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Supporting our Community

A member of the Environmental Health and Safety team bumping fists with a students after they successfully secured their harness for working at heights.

One of the greatest strengths of Ryerson’s environmental health and safety management system is that it recognizes that every one of our faculties and departments have unique safety needs. As such each faculty and department has a designated EHS manager, who provides a single point of access for all safety needs, and assists in customizing the programs to reflect unique needs.

Two examples of how units advanced their safety programs in 2018

University Business Relations - Food Services

A chef from food services preparing the toppings on two large pizzas.

Food Services launched a comprehensive EHS initiative aimed at reducing kitchen incidents and injuries and building a safety culture mindset in day-to-day operations. This project kicked off with a review of existing processes and procedures, and hazard assessments.

In 2019, the focus will be on rolling out of the tools and training at all levels and building capability within the unit through the support of our dedicated DSOs. The DSOs will represent operations in POD Hub, Pitman, ILC, MAC, Catering.

Diagram showing the components of the food services safety program. Long description below.

Components of the Food Services Safety Program

  • Created a kitchen equipment inventory
  • Developed 29Ryerson Eats custom and branded standard operating procedures
  • Developed of aFood Servicestraining matrix
  • Developed a Food Services e-Learning Module
  • Developed a preventative maintenance database and schedule
  • Developed a workplace inspection template for Food Services

Food Services launched a comprehensive EHS initiative aimed at reducing kitchen incidents and injuries and building a safety culture mindset in day-to-day operations. 

A chef from food services smiling while chopping fresh vegetables.

Safety successes with Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS)

A person working at a large table saw while wearing ear protection.

In 2018, FEAS underwent the Canadian Engineering Accreditation through Engineers Canada. Amongst other aspects, the audit includes an assessment of safety components. FEAS was successfully able to demonstrate their strong commitment to student, staff, and faculty safety within their curriculum, labs, shops, and classrooms.  

Congratulations to FEAS for receiving accreditation for all Ryerson’s engineering programs!

Congratulations to FEAS for receiving accreditation for all Ryerson’s engineering programs!