Experiential learning opportunities such as demonstrations, displays and exercises often takes place in seminar rooms, lecture halls and other classrooms. Instructors are reminded that under Canadian law they have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure these activities don’t cause harm. Tools such as the H&S Orientation Checklist, the Due Diligence Checklist, the Activity Risk Management Policy and the A-Z list of H&S Topics may help with the identification, assessment and control of potential hazards.
Instructors and others responsible for teaching laboratories should be familiar with and meet the requirements, tools, procedures, training and resources described by the Science Safety Program.
Field Trips and Field Work
Field work is an important part of experiential learning. Instructors and others responsible for field work are reminded that under Canadian law they have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure these activities don’t cause harm. Tools such as the H&S Orientation Checklist, the Due Diligence Checklist, the Activity Risk Management Policy and the A-Z list of H&S Topics may help with the identification, assessment and control of potential hazards.
Recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act have important implications for field work: The Act now applies to students participating in experiential learning opportunities at 3rd party workplaces in Ontario, meaning students have the rights and responsibilities of a worker and the University and the Placement Host have or share employer responsibilities.
Students doing field work in 3rd party workplaces need to complete the Ministry of Labour Healthy and Safety awareness training course that can be found via Blackboard.
The completion of a H&S Orientation Checklist and a H&S Due Diligence Checklist prior to field work / field trip at a 3rd party employer is strongly recommended.
Trent has a robust study abroad program, coordinated by the Trent International Program. TIP offers an emergency contact program, advice on how to travel safely and helps to identify study abroad options that suit the needs of each interested student. In addition, anyone traveling out of Canada is strongly encouraged to register with the Global Affairs Canada's ROCA (Registration of Canadians Abroad) program. Once registered, Global Affairs Canada can advise you by email of emergencies in your area that might compromise your safety and can help you leave the area. As noted in the Activity Risk Management Policy and Procedure, Trent will not approve travel to a country with a level 4 Global Affairs Canada travel advisory in effect. Senior administrative approval is required for travel to countries with level 3 travel advisories. As the faculty member responsible for the students in this experiential learning activity, it is your responsibility to weigh the risks and ensure effective risk management measures are in place before approving travel to countries with level 1 or 2 travel advisories in place.
All other external placement documentation is required for International placements.