Welcome to the Department of Health & Safety. Our goal is to provide you with information about our services and to help you avail of these services.
The Department of Health and Safety reports to Mr. Kent Decker, Vice-President, Administration and Finance.
My goals include a cross country environmental scan to review other universities health and safety programming including committee structures and the development of a perception survey for faculty, staff and students.
While Memorial has many of the health and safety core elements at work, there needs to be a comprehensive and cohesive plan to further ensure the safety of all students, employees and visitors to campus. Once the scan is completed, a recommendations report is expected outlining potential structures for both the program and the committee structure.
Universities are unique from a health and safety point of view. Developing a program is easy. It’s getting people to follow it and & buy-in that is the challenge. This culture-shift will be key to success in the performance and implementation of health and safety practices at Memorial.
With all the on-going work of the various health and safety committees, Facilities Management, SafetyNet, Human Resources, Faculty Relations, Research, senior leadership and others, Memorial intends to become the model for best practices in the province.
To manage the risk, you have to understand it. This is all about strategy, communication, training, team-building, prevention and performance measure. We're all in this together. I look forward to managing this change and helping to build a cohesive culture of health and safety.
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