April 22,2021: Caretaking Staff Accessing Their School Roof
A question has come up regarding the regular need to Caretaking Staff to access the roof on school sites.
Internal ladders that are actually constructed into the building are different from extension ladders. The use of extension ladders requires 2 workers to ensure the ladder doesn’t slip or fall. Obviously, that is not an issue with a ladder that is secured to the building structurally.
As you go up or down the structurally secured ladder, each movement requires you to have only one hand on the ladder. Having to open the hatch to access the roof is no different.
Once you are on the roof, be aware that you shouldn’t go any closer than 2M (6 feet) from the edge. This is in case you lose your footing & stumble…to give you some leeway for the unexpected. You also should never be on the roof when it is snow covered or windy. Going up “once a month” is a good rule…but it remains weather dependent. Once a week “weather permitting” often turns into “only once this month”.
You should always inform the school office when you are going onto the roof, give an estimate on how much time you will be up there, & report back when you come down, in case you get into distress while you are on the roof. Always take your cell phone up to the roof with you in case you need to call for help. Always take the “worker down” distress alarm lanyard regardless of whether or not you have a cell phone.
Jan 19,2021: Health & Safety Meetings
Effective today, you can view the up-to-date agenda & minutes of CUPE/CCSD H&S Committee meetings, as well as the H&S Committee RMM Reports in the Members section under Health & Safety.
Remember to forward any H&S concerns at your work site to an H&S Committee Member, as directed on our Home Page.
Nov 10,2020: Expired Work Boot Vouchers
We’re hearing that many Members forgot about their work boot vouchers & allowed them to expire last week. If you find yourself in this situation, contact your supervisor about getting a replacement voucher. Remember, there are certain duties that require you to wear certified safety footwear. As the District has provided them to you at their cost, do not make the mistake of choosing to not wear them in the performance of these duties. It is your responsibility to utilize the items that are provided to make your job safer.
Oct 1,2020: Work Boot Voucher
Your yearly CCSD 2020 work boot voucher should have arrived via your District email this week.
Your voucher can ONLY be used for CSA approved safety footwear at the approved vendor. There is a maximum dollar amount (depending on your position’s needs) but you can spend whatever you want to get what you like, as long as you pay the difference. Your voucher EXPIRES NOVEMBER 6, 2020.
There are specific tasks during which you are required to wear your safety footwear. Consider keeping them in your vehicle or at your worksite so that they are available when you need them.
If you did not receive your voucher, contact your supervisor.