2022 TTC Safety, Health and Environment Policy

The Toronto Transit Commission’s goal is to eliminate all injuries and occupational illnesses and to minimize our impact on the environment. The TTC is committed to protecting the safety and health of our workers, our customers, the public living in the communities in which we operate, and to the protection of the environment. We recognize that workers have a fundamental right to a safe and healthy work environment. The TTC will conduct our business to systematically identify and control safety, health and environmental risks.

To support our goal, the TTC will:

• Comply with applicable safety and environmental legislation, appropriate industry practices and standards, and TTC policies and requirements;
• Be a leader in promoting transit industry best practices with regard to safety, health, and the environment;
• Set measurable targets for continual improvement in safety, health and environmental performance and monitor these targets to ensure they are met;
• Promptly identify, assess and eliminate or control risks or threats to safety, health, and the environment through established programs and processes;
• Integrate safety, health, and environmental considerations into planning and business decisions;
• Provide all TTC workers with required training, instructions, equipment, and competent supervision to perform their duties and responsibilities in a manner that is safe, healthy, and protects the environment;
• Promote a culture in which all TTC workers share the TTC’s safety, health and environment goals, and report any health and safety concerns without reprisal;
• Strive to create an injury-free and environmentally responsible workplace by reducing at-risk behaviours through encouraging worker involvement in TTC safety, health, and environmental programs; and
• Manage the impact on the environment through waste management, pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and implementation of green procurement initiatives.

As workers, we all share responsibility for safety, health, and the environment at the TTC by:

• Complying with TTC safety, health, and environmental standards and practices;
• Appropriately using or wearing all personal protective equipment required for working safely;
• Participating in safety, health, and environmental initiatives to reduce risk; and
• Identifying and reporting hazards to protect the environment and the safety and health of workers, customers, and the public.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
January 1, 2022

Personal protection pointers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will let you do your work and complete your shift safely. Here are a few pointers about wearing the proper gear (for task-specific PPE requirements, refer to your departmental work procedures):

  • Respiratory Protection: Should be used when airborne contaminants exceed occupational exposure limits. The selection of respirators and filters must be specific to the contaminants. Employees must be trained and fitted before issuing or wearing a respirator.
  • Eye Protection: Is of vital importance when working in areas where there is a risk of chemical splashes, flying particles or debris; should always be clean and scratch-free.
  • Foot Protection: Is required when workers are exposed to the possibility of a foot injury, and can help avoid twists, strains, slips and punctures.  Safety footwear and eye protection are mandatory for all maintenance areas.
  • Hand Protection: Is required when workers are exposed to possible hand injuries by contact with a hazardous chemical substance or material, equipment or wooden products that may have splinters, materials that may be too hot or too cold, and when there’s a possible exposure to live current or vibration. Glove material must be specifically selected for chemical resistance.
  • Face Protection: Is required when workers may be exposed to the hazards of splashing liquids, flying objects or dust/debris falling from overhead work. Face shields should always be clean and scratch-free.
  • Head Protection: Hardhats and bump-hats are a standard requirement for protection against flying or falling debris, or where workers are at risk of contacting their head while working under vehicles or low-level equipment. Head protection must always be fitted and worn properly with the brim facing forward and the band adjusted securely for a snug fit.
  • Reflective Vests and Arm/Leg Bands: Reflective arm and leg bands are a legislated requirement. New-generation vests, fabricated with reflective side straps, provide the same protection as arm bands and allow visibility of the workers from any approaching direction. Vest must be kept clean at all times for optimum visibility.
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