The Diocese is committed to providing workplaces free of personal injuries, occupational illnesses, damage to property and harm to the environment. To take our responsibilities for health and safety seriously, we need to 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 falls to the churchwardens. The diocesan Health and Safety “Blue Kit” can help your parish put safety measures in place that meet your legal obligations. See the resources below for more details. You can also download templates for parish training.
The General Information for all Parishes booklet is a good place to start. It outlines rights, responsibilities and requirements under the Health and Safety Act.
Sample policy & procedure templates
- Health & Safety Sample Policy
- Health & Safety Sample Program
- Hazard Reporting
- Incident Investigation
- Accident or Critical Injury Report
- Fire Emergency Response
- Ladder Use
- Working Alone
- Inspection Procedure
- Inspection Checklist
- Health & Safety Checklist
- Orientation Checklist
- Independent Contractor Agreement
The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor. To learn more about the regulation, training requirements and free training resources, visit the Ministry of Labour’s website.
Churchwardens are responsible for implementing health and safety in their parishes, including making sure all employees have received health and safety training. The resources below will help you with this.
Here are some links and material from outside sources to help you implement your own health and safety program.
- Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Government laws
- Public Services Health & Safety Association
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Material Safety Data Sheets
We’ll try to keep this information as up to date as possible, but changes may be made by the organizations listed. If you can’t find what you’re looking for and need direct help, contact the Human Resources department.