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Audits

York University is the FIRST post-secondary institution in Canada to design and implement an internal Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Audit program. York’s audit program is intended to help reduce our current number of injuries, illnesses and near miss and prevent fatalities in the workplace by providing a model for auditing the development and implementation of our current OHSMS.

The directional approach of this audit was developed with the intention to;

  • Determine regulatory compliance status
  • Identify gaps within the unit’s OHS system
  • Provide unit (senior) management an opportunity to make improvements

The program will complete pan-university audits on a six year cycle.

High Risk Environments

High Risk environments will be audited twice during the six year audit cycle. A High Risk Environment is one where multiple regulated hazards are present and/or the hazards have a high probability, frequency and severity of occurrence e.g. laboratory, electrical work, confined space entry, regulated plant work e.g. Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Faculty of Fine Arts, Sports & Recreation, Faculty of Environmental Studies and Campus Services & Business Operations.

You will have 60 days to prepare for the audit from the time that you receive notification. In order to prepare for your faculty / department for your audit, please review the High Risk Checklist and Formal Documentation Request links.

High Risk Checklist (PDF)
Formal Documentation Request (PDF)

Non-High Risk Environments

Non-High Risk environments will be audited once during the six year audit cycle. A Non-High Risk environment is one where no or little regulated hazards exist or the hazards are of low probability, frequency and severity e.g. administrative operations, office based staff and non laboratory or workshop based teaching / learning e.g. Human Resources, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Library.

You will have 60 days to prepare for the audit from the time that you receive notification. In order to prepare for your faculty / department for your audit, please review the Non-High Risk Checklist and Formal Documentation Request links.

Non-High Risk Checklist (PDF)
Formal Documentation Request (PDF)

Best Practices

In the 60 days prior to the start of the audit, the Auditee shall prepare for the onsite components of the audit. The following guide gives examples of the documentation / evidence required in order to comply with the audit criteria & elements.

Checklist Guide Examples (PDF)
Health & Safety Information (PDF)

For further information regarding York University's Occupational Health & Safety Audit Program, please contact:

Marlo Beth Harley
Health & Safety Officer
York University
C36 East Office Building