Legislation

The University of New Brunswick is required to comply with all regulations pursuant to both Federal and Provincial Government health and safety legislation. The University must provide an example to the students, as well as the visiting public, for maintaining the highest degree of safety for all, and for demonstrating a high level of responsibility to the environment.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to taking every reasonable precaution to ensure the provision of a safe and healthy work environment, and requires all faculty, staff, and students to comply with the laws and statutes that have been enacted by the federal and provincial governments, and with the policies and guidelines that have been established by the University in cooperation with the University Joint Health & Safety Committees.

Responsibility for safety at the University exists at three different levels - individual, supervisory or instructional, and organizational or institutional. The division of responsibility must be clearly assigned and accepted; steps should be taken to ensure responsibilities are exercised; and the assignments reassessed if unexpected problems arise.

Deans of faculties, heads or chairs of departments and directors or managers of administrative departments are responsible for the environmental health and safety of their respective faculties or departments and their members, including students.

The individual (student or employee) has a responsibility to learn the health and safety hazards of the materials or equipment he or she may be using or producing; the hazards which may occur from the equipment or techniques employed; and for following appropriate safety measures. The person acting in a supervisory capacity has responsibility for ensuring that those supervised observe normal safety precautions and, as well, has a responsibility for preventing accidental injuries from occurring. Any accident which occurs must be reported, recording the apparent causes and measures which may be required to prevent occurrence of similar accidents.

The University has a fundamental responsibility to provide the facilities, equipment and maintenance to ensure a safe working environment, and an organized program to make the improvements necessary for such an environment.

The EHS Manager will act as a resource person, in an advisory capacity, assisting in the development of policies and procedures, in the handling of environmental health and safety matters, and in safety education and training.

To assist in the implementation of this general policy, and to comply with provincial legislation, the University has constituted Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees on each campus. Health and safety matters which cannot be resolved at departmental or Faculty levels may be referred to those committees.

All faculty, staff and students are expected to take individual responsibility for safe working practices and procedures so as to safeguard their own health and well-being, as well as that of their colleagues, and visitors to the campus.