Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Legislative History:

Approved by UEC: 1996/09/16; Approved by the Board of Governors: 1991/05/13; Re-Approved by the Board of Governors: 1992/10/26; 1993/10/18, 1995/04/10; 1996/10/07; 1997/03/03; 1998/01/26; Approved and Revised by Board Audit Committee: 1998/12/08; Approved by the Board of Governors: 1998/12/14, Re-Approved by the Board of Governors: 1999/12/06, 2001/06/25, 2002/04/29; 2003/04/28; 2004/04/26; 2005/05/02; 2006/05/01; 2007/04/30; 2008/06/23; 2009/06/23; 2010/06/21; 2011/06/20; 2012/06/25; 2013/06/24; Revised and approved by the Board Governance and Human Resources Committee: 2014/05/26; Re-approved by the Board of Governors: 2014/06/23; 2015/06/22; Revised and approved by the Board Governance and Human Resources Committee: 2016/05/02; Re-approved by the Board of Governors: 2016/05/03.

Date Effective: 1991/05/13; This policy must be approved annually by the Board of Governors.

Approval Authority: Board of Governors

Signature: Mamdouh Shoukri


York University is committed to the prevention of illness and injury through the provision and maintenance of healthy and safe conditions on its premises and fostering a culture of safety; including psychological safety. The University endeavours to provide a hazard free environment and minimize risks by adherence to all relevant legislation, and where appropriate, through development and implementation of additional internal standards, programmes and procedures.

York University requires that health and safety be a primary objective in every area of operation and that all persons utilizing University premises comply with procedures, regulations and standards relating to health and safety.

Occupational Health and Safety

Persons who are supervisors as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act shall ensure that persons under their direction are made aware of and comply with all applicable requirements and procedures adherent to this policy. To ensure continual improvement in health and safety, supervisors shall establish objectives, develop and implement safe work procedures and practices and investigate all hazards of which they become aware and shall take appropriate corrective action.

The University shall acquaint its employees with such components of legislation, regulations, standards, practices and procedures as they pertain to the elimination, control and management of hazards in their work and work environment. Employees shall work safely and comply with the requirements of legislation, internal regulations, standards and programmes and shall report hazards to someone in authority, in the interests of health and safety of all members of the community.


Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner which is consistent with their health and safety and that of others. Failure to do so may be considered a breach of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Tenants and Contractors

The University will make its commercial tenants and contractors aware of its Occupational Health and Safety Policy and of the requirement that all persons working on its premises conduct their business in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, and any other applicable legislation.

This Health and Safety Policy is promulgated by the Board of Governors and the administration thereof is delegated to the Vice-President Finance & Administration.

Failure to abide by this policy or the requirements, regulations, standards or procedures contemplated herein will result in appropriate discipline or sanctions.

York University Occupational Health & Safety Management System