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Lab Safety Policy

Athabasca Safety Policy Statement

Athabasca University Centre for Science (AUSC) believes that no task or activity is so important that it can't be done in a safe manner, and in compliance with all applicable health and safety codes and standards.

The AUCS therefore resolves to pursue any reasonable course of action (so far as is reasonably practicable) to ensure achievement of these standards. This includes the enforcement of all applicable health, safety and environmental protection regulations.

The AUCS also resolves to take prompt action to correct unsafe conditions, and to see to the continued safety education for the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work of all University employees and students, and the safety of others who may be affected by the undertakings of the University.

The AUCS takes all reasonable steps to acquaint its employees with their rights and duties in the workplace and applicable regulations and procedures for protecting their health and safety. Where appropriate, the AUCS establishes special arrangements and programs to assist in maintaining safe conditions and work practices and facilitating employee participation in health and safety activities, including health and safety committees.

All AUCS employees and students shall protect their own health and safety by working in compliance with prevailing regulations and standards and with safe work practices and procedures established by the AUCS.

It is the responsibility and duty of all employees and students to follow safe work procedures, to observe health and safety regulations, and to constantly work towards improving health and safety standards at Athabasca University. All employees must report any health hazards and unsafe conditions or practices to supervisory staff for corrective action. Students should report any health hazards and unsafe conditions or practices to the Chair of AUCS for corrective action.

Finally, your cooperation in observing the proper health, safety and environmental protection regulations is vital to the success of this objective. It is a primary duty of all persons in authority, instructors, and other persons who are supervisors, as defined in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, to ensure that any persons under their direction are made aware of and comply with all applicable policy and safety procedures adherent to this policy. They shall be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the workplace, including teaching and research sites, are safe and that any risks, hazards, and safety violations drawn to their attention are investigated and corrected promptly. They are responsible under the Act, to take "every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker."

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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