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Occupational Health and Safety
Policy Statement 2020

Our Goal: Everyone is Safe

Links2Care is committed to the health and safety of all who are involved in our success, including, but not limited to, employees, volunteers, students, visitors, partners and service recipients.

Protection from injury or occupational disease is a significant objective of Links2Care and through effective education and training we are committed to continually working towards an accident-free workplace. We must also be dedicated to eliminating the “near misses” which will greatly reduce the risk of injuries.

Our philosophy is that the well-being of the people we support is dependent on the health and safety of our workforce. In all circumstances, the leadership of Links2Care promises that every reasonable precaution will be taken for the protection of all. No task or job is to be regarded so urgent that time cannot be taken for it to be completed in a safe manner. An individual’s welfare is our greatest concern.

Each Leader will be responsible for the health and safety of workers under their supervision. Program Leaders, Supervisors and Managers are responsible for ensuring that equipment required to complete work is safe, that procedures for each piece of equipment are available, sufficient training has been provided and that each person works in compliance with established safe work practices.

All volunteers, employees and subcontractors must protect their own and fellow workers’ health and safety by working in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all applicable regulations, along with, the safe work practices and procedures established by Links2Care.

Everyone, from the CEO to new workers, has the responsibility of establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. We all must work together to prevent incidents, personal injuries or illnesses and a safe work environment can only be sustained through a united effort and the assistance of each person.

Everyone’s cooperation in fostering accident prevention will assist in the achievement of our goal and make Links2Care a great place to work and one where everyone shares in its growth and success.

Lisa Brading, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Links2Care – May 26, 2020

Workplace Violence & Harassment
Policy Statement 2020

Links2Care is committed to providing a working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We believe in the prevention of violence and promote a violence-free workplace in which all people respect one another and work together to achieve common goals. Links2Care has invoked a ‘zero tolerance” policy for any act of violence committed by or against an employee, volunteer, client or member of the public in a Links2Care work environment.

Workplace Violence is defined as:
(a) The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker,
(b) An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker,
(c) A statement or behaviour that is reasonable for the worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Workplace Harassment is defined as:
(a) Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, or
(b) Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace Sexual Harassment is defined as:
(a) Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace because of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, where the course of comment or conduct is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, or
(b) Making a sexual solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance is in a position to confer, grant or deny a benefit or advancement to the worker and the person knows or ought reasonably to know that the solicitation or advance is unwelcome

No employee or any other individual affiliated with Links2Care shall subject any other person to workplace violence or allow or create conditions that support workplace violence. An employee that subjects another employee, client or other person to workplace violence may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Clients or other persons who subjects an employee to workplace violence may be removed from the workplace.

If you witness or are a victim of workplace violence in this workplace, please call 911 and/or inform the Director, People and Culture at 905-844-2017. The Director, People and Culture or appropriate designate will investigate the matter as per Links2Care policy and procedures for dealing with workplace violence and harassment.

Lisa Brading, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Links2Care – May 26, 2020

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