The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is publishing the inspection workplace reports listing Health and Safety (H&S) issues observed during school inspections as well as corrective measures taken to address them. The data corresponds to the 2015-2016 school year. This information will be published on an annual basis consistent with our commitment to increase transparency and accountability. Please note that there are no outstanding health and safety concerns for this period.
Health and Safety (H&S) Workplace inspections are conducted every month in all of our 584 operating schools. During each inspection, high risk areas such as tech shops, fan rooms, pool filter and boiler rooms are inspected. At the same time, one twelfth of the non-high risk areas are inspected on a rotational basis. That means that over the course of a year, all areas are inspected.
Workplace Inspections Process
After inspecting the facility, Health and Safety (H&S) inspectors enter the data into the Electronic Workplace Inspection Program.
The system generates a corrective action for each H&S issue identified and notifies the Principal and Caretaker.
Once the corrective action has been taken, the Principal prints and posts the inspection report on the school’s H&S bulletin board, as required by the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
The Electronic Workplace Inspection Program tracks the number of days that an item is outstanding:
- After 60 days, if no action has been taken, a reminder email is automatically sent to the Principal and Caretaker to alert them.
- After 90 days, if no action has been taken, the Superintendent of Education and the Facilities Team Leader responsible for that school are notified.
Note: based on the class code assigned for each hazard, the Principal or Caretaker must undertake a corrective action. If the corrective action requires a repair, then a notification is entered into the SAP system by the Caretaker and a work order is generated by the Facilities Team Leader or Maintenance Team Leader and assigned to a skilled trades person.
How to View the Data
You can select a school by visiting our 'Find Your School' page. On each individual school web page there will be a link on the left side entitled ‘Health and Safety Inspection Reports’. When selected, the link will take the visitor to a new web page that shows a list of the Health and Safety Workplace Inspection reports for that individual school. Below is a sample of what a typical report looks like.
Note: details about the H&S issue and information about the Corrective Action and Corrective Action Taken can be accessed by clicking on Details.
if you have questions regarding the inspection process, please contact the Occupational Health & Safety Office at: OccupHealth_Safety@tdsb.on.ca.