Administrative Procedure 311
One of the primary responsibilities of a teacher or supervisor is to ensure the safety of student, particularly in special activity areas such as laboratories, workshops, and gymnasia. Teachers are required, therefore, at the beginning of each school year or course to instruct all students with regard to safe conduct and the proper and safe operation of equipment. They are further required to periodically review such procedures.
Responsibilities of Teachers and Individuals Assigned to Supervise Students:
1. Teachers or individuals assigned to supervise students shall ensure the safety of students, particularly in special activity areas such as laboratories, workshops, and gymnasia.
2. Teachers are required, at the beginning of each school year or at the beginning of a course, to instruct all students with regard to safe conduct and the proper and safe operation of equipment.
3. Teachers are further required to periodically review such procedures with their students' support staff and classroom volunteers..
4. Teachers shall include in their planning the procedures that have been developed for an ongoing, preventative safety program in courses or areas of the school where accidents are likely to occur.
5. Safeguards shall be provided in special activity areas through:
5.1 Careful housekeeping;
5.2 Approved installation and maintenance of equipment;
5.3 Posting prominently federal, provincial and local safety regulations; and
5.4 Displaying, where appropriate, information regarding possible hazards, safeguards, precautions and treatments.
6. No teacher or individuals assigned to supervise students shall leave a special activity area unattended for any reason without ensuring that all power equipment is shut off, and all experiments are stopped until such time as the person returns.
7. Substitute teachers shall not undertake, or be required to undertake any teaching assignment involving the use of specialized equipment for which they are not adequately trained. Principals shall verify a substitute's training and/or experience before requesting that teacher engage in such activities.
8. No piece of equipment shall be used that does not conform to existing safety standards in effect at the time.
9. The teacher or individual assigned to supervise students shall report immediately, in writing to the Principal any defects in buildings or equipment which might prove injurious to the health and safety of employees, students or other persons.
Responsibilities of the Principal:
1. On receipt of a report regarding hazardous equipment or conditions, the Principal shall refer the matter immediately to the Maintenance Supervisor in writing. A copy of the report will be forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer for information.
2. An annual review shall be undertaken by science teachers of all chemicals in use in school programs to determine their continued safety, and their conformity to current WHMIS regulations (see Administrative Procedure 536 – WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods).
3. No students shall be allowed on any school roof for any reason.
Reviewed: July, 2011
Next Review by: July 2016
School Act Section 18, 20, 45, 60, 61
Policy 11 Delegation
AP 310 Safe Working Environment
AP 315 Accidents to Students