Occupational Health & Safety

The WDGPH Board of Health is committed to protecting and maintaining the health and safety of Board of Health staff. An urgent situation or the alteration of normal business due to an incident or emergency does not alter or supersede the agency’s health and safety plans and policies or the provisions of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

In a situation where the agency’s Emergency Response Plan has been implemented, the appointed Safety Officer (in addition to the Incident Manager, Emergency Preparedness Health and Safety Officer, Section Coordinators and Group Leaders) ensures that safe work practices are maintained and has the authority to stop any work deemed unsafe. Likewise, staff working in an emergency still have a responsibility to report any unsafe working conditions to their supervisors and the Safety Officer.