GVPL Joint OH&S Committee Report for Union Membership Meeting – March 21, 2016

GVPL Joint OH&S Committee Report for Union Membership Meeting – March 21, 2016

The last OH&S meeting was held on March 3, 2016 at CE.
Current OH&S branch reps: Dawn Holland (BH), Adrienne Else (CE & Union Co-chair), Debbie Chu (CS), Sarah Dyck (EC), Georgia Tomiuk (ES), Kate Wood (GO), Rob Ewing (JF), Laura Baker (NM), Marianne Baatz (OB), Melissa Ferguson (SC), Paulette Kirkland (CaTS)
Management Co-chair: Carolina Munoz
Branch Supervisor liaisons as per Branch Supervisor rotation: Amanda Butler (ES), and Becky Lee (NM)
Resource People: Peter Thompson (Member at Large), Ben Parker (ITS)

Key items from February and March 2016 OH&S meetings:

GVPL Wellness Program –various Wellness Program ideas are being worked on including the possibility of early morning Yoga for staff at the Central Branch, a Wellness session at the GVPL Staff Day on June 22nd, and an initiative with Alyson Haynes (GVPL staff member and certified athletic therapist). Catherine Putters has been writing a Wellness blog for BH staff and has agreed to share her blog with OH&S reps for posting in the Branches.  Marianne Baatz and Kate Wood are currently working on a presentation on safe work practices to be presented to the committee soon. Don’t forget to make use of the programs GVPL already has in place (Optim Employee & Family Services Program, Pacific Blue Cross, and WorkSafe BC resources). Ask your Branch Supervisor or OH&S rep for more information if needed.

Earthquake Kits for GVPL Staff –Columbia Fire and Safety Ltd. will now offer a 20% discount on Personal Emergency Kits and replacement supplies for existing personal kits. To take advantage of this great offer you need to be a GVPL employee and present your name badge, business card, or a copy of a pay stub. Order directly from Columbia Fire and Safety, #1-410 Garbally Road, ph# 250-386-6773. Ask your OH&S rep for more details. (Thanks to Bonnie Fraser for arranging this!)

GVPL First Aid program improvements –this 2016 initiative is still in progress…
•Increase number of attendants/Training and Support throughout GVPL
•To establish clear guidelines, roles and responsibilities for First Aid Attendants around the system and to encourage First Aid   Attendants to share information and support each other.

WSBC Reports and ADV reports – A reminder that it is important that all staff be trained in Emergency Procedures. It becomes a liability issue if staff members are not trained. This also pertains to auxiliary staff members (including Pages) working around the system. Branch Supervisors please make sure that all staff receive training and take time to provide an orientation for each new staff member working at their Branch.  Additionally it is very important whenever a staff member is injured at work, even with something small like a paper cut, the incident should be reported through a Service Desk Ticket, in the OHS Incident/Concern queue. A WorkSafe 6A form must also be completed and attached to the ticket even if no work is lost. If no further action is required the form is filed. If delayed symptoms or complications arise, the WorkSafe 6A form is an important piece in the process of obtaining compensation/support for a workplace injury or RSI.

Please visit V:\System_wide\Occupational_Health_Safety\Minutes\ for complete OH&S meeting minutes.

Thank you to all of the OH&S reps for their work!  :)

Submitted by Adrienne Else