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.

Structure, Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to assist departments and crown corporations in defining the "Structure, Responsibilities and Accountabilities" element of their health and safety management system (HSMS).

Deputy Ministers

Deputy Ministers have the following responsibilities under G.A.M. Policy 3.48, Corporate Health and Safety, Section 2.5:

  • Providing leadership and a visible commitment to a safe and healthy workplace for all employees in their department;
  • Identifying the financial and human resources necessary to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees in their department;
  • Ensuring the development and implementation of an effective Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) in their department; and
  • Setting health and safety performance measures for their department.

Deputy Ministers are also responsible for ensuring that the "employer's duties" outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act Section 3, are carried out within their department:

  • The machinery, equipment, workplace and processes under the department's control are safe and without risk to the health of employees;
  • Work procedures are adopted and used that prevent or reduce the risk of occupational injury and illness to employees;
  • Employees are provided with the necessary orientation, training, and supervision to fulfill their duties safely in the workplace;
  • Employees are aware of any hazards in the workplace;
  • Employees cooperate and assist health and safety personnel and committee members/safety representatives with the performance of their duties;
  • Employees are aware of their rights, responsibilities and duties under the OHSA and the department's HSMS; and
  • Supervisors make reasonable efforts to check on the well-being of employees who are employed in conditions that present a significant hazard of disabling injury, or when the employee might not be able to secure assistance in the event of a injury or other misfortune.

Supervisors

Supervisors have the following responsibilities under G.A.M. Policy 3.48, Corporate Health and Safety, Section 2.6:

  • Understanding their responsibilities and duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the department's HSMS;
  • Informing employees of their rights, responsibilities and duties under the OHSA and the department's HSMS, including their right to refuse unsafe work; and
  • Ensuring that workplace incidents and injuries are reported and investigated promptly, and that corrective action is taken.

Supervisors are also responsible under Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 7, for ensuring that employees under their direction and control:

  • Are properly instructed, and their work is performed without undue risk.
  • Use or wear the equipment, protective devices, or clothing required under the OHSA or by the nature of the work.
  • Are advised of the existence of any potential or actual danger to their health or safety of which the supervisor is aware.
  • Are provided with written instructions as to the measures and procedures to be taken for the protection of the employee.

Employees

Employee's have the following responsibilities under G.A.M. Policy 3.48, Corporate Health and Safety, Section 2.7:

  • Knowing and acting upon their duties and rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and their department's HSMS; and
  • Following their supervisor's and department's instructions on health and safety.

Employees are also responsible to meet the "employee's duties" under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 9:

  • Taking all necessary precautions to ensure their own health and safety and that of any other person in the workplace;
  • Using the safety devices and wearing the safety clothing or equipment provided by the employer or required under the OHSA to be used or worn;
  • Complying with health and safety procedures and with instructions given for their own or any other person's health and safety by a person having authority over them;
  • Reporting immediately to their immediate supervisor any situation which they have reason to believe would present a hazard and which they cannot correct; and
  • Reporting any incident or injury that arises in the course of or in connection with their work.

Accountabilities

All Yukon Government employees will ensure compliance with their departmental or crown corporation HSMS. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, where circumstances warrant.