As a key employer within the education sector, school boards are safety leaders. They have strong policies and procedures in place to address occupational health and safety concerns, which includes training for their employees and for students in co-op placements. Also, most school boards have Health & Safety Professionals who connect regularly with their counterparts across the province to ensure consistency in best practices.
OPSBA has participated in numerous discussions about health and safety and provided many submissions for various legislation and regulations.
On Jan. 17, 2013, the Ministry of Labour posted results of their recent school and school board inspections that took place between September 2011 and June 30, 2012. The inspections were focused on secondary schools and elementary schools (grades 7 and 8) that had technological facilities and science labs.
On Jan. 30, 2013, the Deputy Minister issued a memo to all school boards detailing the allocation of one-time funding in the amount of approximately $20 million for the 2012-13 school year to be used for the purpose of student injury prevention initiatives. There are two funding sources:
Safety Inspection Results Q&As