Healthy Workplace 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; Name change and revisions approved by the Board Governance and Human Resources Committee: 2017/05/01 and re-approved by the Board of Governors: 2017/05/02; Re-approved by the Board of Governors: 2018/05/01; Re-approved by the Board of Governors 2019/04/30

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 values the health, safety and well-being of all community members (students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors).  It is committed to creating a healthy workplace through the integration of safe physical and psychological space and an organizational culture that promotes prevention, support and well-being.  The University recognizes the interdependence between a healthy workplace and employee engagement and further, between employee and student engagement/academic excellence.

The University endeavours to provide a hazard free environment and minimize risks by adherence to all relevant legislation, and through the development and implementation of additional internal standards, programs and procedures.

To this end, 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.

The University also recognizes the importance of engaging individuals in health and safety through:

  • The provision of fulsome education and training to increase knowledge and awareness
  • The work of the Joint Health and Safety Committees
  • The enactment of the internal responsibility system such that everyone, regardless of role, plays an important part in creating and maintaining a healthy workplace


Healthy workplace: Is one that actively works to: (1) prevent harm to worker physical and psychological health and safety and (2) promote physical and psychological well-being.

Shared Responsibility

York University recognizes the roles that all members play in promoting, creating and maintaining a healthy workplace.

All community members will:

  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a healthy workplace
  • Follow established health and safety procedures
  • Report health and safety concerns and any incidents to their supervisor
  • Participate in health and safety training

Senior Leadership will:

  •  Support the effective administration of healthy workplace programs and initiatives
  • Provide leadership by creating, supporting and sustaining a healthy workplace
  • Integrate healthy workplace culture into daily activities

 Supervisors (as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act) will:

  • Support and implement healthy workplace policies and practices for employees in their areas
  • Provide employees with procedures, equipment and materials that protect employees from workplace hazards, as well as the instruction, training and supervision required to work safely
  • Investigate all incidents reported to them and respond to all health and safety concerns brought forward
  • Implement corrective actions in response to identified hazards

Human Resources Department will:

  • Develop and administer healthy workplace policies and programs
  • Provide advice, guidance and subject matter expertise to the University on creating and maintaining a healthy workplace
  • Act as the chief resource relating to occupational health and safety regulatory matters

 Students will:

  • Conduct 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

Commercial Tenants and Contractors will:

  • Conduct their business in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, and any other applicable legislation. The University will make its commercial tenants and contractors aware of its Healthy Workplace Policy, and of this requirement
  • Follow York University guidelines and procedures as prescribed in the contract/agreement

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

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