Occupational Hazards

We provide a wide range of services including assessments, program development, training and advice. Using the approach of anticipation, identification, assessment, control, and communication, we deal with issues such as accident investigations and statistics, audits and inspections, first aid, asbestos and other Designated Substances, mould, noise, ergonomics, chemical safety, heat/cold stress, indoor air quality, materials handling, lockout-tagout and working at heights and in confined spaces.


Grounds Handbook

The Grounds department works in outdoor campus areas and have specific safe work practices that employees should be aware of. The Grounds Handbook was developed to help employees understand the common hazards and how to work safely.

Section 1 - Introduction, General Safety, Pandemic Planning, Smoking at the University of Toronto

Section 2 - Asbestos, Mould, Biological Hazards, Used Needles and Glass Stems, Chemical Hazards, Radiation Hazards, Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

Section 3 - Heat Stress, Cold Environments, Severe Weather, Insect Bites and Stings, West Nile Virus, Hanta Virus, Dead Animals and Birds, Bird Bat and Raccoon Droppings

Section 4 - Powered Equipment and Hand tools, Vehicle Safety, Gasoline Storage and Handling

Section 5 - Ladders, Machine Guarding, Manual Materials Handling, Noise, Confined and Restricted Spaces, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for General Safety

Section 6 - Pesticides at the University, Cleaning Window Wells, Snow Shoveling, Safe to Remove Tags, Slips Trips and Falls, Substance from Trees and Plants, Bedbugs

Section 7 - Appendices A, B, C, D