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3.1.4 HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Edmonton Police Commission (Commission) promotes a safe and healthy workplace for all employees.

The Commission is committed to protecting the health and safety of all our staff members and, as such, the Executive Director fully supports a health and safety management system that protects our staff and any general public that may enter onto our property.

Definitions:

HAZARD ASSESSMENT: Hazard assessment is a formal process for identifying existing and potential hazards and determining the degree of danger or risk the hazards pose to employees.

IMMINENT DANGER: A danger that is not normal for that occupation or a situation under which a person is at immediate risk of serious physical harm or death.

SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: A process used to effectively manage hazards. It includes the identification of hazards, ranking of hazards, and the control of identified hazards.

Guidelines:

  1. All Commission staff members have a responsibility for ensuring healthy and safe workplace practices.
  2. The Executive Director will provide leadership in promoting a healthy and productive work environment and will support specific safety procedures including providing related health and safety training for staff members.
  3. The Executive Director is responsible for assuring all health and safety processes implemented adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety regulations and any other relevant legislation.

Procedures:

  1. All new staff members will be given an Occupational Health and Safety orientation within the first week of working in the new position.
  2. One staff member will be assigned the responsibility of Fire Warden. One staff member will be the Deputy Fire Warden. Assignment will be reviewed every two years.
  3. Emergency Response Procedures: The Fire Warden and Deputy Fire Warden shall, annually, attend the Emergency Response Procedures training provided by the lessor. After receiving the training, the procedures will be reviewed with all staff.
  4. Annual Facility Inspection: The Fire Warden will conduct an annual facility inspection by March 31. The results of the facility inspection will be brought forward to the Executive Director for review and action, as necessary.
  5. First Aid Supplies: The office shall have a first aid kit located in an area which is accessible by all employees. The Fire Warden will assess and replenish the supplies of the first aid kit annually as part of the annual facility inspection.
  6. Hazard Assessment: The Executive Director, in collaboration with all staff, will annually review the hazard assessment.
  7. Check In and Check Out Procedures: Where a staff member is working alone after 1900hrs, that staff member will advise the Executive Director or another staff member that they are working, and will also advise when they are leaving work, and when they have safely reached their vehicle or have arrived home on public transit. Staff may also take a taxi and seek reimbursement if the staff member feels they are too fatigued to drive home. This applies to both weekdays and weekends.
  8. Attendance of Unknown Persons at EPC Office: Where an unknown member of the public attends at the EPC offices, they will not be invited into the interview room but instead sent down to the area beside the lessor’s security desk. The PCD will attend at the couches. If comfortable, the PCD will meet with the individual in the food court. If not comfortable, the PCD will meet with the individual at the couches (close to security) or another location deemed suitable to the PCD.
  9. Attendance of Known Persons at EPC Office: only individuals known to EPC staff will meet in the interview room and ONLY if EPC staff agree that it is safe to do so. In most cases, all meetings will be conducted with two EPC staff present. Only if an EPC staff member is confident that it is safe to do so as the individual is known to them and that they have sufficient experience with the individual to assess risk will an EPC staff member meet with a member of the public alone.
  10. Panic Alarm Response: In the event that the panic alarm is activated, lights and sirens in the EPC space are engaged. The Executive Director will attend immediately to the interview room if in use prior to the alarm. The Executive Assistant or Administrative Assistant will call 911 and the Scotia Place security desk.
  11. No staff member shall carry out any work if, on reasonable and probable grounds, the employee believes that there exists an imminent danger to the health and safety of that employee.

References:

  1. Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Act, Legislation, Regulation and Code
  2. Edmonton Police Commission Security System Procedural Manual

 

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