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Staff and students needed to serve on new Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) committees

March 1, 2018 • Written by

A strong, proactive workplace safety and health culture is a top priority for Red River College. The College is responsible for and committed to providing all employees, workers, students and visitors with a safe and healthy environment.

One of the many ways the College coordinates health and safety efforts is through Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Committees, which are required per the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act. Red River College currently has four legislative WSH Committees in place – at the Notre Dame Campus (NDC), Exchange District Campus (EDC), Stevenson Campus Winnipeg, and Southport.

In June 2017, the College underwent a formal inspection process with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health where we received important feedback to improve WSH representation of our many campuses, buildings, and program and interest areas. In the fall, RRC’s Safety and Health Services engaged staff, students and faculty members calling for their recommendations to establish stronger Workplace Safety and Health Committees which better represent the greater College community.

With these considerations and the complexity of operations at our nine campuses, the College proposed a new structure based on function areas of departments rather than physical locations on campus.

Please click here to review the new committee structure accepted by Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade Labour and Regulatory Services.

We are now recruiting committee members made up of staff, faculty and students to serve on each of these 16 WSH Committees. The committees are responsible for receiving safety and health concerns from College management, staff/faculty, and students. The committee then discusses these concerns at their meetings and makes recommendations regarding possible solutions. Members are also involved in incident investigation, promoting awareness, and performing inspections of the workplace. Minute takers will also be provided for each committee.

A WSH Advisory Committee has also been established and will oversee the WSH Committees, monitor trends in the minutes, review programs, and make improvements.

We are calling on staff, faculty, and students to serve on the committees listed below. Those interested in serving should consult their supervisors and contact Jodi Pluchinski, Director of Safety and Health Services to indicate your department area and relevant committee. Programs can also nominate students that will be returning next year (2018-19), who they believe will bring valuable student insight and perspective. Committee members must be finalized no later than May 1, 2018.

We are dedicated to setting an exceptional standard as an education leader in workplace safety and health, and appreciate the dedication and commitment staff, faculty and students to ensure continuous improvements to health and safety services.

NAOSH 2017

May 9, 2017 • Written by

InVest in Safety!  Help Break a World Record!
Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 – 5:00 pm
All ages are welcome to participate as SAFE Work Manitoba attempts to break the world record for the most people in high-visibility safety vests in one place at one time!  The first 2200 people in attendance will receive a ticket for an upcoming Winnipeg Goldeyes Game.  To RSVP and for more information visit the SAFE Work website

Library Display Case
Check out the safety and health information display in the library display case at NDC, until May 12. 

First Aid Kits Available at Campus Store! 
Once again, St. John Ambulance has partnered with EHSS to offer the high-quality “Sports Kit” first aid kit at the Campus Store at NDC and Roblin Centre.  Be prepared to help in the event of an emergency at home, at the cabin or campground, on the field, or on the road.  Price is $35 plus tax (regular $50).  Stock up for gifts for family or friends. 

AEDs Available from St. John Ambulance  
Automated External Defibrillators can save lives.  Have you ever thought about purchasing an AED for the home, cottage, or elsewhere?  Be prepared for a cardiac emergency. The Physio Control Express AED is available for $1295.  Please call Bryan Wall of St. John Ambulance at 204-230-0999 if you require further information.  Don’t forget to tell him you are an employee of Red River College. 

NAOSH Week is May 7 – 13, 2017

May 5, 2017 • Written by

NAOSH Week is May 7 – 13, 2017

Make safety a habit!

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is celebrated annually to bring attention to safety and health in the workplace.

We welcome staff and students to participate in the following NAOSH Week events at Red River College:

Red River Safety Ex: Displays

Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

NDC – Library Hallway

Come check out a variety of occupational safety and health displays from St. John Ambulance, the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, MEP Brothers, RPM (Trucking Safety Association of Manitoba), ABC Fire and Safety, Work Authority, Linde Canada (welding product supplier), and more!

Grab a free cookie and enter to win safety-themed prizes at the Safety and Health Services table.

Lunch & Learn: Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Wednesday, May 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

NDC – Green Lecture Theatre

Bring your lunch and explore the new CSA standard regarding Psychological Safety in the Workplace.  Facilitator Maureen Grace will explain the elements of the standard and the project underway at Red River College which focuses on civility and respect.  Attendees will have a chance to win a prize.

SAFE Work on Wheels: Safety Demonstrations

Friday, May 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

NDC – Building M

Staff are invited to check out the SAFE Work on Wheels demonstrations as part of RED Forum. How effective is eye protection and hand protection? Come see for yourself as the crew from SAFE Work put personal protective equipment to the test. Fall protection and safe lifting practices will also be demonstrated.

We remember all those who have been affected by workplace tragedy and are driven to create a strong safety and health culture at Red River College. The National Day of Mourning for workers injured or killed on the job was held April 28.

Need more information?

Contact Safety and Health Services


RRC Has a New WHMIS Course

July 29, 2016 • Written by

RRC Has a New WHMIS Course!

Here’s what has changed, why, and what you need to know.


Changes to WHMIS Legislation

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) legislation came into force in 1988. In recent years, efforts were made to globally harmonize WHMIS so that all countries around the world would be using a similar hazard communication system for labeling, Safety Data Sheets, and training. In 2015, Canada introduced new WHMIS legislation which was adopted by all provinces and territories.


Why is WHMIS Training Required?

The Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation state the safety and health responsibilities of the employer, supervisor and worker as well as other parties in the workplace. Under the Act, a student is considered a worker, and this means that the supervisor is the instructor. The employer has a responsibility to provide all workers (whether they are paid or unpaid) with information regarding the hazards in the workplace and how they are controlled. The worker has a right to know this information, must take the training provided and follow safe work procedures to protect themselves from those hazards.

Hazardous products are found throughout our environment at the College, and WHMIS training is workplace-specific. This means that in addition to the basic WHMIS information that is provided through the new WHMIS course, the worker must be provided with information and training that is specific to the hazards associated with the products actually being handled, used, and stored in the work area.


What is happening with WHMIS at RRC?

Due to the changes in the WHMIS legislation, we are required to update our WHMIS training material at the College.

The new course is now available via LEARN.  (Effective August, 2016.)

The new course is replacing the “old” course offered online via a third-party, MasteryNet. The new course will be far more comprehensive than the course previously offered, and satisfies the requirements of WHMIS 2015 (regulatory changes) as well as WHMIS 1988.  The new course is being developed by SHS and the Teaching Learning Technology Centre (TLTC) with the support of many other departments including Information Technology Solutions (ITS), Enrolment Services, e-TV, among others.


Transition to WHMIS 2015

The federal government recognizes that a transition period is required as workplaces (including the College) move to the new system including re-labelling hazardous products, updating Safety Data Sheets, and so forth. During this time we must prepare students, staff and faculty so that they have the information to safely work with or in proximity to hazardous products that may have the “old” or “new” labeling, Safety Data Sheets, etc..  This transition period for employers ends December 1, 2018. At that point, the College’s WHMIS course will be amended again and the WHMIS 1988 information will be removed.  It is also expected that by Dec. 1, 2018, the College is in full compliance with the requirements of WHMIS 2015.


About the New Course

  1. Information Sessions – Sessions have been offered to academic coordinators, instructors, educational assistants and others. These sessions provided an opportunity to learn more about the new course and to receive a sneak peek of the course content.  If you would like to request a session, please contact Kerilyn.
  2. Course Code – The common course code SAFE-1028 WHMIS must now be used for WHMIS. If your department is using a different course code for WHMIS, or if WHMIS is currently combined with another course, we are asking that the department submit a course creation form to Enrolment Services to ensure that the new stand-alone WHMIS course is added to the Program requirements. This will be particularly important moving forward.
  3. Course Content – The new course content has been developed as the “official” WHMIS course at RRC. It is expected that it will be used exclusively by all departments where WHMIS training is required. Instructors are welcome to use the WHMIS course content in LEARN for classroom use.
  4. Help with the New WHMIS Course – If you have questions or concerns related to the course content please contact SHS.


WHMIS for Students

All students of the College will have access to the new WHMIS course. Only those who are required to complete WHMIS to fulfill their Program requirements have to complete the course.

Once the student completes the course online, LEARN will automatically generate an email which will be sent to the student’s College email address.  This email serves as proof of completion of the WHMIS course and should be provided to the instructor.  The instructor can then input the student’s WHMIS grade (pass/fail) into WebAdvisor.  There is no instructor or coordinator attached to WHMIS in LEARN.  This means that instructors cannot check LEARN to verify a student’s completion.

Even though a student may have previously taken WHMIS and a grade recorded in Colleague, training must be given regarding the new WHMIS requirements for due diligence purposes.  This is to ensure that students have the information needed to read and understand the new labels and Safety Data Sheets.  Education and training should occur prior to exposure to the hazardous products.  Currently, WHMIS training is valid for three years.


If a student has failed the final test two times, it is recommended that they arrange for optional tutoring.  (See contact information below.)  If the students decides not to arrange a tutoring session, they should review the course material and test feedback prior to attempting the test a third time.

If the student does not pass after the third attempt, they must inform their instructor and then arrange a mandatory tutoring session with Kyle Schewe at Indicate this is for a WHMIS training session.  After satisfactorily completing the tutoring session, the student will have one more opportunity to take the final test.

Language Challenges

If the student speaks English as a second or additional language, language skills may make it challenging to understand the content in the course or successfully complete the test.

The student can access free ESL tutoring to help develop their language skills for success in the course and in their college program.  Learn more about ESL Tutoring here.  If the student is interested in working with an ESL tutor they can contact Kaleigh Quinn at


WHMIS for Staff and Faculty

All staff and faculty of the College will have access to the new WHMIS course and must complete the new course.

Since WHMIS has changed significantly, including labeling and Safety Data Sheets, staff and faculty who have previously taken the “old” WHMIS will be required to take the new course, even if they recently took the “old” WHMIS. This is to ensure that all staff and faculty have the information needed to read and understand the new labels, Safety Data Sheets, and to ensure that their work areas are compliant with WHMIS requirements. Education and training should occur prior to exposure to the hazardous products.  Currently, WHMIS training is valid for three years.


WHMIS is Workplace-Specific

Please note that WHMIS training is workplace-specific.  In each workplace there are different hazardous products stored, handled and used.  For this reason, the hazards within the workplace also differ and the training must reflect the hazards and control measures appropriate to the hazards in the workplace.

The new WHMIS course provides the basics regarding WHMIS.  It does not address specific hazards associated with specific hazardous products in each department, shop, lab, work area or storage area.  The department is responsible for providing additional training to staff and students so that they are aware of and prepared to work with or in the vicinity of the specific hazardous products in the work area.

For these same reasons, each employer must provide workplace-specific WHMIS training.  If a student or staff moves on to a new workplace, the new employer at the site is responsible for providing safety and health training that is specific to the employer’s work environment, and this includes WHMIS training.  Students who are going out to a work practicum or placement must also be provided workplace-specific WHMIS training by the employer at the site.


How to Access the New WHMIS Course

Go to

Log in using your College username and password.

Select the WHMIS course from your assigned courses list.

If you require Learn technical support, email

For questions about the course content, email


WHMIS Pictogram Posters

A new poster featuring the new WHMIS pictograms (symbols) is available to all departments. Contact to request a copy.


The WHMIS Handbook

The WHMIS Handbook previously offered through the Campus Store will no longer be available as the new course content, including glossary of terms, is printable and available as resource information.


For More Information

If you would like more information about the new course, please email

Click here for the WHMIS inventory form or to create a WHMIS workplace label.

Click here to access the RRC Safety Data Sheet database or to submit a Safety Data Sheet to the RRC Safety Data Sheet database.

Falls from Ladders

July 14, 2016 • Written by

Did you know that there has been over 800 incidents in the past 5 years in Manitoba associated with workers falling off ladders?

To help prevent falls from ladders and to reduce fatal and serious injuries related to ladder use, read ladder safety from Safe Work Manitoba.

We wish you a great and safe summer!

NAOSH Week 2016

April 11, 2016 • Written by

NAOSH (North American Occupational Safety and Health) Week is May 1 – 7, 2016.

Please join RRC’s Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committees in bringing awareness to the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.  The theme of NAOSH Week 2016 is MAKE SAFETY A HABIT.

The NDC library display case will feature a variety of safety and health information during NAOSH Week.

Please see below for a listing of RRC NAOSH Week Events!

Thursday, April 28

National Day of Mourning

On this day, we remember those who became injured, ill, or were killed due to the workplace.  Flags at NDC will fly at half-mast.

Sunday, May 1

Steps for Life Walk – Kildonan Park: 10 am

Steps for Life is an annual walk in support of the survivors of workplace tragedy.  We welcome staff, faculty and students to join the Red River Ramblers team and invite all to make a donation to support much needed resources for the families who have lost a loved one to workplace-related fatality.

Tuesday, May 3

Red River Safety Ex and Lunch – Roblin Centre, Front Atrium: 10 am – 2:30 pm

Come fill up on safety information!  Exhibitors include SAFE Work Manitoba, St. John Ambulance, Levitt-Safety, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, and more!  Enter the free draw for a chance at great safety and health prizes.  Lunch available for $5.

Wednesday, May 4

Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day

This day recognizes the efforts and commitment of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who work to ensure that you return home safely from work each day.  They act as a resource, helping to identify and reduce workplace hazards while reducing employer costs and maximizing the contributions of all workers.  Safety professionals draw and apply standards from various disciplines including engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management.  They use all appropriate tools, methods and techniques available to them in order to prevent incidents, including injury, illnesses, near misses, and property damage.  OSHP Day recognizes the contributions of these professionals to the safety of workers and workplaces and aims to raise further awareness and pride in the profession.  Red River College’s Safety and Health Services department welcomes your questions, concerns and suggestions about safety and health at the College.

Thursday, May 5

Red River Safety Ex and Lunch – NDC, South Gym: 9 am – 1 pm

Come fill up on safety information!  Exhibitors include SAFE Work Manitoba, St. John Ambulance, Levitt-Safety, RPM (Trucking Safety Association), Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, Work Authority, Acklands-Grainger, Hazmasters, MSA, and more! Enter the free draw for a chance at great safety and health prizes.  Lunch available for $5.

Safety Den – NDC, South Gym: 1:30 pm (follows Safety Ex)

NAOSH-week-2016-Dragon-DenDo you have an idea to enhance safety and health at the College?  Step into the Safety Den to pitch your idea to the Safety Dragons!

The Dragons (judges) are leaders from Red River College.  Complete the registration form to enter for a chance to present your idea at the Safety Den event.  Students, staff and faculty submissions are welcome.

All participants will receive a safety and health prize pack.  The top idea will be rewarded with an ASUS Transformer 10″ pad. Second and third place winners will receive gift cards for Best Buy.

Register today!

Friday, May 6

Event TBA – Stevenson Winnipeg: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join us in the Student Lounge for safety info and treats!

SAFE Work on Wheels Presentations – NDC, Between Buildings B&M: afternoon

The SAFE Work on Wheels team will show how effective personal protective equipment really is by trying to cut cut-resistant gloves, dropping a mannequin from a height, shooting eye protection with a nail gun, and demonstrating how improper lifting can result in damage to your back.  Email if you would like to sign up to attend a presentation with your class.  Rain location is the Groundskeeper’s shop, just north of the greenhouse.

How much sitting is too much?

February 18, 2016 • Written by

Did you know that there is strong scientific evidence that suggests that sitting too much is a health hazard. For tips to reduce sedentary behavior, check Beyond Exercise: Keeping Healthy at Your Desk Job.

One of the RRC Staff and Student Wellness Committee goals for 2016 is to reduce sedentary behavior for employees and students at the College. Go to RRC wellness blog for more information on that initiative.

Please consult with your physician if you have any health concerns about getting and staying active.

Take your breath away!

February 9, 2016 • Written by

Is respiratory protection required for employees and students in your program? 

Have you had mask fit testing performed according to the Canadian Standards Association Standard Z94.4-02?


If you answered yes first, then no, or you answered maybe to both questions, we can help!!

Contact us at for assistance.

 Click here for the RRC Respiratory Protection Program Guideline. 

Your SHS team – in the business to keep you breathing!


First Aid Courses for RRC Staff/Faculty – Four dates to choose from!

January 29, 2016 • Written by

Are you willing to administer first aid at work? Want to be ready to help a friend or family member who requires first aid? Visit Employee Development and register today!

Standard First Aid (16-hour course) is scheduled for:

Tues., Feb. 16 – Wed., Feb. 17
Thurs., March 17 – Fri., March 18

Standard First Aid prepares participants for the following emergency situations: choking (for adult, child and infant), cardiovascular emergencies, CPR and AED use, severe bleeding, and medical conditions (diabetes, allergies, seizures), burns, chest injuries, eye injuries, poisoning, heat and cold injuries, rescue carries, bone and joint injuries, head and spinal injuries.

Emergency First Aid (8-hour course) is scheduled for:

Wed., March 9
Wed., April 20

Emergency First Aid prepares participants for the following emergency situations: choking (for adult, child and infant), cardiovascular emergencies, CPR and AED use, severe bleeding, and medical conditions (diabetes, allergies, seizures), burns.

Courses take place at NDC and begin at 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM.

These courses are open to all RRC staff/faculty. There is no cost to your department. Your department will only be charged if you register and then fail to attend without prior notification.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate issued by St. John Ambulance.

Donna Grieve: 204-801-3014 or
Kerilyn Zielinski: 204-806-7551 or