The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) residing in the Research Oversight & Compliance (ROC) unit within VPRI, has a comprehensive portfolio with a broad mandate for all three campuses with the objective of ensuring and facilitating a safe environment for all employees, students, visitors and contractors who engage in activities across our community and frequent any of our spaces. EHS has a Director of Research Safety and Compliance who oversees the regulatory/legislative landscape pertaining to research related institutional compliance within the laboratory environment and reports to the AVP ROC-VPRI. EHS also has a Director of Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) who oversees the Occupational Health & Safety regulatory/legislative landscape (as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act) and facilitates institutional compliance broadly across all workplace environments as well as ensuring effective general safety measures are in place for all university spaces. The Director OHS reports to the AVP ROC-VPRI as well as the VPHRE. UTM and UTSC both have EHS Managers who oversee all health and safety matters at their respective campuses. Both Managers report into the Director-OHS. EHS also works closely with various other units in different portfolios across the campuses in order to provide a comprehensive H&S framework designed to support specific client groups based on needs.
The mission of the EHS Department is to ensure that an environmentally responsible, safe and healthy work, research and study environment exists at the University of Toronto.
We do this by being proactive in identifying risks and emerging issues and by developing and implementing innovative, practical and sustainable processes to manage them, including training and awareness, teaching, provision of expert advice, emergency response and assurance.
Through close collaboration with all members of the University community we establish and maintain health and safety systems that are widely acknowledged to be of excellent quality and that, while not limiting or impeding academic freedom and freedom of research, maintain a high level of safety.