General Safety Rules

The following general safety rules have been developed to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all Northern Lights College employees and students. These apply to all work activities.

  1. Report to work well rested and physically fit to be able to give full attention to your job.
  2. Persons with physical or mental impairment shall not be assigned to tasks where their impairment has a potential to endanger themselves or others.
  3. No person shall be permitted to remain on the premises while their ability to work is so affected by alcohol, drugs (prescription or non-prescription) or other substance, so as to endanger their health or safety or that of any other person.
  4. Persons working alone are required to check-in regularly with Security or a supervisor to ensure that their well being is maintained. All persons working alone will follow the written procedures as outlined in the Working Alone Policy.
  5. Inappropriate behaviour, such as horseplay, fighting and practical jokes are extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.
  6. Any unsafe conditions which are encountered shall be corrected or reported to your Supervisor and/or the Manager, Safety and Facilities Services and Human Resources Dept.
  7. Do not operate any machinery or equipment if it is known to be in an unsafe condition.
  8. Machinery and equipment, including vehicles, are only to be operated by qualified persons and then only when adequately trained in the use of the equipment and authorized to operate it.
  9. Unsafe Acts shall be reported to your Supervisor and/or the Manager, Safety and Facilities Services and Human Resources Dept.
  10. Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn when performing specific duties that require its use to ensure worker safety. Persons refusing to wear PPE will be subject to disciplinary action. Selection of the correct PPE may require assistance; contact your supervisor or the HSEA for guidance.
  11. Employees and students must inform Supervisors when they have significant allergies which might be encountered while at work (i.e. bee stings). This information is to be passed on to the HSEA so that first aid personnel can be made aware of it. The person with the severe allergy should carry an Epi-pen™ and be familiar with how to use it.
  12. Avoid manual lifting of materials, articles or objects which are too heavy. Wherever possible, use mechanical lifting devices to move heavy objects.
  13. Smoking is prohibited within Northern Lights College premises and vehicles at all times. Smoking is only permitted outside buildings. Where "NO SMOKING" signs are posted, (i.e. near flammable storage), persons shall observe those signs. All workers and students will adhere to the Northern Lights Smoking Policy.
  14. Avoid parking, even temporarily, in designated fire lanes.
  15. Employees/students are responsible for reporting to their Supervisor and First Aid whenever they become sick or injured at work. All injuries, no matter how minor, must be reported immediately.
  16. Always keep your work area clean and orderly. Poor housekeeping habits can be a serious safety hazard. Do not leave materials in aisles, walkways, stairways, roads or other points of egress.
  17. Any damaged equipment or missing machine guards must be reported to your Supervisor.
  18. All warning signs, signals and alarms shall be obeyed.
  19. Employees/students shall not use unfamiliar tools or equipment without proper instruction and permission from their immediate Supervisor. Always use the correct tool for the job, do not improvise.
  20. Loose or ragged clothing, dangling neckwear or bracelets shall not be worn around moving parts of machinery or electrically energized equipment.
  21. Firefighting equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the requirements of the BC Fire Code.
  22. Whenever mobile equipment or vehicles are equipped with seat belts, the operator and passengers shall use the belts whenever the equipment is moving. Failure to abide by this requirement will result in disciplinary action.
  23. Flammable liquids are to be handled and stored only in CSA approved safety containers. Proper lids and caps must always be used on storage containers. Cloth, paper, and other "make-shift" lids and caps are prohibited.
  24. Never dispense gasoline into a fuel tank while the engine is running, or the motor is hot.
  25. Do not dispose of any hazardous materials or flammable liquids by pouring them down a sewer or drain. Guidance in proper disposal of hazardous materials is available in the Safe Work Policy/Procedure section.
  26. Compressed gas cylinders should be stored in an upright position and chained or otherwise secured. Where not connected to a service line or manifold system, the protective caps for these cylinders shall be in place.
  27. Flash-back arrestors or reverse gas flow check valves must be in place on all oxy-acetylene fuel cutting equipment.
  28. Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning clothing or to blow dust from your body.
  29. Do not attempt to repair defective wiring or other electrical equipment. Report defective electrical equipment to your Supervisor. Electrical equipment can only be repaired or serviced by a qualified electrician.
  30. Faulty or makeshift ladders must not be used.
  31. When lifting, have a secure footing, bend your knees, keep your back straight, take a firm hold of the object being lifted and slowly straighten your legs. If you must turn with a load, turn your feet and whole body. DO NOT twist yourself. Avoid reaching while lifting or putting the object down. If the object is too heavy for you, get assistance.
  32. Keep your work area safe, efficient and pleasant by keeping it clean and orderly.
  33. Follow all Safe Work Procedures and Processes and report any deficiencies to your supervisor.
  34. If something looks unsafe it probably is ... IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT ... ASK !

-- Created June 2007 | Revised June 2008, 2013 | Review Date June 2014 -----