This site has been developed as a comprehensive Health and Safety resource for faculty, staff, and students working in Engineering Physics (EP) and the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT).
Though two distinct organizations, overlap between the CEDT and Engineering Physics has fostered the establishment of a joint Health and Safety Committee. The motivation of the Committee in creating this site is to assist the Engineering Physics Department and the CEDT in meeting their responsibilities for matters of workplace health and safety as defined in McMaster University's Workplace and Environmental Health and Safety Policy.
Our internal health and safety programs are intended to implement the programs and practices laid out in McMaster University's Risk Management Manual (RMM), distributed by the Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) department, and the Laboratory Safety Handbook (LSH), distributed by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. The RMM lays out an encompassing, university-wide safety policy program, whereas the LSH documents safe laboratory practices.
This website aims to amalgamate and summarize the contents of the RMM and LSH most relevant to those working in Engineering Physics and the CEDT. It is hoped that the end result will be greater awareness of Health and Safety matters and, ultimately, a safer and more efficient workplace for our people.
In recent years, the Engineering Physics Department and CEDT have grown significantly.
To enhance the smooth operation of our facilities, the Health and Safety Committee has proposed new measures that will help ensure that our employees and supervisors are fully aware of their responsibilities and rights in their workplace and in conducting their research. These measures include:
For details, please see the Safety Program section of this site.
If anything presented in this site leaves you uncertain, please feel free to discuss your concern with your Supervisor or a representative of the H&S Committee.
You have the right to know about potential safety hazards in your work area, you have the right to bring safety concerns to your Supervisor's attention and have those concerns addressed, and you have the right to refuse work that you believe is unsafe to your health.
Don't hesitate to ask questions.