This policy and procedure applies to all employees of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) as well as physicians with RVH privileges, volunteers, students, and contractors. These individuals shall be referred to collectively as workers herein. The requirements apply whether working on RVH property or elsewhere on behalf of the RVH. RVH property includes the internal premises and the external grounds, parking lots and walkways.
In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out general health and safety requirements. More specific requirements are outlined in Ontario Regulation 67/93, Health Care and Residential Facilities, and Regulation 851, Industrial Establishments, both made under the OHSA. These stipulate that:
– if a worker is exposed to the hazard of foot injury, the worker shall wear foot protection appropriate in the circumstances, and
– if a worker is exposed to the hazard of slipping on a work surface, the worker shall wear footwear with slip-resistant soles.
RVH is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment. To that end, this policy and procedure stipulates the need for safe and appropriate footwear. The requirements outlined in this policy do not, however, preclude the right of an individual manager or director to impose more stringent standards due to occupational health and safety and/or infection prevention and control requirements.
To reduce the risk (both indoors and outdoors) of:
– Slips, trips and falls,
– Exposure to biological, chemical and/or physical hazards, and
– Traumatic foot injuries.
Ultimately, adherence to this policy and procedure promotes the health and safety of all workers while ensuring due diligence and legislative compliance of the organization as a whole.
Protective footwear: A boot or shoe that provides the wearer with a degree of protection against injury (as specified in the CSA Standard).
Slip resistance: A property of footwear (e.g., sole material, shape or softness/hardness, tread design, or shape of heel) that reduces slipping on specific surfaces.
Both the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) have shifted their philosophy and approach to occupational health and safety to one of hazard prevention, showing that this approach is far more effective in reducing absolute numbers of occupational injuries and illnesses.
The provisions herein shall be followed by workers for the use of safe and appropriate footwear. To ensure the proper implementation of this policy and procedure, the following roles and responsibilities are assigned:
The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (via the Leadership Team) shall:
Supervisors, Managers and/or Directors shall:
The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) shall:
The Occupational Health and Safety department shall:
General footwear shall be comfortable and appropriate for the work being performed. Regardless of level of potential risk of foot injury to the worker, all footwear shall:
Protective footwear (as previously defined) as well as socks or hosiery shall be worn when the worker’s position presents the hazard of:
Managers and/or directors shall use the following Risk Assessment Chart and Department Risk Chart to determine the type of footwear that is suitable for each area.
RVH OHS Policy and Procedure (2012) 11.7 Employee Injury-Illness-Hazard Reporting
RVH OHS Policy and Procedure (2012) 11.19 Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls