Occupational health & safety mission
The Occupational Health and Safety Group, a division of the BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management department, strives to continually advance the safety culture of BCIT by providing guidance, training and technical consultation to the institutional community to ensure a healthy and safe environment for staff and students.
We aim to be a leader in best practices for health, safety and environment; offering important resources and fostering an attitude of awareness for health, safety and environment throughout the entire BCIT community.
BCIT safety culture
The safety culture reflects the value, attitude and priority placed on the safety by everyone at every level within our institute. IT refers to the extent to which members of our community commit to a personal responsibility for safety, act to preserve safety, communicate safety concerns and adapt from lessons learned.
Organizations with positive safety cultures are characterized by having effective engagement and communication from its membership, founded on trust, a shared perception on the importance of safety and confidence in the efficacy of preventive measures.
The foundation of our Safety culture is structured with our BCIT OHS Policy [PDF] and OHS Matrix of Responsibility [PDF], developed to provide all members of the BCIT community with an understanding of their related responsibilities and needed compliance to all regulatory requirements and BCIT safety policies/procedures.
The Occupational Health and Safety Group provides a broad range of occupational safety and environmental protection services to all members of the institute community including:
- Health & Safety consultations and inquiries
- Safety program development
- Indoor air quality assessments
- Safe work procedure development
- Ergonomic consultations
- Hazardous material safety/WHMIS
- Liaison with regulatory agencies
- First aid services
- Workplace inspections & evaluations
- Fire safety/warden program
- Accident & incident investigations
- Safety training
Occupational health & safety vision
The Health and Safety group will create and implement a Health and Safety Management System that not only complies with relevant legislation but reflects best practices. As a resource to the BCIT community, the Health and Safety group will work with all stakeholders to provide a safe, healthy, and rewarding environment for our students and employees.
The BCIT Health and Safety Program is structured into the following programs:
Please ensure that you have read and understood the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Policy [PDF], the BCIT Matrix of Responsibility [PDF], and summary of Student and Employee Rights as they pertain to work at BCIT. Also, please become familiar with the elements of the BCIT Health and Safety Program that are listed above.
The BCIT Occupational Health and Safety group strives to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees, students, contractors, and visitors by acting as a resource and providing assistance to all departments on safety-related topics. The following safety procedures have been developed to direct a practical and effective safety program at BCIT.
Every person, visiting or working at BCIT, is expected to maintain high standards of safety and follow all Occupational Health and Safety regulations, BCIT policies and procedures, and legislative standards as they apply to the Institute.
The BCIT Health and Safety group is responsible for the development and maintenance of the BCIT Health and Safety Program in accordance with the British Columbia Workers Compensation Act and associated regulations.