Occupational Health and Safety
Red Deer College (RDC) is committed to a Health and Safety Program that protects its employees and students, property, workers who enter its property, the general public, and the environment. Our commitment to safety is in accordance with standards outlined in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Regulation and Code. Learn more about our OHS program.
RDC’s objective is to prevent injuries and property damage in all work and learning execution and operations. This will be achieved by creating a work and learning atmosphere in which health and safety is implemented in everyday operations. All employees are responsible and accountable for RDC’s health and safety performance and will provide leadership for the Health and Safety Program. Employees will be familiar with the requirements of the RDC Health and Safety Program as it relates to work processes. This will be achieved by:
- Promoting a work and learning environment based on employee and student involvement, teamwork, education, training and commitment.
- Promoting the philosophy that safety is a value associated with every priority.
- Recognizing group and individual achievements.
- Treating everyone with dignity and respect.
- Ensuring all OHS regulatory requirements are met.
RDC is responsible for the health and safety of employees, and this is achieved through actively encouraging employees to participate. RDC will provide health and safety education and tools so all employees are aware and understand their responsibilities.
Employees are responsible for protecting their health and safety and that of their fellow employees and students; by reporting concerns, following policies and procedures working safely, and improving health and safety measures where possible.
Some people have become very sensitive to certain chemicals as a result of past exposures. They can suffer a wide range of health effects such as rashes, sore throat, severe headaches, sinus congestion, shortness of breath, wheezing, nausea, dizziness and fatigue, whenever they are exposed to very low levels of certain chemicals found in scented products. It is estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of people in North America have some form of breathing problems, such as hay fever and asthma, which are adversely affected by the odours from scented products.
The potential impact of the chemicals in scented products on human health is magnified because people spend much of their time indoors. Most people, on a daily basis, use soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry products, hair spray, lotions, cosmetics and fragrances (perfumes). Scents are not only worn but can be in air fresheners, wax burners, essential oils and cleaning products. Many scented products are respiratory irritants. About 4000 chemicals are used to make fragrances and several hundred may have been used in a single product. Some of these substances are known triggers for asthma, allergies and migraine headaches in susceptible individuals. Even people that do not have pre-existing health problems may suffer a minor irritation to their upper breathing passages, eye symptoms and general discomfort / malaise.
Scented products may cause health problems that can lead to lost productivity and increased costs to the affected individual, the organization that employs them, and the health care system.
All contractors shall meet the RDC health and safety requirements, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and OHS applicable acts, regulations and codes.
RDC Main Campus
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5