Category Archives: Health & Safety

Health & Wellness System Memo

The Waterloo Region District School Board values the health and well-being of employees and strives to promote a healthy work environment.  The Resilience Employee and Family Assistance Program is an integral part of the Board’s commitment to help employees balance their work and personal lives. Resilience provides employees with confidential access to a variety of services.

The Resilience Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EAP)

Board employees have access to three confidential counselling options—face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling and e-Counselling (personal, “one-on-one” online counselling). To find out more about the confidential e-Counselling offering, visit their Online Services Page.
To obtain more information, or make an appointment call 1.866.644.0326 or login/register on the website at www.homewoodhumansolutions.com

e-AP: Your personal mobile wellness solution!

e-AP is free to download on any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android device that meets the device requirements. Simply visit the Apple app store, Google Play™ (formerly the Android™ marketplace), or the Homewood Human Solutions’ website. e-AP is designed to help you take a proactive approach to your own, and your family’s health and well-being…and achieving this while mobile!

For more information, and to check for compatibility click here.
The Resilience Employee and Family Assistance Program is a service offered through Homewood Human Solutions and supported by our benefits provider Manulife Financial.

Offense Declaration and Online Training

Today is the last day (second chance) for your Offense Declarations!

Login to https://ec-imenu.wrdsb.on.ca/

Make sure you also visit the WRDSB’s On-line Employee Training Centre and ensure that you have completed your health and safety videos.

 

Notice from the Health and Wellness Office at WRDSB

Attached please find information regarding extended illness/injury.  As OTs we can be victim of illness/injury that requires considerable time for recovery.  We can, upon completing the documentation required, be eligible for a medical leave of absence.

The attached memo refers to the links at which members can find forms and information regarding this.  Under this leave plan, the 10 occurrences required to remain on the list for the next school year may be waived.  If you find yourself in a situation requiring a considerable period of time away from Occasional teaching, please refer to these forms.  Do not delay the application if you think you may require such accommodation.

ES-M085 Health Promotion Program Procedures.pdf Continue reading

An Interesting PD Opportunity for Women Members

ETFO is offering Basic Joint Health and Safety Certification Training – Part one, for one female member of each Local.  It is a three day programme – the days will be reimbursed as if they were Occasional Teaching days.  The course involves 24 hours of instruction and a written test.  It is provincially recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  It is a solid foundation of training on legal rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

We are fortunate to have this course offered here in Waterloo at the contract Teachers’ Office on Wabanaki Dr. in Kitchener. It will be held on May 22, 23 and 24.

Registration is through this office and must be sent by May 9, 2013.

Please contact Judy Cutts at 519-571-0222 if you are interested.  This is an interesting and important course.  Don’t wait to inquire!  If there is considerable interest in this opportunity, we will hold a ‘lottery draw’ on May 8, 2013.

WRDSB Accident & Incident Form

A form must be completed if:
Activities for which suspension must be considered under section 306(1) of the Education Act
  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person possessing alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Being under the influence of alcohol
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student’s school or to property located on the premises of the student’s school
  • Bullying
  • Any other activity for which a student may be expelled under board policy
  • Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of any member of the school community
  • Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or school Code of Conduct
Activities for which expulsion must be considered under section 310(1) of the
Education Act
  • Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm
  • Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner
  • Committing sexual assault
  • Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs
  • Committing robbery
  • Any other activity for which a student may be expelled under board policy
  • An act considered by the principal to be significantly injurious to the moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others
  • A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others
  • Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property that cause the pupil’s continuing presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board
  • Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property
  • The pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and that s/he is persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or her to prosper
  • Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the requirements for pupil behaviour and/or a serious breach of the Board or school Code of Conduct
  • Where a pupil has no history of discipline or behaviour intervention, or no relevant history, a single act, incident or infraction considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the expectations of pupil behaviour and/or a serious breach of the Board or school Code of Conduct.

Health & Safety Training Due Nov 14, 2012

Last Call!! You must complete all three Health and Safety online videos by November 14. We were also told that there is no confirmation message being sent to members who are ‘living in hope’ that they are recorded as being completed.

To check for yourself, go into the system again – go to the Board webpage, then go to the ‘Staff’ tab, and log into the Online Employee Training Centre. Enter your credentials again. When you click on one of the titles on the ‘My Courses‘ page, there will be a green checkmark beside the title if it is finished. Then, rest easy!

Health & Safety Training

All three mandatory videos – on Anaphylaxis, Violence and Harassment in the Workplace, and WHMIS Training – must be watched by November 14, 2012.

Please do not let this date slide by! Complete information as to how to access them online was sent to members in the Fall Package sent from this office. The information is also in a memo from System Memos through Waterworks. Please let us know if you did not get the package.