Halton Regional Police Service
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Health and Safety

The Halton Regional Police Service prides itself on its commitment to health and safety.

All members of the HRPS, from the Board and Senior Management to each uniform officer and civilian employee, understand that health and safety are of utmost importance within the Service. The HRPS Health and Safety Policy Statement demonstrates the Board and Senior Management's commitment to the safety of all Service employees.

As such, the HRPS employs a full-time civilian Health and Safety Coordinator who is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending proactive health and safety strategies through consultation with external agencies and internal managers, including safety policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Providing advice and guidance to all levels of management on the interpretation, implementation, and administration of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and related regulations
  • Supporting the development of programs to enhance health and safety knowledge
  • Coordinating the testing and evaluating of chemical, physical, and biological hazards in all police facilities
  • Conducting investigations of occupational accidents, incidents and diseases
  • Analyzing statistical information on accidents, injuries and near misses to provide information on trends and develop strategies for corrective action and the elimination of potential hazards
  • Inspecting, investigating and assessing workplaces to ensure compliance with relevant legislation or in response to concerns from employees and managers
  • Developing strategies for resolving hazardous situations and helping facilitate implementation process, and
  • Acting as a resource to the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, and providing guidance and direction to ensure their effectiveness and compliance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is an active committee represented by both management and employees who meet on a regular basis to discuss health and safety issues. Activities of the JHSC include:

  • Participating in the development and implementation of programs to protect the safety and health of employees
  • Resolving employee complaints and implementing suggestions pertaining to safety and health
  • Monitoring injury and work hazard records and hazard reports
  • Reviewing and promoting programs to improve employee training and education
  • Participating in safety and health inquiries and investigations as needed
  • Consulting with professional and technical experts
  • Participating in resolving workplace refusals and work stoppages
  • Recommending accident prevention and safety program activities to management
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of safety programs and procedures