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Health and Safety

Our primary objective is to maintain and ensure a safe and healthy work environment at Algoma U.

Algoma University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all staff, faculty and administration and to the protection of all members from injury or occupational illness. It is the intention of Algoma University to comply with all legislation in this regard and to make every effort to provide a safe, healthy work environment within those legislated guidelines. It is expected that all members of the university community will be committed to the continuing objectives of reducing risk of injury or hazard and to the promotion of conditions of personal security and well-being. Prevention begins with you – communicate about hazards; report injuries, incidents, property damage or hazardous situations. For more information, please view our Health and Safety Policy (PDF).




Coronavirus Information

This page has been created to provide our students, faculty, and staff with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


The Internal Responsibility System (IRS) gives everyone within the University direct responsibility for health and safety as an essential part of his or her job. No matter who or where the person is in the University, all are to achieve health and safety in a way that suits the kind of work they do. Each person takes initiative on health and safety issues and works to solve problems and make improvements on an ongoing basis. They do this both singly and cooperatively with others. Successful implementation of the IRS should result in progressively longer intervals between accidents or work-related illnesses.

The University supports the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) by giving all employees the right to participate as members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC).
For more information, please view our Joint Health and Safety Committee Terms of Reference (PDF).

JHSC Minutes are posted on the Health & Safety Boards and can be found on the Public Drive.



Committee Representatives

Michelle DaybollAdministrative Assistant, School of Life Sciences and Environment4310
Mark AllardStudent Success Academic Advisor4238
Nicola ShawFull-Time Professor, Sociology4751
Tony FabianoPart-Time InstructorN/A

Resource Representatives

Jaden CerasuoloHuman Resources Administrative Assistant1056
Rosetta LinklaterCoordinator of Housing/Conferences, Assistant to Physical Plant Director4215
Marcello BaronePhysical Plant Supervisor4410
Ryan RefcioSystems Analyst4417
Shannon Rowell-GarvonBiology Labs Coordinator4311

Management Representatives

Shane MauriceDirector of Physical Plant4110
Dave TrudelleDirector of Student Experience4729
Brianne PringleHuman Resources & Employee Relations Officer4373
Elizabeth Edgar-WebkamigadDirector of Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre4136

Shingwauk Hall, North Wing and East Wing:

  • Security
  • Student services (SH 205)
  • Main office (SH 312)
  • First floor stair Z
  • Fourth floor stair Z
  • Fifth floor stair Z
  • SpeakEasy
  • Arthur Wishart Library
  • NW 307
  • East wing (outside EW 206)


  • Residence office


George Leach Centre:

  •  Main lobby
  • Equipment room

Essar Convergence Centre:

  • Main lobby (second floor beside stairwell)
  • Fourth floor lounge
  • Each teaching & research lab
  • CC 103
  •  Residence 4
  •  First floor of Shingwauk Hall, outside stair Z
  • Outside Morningstar/NW 200
  • Security (portable device)
  • GLC main lobby
  • GLC upstairs equipment room
  • ECC main lobby, beside stair 2

Algoma University’s Health & Safety Management System is the systematic approach utilized by the University to manage health and safety. It includes the management leadership and organizational commitment to a safe workplace, hazard identification and assessment, hazard control, ongoing inspections, orientation and training, emergency response, incident investigation and a cyclical review of programs.

Employees/Supervisors in positions of responsibility are accountable for the health and safety of employees under their supervision. Supervisors are responsible to ensure that machinery and equipment are safe and that employees work in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures. Employees must receive adequate training in their specific work tasks. Health and safety shall not be sacrificed for expediency and not doing so will be regarded as breaches of professional and occupational responsibility. Every employee must protect his or her own health and safety by working in compliance with the law and safe work practices and procedures established by the University. Health and safety requirements are not to be regarded as extraneous to an employee’s responsibilities.

It is in the best interest of all parties of the University community to consider health and safety in the workplace. A commitment to health and safety must exist throughout the entire University community, and must be made and maintained by all – administration, faculty and staff alike.

For more information on the elements of the health and safety management system, please refer to the Health and Safety section of our Policies and Procedures webpage.

General Lab Safety

The laboratory is probably one of the most unique and challenging spaces at the university because each is slightly different depending on the work being conducted.  A general Laboratory Safety program has been implemented to ensure that all persons working and studying in a laboratory environment have information about the general hazards, risk and required controls. The specific information for your research laboratory is available from your supervisor.



The ability to conduct research and teach on AU campuses is a privilege extended to all research and teaching groups. In return, all faculty, staff and students are required to follow pertinent health and safety requirements in order to protect AU’s personnel, infrastructure, certification, and reputation.

The guidelines presented in the Biosafety Manual represent standardized procedures for safe handling and storage of biohazardous agents and proper maintenance of common research and safety equipment. Research at AU involving Risk Group 1 (RG1) and/or Risk Group 2 (RG2) agents as defined by the Canadian Biosafety Standards & Guidelines, must be approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

All biological agents used at Algoma University require Containment Level 1 or 2. No employee will perform Containment Level 3 or 4 work at Algoma University.


Travel and Field Safety

Field work

Refers to any activity undertaken by members of the University in any location external to Algoma University campuses for the purpose of research, study, training or learning.

Lower-risk field work

Includes an activity taking place at another institution (e.g., university, hospital, library, government agency) that does not require vaccinations other than those routinely given in Ontario, and has no significant health, safety or environmental risk. Examples include:

  • Supervised field trips/internships within Canada and USA
  • Out-of-town trip to a university, government agency, non-governmental organizations (NGO), art gallery or museum
  • Supervised sample collection or surveys
  • Conference/meeting/workshop attendance

Important Links


Animal Care

All research or teaching that involves animals must go through Algoma University’s Animal Care Committee to attain ethical approval prior to any project commencing. For more information, please visit our Animal Research section.


Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Safety Program has been established to ensure academic, studio and work activities can be performed in a safe environment while ensuring compliance with all applicable safety, health and environmental laws and regulations. Health & Safety works in partnership with faculty, staff and students to ensure the safe and environmentally secure management of chemical materials.

Fine Arts students, faculty, technicians and visitors working in the studios or workshops should be aware of the hazards associated with arts supplies and equipment used. Knowledge on the products used and how to interpret this information is necessary to protect yourself. There is also information on proper disposal of hazardous waste materials.

Even though work involving visual arts materials should cause no concern for health or safety, there are risks associated with some artist materials, such as pigments, paints, solvents and solid material such wood or stone. The manual describe possible risks associated with some of these materials and how such risks can be minimized.


Algoma University places the health, safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff and visitors as its most important priority. Despite having policies and procedures in place to address various health and safety issues, an emergency may nonetheless occur. For this reason, an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) has been developed to deal with those types of events that require a greater concerted effort to effectively resolve the situation. This ERP is specific to the Algoma University main campus only and does not include our Brampton or Timmins campuses. They will have their own site-specific plans.

The Emergency Plan in and of itself cannot however guarantee an efficient, effective response to an emergency. It must be utilized as a tool to assist University members and officials in their response activities, as well as their interaction with any municipal agencies that may respond to our campuses. The Plan must be flexible enough to adapt to a broad spectrum of emergencies and must be supported with:

  • Adequate personnel, equipment and training for the response to the emergency
  • Familiarity with the Plan and its contents by all departments, Faculties, units, etc.
  • Training and exercises
  • Awareness of resources available both internally from University departments,
  • Testing the plan on a regular basis
  • Review of the plan following actual incidents or exercises and updating it as required


For More Information


What to do in the Event of an Emergency

Are you in imminent danger?

If danger is imminent call 911 immediately (note Physical Plant is notified when 911 is dialed from a landline phone) and then call Security at ext. 4444 after reporting the incident.

In case of an emergency

All external communication is coordinated through the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Select the image above for more details on what to do in the case of an emergency.


Attendance Management

Algoma University is committed to providing the highest level of service to its students and the community. All employees of Algoma University contribute to this objective and regular attendance at work is critical. It is the objective of Algoma University to promote and support employees in attending work on a regular basis.


Early and Safe Return to Work

At Algoma University we understand that recovery from an illness or injury can be hastened by a gradual resumption of work duties. A modified work program is designed to bring employees back to work in a supportive manner following an illness or injury. Where possible an employee’s restrictions are accommodated to enable their return to work during recovery. A modified work program may include a reduction in hours and/or duties. At Algoma, we work together to ensure a safe return to work for all employees.

For more information on the return to work process, please consult the Return to Work Policy and Procedure.


Employee Assistance Program

Algoma University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to offer a voluntary, confidential short-term counselling and advisory support service to all staff who may be experiencing situations that affect their wellbeing, work performance, health and family life. This program also extends to spouses and dependent children of staff. Please contact Human Resources for information on how to access this service.


George Leach Centre Membership

All members of the Bargaining Unit, Administrative Staff and Faculty receive 50 per cent off of their GLC membership, which can be deducted from payroll.

To learn more about the GLC facilities and programming opportunities, please visit the Algoma U Thunderbirds website.