Health & Safety Committee

Chair: Liza Cote |
Members: Crystal McCracken, Cathy Nelson, Abigail Scott
Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month starting at 12:05 pm in the Union Office Boardroom (excluding December, July and August). USW members are welcome to attend.

There is an immediate need for a USW representative for the Faculty of Arts and Science Joint Health and Safety Committee. Please contact if you would be interested in taking on this very important role.

WHMIS Course Registration

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that all employees, or supervisors of employees, who work with or who are in proximity of chemicals receive WHMIS training. After completing the Full WHMIS training, you are required to complete the on-line Refresher quiz on an annual basis.

All courses will be held in the Faculty & Staff Learning Facility, Room B176 Mac-Corry Lecture Theatre

Training session is maximum of 2 hours in duration.

On-line registration is required at least 24 hours before training session.

Course Dates 2018

– March 6 (Tuesday) – 9:30 – 11:30 am. Click here to register:

If you completed WHMIS at Queen’s in a previous year (2017 or earlier), you are eligible to complete the Annual Refresher quiz.

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month and your USW Health and Safety Committee would like to offer our members a special 1 hour wellness session from our EFAP provider, Homewood Health.

The Science of Happiness:
Scientific studies have shown that 50% of our individual differences in happiness are determined by our genes, 10% by our life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities. This one-hour session will introduce participants to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being.

12:05pm – 12:55 pm | 154 Albert Street | USW Office Boardroom

If you are interested in attending this complimentary workshop, please RSVP to by October 24.

To learn more about Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, please visit

Thank you to all of our USW Joint Health and Safety Committee Members who came out to our Appreciation Lunch at the USW 2010 office on Wednesday, June 21. Good food and good company!

(Pictured left to right: Erica McPherson, Briana Broderick, Cathy Nelson, Pam Bandy-Dafoe, Abi Scott, Terry O’Reilly, Kim Wallace, Kelly Orser, Diane Reid, Jacquie Brown, Liza Cote)

There are several USW vacancies on Joint Health and Safety Committees across campus. Please contact or the USW office 613-533-2693 if interested in filling a position on one of the below committees:

1) University Administrative Services – 2010-01 member (1 position)
2) Physical Plant Services – 2010 member (1 position)
3) Engineering and Applied Science – 2010-01 (1 position)
4) Faculty of Health Sciences – 2010-01 (1 position)

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety will be offering First Aid & CPR (Standard level -2 day) training.

This training is available to Queen’s Staff, Faculty and Graduate students. Training will be conducted in Faculty and Staff Learning Facility, located in Complex B176 of Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Seminar Room. Training is scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
There is no cost to attend this course, however, a valid account code is required to register.

You are eligible for Standard 2-day First Aid if you have never taken First Aid, or your certification has expired.

Standard (2-day) First Aid training will be offered on the following date:
-June 27-28 (Tues & Wed)

To register for Standard 2-day First Aid please follow this link:

Health & Safety Information & Resources
 USW 2010 Health & Safety 2016  pdf Presentation