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Basic Agreement
Section 13: Occupational Health and Safety

Section 13 - Occupational Health and Safety



Occupational Health and Safety

13.01
  1. The Company and the Union agree to comply with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2006 and the CSA standards referenced therein.

  2. The Company and the Union agree to comply with the requirements of all Federal and Ontario Provincial Legislation that deals with Health and Safety and/or the Environment, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2006, and the appropriate regulations and amendments hereunder.


Joint Health & Safety Committee

13.02The Company and the Union recognize the following Joint Health and Safety Committee for the purposes of assisting in the resolution and administration of Health and Safety and occupationally-related environmental matters:

  1. The Joint Health and Safety Committee will be composed of not more than three (3) Union Health and Safety representatives, one of whom shall be the Union Health and Safety Co-chair. The Company will be represented on such Committee by an equal number of representatives, one of whom shall be the Company Health and Safety Co-chair.

  2. The Union shall be entitled to appoint three (3) Health and Safety representatives and three (3) alternates whose function is to replace the Representatives in the event the Representatives are not available. The Union shall advise the Company in writing of the names of the employees so appointed. Such employees shall have at least one (1) year of service at the time of their appointment.


Joint Health and Safety Committee Meetings

13.03
  1. The Co-chairs shall conduct a meeting at least six (6) times per year to discuss matters relative to Health and Safety in the plant. It is understood that the Co-chairs will exchange agendas, at least one week in advance of such meetings.

  2. Members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee shall be permitted up to two (2) hours off work with pay prior to such meeting in order to prepare presentations to the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

  3. Joint minutes shall be maintained and distributed to all of those in attendance at any Joint Health and Safety Meeting. Designates from the Company and the Union shall endeavour to distribute and post these minutes as expeditiously as possible.

  4. It is understood that meetings between the Union Health and Safety Co-chair or his delegate, and the Operations Manager or his delegate, may be arranged in addition to regular Joint Health and Safety Meetings to consider additional areas of concern. It is understood that such meetings will take place at a time mutually agreed to by the parties.

  5. The Union Health and Safety Committee may be afforded time off, paid by the Company, over and above that provided in other clauses of the Basic Agreement or legislation. Such time off will be subject to the approval of the Manager of Human Resources and the reasons for such time off must be of nature expected to result in improved levels of Health and Safety, and/or a reduction in the number or frequency of lost time accidents at the Hamilton East facility. Such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.


Workplace Inspection Tours

13.04
  1. The Union Health and Safety Co-chair or his delegate and the Company Health and Safety Co-chair or his delegate shall conduct inspections of the physical conditions of the workplace monthly at a mutually agreed to time. The inspections may focus on any other criteria or activity pertaining to Health and Safety and/or the environment as mutually agreed to by the Co-chairs.

  2. At the conclusion of the inspection a review shall be conducted by the participants and items of concern shall be prioritized.

  3. The participants shall then jointly prepare the minutes of the tour and bring forth previous tour's outstanding issues.

  4. Copies of the tour minutes will be distributed to the Joint Health and Safety Committee Members, Union President/Unit Chair, and the Operations Manager or his delegate.

  5. Issues may be assigned by the Joint Health and Safety Committee to individuals for further action. It is understood that these individuals will be expected to respond on the status of these issues no later than the next scheduled Joint Health and Safety Meeting.


13.05Any Health and Safety Representative may discuss matters of immediate concern with respect to Health and Safety or the Environment in the workplace provided that:

  1. He may not leave his workstation without the permission of his immediate supervisor. Such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.

  2. Such discussions shall be held at a time and place convenient to both parties. Every effort shall be made to discuss the matter prior to the end of the shift.


Accident Investigations

13.06The Union Health and Safety Co-chair or in his absence a Health and Safety Representative shall be notified and permitted to attend and participate in all division accident investigations. For the purpose of this provision, accidents which shall be investigated include:

  1. All Lost Time Accidents.

  2. All Possible Lost Time Accidents (as evidenced by light duties assignments lasting in excess of one (1) shift duration).

  3. Near-Miss occurrences with demonstrated potential for serious injury as determined by the Division Head or recommended by the Joint Health & Safety Committee.


13.07All minutes of Accident Investigations shall be supplied to the Joint Health and Safety Committee Members, Operations Manager, Union President/Unit Chair, and all other attending parties.


Job Safety Procedures/Industrial Hygiene

13.08
  1. The Joint Health and Safety Committee shall be provided the opportunity to review and submit recommended changes on any written job safety procedure currently in effect, and on any new job safety procedures, prior to the issuance of such procedures.

  2. The Joint Health and Safety Committee shall be advised prior to the implementation of any new safety programs and/or policies.

  3. The Company recognizes that changes in mill processes can potentially create a need for workplace monitoring which shall be conducted where recommended by the joint Health & Safety Committee.


13.09The Company shall supply the Union Health and Safety Co-chair a copy of all Material Safety Data Sheet forms in the Hamilton East facility.


13.10The Company shall consult the Union Health and Safety Co-chair or his delegate regarding any planned industrial hygiene testing.


13.11Results of any completed available studies on in-plant air, water quality control and structural reports will be reviewed by the Joint Health and Safety Committee at their regular meetings.


13.12Results of medical examinations will be made available to an employee's family physician at the request of the employee.


13.13The Company will subsidize the cost of safety boots or safety shoes of a kind required to be worn by the Company to the following extent:

  1. 100% of the cost of safety boots with metatarsal protectors providing such protectors are properly worn;

  2. In recognition of certain situations where work is required in damp areas such as the Oil Temper and Cleaning Line, the Company will pay 100% of the cost of any subsequent pair of boots or shoes in the twelve (12) month period following a purchase under Sub-Clause (a) above, where required due to extreme wear and where advance approval is obtained from the Human Resources Department.

In order to purchase a new pair of boots or shoes, an employee must return his worn out pair.

The Company will consult with the Joint Health and Safety Committee in determining the appropriate footwear for the purposes of the application of this provision.


13.14The Company will continue to supply other safety equipment, as well as gloves, when such equipment is required for the performance of the job as is mutually agreed to by the Joint Health & Safety Committee. His worn out equipment must be returned before new equipment will be supplied. As recommended by the Joint Health and Safety Committee, the Company will supply appropriate health and safety related work attire for employees.


Code of Practice

13.15The parties agree to maintain of the Code of Practice which shall describe programs and/or activities which seek to promote high standards of Health and Safety for all Hamilton East employees. In this regard the Joint Health and Safety Committee agree that their respective representatives shall act in a co-operative and responsible manner. The parties agree to abide by the programs and activities described in the Code of Practice.

The Company agrees to provide new employees with eight (8) hours of indoctrination including four (4) hours, to be done by the Joint Health and Safety Committee, and four (4) hours orientation, to be done by the Company and the Union Representatives. Such eight (8) hours shall be scheduled by the Company.


Payment

13.16Time spent by the Union Health and Safety Committee in the performance of the functions set out in Clause 13.03, Clause 13.04 and Clause 13.05 above will be deemed to be time worked and will be paid according to the provisions of the Agreement.


13.17The Company will provide the Union Joint Health & Safety Committee with an office in the plant.

With prior discussions with the Union, the Company reserves the right to revoke the use of this office if it is used for purposes other than those specifically related to Health and Safety.


13.18The Company agrees to recognize a "Day of Mourning" as follows:

  1. By lowering the Canadian Flag to half mast on the official Day of Mourning as identified by the Union Health and Safety Co-chair to the Company Health and Safety Co-chair.

  2. A one (1) minute moment of silence at a time mutually agreed to by the Health and Safety Co-chairs.

  3. Any other form of recognition as mutually agreed to by the Health and Safety Co-chairs.






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