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Safety Management System

Management Commitment Statement

Red Deer College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment and working conditions that meet the legislative requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Industrial Standards. Regulations set the minimum standard our goal is to supercede the minimum.

Joel Ward,  President of Red Deer College

Alberta OH&S Act Section 2 Part 2 states:

Every worker shall, while engaged in an occupation, take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of the worker and of other workers present while the worker is working, and co-operate with the workers employer for the purposes of protecting the health and safety of the worker, other workers engaged in the work of the employer, and other workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work is being carried out.

Red Deer College recognizes its responsibility to protect the health and assure the safety of the students, employees and visitors to the campus and therefore, management is committed in doing everything possible to prevent injuries and maintain a healthy environment. To fulfill this commitment:


The eight elements include:

  1. Management Leadership and Organizational Commitment
  2. Hazard Identification and Assessment
  3. Hazard Control
  4. Ongoing Inspections
  5. Qualifications, Orientation and Training
  6. Emergency Response
  7. Accident and Incident Investigation
  8. Program Administration

1. Management Leadership and Organizational Commitment

Occupational Health and Safety Standard Practice

Occupational Health and Safety - Policy

Fundamental Rights of Workers

Occupational Health and Safety Act - Employers Guide

Occupational Health and Safety Act - Workers Guide

General College Safety Rules (Guidelines)

2. Hazard Identification and Assessment

In order to prevent injury and losses due to workplace hazards, we need a good understanding of the actual hazards and risks in the individual workplaces. These hazards cannot always be eliminated. However, assessing and understanding their natures and potentials are critical to developing acceptable controls to avoid incidents, injury and losses. Good solutions are the result of adequate hazard assessments.  The workplace hazard assessment is a systematic process to review facilities and tasks to uncover violence-related hazards:

Hazard Assessment Form

3. Hazard Control

The Alberta OH&S Code requires that hazards be controlled so that workplace exposures can be prevented.  Identified hazards must be evaluated to determine effective controls.  The hierarchy of controls should be followed.

Hierarchy of Controls

  • Elimination (including substitution) is considered the most reliable control measure because, if a hazard is eliminated, it not longer poses a risk.  It is the preferred way to control a hazard and should be used when ever possible.  Substitution occurs when a new chemical of substance is used instead of another chemical.  It is sometimes grouped with elimination because, in effect, first the substance or hazard is removed from the workplace.  The goal is to choose a new chemical that is less hazardous than the original.
  • Engineering controls eliminate or reduce exposure to a hazard through the use of guards, covers, sound-dampening materials to reduce noise, safety interlocks, radiation shielding and ventilation systems.
  • Administrative controls are work procedures such as written safety policies, rules, supervision, schedules and training with the goal of reducing the duration, frequency and severity of exposure to hazards.
    • Cut Down on Appliance use in Individual Offices to Avoid Hazards:  Did you know that 1 curcuit=a 15 amp breaker? Did you know that the following appliances use 12 amps: microwaves, coffee pots, kettles, fridges, water coolers, toasters and hot plates. Many employees have more that one of these appliances in their office which could have ramifications for you and the college, including loss of power, loss of computer data and creation of a potential fire hazard. Although new renovations have created centralized areas where many of theses appliances are properly wired, this does not address older existing office clusters. It is recommended that no individual offices or cubicles contain any of the appliances listed above. Coffee machines as well as food and beverage appliances should only be put into designated open areas where circuits are adequate. Appliances such as toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, etc, should be unplugged when not in use. To help address this concern, please consider using the 1500 Wing Staff Lounge and centralize coffee areas in your office clusters if you haven't already.

    • Safe Work Procedures for Exacto Knife (Utility knife)

    • Scented Products in the Workplace

    • Slips, Trip and Falls on Snow/Ice

    • Safety Signage

    • Cleaning The Water Cooler

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes all clothing or other work accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards.  Examples include gloves, safety goggles or glasses, hearing protectors, hard hats, respirators, lab coats, aprons and steel-toed footwear.  Please contact your supervisor for advice on PPE requirements.


4. Ongoing Inspections

Work site Safety Inspection Checklist

Flat Roof Inspections

5. Qualifications, Orientation and Training

New employees will be provided orientation training and will be furnished with information and literature covering Red Deer Collegeˇ¦s heath and safety polices, rules and procedures.

The OH&S Regulations require that any employee who performs ˇ§work that may endanger a workerˇ¨ be competent to do that work, or be working under the direct supervision of someone who is competent.

Occupational Health and Safety/WHMIS Training on Blackboard

Occupational Health and Safety Orientation

6.  Emergency Response

Disaster Preparedness - Emergency Response - Evacuation and Lock down Drill

Emergency Procedures - Print this quick reference of emergency procedures.


RDC Employees:  Coverage for Ambulance to be covered through employee benefits if eligible.

7. Incident Investigation

The achievement and maintenance of safe working conditions and the prevention of incidents is an expectation of all employees and students. By recognizing unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and by taking the necessary corrective action, accidents and injuries can be prevented.

Safety is the responsibility of each and everyone. This is a condition of employment or enrollment and an important part of our performance.

Accident Incident Reporting and Investigation Policy

All occupational incidents/injuries must be reported to the Health, Safety and Wellness Centre and your supervisor. An Incident/Injury Report form can be obtained from the Forms Index, or Incident/Injury Report and emailed to the Health Safety and Wellness Centre immediately.

If you need assistance in completing this report, please contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Centre at 342-3427.

Incident Investigation Directive for Red Deer College

Incidents to be reported include:

Responsibilities for reporting and investigation are as follows:


Incident Investigation Team Members - February 2010

8. Program Administration

To access the OH&S Act, Regulation and Code:

Occupatonal Health and Safety Act

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Occupational Health and Safety Code

Occupational Health and Safety Committee

The OH&S Committee will identify health and safety concerns; recommend preventative measures; recommend, promote and sponsor relevant education or awareness initiatives and ensure provincial and federal regulations are followed.

The OH&S Committee members are empowered to establish subcommittees; conduct on-site inspections, assessments and audits; refer concerns to the supervisor responsible for the area; and seek validation and remedial action if warranted.

Please contact your committee representative if you have any safety concerns:

Biosafety sub-committee

All individuals working with or manipulating biohazardous materials or notifiable biological substances that are in Risk Group 2 or higher must adhere to the administrative procedures and rules for the acquisition, use, storage, transportation, and disposal of the these materials.  Please see the Biosafety Policy and Standard Operating Procedures.

Occupational Health and Safety Trades sub-committee

Occupational Health and Safety programs available for Red Deer College Employee include:

       Glass Studio Manual 

To obtain First Aid Kits please visit St. Johns Ambulance website.