April 2019

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April 28 is the Day of Mourning

Each year we remember the workers who were killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. According to the Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta, 162 workers passed away in 2018 due to work-related injury or illness.

To commemorate the Day of Mourning, the university flags will be lowered to half-mast from April 26 to 29, 2019.

Campus Safety and Security Survey: Round 2

Have you completed the 2019 version of the Campus Safety and Security Survey? It will only take a few minutes and will help the Campuses and Facilities Safety and Security Working Group prioritize its work in the months ahead.

April showers...

...bring water damage. Find out how to prevent and respond to seasonal flooding and other water-related problems.

U of A Protective Services (UAPS):
Trends & Tips

New mapping tool
Wondering about crime trends on campus? Visit the UAPS public incident map to learn what's happening on each of the North, South, and St. Jean campuses.

Mental health is everyone's concern!
As we near the end of winter semester and head into exam season, remember to stay connected with your colleagues, staff, and students. For mental health resources, visit the U of A Health and Wellness Support webpage.

Clean Air Committee Work Underway

Last autumn the university's general faculties council approved a motion to direct university administration to develop a "clean air strategy" to reduce unwanted exposure to second hand smoke and vapour on university campuses. Provost Steven Dew asked the Dean of Students and Risk Management Services to pull together a working group for this purpose.
Although they are months away from completing their work, it is highly likely their recommendations will include new restrictions on smoking and vaping on university campuses. They will be sharing their early thoughts in May.
Write to the chairs any time: friese@ualberta.ca, aleitch@ualberta.ca

Loss Control Inspections: April 29 to May 3

Every year, Insurance & Risk Assessment and the U of A’s insurer conduct "loss control" inspections of randomly-selected campus spaces to identify physical hazards that could result in injury or property loss, including potential loss of valuable research. 

This year, inspections will take place April 29 to 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'll be looking for hazards such as obstructed emergency exits and the use of extension cords for permanent equipment.

We also want to recognize outstanding examples of safe work spaces. Review this list of hidden hazards and then look around your work space for those or other safety concerns. Take steps to remedy them and you could be on our list of our gold-star spaces!  

Wedge-free zone

One of the most common hazards identified during 2018 inspections was wedged-open fire doors. Openings in fire separations allow fire to spread more quickly through a building, increasing the risk of injury and property damage. If you see a fire door wedged open, please close it and take steps to inform all space users that it must stay closed. Make your space a wedge-free zone!

New eLearning Course:
Working Safely at the U of A

Are you a U of A staff member, faculty, or graduate student? Take the new course -- Working Safely at the U of A -- to learn what your legislated rights and responsibilities are as a worker. 

Take the course!

Policy & Procedure: What's New?

Endowment Management Policy and Procedure (NEW)

The purpose of the Endowment Management Policy and Procedure is to formalize accountability and current endowment management practices and to facilitate access to information that previously existed in various sources. Contact Giovana Bianchi with any questions: giovana.bianchi@ualberta.ca.

Updates to Existing Policy & Procedures

Events & Reminders

Safety and Health Week: May 6-11

This Safety and Health Week we're celebrating people working safely and strategies for injury prevention. Enter the Scenes of Safety photo contest, play Huck a Hazard, and stop by our safety pop-ups. Visit the event webpage to learn more.

EHS Committee Mini Conference: Save the date!

The 2019 EHS Committee Mini Conference is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 24. More to come.

Planning a work or study trip this spring?

Before you travel for work or study purposes plan ahead -- visit the Off-Campus Activity & Travel page to learn what to do to stay safe.

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