(revised may 2016)

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:

DO:

 Prevention is key, so try to remember some of the following when a dog(s) is encountered:

a)    Remain calm

b)    Stay in your vehicle until the owner has control of the dog

c)    If no vehicle and a dog approaches, remain motionless and avoid eye contact

d)    Let the dog sniff you before attempting contact, should you wish to pet the dog

e)    Leave the area if the owner does not arrive, or there is no apparent owner of the dog

f)     Contact the worksite owner and arrange to return when the animal is under control.

g)    Report to your supervisor, if a dog is used to threaten your safety, and disengage immediately

h)   If a request made to an owner to get their dog under control is refused, inform your supervisor immediately.

 

DO NOT:

a)    Do not approach a strange dog

b)    It is not recommended to pet an unfamiliar dog

c)    Do not get out of your vehicle if there is a strange dog close by

d)    Do not run past a dog, as their natural instinct is to chase

e)    Do not scream if threatened by a dog, avoid eye contact and remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly


General:

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.