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.


Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.

Guidelines:

Bear Awareness training is required for field workers or other staff whose job requires them to be in remote wilderness settings.

Training includes specific information on bear behavior, avoidance tactics and in the safe use of bear spray, in addition to the following:

  • Assessing the probability of bear encounters in an area
  • Apply methods that prevent or mitigate bear encounters, which includes: making noise, noting wind direction for scents, etc.
  • Know how to react when you encounter a bear by following the information provided in the training video “Staying Safe in Bear Country”

For more information please refer to the Department of Environment web-site on bear safety http://www.environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca/camping/bearsafety.php .

When working in the field be sure to:

a)    Carry bear spray

b)    Do not use bear spray against domestic animals, captive wild animals, birds or people

c)    Have the appropriate training to both use and carry bear spray

d)    Should you encounter a bear and used your bear spray for protection, report the incident immediately to your supervisor

e)    Either yourself or your supervisor should contact the Conservation Officer Services as soon as possible

f)     Be sure to replace and/or dispose of any partial, empty or expired bear spray prior to returning to the field

Please note that an employee who inadvertently exposes themselves to bear spray may be incapacitated up to an hour and may require medical aid if the effects do not go away.

 

General Animal Attacks:

Animal attacks, while rare, can be serious and life threatening.  All domestic and wild animals should be treated with caution and not be approached, if possible. Threats of animal attack or actual attacks must be reported to appropriate authorities as soon as possible.