1. There shall be an Industrial Health and Safety Committee established by the Board which shall include representative(s) from the Association. The operation, function and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Committee shall be consistent with the guidelines and regulations established pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Act.
2. Classes shall be conducted in clean, well-maintained facilities, with appropriate lighting, heating and ventilation. Teachers should bring forward issues of health and safety first to the school Administrative Officer, and then to the Industrial Health and Safety Committee, before approaching an outside regulatory agency.
3. The number of students in a laboratory, shop or other specialized classroom, when used for its designed purpose, shall, whenever practicable, not exceed the number for which the facilities are equipped.
4. School Administrative Officers shall be notified of major maintenance work that may disquiet the proceedings of a class (power tools, hammering, gluing, laminates, etc.) no later than noon the day preceding commencement of that work, except in cases of emergencies, where such notice is impractical. The Administrative Officer, in consultation with the teacher, shall schedule alternate arrangements if necessary.
5. Maintenance personnel shall be asked to introduce themselves at the school office before starting any work.
6. Whenever practicable and where space permits, every school shall provide facilities for itinerant staff and associated professionals which are quiet, private, and meet the requirement of Article D.18.2 of this Agreement.
7. The Board shall provide each worksite with a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation of the Workers Compensation Act.
8. Sections 3.12 and 3.13 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation are considered to be part of this Agreement.
9. The Board shall ensure that schools establish systems for administering medication and other medical procedures as outlined in Inter-Ministerial Protocols.
10. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
a. The Board shall ensure that the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is implemented in all school sites and workplaces in the district.
b. The Board shall provide an education program annually to make sure that all employees understand the WHMIS labels and the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and they are instructed in precautionary measures concerning specific materials.