Flexible Workplace OH&S

Occupational Health and Safety at Home

Saint Mary’s University is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for all the University Community, whether you are working on Campus or at home, to fostering an awareness of the importance of safety and to providing the information and education necessary to perform activities and duties safely.   


Ergonomics in the workplace, either working on Campus or at home, can have a significant impact on your health, by reducing musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.  To help you set up your work space, see Ergonomics 101: Adjusting Your Workplace to Fit You .  After reviewing the presentation, complete the Workstation Ergonomic Checklist  which will help you to identify areas of your home office that you can improve. 

Reporting Incidents and Injuries

Your responsibilities when you have a health and safety injury or incident:

  • If you are injured, promptly get help.
  • Notify your supervisor immediately.
  • If necessary, obtain medical treatment.

Your supervisor’s responsibilities when there has been a health and safety injury or incident:

  • Ensure your employee has received any required treatment for any injuries.
  • Promptly investigate the injury of incident to determine the cause.
  • Complete the Injury/Incident Report form (insert link) within two business days of the incident or injury.
  • Take appropriate corrective actions to prevent a recurrence.


An important element of every OHS Program is the regular inspection of work spaces.  Workplace inspections help prevent injuries and illness. Inspections are observational tours of the workplace. Workplace Safety Inspections should be seen as a proactive technique for:

  • monitoring your home work space;
  • identifying unsafe acts and/or conditions (including the effects of change which may produce a hazard which had not been previously identified).

To assist you, an inspection checklist  has been developed.  This checklist can be modified as required to reflect your actual home work space.