Lesley Rigg, Dean, Faculty of Science, recently served on a national task force charged with writing a guide for implementing safety cultures at research universities across North America.
That guide was released in April and a companion website focusing on its recommendations was launched.
Rigg became involved in this taskforce as part of her work at her former institution and brings this passion for safety to the Faculty of Science and the university.
“A safe workplace leads to job satisfaction,” says Dr.
“I am a strong advocate for safety in the research environment and a safe campus environment.
As a member of this international laboratory safety taskforce, I believe strongly in empowering our early career scientists to be safe whether they are in the lab, in the field or on our campus.”
The guide includes twenty recommendations that the university’s Environment, Health and Safety team will be reviewing and conducting analysis on to evolve the safety culture in laboratories.
Getting ready for the Certification of Recognition (COR) Audit
In order to maintain our COR health and safety designation, the university’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) must be audited annually.
From May – June 2016, certified auditors will assess the university’s OHSMS against established standards.
As we prepare for the upcoming internal COR audit there are a number of things you can do to get ready if your area has been selected to participate:
Environment, Health and Safety continues to support upgrades to laboratory spaces
EHS has been working closely with Facilities and senior leadership in the research portfolio to upgrade and install emergency eyewash and shower units, fumehoods, and biosafety cabinets.
These replacements will help align with industry standards for the reasonable and safe life cycles of the equipment.
These replacement programs are supported by multiple stakeholders across campus including the university’s Biosafety Committee who are conducting inspections to monitor training for researchers and lab users using the new biosafety cabinet
Pictured left is Dr.
Roman Krawetz, Biosafety Committee member; Michael Dicay, Lab Manager; and Dr.
Eoin O’Grady, university Biosafety Officer conducting biosafety cabinet inspections.
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