Article 38 : health, safety, hygiene, wellness, accident and occupational diseases
38.1 General declaration
The University, the Institute and the employees recognize their respective obligations imposed by the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated legislation for ensuring the employees have workplaces in which their health and safety are protected.
The University, the Institute and the employees work together to maintain the highest possible occupational health and safety conditions in order to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and with the terms of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA).
38.2 Health and safety committee
Employees required to attend meetings of the University of Ottawa Health and Safety Committee lose neither wages nor benefits.
Employees on the Health and Safety Committee are entitled to be absent from work for reasonable periods of time without loss of wages or benefits to attend training sessions. Such absences are recommended by the Health and Safety Committee according to its responsibilities.
38.3 Return to work after an occupational accident or disease
The University, the Institute and the employees acknowledge their respective obligations under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to cooperate towards an employee's speedy, safe return to work following an accident or an occupational disease.
38.4 Compensation during leave for accident or occupational disease
An employee off work because of an accident or an occupational disease continues to receive his regular basic salary for the duration of his absence or for up to a maximum of one hundred and nineteen (119) days. During this period, the University receives directly the amounts payable by the WSIB. Where the absence extends beyond the one hundred and nineteenth (119th) day, the employee receives the benefits to which he is entitled under the legislation directly from the WSIB.
38.5 Student supervision
An employee who, in performing his duties, is required to supervise an unpaid student is not deemed to be a supervisor in the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
38.6 Work space
The University ensures employees have work spaces that comply with applicable provincial legislation and regulations.