Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment

for teachers (short version)

employment and Labour directly. 122 3rd Avenue North Saskatoon. Sk S7K 2H6 Tel: Fax: 1-877-419-3510 (toll free) (306) 933-7339 Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 1 . Teacher feedback will make it possible to refine and improve these new products. Ministry of Advanced Education. Request for Comments Feedback on the suitability and usefulness of the checklists from teachers who use them would be appreciated. Employment and Labour 8th floor. Education and Training Services Unit Ministry of Advanced Education. Ministry of Advanced Education.Ready for Work Preamble The Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment consists of: • • a checklist teachers can use to assess the health and safety of potential student work placements a checklist employers can use to orient students to health and safety in the workplace The checklists were developed from publications of the Occupational Health and Safety Division. All material taken from the former had been seen by the Occupational Health and Safety Council. Employment and Labour and other checklists. Teachers are invited to send their comments in writing or contact the Education and Training Services Unit.

The employer is responsible for protecting students from health and safety hazards by providing suitable equipment. Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 2 .Ready for Work Responsibilities: Teachers. and worker rights is provided in the Ready for Work resource binder and at www.ca These specific lists can provide your students and employers with information that explains what is expected and the health and safety requirements that apply. Part of your role is: • • to help the student understand his or her rights and responsibilities to help the employer understand what is expected Employers must ensure the health. you (as the teacher) have a responsibility to ensure that the workplaces have safe work practices and provide students with suitable health and safety orientation and training. worker and supervisor responsibilities. health and safety orientation.ReadyforWork. A more specific list of the employer. training. and appropriate supervision. Employers. Students on work placements must take care to protect their safety and the safety of their coworkers. safety and welfare of those in their workplace.sk. Students As the person arranging students’ work placements.

the teacher and you are taking time to ensure that both the student and you do not incur the high costs – dollars. give the teacher a tour of the workplace before your discussion. Advise the teacher how the hazard will be dealt with and how the student on work placement will be protected. To help the teacher understand your comments about the checklist. You have the opportunity to note the hazards that exist in your workplace and those hazards that the student will encounter in his/her work placement. OH&S Checklist Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 3 . You can go over it with the teacher at the time or after you’ve had a chance to fill it in. Some of the costs are: • • • • • increase in insurance premiums cost of retraining or training a new worker accidents and injuries may damage the reputation of an employer staff turnover may increase staff who are stressed may be absent more often By filling out this hazard checklist. The teachers will rely on your knowledge of your workplace to help them determine whether the work placement is suitable for the student in question. What? The hazard checklist is a list of the types of hazards you’ll find in many workplaces. limb and life – associated with accidents.Ready for Work Employer Workplace Health & Safety Hazard Checklist Why? Teachers setting up work placements for their students have a responsibility to ensure that the workplaces have safe work practices and to provide students with suitable health and safety orientation and training. Accidents and injuries cost employers a lot of money. How? The teacher will give you a copy of the hazard checklist.

gas cylinders? Will the student be working in proximity to pressure pipes or steam boilers? Y/N How is the student protected?* √ Human Factors Harassment Violence Smoking. Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 4 . safe work procedures. such as compressed gases. drinking alcohol Working alone Shift work Video display terminals Work stress Is there a policy on harassment? Are there situations where the student could be exposed to violence or become the object of violence? Is there a workplace policy on smoking? Drinking alcohol? Will the student be working alone? Will the student be working shifts? Will the student be working at a video display terminal for long periods of time? Will there be a high level of stress in the student’s work? * Protection includes: training.Ready for Work Employer Workplace Health & Safety Hazard Checklist √ Equipment Hand tools and equipment Portable power tools and equipment Mobile equipment Stationary power machines Electrical Compression Pressure systems Questions Will the student be working with hand tools or equipment? Will the student be working with portable power tools or equipment? Will the student be working with or near mobile equipment? Will the student be operating stationary power machines? Will the student be exposed to any electrical hazards in this workplace? Will the student be working with anything under compression. close supervision. engineering controls.

stairs. Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 5 . corrosive. Attach another sheet of paper if necessary. roadways Entrances and exits Elevated areas Chemical substances Biological substances Radiation Trenches. toxic or reactive chemicals? Will the student have contact with any harmful microorganisms? Will the student be exposed to harmful radiation? Will the student be in proximity to trenches or confined spaces? Will the student have contact with hot materials or surfaces? Will the student spend periods of time working in the sun? Will the student work in very cold or hot conditions? Will the work environment be noisy? Will the student be exposed to excessive dust.Ready for Work √ Environment Lifting General housekeeping Walkways. fumes or gases? Y/N How is the student protected? Other Hazards? How is the student protected? List any other hazards the student might encounter in this work placement and how s/he is protected. confined spaces Hot materials or surfaces Ultraviolet light (sunlight) Temperature Noise Air quality Work Question Will the student be doing excessive lifting of heavy or awkward loads? Will the student have to work in untidy or cluttered work areas? Will the student have to work in passageways that are cluttered or slippery? Will the student encounter entrances or exits (especially fire) that are not clearly marked? Is the student going to be working at elevation? Is there adequate fall protection? Will the student use or be exposed to flammable.

equipment and machinery Hazards in the workplace that may affect the student.) Worker/supervisor rights and responsibilities Y N Safe work procedures and operation of equipment Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Identification of restricted or prohibited areas. equipment. tools.. how they’re controlled and how to deal with them What to do and who to see if the student has a safety concern What to do when there is a fire or other emergency (e.g.Ready for Work Employer Health & Safety Orientation Checklist Are these covered in the student’s orientation? Name of immediate supervisor and OHC member (or health and safety rep. evacuation procedures) Location of fire exits and fire extinguishers Location of the first aid supplies. facilities ▪ ▪ names of staff are responsible for first aid how to record first aid treatment Procedures for reporting accidents and injuries Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Workplace policies and procedures on ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ harassment violence prevention working in isolation smoking Location of other important information Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Occupational Health Committee Minutes Instructions for safe operation of each piece of equipment (if applicable) Important telephone numbers Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 6 .

were any concerns you had about the student’s safety resolved through your discussions with the employer? 4 Health & Safety Orientation Will the employer use the orientation checklist provided? Will the employer use a safety orientation s/he’s already developed? 5 Summary If you are able to answer ‘Y’ to all questions 1-3 above and ‘Y’ to one of the questions in 4. there’s a good probability that this work placement will ensure the student’s health and safety. would you say you’re reasonably sure that this work placement is reasonably safe? Y N ______________________________________ Teacher’s Signature ___________________________ Date Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 7 .Ready for Work Teacher Health & Safety Assessment Summary Sheet 1 Health & Safety Hazard Checklist Was the employer willing to use the Hazard Checklist? Was the employer willing to discuss any potential hazards for the student on work placement? 2 Main Hazards Which hazards were identified? • • • • • Were you satisfied that the employer would deal with the hazards in a way that would help to protect the student? 3 Observation of the Workplace Based on your observations of the workplace. From a health and safety point of view.

What is an example of a housekeeping checklist? Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Department of Employment. What is an example of an office inspection checklist? Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Employment and Labour. WorkSafe online. Occupational Health and Safety Division. Training and Industrial Relations. Workplace Inspection Checklist. What should be included on the checklist? Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.Ready for Work Sources General Lab Inspection Checklist. Health and Safety Orientations. Orientation Record. Queensland Government. Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia. Ministry of Advanced Education. WCB of British Columbia. A Guide for New Workers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Safety Checklist for Work Experience Teachers. Work Placement Health & Safety Assessment 8 .

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