A Healthy and Safe Workplace

A safe and healthy workplace is a top priority for the U of A as an employer. There are many services, resources, and programs you have access to in support of your individual health and safety as well as the health and safety of the overall organization. Human Resources, Health, Safety, and Environment, and Disclosure Services provide such programs and resources.

Human Resources, Health, Safety, and Environment (HRHSE)

The university recognizes that an individual’s health consists of a number of different dimensions: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing. To learn more about the resources offered by HRHSE, please visit the Health and Wellbeing section of the HRHSE website. Once there, you can:

  • view Health and Wellbeing News
  • see sections that include 
    • specific resources, programs and supports for the various dimensions of health
    • what to do in the event of injury or illness
    • information about healthy work, psychological safety, sexual and domestic violence
    • information about the U of A’s Healthy University Strategic Plan
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) has expertise in resources for lab safety, hazard management, emergency preparedness, and training. In particular, if you have a role involving the supervision (either formal or informal) of other staff or of students, please take the Supervisory course to learn about your responsibilities and accountabilities in terms of safe workplaces. Please visit the environment and safety section of the HRHSE website for more information.

Disclosure Services

The office includes a few areas that can accept disclosures. The Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights provides confidential disclosure services as well as advising and consulting on any issue relating to human rights, discrimination, harassment and accommodation issues. A disclosure is a concern about wrongdoing or policy breach shared in a confidential, safe and neutral space. 

Helping Individuals at Risk is a centralized resource for members of the campus community to report worrisome behaviours or concerns about individuals at risk of harming themselves or others. Additionally, information is available for those looking to learn more about warning signs that someone may need some assistance. 

Health and wellbeing opportunities

HRHSE offers programs, services and education to support health and wellbeing.

You will find information on topics that impact individual wellbeing such as stress, resilience, childcare and family care, nutrition, fitness and specialized information about chronic health issues. Health and wellbeing learning opportunities include online and face to face programming that vary in length from Lunch and Learns, which are bite-sized introductions to important health and wellbeing topics, to longer workshops allowing you to deepen your understanding. Topics could include mental health in the workplace, respect at work, change, resilience and many more. Please visit the Health and Wellbeing section of the Learning and Development web page to learn more.

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides confidential psychological counseling and support services to all faculty and staff on campus. This service is designed to support individuals dealing with personal, family or work-related issues. The EFAP provides a variety of services to complement counseling, which support individual physical and mental health and wellbeing. Please visit the EFAP web page to learn more and to find out how to access these important resources.