15.01 The current Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations shall apply. The legislation allows every worker the right to know the hazards at work, participate in occupational health and safety, and refuse work which the worker believes is unusually dangerous.
15.02 Occupational Health and Safety Committee
An Occupational Health and Safety Committee, as provided for under the current Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, shall be implemented.
15.03 Referral of Health or Safety Concerns
An Employee or group of Employees who have a health or safety concern shall endeavor to resolve that concern by first referring the concern to the immediate supervisor or officer responsible for safety. Alternatively, the Employee may approach any member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee with the concern.
15.04 Workplace Conflict
Violence means the attempted, threatened or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause injury and includes any threatening statement or behavior that gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that the worker is at risk of injury.
Harassment means any objectionable conduct, comment or display including but not limited to swearing.
Employees will not be exposed to violence or harassment as defined above.
Any time lost as a result of immunization shall not result in loss of pay or reduction of the Employee’s sick leave credits. The Employer agrees to provide immunizations as required for Health Care workers in accordance with the Canadian Immunization Guide and the Centre for Disease Control.
15.06 Protective Clothing
Protective clothing and equipment required by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations shall be provided at no cost to Employees.
15.07 Post-Trauma Counseling
The Employer agrees to develop and/or maintain a post-trauma counseling program. This program shall allow Employees to attend sessions without loss of pay or deduction from their sick leave credits. Employees shall be entitled to up to three (3) hours off while on shift when they have attended to a traumatic call or performed CPR for an extended period of time.
15.08 Workers’ Compensation
When an Employee is absent as a result of an accident, occupational illness or disease in connection with the Employee’s employment and benefits are being paid by the Workers’ Compensation Board, the difference between the Employee’s regular net pay and the Workers’ Compensation payment will be paid by the Employer for a period not to exceed one (1) year and shall not reduce the Employee’s accumulated sick leave credits. The Employee’s vacation credits shall continue to accumulate at the normal rate while the Employee is on Workers’ Compensation for a period of up to six (6) months.
15.09 The Company shall pay the cost of inoculation for ambulance Employees against Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Mumps, Measles and Rubella.