The sample resources contained in this section are designed to assist boards in creating a culture of safety mindedness across all board activities and especially in curriculum areas that potentially pose a higher risk for student injury:
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Technological Education
- Science and Technology
As boards have both the responsibility and authority to develop plans according to their own development and approval processes, these sample policies, procedures, plans and resources should not be considered directive or prescriptive, but rather as helpful information.
Bring Safety Home
Bring Safety Home is an initiative designed to enable parents to play a positive, proactive role in ensuring their children – many of whom are starting their first jobs – come home after work healthy and free from injury at the end of each day. (link)
This resource guide offers principals, vice-principals and supervisory officers an overview of health and safety requirements for higher risk learning environments, with a specific focus on science and technology facilities, science labs and technological education facilities. (Download)
A checklist to help guide the inspection of classrooms and portables. (Download)
An overview of health and safety considerations, monitoring processes and workplace assessments related to students entering a work placement. (Download)
An overview of first aid requirements for employers as it relates to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and compliance with Regulation 1101 under Section 3 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. (Download)
This fact sheet is intended to promote discussion and guide those involved with investigating an incident. (Download)
This Fast Fact sheet is intended to help JHSC members (supervisors, managers, employers and others) understand their roles. (Download)
Print and display this poster to help students and staff prevent slips trips and falls. (Download)
This booklet provides students, placement coordinators/teachers and employers support in recognizing hazards in work placements. (Download)
A sample workplace inspection checklist to help ensure general health and safety issues are being addressed. (Download)
A Fast Fact sheet promoting employer awareness of how to give young workers a safe start in the workplace. Very helpful for placement coordinators/teachers. (Download)
This Fast Fact resource provides background on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets (Implementation as of June 2015). (Download)
Ministry of Labour – Young Workers
Workers under 25 have rights protecting them against workplace health and safety hazards, and to ensure they are treated fairly. Employers and supervisors have duties under the law to protect young workers. Check out the Ministry’s resources here to learn more.
The Live Safe! Work Smart! newsletter
The Live Safe! Work Smart! newsletter helps teachers convey valuable information to their students about workplace rights and health and safety on the job. Subscribe here.
Easy-to-read, question-and-answer fact sheets covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Designed to help employers, employees, health and safety committees and others develop workplace health and safety programs, prepare plans of action to prevent accidents or occupational diseases, and to conduct investigations. (Link)
In collaboration with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS), CCOHS developed this series of 24 WHMIS Fact Sheets.
These teaching tools, packed with information, activities, handouts and tests on various workplace hazards, make it easy for teachers to educate their students about what they need to know to stay healthy and safe when they enter the workforce.
A video focusing on the rights of young workers in the workplace. (Watch video)
A wide range of health and safety resources and links designed for workers, parents, teachers and employers.
Free monthly podcasts designed to keep you current with information, tips and insights into the health, safety and well-being of working Canadians.
This smartphone app delivers a basic ergonomic assessment which takes the user through a series of diagrams and questions to pinpoint musculoskeletal pain, identify possible sources, and discover practical solutions. The results are presented on a body map, with recommendations to address work-related MSD hazards that could be contributing to their discomfort. (Get app here)
Download this free app to measure your level of stress through a series of questions about work demands, organizational factors, relationships, workplace values, health and safety concerns, stress symptoms and offensive behaviours. (Get app here)
Generally defined as any unwelcome behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person, bullying and harassment can take on many forms in the workplace. These infographics are designed to be shared through your online social networks and e-mail. Larger posters, ideal for printing and display, are also available.
Canadians are finding it increasingly challenging to balance their work demands with the healthy management and enjoyment of life outside work. This infographic explains why work-life balance makes good business sense, the factors that can affect it, and what employers can do to support their workers. Larger posters, ideal for printing and display, are also available.
Uncover health and safety issues that may be related to the indoor air quality at your workplace with this free app. Answer some simple questions about your work conditions, symptoms and environment to find possible links and ideas to help you and your workplace take action. (Get app here)
These free posters and stickers will help increase awareness of health and safety messages around your school (pdf.)
This checklist covers the main points to consider when you are checking the safety of your site.
A chart for helping employers fulfil their duty to protect the health and safety of their workers.
This three-panel brochure outlines key considerations for lifting and lowering objects safely.
These guidelines provide a simplified, concise, consistent and enforceable procedure for implementing the portion of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that deals with Joint Health and Safety Committees.
This special issue of the IHSA Construction Safety magazine focuses on young workers: why they’re more at risk for accidents, and how to help protect them.
This brochure is a reminder that falls are a main cause of workplace fatalities in Ontario. It contains important safety information for industry workers and homeowners.
This guide designates the practices that should be followed when entry and work in a confined space is required.
This guide provides pertinent information and general recommendations deemed necessary to perform work involving ladders in a safe and efficient manner.
Prevent Falls From Ladders Poster – IHSA
This poster shows how to set up a ladder at a safe angle.
Don’t Let Noise Steal Your Hearing – IHSA
Use the tips in this guide to help ensure that hearing protection devices are used properly.
Respirator Basics Poster – IHSA
This poster shows you how to choose the right respirator for the job and how to properly fit, clean and store it.