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Sylvie Châteauvert Director of D safe G Bruce Christianson Civilian Health and Return to Work Coordinator Health and Safety Conference 27 February 2009.

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1 Sylvie Châteauvert Director of D safe G Bruce Christianson Civilian Health and Return to Work Coordinator Health and Safety Conference 27 February 2009

2 Mission … to develop, coordinate, promulgate and administer the DND/CF General Safety Program… Vision … reduce accidents in order to add to the operational effectiveness of DND and the CF, minimize personal suffering… and contribute to the morale and well-being of all personnel. D safe G

3 Safety Governance National H&S Policy Committee Workplace H&S Committee National and Local RTW Committees Overview

4 General Safety Program Functional Authority Framework VCDS National Safety Policy Committee DND/CF Safety Council D Safe G National Return to Work Committee General Safety Consultative Framework Command / Group GSOs Formation / Base / Wing GSOs Unit GSOs Chain of Command Workplace Committee 1. General Safety Council 2. Workplace Committee 3. Return to Work Ctte. Workplace Committee 1. General Safety Council 2. Workplace Committee 3. Return to Work Ctte. CLC Part II 1.Steering Ctte 2.Consultative Group 3.Working Group LEGEND: Red: Legislation Greens: DND Policy / Program & Governance Blue: Program Delivery CLC Part II

5 Management representatives VCDS ADM (Mat) ADM (IE) ADM (S&T) ADM (HR-Civ) ADM (HR-Mil) ADM (IM) All Environmental COS Director General Nuclear Safety Director, General Safety CF Chief Warrant Officer Union Representatives UNDE IBEW FGDTLC (E) FGDTLC (W) FGDCA PIPSC Agriculture Union APSFA CMCFA CMSG National H&S Policy Committee Membership

6 Mandate … to maintain oversight over those health and safety programs regulated by the Canada Labour Code, Part II and/or related policy impacting upon public servants. General Safety Program, volume 1, chapter 3, section 8. Authority For the purposes of addressing health and safety matters that apply to the work, undertaking or business of an employer, every employer who normally employs directly three hundred or more employees shall establish a policy committee and, subject to section 135.1, select and appoint its members. CLC, Part II, Section (1). National H&S Policy Committee

7 Resources Membership Travel is centrally funded through D safe G Secretariat (D safe G) Recourse to Resolve Issues CLC Part II Chain of Command National H&S Policy Committee

8 Challenges Not meeting four times per year Lack of productive agenda Lack of committee meeting Successes Schedule of planned meetings until December 2009 Better communication through the safety governance Awareness sessions given to the Policy Committee 24 February 2009 National H&S Policy Committee

9 Workplace H&S Committees Membership Fifty percent or more representation chosen by the bargaining agents and the remainder by the unit CO. For public service employees a term of office is two years.

10 Mandate …addressing health and safety matters that apply to individual work places. CLC Part II section 135. Authority …a workplace health and safety committee is required where 20 or more Public Service employees normally work. General Safety Program, volume 1, chapter 3, section 45 a. Workplace H&S Committees

11 Resources D safe G funds DND/CF training and associated travel costs for military and civilians. Recourse to Resolve Issues CLC Part II Chain of Command Workplace H&S Committees

12 Challenges Inconsistencies in resources at the various levels of command (people and money) Occupational Health and Safety expertise Staff mobility Training Successes Governance Structure Training Visibility Workplace H&S Committees

13 Management Representatives D safe G (co-chair) VCDS DGER DGRCHRS ADM (HR-Civ) ADM (S&T) ADM (Mat) All Environmental COS CMP Union Representatives UNDE IBEW FGDTLC (E) FGDTLC (W) FGDCA PIPSC Agriculture Union APSFA CMCFA CMSG National RTW Committee

14 Mandate …providing advice and guidance for those responsible for administering the Department of National Defence Return to Work Program. RTWP Manual, chapter 3, annexe A, section 1. Authority VCDS National H&S Policy Committee National RTW Committee

15 Membership Management Representative Union Representatives RTW Program Advisor/GSO Human Resource Officer Units HR Business Manager OR Assign RTW Duties: 1.Workplace Health and Safety Committee 2.Injury on Duty Leave Committee 3.Employee Assistance Program Local RTW Committees

16 Mandate … provide policy, direction, and procedures for the organizations Return to Work Program. RTWP Manual, chapter 3, section 9. Authority Each Base, Wing, and major unit with more than 20 civilian employees must establish a committee or assign return to work duties to one of the previous mentioned committees in order to provide resources, policy direction and help the Return to Work Program Advisor manage the Return to Work Program. RTWP Manual, chapter 3, section 8. Local RTW Committees

17 Resources D safe G Funded Training RTW Advisors Course RTW Committees Course RTW Awareness Course Locally Funded Training RTW Employee Awareness Course RTW Program

18 Recourse to Resolve Issues Supervisor / Employee Supervisor / Employee / Employee Representative Supervisor / Employee / Employee Rep / RTWP Advisor Local RTW Committee Case Manager RTW Program

19 Challenge National Lead Absence Training Needs Local Committees Issues Action D safe G Priority Update and Funding Union Feedback RTW Program

20 Success Several Local RTW Programs have established good communication and collaboration between stakeholders, creating effective and efficient RTW strategies for injured/ill workers. RTW Program

21 Vision Establish departmental RTW best practices, through sharing lessons learned from all Local RTW Programs to continually improve the National RTW Program. RTW Program


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