maintaining an up-to-date Safe Work Procedures Handbook for their designated vocational area, that will consider the tasks, equipment, and materials in their areas. Handbook information will include the identification of known and potential dangers to students / workers, safety hazards and health hazards such as: chemical, biological, and physical agents.

A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) will be been done for each related activity / procedure that could potentially be hazardous to staff, students, or visitors.

Teachers or workers needing to develop a Safe Work Procedure (SWP) may consult and collaborate with the divisional WSH consultant to create the SWP.

Step 1: Assess the Risk

  • Is there a potential risk of an injury?
  • Is there a risk of permanent, temporary, or minor disability?
  • How often and for how long are workers exposed to the hazard?
  • Is there a past history / record associated the activity that has an identified hazard or potential hazard.

Step 2: Identify Steps to Reduce / Eliminate any Potential Risk(s)

  • Reduce / Eliminate hazards by posting a SafeWork Procedure by equipment, materials or work processes at the source. A SafeWork Procedure may:
    • Redesign the work process;
    • Substituting a safer chemical for a hazardous chemical;
    • Upgrading the equipment being used.
  • If it is not reasonable and practical to eliminate hazards, engineering or other controls such as: machine guards and noise enclosures will be used.
  • Personal protective equipment is mandatory when dealing with the hazard and identified in the SWP.
  • Specific training for dealing with the hazard and supervision will be in place.
  • Instructors/supervisors responsible for risk assessment and control (job hazard analysis) and will be prepared to explain to workers, management, and a safety health officer, the extent of the risk associated with a hazard and the effectiveness of the chosen controls.

Step 3: Inform and Communicate any Potential Risk / Hazard – Information and Education Process

  • A job hazard analysis and Safe Work Procedure will be in place for all identified and potential hazards.
  • Instructors will make sure that anyone at risk or anyone responsible for ensuring the safety of others is familiar with the JHA/Safe Work Procedures and understands the risks and how they can be controlled.
  • Implementing and following safe work procedures is a condition of employment. Employees who fail to comply with safe work procedures are subject to progressive discipline, up to and including termination.
  • Supervisors / School Administrators are responsible and accountable for ensuring that all employees understand and use safe work procedures.
  • A review of all SafeWork Procedures will be done by the staff member(s) prior to completing the assigned job or planned lesson. New workers and workers transferring to a new position and will be provided with an orientation session. Employees will receive training on the safe use of all new equipment purchased.
  • All contracted employer(s) or self-employed person(s) are required to follow and implement safe work procedures and educate their workers. Failure to comply with safe work procedures could result in disciplinary actions up to and including termination.

All worksites will have procedures and resources in place to address the following situations:

  • Fire
  • Pipeline breaks
  • Safety device failures
  • Leaks
  • Release of hazardous agents
  • Medical Emergency / Injury