Do you have a safety concern or question? Has speaking to your supervisor about it not worked or you would prefer to speak with a fellow student/TA/TF/PostDoc? Your union is here to help you. We have health and safety representatives in every faculty on campus. If you need help, contact them.
Engineering and Applied Science
Unit 1: Tikang Li, [email protected]
Unit 2: Jean-François Caron, [email protected]
Unit 1: Edwin Ocran, [email protected]
Unit 2: Hamid Ghaedi, [email protected]
Administrative / Business & Law
Unit 1: Luna (Lanxin) Wang, [email protected]
Unit 2: Vacant
Arts and Science
Unit 1: Carolyn Bonta, [email protected]
Unit 2: Ross Jansen-van Vuuren, [email protected]
Unit 1: Terrence Ly, [email protected]
Unit 2: Vacant
Isabel Bader Centre
Unit 1: Brittainy Bonnis, [email protected]
Unit 2: Vacant
Call for PSAC 901 Joint Health and Safety Committee Members
***There are currently no Unit 1 Vacancies. Current vacancies for Unit 2 are Administrative (Business, Law), Education, and the Isabel Bader Centre.***
The Public Service Alliance Canada Local 901 Union (PSAC 901) is seeking Unit 1 (TAs/TFs/RAs) and Unit 2 (Postdoctoral Scholars) members to serve as union members on joint health and safety committees (JHSC). These are paid positions with an hourly rate of $42.73. Unit 1 members must have a current TA/TF/RA contract, had one in the past 12 months or expect to have one in the next 12 months. Unit 2 members must have a current Postdoctoral Scholar Contract.
JHSC members conduct safety inspections in teams of laboratories, offices, and buildings specific to their committee. They report hazards observed, as well as hazards communicated to them by students and staff in writing and at committee meetings. At meetings, hazards are discussed, and consensus is reached on a course of corrective action recommended to the university.
Experience with JHSC, knowledge of technical safety aspects or of the Occupational Health and Safety Act are not essential as training will be provided. Reliability, objectivity, approachability, and an interest in safety are necessary.
Apply by sending your CV and a max 300-word statement of interest by Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4pm explaining why you want the position, how you fulfill the required qualifications, your current position with the university, and what faculty you are from to [email protected].
Specific Duties of Joint health and Safety Committee Members
Sitting and working on a desktop computer may seem harmless, but if you are not in the proper position and don’t get up and stretch frequently enough it can be a serious health and safety hazard leading to muscle injury, back and neck pain, and compression of spinal discs among others. Please see the attached infographic on proper posture and other tips. It is essential to have an office chair and other equipment that are adjustable so that you can be in the proper position. If you do not have adequate equipment please request it from your department. If they refuse please contact our health and safety reps and they will be happy to assist you.
Additional resources on ergonomics may be found at
https://uwaterloo.ca/safety-office/programs-and-procedures/ergonomics/office-ergonomics (excellent illustrations)
Keep an eye out for Health and Safety Updates from PSAC 901 in the 901 Byte, our website, and social media. In the case of discovered hazards (e.g. bats; lead paint), we will email members directly with information.