Safety Procedures

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.

Contractor safety

All contractors who perform work at BCIT are required to follow the BCIT Contractor Safety Program. The program outlines responsibilities and procedures that need to be followed to ensure the health and safety of contractors and their employees, in addition to BCIT employees, student and visitors.

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Safety investigations

Safety investigations are conducted in order to prevent workplace injuries and to protect BCIT assets. The investigation procedure is designed to identify any corrective measures that should be implemented in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Please use the Incident Reporting Form to report an accident, event, or near miss to your supervisor, first aid, or a member of your department's Occupational Health & Safety Committee.

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Asbestos management

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that has been commonly used in construction materials and other products because of its high heat resistance, strength and durability. Inhalation of Asbestos fibres may increase the risk of serious chronic health effects including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders.

The BCIT Asbestos Management Program outlines BCIT's approach towards assessment and management of the risks of exposure to asbestos. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of all BCIT employees, students and contractors with respect to ensuring that best practices are being followed in order to minimize exposures to asbestos, both in day-to-day actions, and during remediation activities.

At BCIT it is the responsibility of any person planning to work in a space to determine whether an asbestos hazard exists prior to the disturbance of any construction materials in buildings constructed prior to 1986. This includes referring to the BCIT Asbestos Management and Information Tool, an electronic system that is used to track inventories, surveys and risk assessments, remediation work on projects, and procedures for working with or around asbestos containing materials at BCIT.

If, at any time during work on BCIT property, a worker suspects that asbestos poses an exposure hazard work must be ceased immediately. Work must not recommence until a risk assessment has been performed and risks of exposure to asbestos have been mitigated.

For more information regarding Asbestos at BCIT please contact the BCIT Asbestos Exposure Control Plan Administrrator Chris Lynch (BCIT's Health and Safety Manager) at 604 456-8011 or email Chris_Lynch@bcit.ca .

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Training and orientation

BCIT is committed to conducting all activities in a manner that will ensure the health and safety of all employees, students and visitors. Employees are 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.

It is BCIT policy, and a legal requirement, that employees are adequately trained and oriented to their work environment and work tasks to ensure that the work is being performed safely, in a safe environment. This procedure discusses the training and orientation that students and new and existing employees are expected to participate in. It also outlines the structure of responsibility as it pertains to health and safety training and orientation at BCIT.

Employees and students are encouraged to access the following handbooks for general information regarding key Health and Safety programs and procedures. These handbooks are designed to provide resources for employees and students on matters related to Health and Safety.

Supervisors/ Instructional Staff should use the following forms to complete training and orientation requirements, as appropriate.

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Fire safety procedures

The BCIT Fire Safety Procedures outline the general requirements for Fire Prevention, Fire Warden Training, Fire Drills and the procedures to follow in case of a Fire Event or False Alarm. Also included in this document are the requirements for maintenance, inspection and testing of Life Safety Equipment, the locations of all Designated Assembly Areas and the 3 year schedule of Fire Drills at all BCIT Campuses.

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Safety committees

At BCIT there is an impressive array of Joint, Advisory and Special Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Committees. These committees meet regularly to allow all stakeholders to discuss OHS issues and to make recommendations to the institute in an effort to improve OHS at BCIT. Each committee has two co-chairpersons, one management and one employee, in addition to representation from each of the bargaining units.

Please visit BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management ShareSpace for a list of all of the OHS Committees at BCIT as well as their Terms of Reference, Agendas and Meeting Minutes.

BCIT offers a comprehensive array of health and safety training courses to OHS Committee members. Please sign up to an open session in the BCIT Professional Development Registration System and courses will be scheduled as needed.

Courses that are currently being offered include:

If you would like to become a member of an OHS Committee at BCIT please contact the BCIT Safety Coordinator at 604 456-8011 (local 8011).

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Confined space

The BCIT Confined Space program ensures the safety of worker's performing confined space entries at BCIT. The information in this document must be adhered to whenever entry into a confined space is required in order to protect the safety of the worker and to ensure compliance with legislative requirements. BCIT employees and contractors working on BCIT property have the responsibility to observe all of the requirements outlined in this document.

The following form must be submitted to the BIT Confined Space Program Administrator three days prior to any entry into a moderate or high hazard confined space. After reviewing the proposed entry the Confined Space Program Administrator will provide a Confined Space Entry Permit to the supervisor of the confined space entry worker.

Please submit this form by email to BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

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Golf cart safety

BCIT has developed a Golf Cart Safety Program to ensure training, safe operation and maintenance of golf carts on BCIT property.