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Work Safety

Download the Faculty's guidelines for work safety.

Safety coordinator: Emanuel Jannasch, 902-225-4717, Room HA-31
Dalhousie Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Nova Scotia Health and Safety

Woodworking shop

Everyone's Safety Responsibilities

Junior students
Learn and abide by the guidelines for each shop and building site. Seek advice on choosing and using tools, and on the hazards and precautions associated with materials. Insist on instruction in the use of any tools and materials required or implicitly encouraged in your courses. Keep any space tidy and organized while working, and clean up when you are finished. Follow the directions of your supervisors or their deputies. If you notice that first aid or other studio supplies need replenishing, get them from the main office or the safety coordinator. If you notice any other problems or shortcomings, mention them to your TA, a shop technician, or the safety coordinator.

Senior students
In addition to the above, when observing the work of less skilled or less knowledgeable students, offer any advice or guidance you feel would be useful.

Teaching assistants and shop assistants
Be clear with your supervisor concerning your own technical and leadership experience. Make sure you get any training or guidance you need to run a shop or execute other duties. Provide guidance to the extent of your own skills and knowledge, but not beyond. Restrict work or close your shop or site if necessary.

Keep equipment, tools, and safety equipment up to date and in good order; this means spending recurring budgets to best effect and requesting additional budget when necessary. Develop shop guidelines in keeping with external standards. Develop additional systems or protocols as desirable. Restrict work or close your shop or site when necessary.

Office staff
You are not really in a position to influence safety beyond your own workspace.

Faculty and sessionals
When using a shop or expecting your students to use a shop, work closely with assigned technicians, and familiarize yourself with the capabilities and limitations of the shop, and with the protocols for using it. Limit shop or site work under your supervision to your own areas and levels of expertise; appoint others as needed. Ensure that all your expectations of students, explicit and implicit, are in keeping with their capabilities and available resources. Work through teaching groups or other mechanisms to ensure that the program as a whole embodies the instruction and training entailed in all our curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Professional Practice group
Teach those aspects of construction safety that are the professional responsibility of architects.

Safety coordinator
As set out by the director and in collaboration with a safety advisory group, devise a departmental safety program, disseminate decisions, help people understand their internal responsibilities, and keep safety communications throughout the school open and effective.

As set out by Dalhousie, and with the help of the safety coordinator, implement a School health and safety program. Ensure that instructors at all levels have technical and leadership skills appropriate to their undertakings, and that any support they require is provided.

Confirm that our systems and protocols are effective and meet external expectations. Provide budget for safety measures required by our activities or restrict activities to available budget. Demand and support improvements in facilities and conduct. Where we are failing to meet safety expectations, take whatever measures seem necessary.