Health and Safety

This page is for the staff and students of the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. It provides information on various aspects of health and safety within the Department. Additional health and safety information can be found at the University of Toronto Office of Environmental Health and Safety

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Responsibilities of CivMin Faculty, Instructors, and Supervisors of Administrative and Technical Staff
In Case of an Accident
Chemicals & Designated Substances
Joint Health & Safety Committee
Training
Forms

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Responsibilities of CivMin Faculty, Instructors, and Supervisors of Administrative and Technical Staff


Academic Supervisors are responsible for the safety of all students and researchers working under their supervision. As a minimum, they must ensure that all students and staff under their supervision attend the department’s safety course (or equivalent). In addition, they are responsible for ensuring that all of their students and researchers have received appropriate safety training for any potential hazards particular to your research.

Course Instructors are responsible for the safety of all Teaching Assistants and students in their course laboratories. As a minimum, they must ensure that the Teaching Assistants have received appropriate safety training with regard to hazards in these laboratories, and that students are supervised at all times when working in a laboratory environment.

Supervisors of Administrative and Technical Staff are responsible for the safety of all full-time and temporary staff working under your supervision. As a minimum, they are responsible for ensuring that all staff receive appropriate safety training for any potential hazards particular to their work environment.

In the event of an accident or injury involving an untrained student or staff, a supervisor may be found liable under the Federal Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In Case of an Accident

First Aid Boxes

First aid boxes are distributed throughout the Galbraith, Sandford Fleming, and Mining buildings. All research and undergraduate labs have first aid boxes. If an accident takes place outside of a lab, first aid boxes can be found at the following department locations:

  • Basement - GB19 and SF510
  • 1st and 2nd floors - GB116
  • 3rd floor - GB322
  • 4th floor - GB417

First Aid Stations

First aid stations and trained personnel in CivMin:

No. Location/Area of First Aid Stations Personnel & Certificate Expiry Date
1 Machine Shop, Structures Laboratories, Materials Laboratories, Building Science Laboratory and basement offices Alan McClenaghan (Feb. 22, 2020)

Michel Fiss (Feb. 24, 2019)

2 Front office, first and second floor offices TBD
3 Geotechnical & Materials Laboratories and third floor offices Olga Perebatova (Aug. 19, 2018)

Farzine Nasseri (May 17, 2020)

4 Environmental Laboratories, fourth floor offices and mining building Kerry Evans-Tokaryk (May 17, 2020)

Karl Peterson (May 17, 2019)

Table updated June 2018

There is a defibrillator located outside the business office, located at GB 134.

Reporting Accidents

All accidents requiring medical aid must be reported to the CivMin Joint Health and Safety Committee within 12 hours of an accident. As well, an accident report must be filed within 24 hours. The e-forms for employees, and for students/visitors, can be found here. Please forward completed forms to the committee co-chairs (see below for contact information).

Emergency Phone Numbers In Case of Severe Accident

  • 911 from a payphone
    The 911 operator will automatically know where you are calling from. Give your name, location and the type of assistance you require (e.g. ambulance, fire).
  • 416 978 2222 from a campus telephone
    Inform the operator of your building and room number, and of the type of assistance you require (e.g. ambulance, fire). The operator may relay this information to a 911 operator.
  • 9-911 from a campus telephone
    Dial 9 first and wait for the dial tone before dialing 911. Give your location and room number (including a street address) to the operator. The 911 emergency number from a campus phone does not automatically locate the caller, unlike the 911 numbers dialed from a non-University phone. If possible, post lookouts at entrances to meet help on arrival.

 

Chemicals and Designated Substances

Information on Use of Chemicals

For information on the safe use of chemicals, consult the following sources of information prior to use:

Designated Substances

Designated Substances refer to biological, chemical, or physical agents, or combinations thereof, to which the exposure by workers is prohibited, regulated, restricted, limited or controlled (e.g. mercury, lead, benzene, asbestos). See the official list of designated substances.

For more information on whether a substance is designated, contact U of T Environmental Health and Safety.

Joint Health & Safety Committee

The University of Toronto is responsible under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for establishing and maintaining joint health and safety committees in the workplace. These committees, consisting of representatives of workers and management, serve to provide consultation and meaningful input from employees in matters relating to health and safety.

Committee Members

Alan McClenaghan, mclena@civ.utoronto.ca (Co-Chair) (USW1998)

Kerry Evans-Tokaryk, kerry.evans.tokaryk@utoronto.ca (USW 1998)

Michel Fiss, michel.fiss@utoronto.ca (USW 1998)

Farzine Nasseri, nasseri@ecf.utoronto.ca (Non Union Admin)

Olga Perebatova, olga.perebatova@utoronto.ca (USW 1998)

Karl Peterson, karl.peterson@utoronto.ca (Faculty)

The CivMin Joint Health and Safety Committee meets four times per year to address safety concerns. If you have any safety concerns to add to a meeting agenda, please contact one of the co-chairs at any time.

 

Training

Students should inform their supervisors when they have completed both trainings above to get access to their labs.

 

Forms

Accident Report Form


Questions for the CivMin Joint Health and Safety Committee should be addressed to Karl Peterson or Alan McClenaghan.

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