Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Roles and Responsibilities

1. All Staff

  • Ensure your own safety.
  • All staff must keep a copy of the "Workplace Emergency Preparedness Plan" (the plan) where it can be reached easily during a telephone call.
  • The plan must be reviewed by all new employees with their supervisor during their Employee Safety Orientation.
  • All employees will receive the plan and updates.
  • Staff must familiarize themselves with Exit Routes and Evacuation Procedures.
  • Staff must ensure that their visitors are aware of evacuation routes.
  • Report to your supervisor any hazards (e.g. fire) that may result in an emergency or impede in an evacuation or emergency response (e.g. blocked exits).
  • IMMEDIATELY OBEY ANY EVACUATION ORDER. The problem may not be on YG premises, but the order must be obeyed. Follow the specific evacuation instructions given at the time.
  • Inform your co-workers if you need help in the event of an evacuation.
  • Notify the Floor Warden of any staff member who is not accounted for during an evacuation.

2. Deputy Minister/President

  • Approve appropriate resources to ensure effective development, implementation and review of the plan.
  • Ensure investigation and reports are produced for all emergency situations.
  • Review all reports detailing emergency situations.

3. Senior Management

  • Ensure training is developed and delivered to the building warden, floor wardens, management and staff.
  • Recommend and implement necessary changes to the plan ensuring that it remains current and that all employees have a copy of both the full plan and Emergency Preparedness Summary.
  • Ensure that a Floor Warden and alternates are assigned to each floor at all times.
  • Ensure that the Floor Wardens and the Building Warden are equipped with all fully operational emergency equipment at all times, including flashlights and vests.

4. Supervisors

  • Ensure that all your staff have a copy of  the Emergency Evacuation Procedures  where it can be reached easily during a telephone call and that evacuation routes are posted in every office of staff reporting to you.
  • Review the plan with all new employees during their Employee Safety Orientation on the first day of employment.
  • Take appropriate corrective action to any hazards (e.g. fire) reported by staff that may result in an emergency or impede in an evacuation or emergency response.

5. Building Warden and Alternate

  • Be familiar with the building and the staff.
  • Ensure that the Emergency Evacuation Procedures  is posted near all Fire Exits.
  • Plan and participate in evacuation procedures and practice drills a minimum of once every year.  
  • Call 9-911 (or appropriate numbers for Police, Fire, Ambulance, etc) when the fire alarm is activated. Report the nature of the incident (fire or smoke), the name and location of the building, the location of anyone requiring assistance, and other pertinent information such as the stage of evacuation and intensity of fire.
  • Remain outside near the Main Entrance during an evacuation.
  • Maintain a checklist of staff names to confirm who has left the building during the evacuation and report to the Fire Department the names and likely location of unaccounted for staff.
  • Transfer responsibility to the Alternate Building Warden whenever out of the building.

6. Floor Wardens and Alternates

  • Two Floor Wardens for each floor and the Building Warden shall be available to respond to an emergency during normal working hours.
  • Evacuate people from the assigned floor by checking all areas of each floor including offices, washrooms, storage rooms and file rooms.
  • Ensure if possible, that all doors, including exit doors on a floor, are closed but not locked during an evacuation.
  • Ensure the safety of persons requiring assistance on the floor.
  • Report the status of floor evacuation to the building warden.
  • Assemble evacuated staff in the designated assembly area and remind staff to remain there until otherwise instructed.
  • Do a roll call of evacuated staff and provide that information to the building warden.
  • Transfer responsibility to an alternate Floor Warden whenever out of the building.
  • Debrief after an evacuation drill or emergency evacuation and provide a report to the Senior Management  Committee and the Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative.

7. First Aid Attendant

  • Develop and maintain a rotating on-call schedule to ensure that there is a First Aid Attendant in the building at all times.
  • Ensure that the on-call First Aid Attendant can be contacted by all staff in the workplace at all times. A process that is functionally suited to your unique workplace should be established.  Arrange for coverage if the on-call First Aid Attendant must leave the building
  • When called, retrieve the First Aid Kit, which should be kept at or near his/her desk and go to the scene as quickly as possible.
  • Assess and control any hazards.
  • Administer first aid and call for emergency medical services, as required.
  • Report relevant information to the Ambulance Attendant, as required.
  • Log the incident in the First Aid book and complete any other required reporting (e.g., Workers' Report of Injury in the case of a workplace injury or contact Yukon OHS Safety Officer - 867-667-5450).
  • Meet with other First Aid Attendants after any emergency to debrief.
  • Meet every 6 months with other First Aid Attendants to review the call schedule, procedures, practices, training or any other relevant issues related to first aid.
  • Check and replenish first aid kit on a monthly basis and after any use.
  • Maintain log of dates and times first aid supplies checked and replenished.
  • Maintain and post an up-to-date list of First Aid Attendants.
  • Report incidents to Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative.