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Memorial University strives to develop a health and safety culture with special emphasis on the prevention of injuries and illnesses. Health and safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone is personally and directly responsible for health and safety as an intrinsic part of their job. EHS provides oversight and guidance on health and safety compliance.


North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is a continent wide event spanning three countries Canada, USA and Mexico; that highlight to the public, government, and industry the importance of increasing understanding, raising awareness and reducing injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. This year’s theme is “Make Safety a Habit.”

The goal of North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety and health on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

NAOSH week activity book 2017

Activity: Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) committee recognition
Date: May 10, 2017 2 - 4pm
Location: UC Landing (UC 3018)

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) committee recognition
WHS committees provide a forum for communication between the employer and the worker to address health and safety concerns in the workplace. They play an important role in developing the health and safety culture in the workplace and its members act as safety champions on behalf of the University.

Since 2014 the Office of the Chief Risk Officer (OCRO) has conducted annual compliance audits to evaluate WHS committee activity and functionality. The average committee audit score has increased consistently from 60% in 2014 to 86% in 2016, with four committees achieving 100% in 2016. On May 10, these four committees plus the co-chairs of the other WHS committees will be recognized for their efforts during a reception.

Activity: Respiratory Protection Awareness sessions
Date: May 8 - 10, 2017 varying times
Location: IIC 2001

Respiratory Protection Awareness sessions
EHS is offering training and awareness sessions on how to use, store and care for N95 respirators. These are commonly referred to as “dust masks” and are seen throughout campus. Register to attend our session to get a better understanding of how to protect yourself while using respirators.

Date            Time                 Location
May 8th      9:15 - 10:30     IIC 2001
May 9th      8:00 - 9:15       IIC 2001
May 9th    10:15-11:30       IIC 2001
May 10th    8:00 - 9:15       IIC 2001
May 10th  10:15-11:30       IIC 2001

Activity: Scavenger Hunt
Date: May 10, 2017

If you like scavenger hunts, you’re in luck! Memorial’s Grenfell campus is celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health Week with a scavenger hunt on May 10. For more information or to register contact Rayna Luther at rluther@grenfell.mun.ca.

 Automated external defibrillator program

Memorial University has a new automated external defibrillator (AED) installed in every building on campus.


Memorial University Drinking Water Quality Guide

Memorial University is committed to ensuring that every person on campus has access to safe drinking water. In 2016, the University initiated a sampling and testing program to test drinking water quality.
University Health and Safety committee (UHSC) established a Drinking Water sub-committee to systematically assess the key parameters of drinking water quality in all buildings at Memorial and ensure that the intake of drinking water falls within the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, published by Health Canada.
Memorial Drinking Water sub-committee developed a Terms of Reference and Drinking Water Quality guide that have been approved by the UHSC.





Environmental Health & Safety

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Tel: (709) 864-2530

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