Like the sign says…
Would wiping off the vent be enough to fix the problem?
Dirty standing water is just one hazard here.
Stained ceiling tiles can indicate a leaky roof or pipe condensation.
Temporary fixes can cause trip hazards too.
A back injury waiting to happen.
Lack of exterior drainage creates water damage inside the building.
Unsafe storage of hazardous materials and equipment.
Can you easily lock your classroom door?
If not report this to the principal.
Fire extinguishers in working order?
Longstanding damage = longstanding problems.
Construction dust and fumes – an asthma trigger.
Is the floor plan up to date, accurate and available?
Infection prevention and control are serious concerns in elementary schools.
Learn more about ETFO’s multi-year strategy for dealing with violence by checking out these links.
ETFO’s Call to Action to Address Violent Incidents in Schools
In January 2017, ETFO issued a Call to Action to Address Violent Incidents in Schools. The Call to Action makes recommendations to the government for stronger funding and resources for special education; a comprehensive approach to supporting children’s mental health; proactive supports from both Ministries of Education and Labour to assure school board compliance with health and safety legislation; and better health and safety training for superintendents, principals and staff. Read about ETFO’s media conference for the Call to Action at:
ETFO Action on Violence in Schools brochure
This brochure offers some handy information about ETFO’s action plan for workplace violence. There is some useful information about legal and policy requirements for workplace violence, including your right to be safe at work. There is a quick summary of reporting procedures for workplace violence and serious student incidents…including what the principal is supposed to do next. The brochure encourages ETFO members to reach out to their ETFO local, and to ETFO provincial, for further supports.
For more information about workplace violence, please also access http://etfohealthandsafety.ca/workplace-violence/ .
New plans for dealing with workplace violence
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) and the Ministry of Education (EDU) have taken important new steps to work with ETFO and other education partners on dealing with workplace violence in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. The Ministries have begun a consultation process with the Provincial Working Group on Health and Safety (PWGHS) with a plan to develop new guidance materials; to improve access to needed information; and to improve reporting requirements. Ministry of Labour inspectors will be getting more training for dealing with workplace violence in school boards. Ministry of Labour staff will be meeting with all school boards in 2017/2018 to review their duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition, the Ministry of Education has confirmed its commitment to the production of a new resource for dealing with students who have challenging behaviours. These new plans for dealing with workplace violence are set out in a recent letter from the Ministers of Labour and Education to the PWGHS. You can read the letter here:
Addressing Violence in the Workplace
When workplace violence happens in schools there is a risk of physical and mental harm to both adults and children. The classroom is disrupted and the whole school community can be affected. Both educators and students can become fearful at the prospect of violence happening again. Go to http://etfovoice.ca/article/
The Student Safety Plan – a working document
When a student has high risk behaviours that could cause injury, a Safety Plan can be developed to assist with controlling those risks. The Student Safety Plan is designed to assist with protecting the student and others, including other students and staff. The Student Safety Plan includes vital information such as a description of the unsafe behaviours; preventative strategies; how to get immediate assistance; steps to protect the student, staff and other students from injury; crisis response; first aid; emergency procedures; and reporting requirements. The Student Safety Plan is developed in consultation with the staff who know the student best. It is revised as often as necessary to ensure that the protections are working.
Check out The Student Safety Plan at PRS Matters Bulletins – Advice for Members
Report construction hazards to
Some construction projects at Ontario schools will continue into the school year. It is important that the health and safety of staff and students are protected from construction site hazards such as machinery, noise, dust and fumes. If you are concerned about hazards relating to construction work at your school, then report your concerns in writing to the principal. Tell your steward and your health and safety representative. Get in touch with your ETFO local for more support. Click on Construction for more information.
Report concerns about site security to
Site security concerns could include lack of access to the classroom key; a faulty door lock; a PA system that doesn’t work; or an absence of information. Each of these factors could be a serious weakness in an emergency. Report security concerns to you principal. If you need help making that report or getting results, talk to your steward and get in touch with your ETFO local for support. Click on Emergency Procedures for more information.