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Collaborations & Partnerships

Annual Report 2018: Wide shot of the Ryerson campus showing trees and the clock tower

Task forces and committees

In 2018, the EHS team contributed to many institutional committees:

Infographic representing task forces and committees. Long description below.

Task forces and committees that EHS team contributed to in 2018

  • Departmental Safety Officers Committees (Lead)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (Lead)
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee (Lead)
  • Legalization of Cannabis Committee
  • DCC Steering Committee
  • Emergency Response Committee
  • CSD Steering Committee
  • Public Health Threats Committee (Lead)
  • Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee
  • SIFF Steering Committee
  • CUI Steering Committee
A member of the Environmental Health and Safety team checking the air velocity in a meeting room with a departmental safety officer.

Cross campus collaboration helps keep our community safe

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  • Over 100 departmental safety officers implement departmental-specific initiatives.
  • 250 fire wardens guide safe evacuation during emergencies.
  • 115 first aiders take care of us if there's an injury.

External partnerships

To ensure we are sharing resources and up-to-date on best practices, we work with a number of external organizations.

Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers (CEHSO)

A subgroup of the Council of Senior Administrative Officers, the CEHSO engages in consultations with the Ministry of Labour, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, including providing submissions on topics as they emerge. On an ongoing basis, regulatory changes are monitored and their impacts on the sector analyzed.

Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers logo

The Ontario University Biosafety Officers Association (OUBSO) 

Ryerson is a member of the OUBSO which, under the direction of CEHSO, liaises with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The OUBSO reviews and consults on changing legislative requirements for licensed institutions where human and animal pathogens and toxins, as well as animal and plant pests are imported, stored, handled and transferred in Canada.

A member of the Facilities Management and Development team safely chaining the sharps disposal container in a washroom.

Ontario University Environmental Networking Group

Ryerson launched an informal Ontario-wide universities networking group, the Ontario University Environmental Networking Group. The group collaborates on environmental issues facing Ontario Universities, meeting in person quarterly to discuss sector-specific solutions around sustainable environmental programs. This networking group featured guest speakers from Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Air Emissions Experts and OECM.

Two people wearing hard hats inspecting the fume hoods on the roof of a building on campus.