Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Jerry Aguinaga
Environment, Health and Safety Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS)?:

Does the system use a nationally or internationally recognized standard or guideline?:

The nationally or internationally recognized OHSMS standard or guideline used:

A brief description of the key components of the custom OHSMS:

The Environmental Health and Safety Office functions within the portfolio of the Vice President of Finance, and Administration to support Dalhousie University's Environmental Health and Safety Program and operates to:

Offer advice to the University's Senior Management on ways in which the University can strengthen its efforts to provide a healthy and safe environment in support of the entire range of University activities;

Support the activities of the University's Environmental Health and Safety Committee;

Support the Deans, Directors, and Chairs of Departments as they discharge their responsibilities for health and safety within their units;

Liaise with regulatory agencies and their organizations to keep the University informed of developments that could impact the Environmental Health and Safety Program;
Ensure inspections, testing, and training are carried out as needed to ensure the university is operating in accord with legislation;

Coordinate the disposal of hazardous waste created by teaching and research programs, and by the University's operations; and

Provide support services for biosafety, chemical safety, environmental protection (hazardous materials), ergonomic assessments, fire safety, life safety, radiation protection, and occupational safety.

Key EHS elements include:

Emergency Response


Fire Safety

Trades and Custodial Safety

Training and Supervision

Laboratory Safety



Program Effectiveness


Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health:

Full-time equivalent of employees:

Full-time equivalent of workers who are not employees, but whose work and/or workplace is controlled by the institution:

A brief description of the methodology used to track and calculate the number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health :

The Accident Reporting and Investigation Policies outline the methodology of tracking and reporting. Policies are available at: https://www.dal.ca/dept/university_secretariat/policies/health-and-safety/accident-reporting-policy-.html

Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health per 100 FTE employees:

Website URL where information about the occupational health and safety program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The work place accident number is variable year to year. Some related factors include the level of full reporting of incidences, activity on campus, ....

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