Visitors and Volunteers

Strict definitions apply to visitors and volunteers in a workplace setting. It is important for all concerned to understand the environmental and health and safety issues surrounding people who visit or volunteer on our campus.

Visitor - Person who is physically on University property and does not perform work, or supply a service.

Volunteer - As defined by the Ontario Health and Safety Act: a worker who performs work or supplies a service but who receives no monetary compensation. Volunteers are not covered by the WSIB in case of workplace-related injury. Volunteers assume the risk in case of injury and should consult their insurance company as a precautionary measure Supervisors (Professors and graduate students) must ensure their volunteers receive applicable training

Visitors and Volunteers MUST:

  • be in the presence of a University employee or professor at all times.
  • wear protective clothing, steel-toe boots, hard hats and other protective equipment as applicable when entering certain areas.
  • respect environmental management practices applicable to the University.

All visitors and volunteers are required to complete the waiver form and provide copies to:

  • Their University Department,
  • HSRM if in Science, Medicine, Engineering or Facilities, and
  • Office of Risk Management main office.

This form has critical contact information that is essential in case of emergency. Delays in obtaining medical consent from personnal emergency contacts outside the University can be avoided.

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