Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS)?:
Yes

Does the system use a nationally or internationally recognized standard or guideline?:
No

The nationally or internationally recognized OHSMS standard or guideline used:
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A brief description of the key components of the custom OHSMS:

McGill’s Environmental Health & Safety System is a comprehensive system, covering all functions, positions and activities. It consists of:
- The Health & Safety Mission Statement that provides the overarching norm that the EHS System is designed to promote;
- A set of prescriptive principles that further develop the meaning and intent of the EHS Mission Statement;
- Organizational statements that outline the distribution of authority, responsibility, and accountability for EHS throughout the organization (i.e., Internal Responsibility System);
- An interlocking set of EHS programs, where each program is associated with a set of EHS concerns and details the responsibilities, procedures, standards and so forth that address those EHS concerns.

The EHS system at McGill University is incorporated within the University’s EHS risk management strategy, and is designed to facilitate due diligence within the intent of the Quebec Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety and McGill’s commitment to a duty of care for the learning environment. The system establishes the means by which each member of the McGill community can achieve their personal legal obligations within the statutory duties of the internal responsibility system and obligations inherent in their relationship with McGill.

See: https://www.mcgill.ca/ehs/policies-and-safety-committees/policies/internal-responsibility-system

The regulatory framework for safety within which the University operates falls under three levels of jurisdiction (i.e., federal, provincial, and municipal) and encompasses a wide variety of relevant laws and regulations. Beyond this regulatory framework, McGill maintains a Safety Committee Management System comprised of the following:
- a University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC)
- a University Laboratory Safety Committee (ULSC)
- a Facilities Safety Committee (FSC)
- 4 Faculty Safety Committees (FSC) -- Science, Medicine, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering
- 36 Department Safety Committees (DSC)

Source: https://www.mcgill.ca/campussafety/files/campussafety/2018-2019_mcgill_university_annual_safety_report.pdf (Section 2.1)

EHS Services:
- Liaison with Regulatory Agencies (Federal, Provincial & Municipal)
- Health & Safety Consultations and Inquiries
- Occupational Hygiene Surveys (e.g. Indoor air quality, asbestos assessments, etc.)
- Office Ergonomic Assessments
- Workplace Inspections & Evaluations
- Accident & Incident Investigations
- Occupational Health Services (for those working with infectious materials, blood-borne pathogens, animals and lasers)
- Laboratory Commissioning/Decommissioning
- myLab Hazardous Materials Management

EHS Training:
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (W.H.M.I.S.)
- Biosafety
- Safe Use of Biological Safety Cabinets
- Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal
- First Aid in the Workplace (for McGill staff and students)
- myLab Hazardous Materials
- Laser Safety
- Asbestos Awareness (for building occupants)
- Radiation Safety
- Internal Responsibility System
- Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing

EHS Resources: Safety manuals, books, audiovisual materials, Material Safety Data Sheets, EHS forms, signs, and lab reference posters


Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health:
30

Full-time equivalent of employees:
7,293

Full-time equivalent of workers who are not employees, but whose work and/or workplace is controlled by the institution:
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A brief description of the methodology used to track and calculate the number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health :

The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is the body which the Government of Quebec entrusts to oversee labour rights and obligations. CNESST ensures that these rights and obligations are respected by workers and employers in Quebec. If a McGill employee is involved in a work-related incident that requires consultation with a physician and taking time off work, the employee must notify their area HR Advisor, who then forwards medical documentation to the McGill Benefits unit. The Benefits unit then opens a claim file with CNESST.

In 2018, McGill employees submitted 43 compensation claims to the CNESST. Of these claims, 35 were accepted and 30 were charged. We are reporting the number of claims charged as the number of recordable incidents.

Data source:
2018-19 McGill University Annual Safety Report
https://mcgill.ca/campussafety/files/campussafety/2018-2019_mcgill_university_annual_safety_report.pdf


Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health per 100 FTE employees:
0.41

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

It is worthwhile to note that between 2013 and 2018, CNESST claims decreased by 30%. Please refer to page 13 of the attached report.

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