• Health and Safety

    IO is committed to making health and safety a priority in everything we do. We place a high value on the well-being of our employees, clients, industry partners and the general public.

    We’re raising the bar on safety by enhancing the performance requirements on our large construction projects. We’re also taking steps to ensure our competitively procured, outsourced service providers are accountable to the highest possible safety standards in day-to-day management of the government’s vast real estate portfolio and delivery of the construction projects that support those facilities and the ministry programs that rely on them.

    IO was proud to be the first public agency to join the League of Champions, an initiative spearheaded in 2016 by the Ontario General Contractors’ Association (OGCA) and MySafeWork. The League strives to be a catalyst for safety improvement in individual companies and the construction industry as a whole.

    Other examples of our health and safety initiatives include:

    • Certificate of Recognition (COR) for Larger Construction Projects
      The COR occupational health and safety accreditation program is now a requirement on IO’s Major Projects using the AFP model and we are in the process of phasing in COR requirements for firms bidding on our Direct Delivery projects.
    • AFP Project Requirements
      In addition to COR and the industry standard safety documentation such as CAD7 and WSIR, as part of the prequalification process bidders are required to submit the qualifications of their proposed safety coordinator. As well, we have developed a template approach to preparing and monitoring the site specific safety plan and the site specific independent inspection regime.
    • Healthy Government Buildings 
      We take pride in using diligence and collaboration to oversee our property management and project management service providers for the thousands of facilities in the provincial portfolio. Tools include annual audits, recurring review meetings and quarterly reporting specific to health and safety.
    • Safety First for IO Employees
      Health and safety begins in your own workspace. We have a framework in place to guide internal efforts around compliance and awareness. We review our policies continuously to ensure we’re current with industry standards.  One simple example is that we’re starting to ask our employees to submit a site visit form to their Manager before going to a construction site. It starts the conversation, and outlines health and safety implications. We provide staff training about site safety in a classroom setting and have procedures in place to ensure employees are accounted for at all times when visiting project sites.