Health and Safety

At the Town of Oakville, our employees are our most important resource.

The town takes every reasonable precaution to protect employees and to provide them with a healthy and safe work environment. Health and safety is everyone's responsibility, and should be everyone's top priority.

Learn more about Health and Safety at the Town of Oakville:

Occupational Health, Safety and Workplace Violence Policy
Workplace Violence Procedure
Infrastructure Health and Safety (IHSA)
Ministry of Labour
Public Service Health and Safety Association (PSHSA)
Ontario Professional Firefighters
Workers Health & Safety Centre
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

Corporate health and safety manual

The Town of Oakville's Corporate Health and Safety Manual is designed to offer clear, concise information and advice on health-and-safety issues. The manual also outlines boundaries of responsibilities.

Everyone is responsible for health and safety, for themselves and for those around them. Directors, managers and supervisors have additional responsibilities for management of health and safety and for ensuring that health and safety requirements and duties are fulfilled.

Health and Safety is a diverse and complex area. The Corporate Health and Safety Manual is split into seven specific sections. Each section is divided into sub-sections.

Section 1: General Overview
Section 2: Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 3: Emergency Procedures
Section 4: Occupational Hygiene
Section 5: Hazardous Material & WHMIS
Section 6: General Safety Rules
Section 7: Health and Safety Procedures

Please contact the town's Senior Coordinator, Health and Safety if you have any questions or for a copy of the Corporate Health and Safety Manual.

Emergency Information

Each Town of Oakville facility has a workplace emergency evacuation plan identifying all exits, as well as the location of fire extinguishers, pull stations and any fire-suppression equipment. Ask your supervisor to see your Evacuation Procedure, specific to your facility.

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

Each employee must regularly ensure that Human Resources has updated contact numbers so that, in case of a serious illness or incident, family members can be reached.

Medical Emergencies

In case of any medical emergency, notify your supervisor immediately. If your supervisor is not available, call 911 or execute other established procedures agreed upon by your department.

Review the JHSC Members List (pdf) for a list of emergency contacts in your area, and for instructions on what to do in case of a critical injury or fatality.

Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)

The Town of Oakville maintains Joint Health and Safety Committees that identify health and safety issues or situations. The committees make recommendations to the town to improve the health and safety of workers and, most importantly, strive to resolve any issues that arise around issues of health and safety.

The Joint Health and Safety Committees are represented by area:

  • Town Hall
  • Fire Department
  • Central Operations
  • Recreation and Culture
  • Oakville Transit

For a complete list of the members, view JHSC Members List (pdf).

Material safety data sheets

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada's national hazard communication system. Key elements of the system include the cautionary labelling of containers of products, the provision of material safety data sheets (MSDS), along with worker education and training programs.

All MSDS are accessible by all Town of Oakville employees via hard copies within the departments. For more resources by location, visit Portico Departments Human Resources Health and Safety MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets by Location.

Health and Safety Training

Because the Town of Oakville is committed to hazard prevention and overall health and safety, town employees are required to attend formal health and safety education and training sessions.

The Health and Safety education and training topics can be found in Oakville Learn brochure (pdf). For specific dates and registration, visit Portico Learning and Development HR Training Calendar.

Workplace Violence

Safe workplaces mean healthy workplaces.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act has been amended (Bill 168) to require employers in Ontario to implement policies and procedures to address any risk of violence, personal harassment or domestic violence in the workplace.

The Town of Oakville is dedicated to providing and fostering a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. We strive to create an environment where there is a sense of belonging, and everyone is treated with respect.

The town is taking all necessary steps to provide a safe working environment including an Occupational Health, Safety and Workplace Violence Policy and procedure that contains:

  • A risk of violence in the workplace assessment for each department
  • Instructions for employees on how to deal with threats or violence in the workplace including a Workplace Violence Incident Report
  • A mechanism for supervisors to address and investigate complaints of threats and violence
  • Support for employees who may be at risk of domestic violence in the workplace