Consistent with the values of the Church, the commitment of the Diocese of Toronto is to work towards providing workplaces that are free of personal injuries, occupational illnesses, damage to property and harm to the environment. It is therefore essential that we take seriously our responsibilities for health and safety and comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and other related legislation.
Much of the responsibility for implementing healthy and safe workplace practices will fall to the churchwardens. Because contributions of the churchwardens are so valuable to the life of the Church, the Diocesan Health and Safety Team has compiled an extensive Health and Safety “Blue Kit” for use by all our parishes to assist them with putting safety measures into place which meet the various provincial obligations as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The complete kit was sent out to all parishes in September 2001, but much of the information is also available on the website, either on the side toolbar or under Resources. Please note that you will need to save them in order to adapt them as necessary.
The Diocese has also produced the Health and Safety General Information for all Parishes booklet, and this is a good starting place as it outlines rights, responsibilities, and requirements under the Health and Safety Act.