The Occupational Health and Safety Committee is an advisory team comprised of management and worker representatives whose primary role is to assist the Carpenter Millwright College in creating and maintaining health and safety in the workplace. The committee is responsible for monitoring the health, safety and welfare of the workers, students, as well as other members entering the workplace. A current listing of OH&S Committee members are posted on bulletin boards throughout the College.
The goal of the OH&S committee is to promote and monitor the internal responsibility system by encouraging employers and workers to resolve health and safety concerns reasonably and on their own, with minimum third party intervention. A key role of the committee is to identify health and safety concerns and initiate workable solutions to improve the quality of life for workers and students of the Carpenters Millwrights College that is conducive to learning.
As per Occupational Health and Safety Act, the OH&S Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of two worker representatives and one employer representative where there are 10 – 50 workers in the workplace. However, the Carpenter Millwright College recommends that at least one instructor from each shop/program participate on the committee to ensure each shop is adequately represented. It is also recommended that the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights, and Allied Workers have one worker representative serve as a committee member. The College encourages one student representative from each program to participate in functions of the committee to help ensure the highest quality of health and safety is maintained at the College, while fostering learning for students regarding the Occupational Health & Safety Act and creating a safety culture in their workplace.
Student representatives shall be elected within their respective classes. Upon graduation, the student representative’s position shall be discontinued, and replaced with a new student representative from the subsequent class.
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All persons entering the shop and yard area are required to wear safety equipment as laid down by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations which includes the following, but are not limited to, hard hat (CSA Code Z94.1), safety glasses (CSA Code Z94.3), steel-nose boots (CSA Approved) and hearing protection when necessary. Anyone found in either of these areas without wearing the required equipment will be asked to leave and will not be permitted to re-enter until the proper equipment is worn. Students are not permitted to wear white hard hats.