The purpose of Occupational Health and Safety is to contribute to the Toronto Police Service's mission, goals, and objectives by delivering an effective, efficient, and economical support service.

Accordingly, in addition to compliance with the Police Services Act and the Toronto Police Service Rules, Procedures and Policies, Occupational Health and Safety is responsible for the following:

Medical Advisory Services

• Management of short and long term disability claims
• Determining eligibility for Central Sick Leave Bank
• Monitoring CSLB recipients
• Creating and implementing vocational rehabilitation programs
• Development of accommodation plans for disabled employees
• Creating return to work programs
• Providing specialist referral
• Providing substance abuse counselling
• Conducting fitness for duty assessments
• Authorizing members on restricted duties
• Management of Independent Medical Examinations when requested by the IME Committee
• Medical monitoring of employees (e.g. lead monitoring)
• Maintaining confidentiality of medical records
• Providing counselling on personal wellness
• Monitoring on communicable diseases exposure
• Development of programs to enhance the occupational health of the members
• Providing advice to members on general health issues


Workers' Compensation Services

• Management of claims relating to occupational illness and injury
• Reporting claims to the WSIB within the legislated time limits
• Liaise with the WSIB on all issues relating to claims
• Co-ordinate all aspects of return to work programs, including ergonomic and environmental changes
• Reviewing claims for eligibility in accordance with WSIB and Service policies
• Representing the Service at all WSIB hearings and adjudication
• Maintaining confidential records of all claims
• Compiling of statistics and maintenance of records relating to accident and injury trends, rates and costs


Safety Services

• Assessing occupational illness and injury reports
• Identifying unsafe work standards or practices and make recommendations to resolve unsafe work practices
• Liaise with and advise members of local Joint Health and Safety Committees
• Responding to recommendations from the Committees with respect to workplace safety
• Conducting initial investigation of ergonomic and hygiene complaints
• Reviewing all Critical Injury accidents, liaise with investigators, report as required by law
• Maintaining records of all chemical and physical hazards used or found in the workplace
• Liaise with MAS regarding medical monitoring of members
• Participating as required on committees related to safety issues
• Providing and/or co-ordinating occupational health and safety training
• Monitoring local Joint Health and Safety Committee activities and minutes
• Acting as resource person to local Committees
• Ensuring compliance with all legislated safety standards


Wellness

• Providing advice and referral to members on lifestyle changes intended to promote an improved state of physical, mental and psychosocial health
• Overseeing and co-ordinating delivery of outreach proactive programs in conjunction with other internal and external stakeholders to address relevant health issues (e.g. stress management)
• Co-ordinating delivery of proactive health improvement programs, such as flu vaccines in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders

The Occupational Health & Safety unit is located on the 9th floor of the Toronto Police headquarters, at 40 College Street.

The office hours of the unit are from 0700 – 1600, Monday through Friday.

For general inquiries, unit personnel can be reached at 416-808-7171.