Every year, Insurance & Risk Assessment works together with Facilities & Operations, Environment, Health & Safety, and the University of Alberta’s insurer complete an inspection of randomly-selected campus spaces to identify physical hazards that could result in injury to people or loss of property, including potential loss of valued research. This process is called Loss Control and it assists the University in identifying and assessing exposures that could adversely impact the safety of our students, staff, and visitors.
The 2019 Loss Control inspections will take place from April 29-May 3. If we visit your work space you can expect us to identify ourselves, wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and leave a message to tell you we were there. We will be looking for the items listed below, as well as other potential safety hazards. We also want to recognize outstanding examples of safe work spaces this year.
What do you need to do?
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the hazards listed below and to look around your work space for those or other safety concerns. Take steps to remedy them and you could be be recognized on our list of our gold-star spaces!
More importantly, remember that hazard assessments of your space should occur each day. Make sure that everyone takes the time to follow safe work practices that will prevent or reduce injury and harm to people, infrastructure, and research activities. We recommend that you use Environment, Health & Safety tools to assess hazards and receive important online safety training (available to staff and students for free).
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the inspections process.
Below are the top 5 avoidable housekeeping hazards identified at the University of Alberta in 2018. Keep your work space safe by identifying and addressing these common hazards - click the links to learn more about each.
- Use of extension cords/power bars for permanent equipment - plug these items directly into a wall outlet
- Unrestrained gas cylinders - safety regulations require them to be stored and restrained in an upright position
- Wedged-open fire doors - make your space a wedge-free zone
- Obstructed emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and electrical panels - keep them accessible in case of emergency
- Obstructed emergency showers or eye wash stations - these are life-saving devices, not storage areas