Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.48 / 2.00 Nik Roberts
Health and Safety Coordinator
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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:

Langara's current OHSMS provides tools to help improve health, safety and environmental performances on campus. As per the Workers Compensation Act, Langara has established a Health and Safety Policy that has been endorsed by our Senior Leadership Team and our formalized OHS Program was established in 2018.

Resources include procedures, policies and formalized documents to help create easier implementation of health and safety strategies and guidelines. We also have a file management system in place on SharePoint to hold records and help track and review data. We regularly collaborate with key stakeholders such as College Supervisors, Human Resources, and the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee.

Other key components of Langara's OHSMS include:
- Documentation identifying the formal OHS program, as well as safe work procedures, first aid and emergency protocols, ergonomic checklists, incident reporting, risk assessments, violence prevention, WHMIS program, hot work management program etc.
- Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee consisting of 10+ members
- a file management software to record and track data
- forms and templates to provide user groups with necessary policies, procedures, safety guidelines, templates and requests
- contractor/visitor orientations and workplace/site inspections
- user automated processes to gather information and record data,
- we also work closely with C&M (Communications & Marketing) to communicate and promote safe work documentation

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 :

Incidents at Langara are tracked and shared via our Joint Occupational Safety Committee and posted as per regulatory requirements. In 2020, there were 8 workplace-related injuries or ill health. The Health and Safety Manager reviews and investigates all incidents in conjunction with the safety committee. Future tracking improvements will include using tools in SharePoint* and report automation.

*SharePoint is the collaborative software Langara College uses to share documents, store documents and to communicate with Langara faculty and staff.

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:

Although Langara does not currently use a recognized national or international OHSMS standard or guideline, we are currently working towards becoming COR (Certificate of Recognition) certified. COR is a voluntary program that recognizes and encourages employers to create an occupational health and safety management system that is beyond provincial legal standards. Our College Auditor, working in our Risk Management Department, has completed their student COR audit and will soon be certified as an Internal COR Auditor.

More information on the Certificate of Recognition (COR) can be found here:

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