HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
Violence in the Workplace Legislation
Information sessions were held with Principals in family of schools on September 10 & 11th to review the recently passed Violence in the Workplace regulations. These Department of Environment and Health Regulations are the latest regulations under the umbrella of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Principals were informed the implementation of the regulations was a two-part process - risk assessments completed by October 1st and prevention plans to mitigate the identified risks by April 1st, 2008.
The risk assessment form was fully explained and principals were advised to review it with their staff, post the completed form on their OHS bulletin board and send a copy to Sharon Johnston, Principals were also informed that discussions would be held with them in the new year for input and review of the violence prevention plans which correspond with the risks identified in the risk assessment form.
An information session on the new regulations was also held with school bus drivers and meetings are planned this week with the Supervisors= of the Operations Department to discuss the impact of the legislation on their Department.
All sessions were well attended and well received.
Substitute Placement System
Tenders were called for a provincial substitute placement system on May 3, 2007, and closed on June 1, 2007. Three submissions were evaluated and scored, resulting in two products considered to be acceptable (AESOP and Sub-Finder). Both products were closely examined and the strength and weaknesses of each were noted. Concerns were raised with both companies about the storage of personal information in data bases housed outside Canada. Sub-Finder agreed to have the data in Canada and agreed to restricted access to the data. AESOP could not agree to house the information in Canada.
The difficulty in reaching consensus, as to which product to recommend, is compounded because most (if not all) participants agreed that AESOP was functionally better. It is the product that best meets the needs of the School Boards in the province. Concerns were also raised about Sub-Finder and the fact that it was not able to do some of the needed functions that were available through AESOP. Further discussions will continue next week in an attempt to arrive at a consensus as to which product to recommend.
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