An out of order defibrillator on the 8th floor
of AU's Peace Hills Trust location. So if you are
having a heart attack, please proceed to the (locked)
11th or 12th floors. (photo supplied)
The university was subjected to a complaint-driven inspection in late November and compliance orders were placed on various campuses.
AU was ordered to remedy the following violations of the OHS Act:
- AU could not demonstrate that the membership and contact info of the joint occupational health and safety committees were posted at the Athabasca campus (s.23(1) of the Act).
- AU could not demonstrate workers were aware of their rights under the OHS Act, Code and regulations (s.3(1) of the Act).
- AU could not demonstrate a new worker orientation or other safety training was provided (s.3(2) of the Act).
It was also ordered to produce hazard assessments, violence harassment plans, work refusal procedures, and contractor procedures. The one hazard assessment I saw last fall was 14 years old and did not appear to apply the hierarchy of controls to the hazards it identified.
There were other orders issued that I have not yet seen a copy of. In the last weeks of December, AU was scrambling to populate the joint workplace committees it should have formed back in June.
Overall, failing to meet rudimentary OHS requirements raises some pretty profound questions about the institution’s commitment to worker safety and the competence of its Human Resources office (which is responsible for this).
-- Bob Barnetson