President's message week of Oct. 12th 2021

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Internal Responsibility System (IRS) Warm Feet District Equity Statement Workgroup

Warm Feet

Many, many members of the D18 larger community don’t have warm, dry socks to keep them warm over the fall, winter, spring months. From now to June 1st, D18 is collecting donations of clean or new adult socks to be distributed to those in need in our communities. Please send socks to TRACEY MACKIE VLIETSTRA at the D18 OFFICE-ELORA through the interoffice mail.

Maybe requests in lieu of gifts, class projects, school-wide participation…. Or just you!

Thank you in advance for your support.

District Equity Statement Workgroup

Please find attached an opportunity to participate in the creation of a District Equity Statement. Applications are due October 25th, 2021

Internal Responsibility System (IRS)

What is it? The Internal Responsibility System (IRS) is a fundamental part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Every worker has a critical role to play in ensuring workplace safety. Workers have the legal obligation to report all safety hazards to their supervisor or employer. Supervisors have the legal obligation to ensure all hazards are adequately managed. Employers must inform workers of potential workplace hazards and provide clear policies and procedures to address these issues. If the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) is followed, it provides a solid foundation for a safe and healthy workplace. What if a member has a health and safety concern at their workplace? Step 1: It is the worker’s responsibility to identify, notify and document the concern with the principal. This can be done via in person or email. The email version allows for the issue to be documented that the issue was discussed. This step must be taken before there is union involvement. The union can advise on an issue but the worker must first discuss the issue with the principal. Step 2: If the issue is not resolved or followed up in a reasonable time frame then, the union is able to provide support and guidance, as needed. Source: Health and Safety Concerns? Contact: Julie Wagner Health and Safety Officer 226-962-7508

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 |

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