District Health and Safety Information and Resources

Committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment

Welcome to the Health and Safety site. This page provides Health and Safety information and related links to Health and Safety.
School Board Policy #595 Health and Safety
Joint Health and Safety Committee Constitution

Joint Health and Safety Committee Representatives

Co-Chair Alison Bain
Co-Chair Tom Graham
CUPE Representative Jacob MacLean
Principals and Vice Principals Jude Shugar
Trustees Representative John Wakefield
Managers Representative Linda Underwood
Outer Islands Representative Angela Gray
Recorder/CUPE representative Dawn Sawchuk

School Safety Committee and Site Representatives

Fernwood Laura Morgan
Fulford Ara Van Riel
Galiano Andy Turner
Gulf Islands Secondary School Nia Williams, Bud Kerr
Maintenance Shop Larry Melious, Bud Kerr
Mayne Margo Cullen
Phoenix Elementary Susan Garside
Pender Angela Gray, Dan Sparanese
Saltspring Island Middle Martin Thorn, Jude Shugar
Salt Spring Elementary Whitney Walker, Donna Kirkpatrick
Saturna, SEEC Bruce Inglis
School Board Office Glynis Finer
Windsor House Meghan Carrico

Injury reporting information and forms


Joint Health and Safety Committee Minutes

Fire Safety Plans

Related Links

Cleaning for Health

SD # 64 Building Service Worker: Green Cleaning Program

The Building Service Workers of SD # 64 have been implementing a Cleaning for Health program. The program is part of the Building Service Worker training program being provided by Servitech training. Servitech training is a consulting and training company that works with schools and businesses to develop effective green cleaning programs.

In 2 years School District 64 has made many changes. The following is a list of some of the changes:

  • Using green seal approved cleaning products
  • Applying green seal approved floor finishes
  • High particulate filtering systems on vacuums
  • Using vacuums when possible instead of dry mops
  • Eliminating High Speed buffing
  • Using Bio products on the commercial kitchen floor
  • Using Bio products to control odors
  • Using Auto Scrubbers to wash and restore floors
  • Using Microfiber as a cleaning tool

Related Links

Future Goals to the Cleaning for Health Program

  • Biodegradable garbage bags
  • More microfiber cleaning systems
  • Standards that recognize cleaning for health and not appearance
  • Hydrogen Peroxide green seal sanitizing products

Earthquake Ready

Emergency Preparedness – Information for Parents (PDF)

British Columbia experiences over 1,200 earthquakes a year, 300 of which occur in the lower mainland and on Vancouver island. Almost all of these earthquakes are too small to be felt. However, a stronger earthquake could occur at any time. It may happen during the day or at night, on a weekend or a workday, in any season and in any weather condition.

British Columbia is vulnerable to two types of earthquakes: those occurring within the earth’s crustal plates and those occurring at the interface between crustal plates. Earthquakes that originate within a plate are seldom greater than magnitude 7.5 and typically shake for less than one minute. In contrast, earthquakes that originate between plates are usually larger than magnitude 8.0 and the shaking may last as long as 3 or 4 minutes.

British Columbia is vulnerable to the largest type of earthquake called a “subduction” quake, which occurs between two plates. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Vancouver Island and earthquakes here recur every 550 years on average. The range of recurrence, however, varies from 200 years to 900 years. The last subduction earthquake was in January 1700.

The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Canada is a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in the Queen Charlotte Islands—and the largest earthquake likely to have occurred in Canada is the 1700 Cascadia Earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 9.0.

What’s the largest earthquake possible?
The largest earthquakes recorded on earth are subduction earthquakes– measuring magnitude 9.5 off the coast of Chile in 1960 and magnitude 9.2 in Alaska in 1964. Generally the size of an earthquake is controlled by the length of the faults on which they occur. The longer the fault—the stronger the potential earthquake. Currently, there are no known faults capable of generating a magnitude 10.0 or larger earthquake.