Health and Safety

The Day of Mourning - April 28

The University of Guelph will lower its flags to half-mast at noon on Friday, April 27th to mark the Day of Mourning in Canada.

This is the 27th anniversary of the event, observed on April 28 each year to honour people who have died or been injured on the job. Once the flags are lowered to half-mast, they will remain so until night fall on Saturday, April 28th.

A joint proclamation recognizing the day has been issued by U of G and the University’s employee groups.

New Feature to the SAFEGryphon App called "WorkAlone"

WorkAlone is a brand new feature to the SAFEGryphon App.  WorkAlone is a way for anyone to virtually check in with a family member, friend, co-worker or anyone you choose if the user is working late at night or is working alone or would feel safer if they were being checked up on during this time.  WorkAlone is fully customizable and allows the user selects how long the work alone session will last and how many times a “check in” is req

The Day of Mourning - April 28

The Day of Mourning offers us the opportunity to stand together with the country’s workers to remember those who have lost their lives or been injured on the job, and to reflect on what needs to be done to prevent further workplace deaths and injuries.

A joint proclamation recognizing the day has been issued by U of G and the University’s employee groups.

Earth Week: Campus-wide Hazardous Waste Disposal Campaign

We make job, our job! February 27th - March 10th, 2017

We will come to your lab and take all of your old chemicals for disposal.

  • NO tags
  • NO disposal request forms

If you want your old chemicals disposed or for a hazardous waste lab assessment, call the Lab Safety Officer at 519-824-4120 ext. 54270.

Hot Weather Alerts

High temperature, high humidity and hard physical work can be a dangerous combination. Working in these conditions or conditions approaching these can cause disorders ranging from heat cramps to heat stroke. Such disorders can be prevented through worker awareness and the implementation of adequate preventive measures.

This alert involves the management of heat stress induced by hot weather that triggers the implementation of a “hot weather” plan. The implementation criteria for the hot weather plan is as follows:-

Cold Weather Alert

The combined effect of cold air and wind speed is expressed as wind-chill temperature. Over the next few days, outdoor wind-chill temperatures are expected to be well below –25C. At these low temperatures, work in outdoor environments can present a significant risk for workers performing such work when appropriate precautions are not taken.

AEDs Located across Campus

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are in a number of Guelph and Regional Campus facilities. 

Training on the use of AEDs is available through every First Aid course. This 14 minute video will also provide a quick review

Upcoming Guelph campus First Aid courses are listed at

For additional information, please see the @Guelph article found at

CCOHS Poster on Chemical Exposure Routes

Please find attached a free chemical exposures poster by CCOHS, feel free to print and display in areas where users are to be aware of chemical exposures in your work environment. If you require specific guidance related to chemical exposures in your work environment please contact EHS at Additionally, If you have concerns regarding chemical exposure and require an evaluation contact Rachel Pinto, Occupational Hygienist at or Ext. 54855.

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