The University of Manitoba has been honoured with a national award for its high standard of safety and health programs. The University’s physical plant obtained the Certification of Recognition (COR) from the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM).
“We have been working on this for about four years,” notes Rudy Mejía, assistant director, physical plant. “We are very proud of our accomplishment, since safety and health are fundamental values of the University of Manitoba.”
To achieve the high standard and certification, Mejia and his team developed and implemented a comprehensive safety program. This included the creation of a safety manual with 14 chapters covering: safe work practices (developing about 30); safe job procedures (developing of about 240); hazard assessments; safety rules; personal protective equipment; preventive maintenance; training and communication (developing about 300 workshops); inspections (buildings, grounds and shops); investigations and reporting of accident and incidents; emergency preparedness; statistics and records and legislation, and a Manitoba supplement.
Sean Scott, executive director, CSAM, says: “Not only did the team implement COR™ requirements; mandatory safety training and hazard identification, communication and control obligations for contractors, they decided to exceed legislated general duties and set their aim on achieving COR™ certification themselves—a clear example of ‘walking the talk.’”
The University of Manitoba is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to achieve this nationally recognized safety program accreditation.