|Submission Date||Dec. 11, 2020|
University of Toronto Mississauga
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety
|1.47 / 2.00||
Acting Sustainability Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Facilities Management & Planning
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:
On November 6, 2014, the government passed Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill amends a number of Ontario’s labour and employment statutes. Specifically pertaining to occupational health and safety, the Bill expands the definition of worker to ensure Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners, which will give them protection under the OHSA such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work.
The long-standing definition of “worker” under the OHSA has been “a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation.”
Bill 18 replaces this definition with an expanded list of individuals that would be considered workers for the purposes of the OHSA.
Individuals who are currently included as workers under the OHSA, that is, persons performing work or supplying services for monetary compensation. This part of the definition retains the existing language in the OHSA;
High school students volunteering as part of a work experience program authorized by the school board operating the student’s school;
Persons performing work or supplying services without compensation as part of an approved post-secondary program (for e.g., co-op programs);
Persons receiving training but that are not considered employees under the ESA because they fall within a specific exclusion set out in the ESA. (This exclusion captures some unpaid internships); and
Such other persons as may be prescribed who perform work or supply services to an employer for no monetary compensation; (“travailleur”)
This new definition of a worker for the purposes of the OHSA will require placement employers to provide the same information, instruction and supervision, as well as personal protective equipment to these individuals as is given to paid workers.
If you hire secondary or post-secondary co-op students, interns or placements, whether they are paid or unpaid, be sure that you are in compliance with the OHSA.
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 :
These procedures outline the reporting requirements for accidents, occupational illnesses and incidents which result in or have the potential to result in personal injury or property damage.
Reportable incidents are those which:
result in personal injury or lost time from work (including those requiring first aid, and occupational illness);
have the potential to result in personal injury or property damage even though no injury or damage actually occurred;
occur to any person on university premises;
occur to a university employee during the course of his/her work either on or off university premises;
occur to a student during the course of his/her classroom, laboratory or field work;
occur to a student during the course of a work placement (either paid or unpaid) which forms part of their university curriculum.
All employees must report the accident/incident to their supervisor or home department immediately. On the day of the incident, the employer is responsible for providing and paying for immediate transportation to a hospital, health professional office/clinic or the worker’s home (if necessary) and for paying for full wages and benefits for the day or shift on which the injury occurred.
Within 24 hours, the supervisor must complete and submit the “Online Accident/Incident eForm for Employees“.
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 information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.