Occupational Health and Safety
An occupational health and safety committee is an advisory group made up of representatives from management and workers. The committee provides a forum for communication between the employer and the worker to address health and safety concerns in the workplace. In an effort to reduce workplace accidents and injuries, committees identify and evaluate concerns, make recommendations for corrective action and promote health and safety in the workplace. Committees are a legislated requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
OHS committees play a major role in developing a positive safety culture in the workplace. They act as safety champions on behalf of the University when they identify potential hazards, evaluate hazards, recommend corrective actions, and follow-up on implemented recommendations. Currently there are 26 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Committees within Memorial University, covering all buildings on campus.