CBUFA Occupational Health and Safety Committee (COHS)

The Cape Breton University Faculty Association Occupational Health and Safety Committee (COHS) promotes health and safety in our workplace; this is achieved by providing a forum for raising health and safety issues, focusing on the areas of compliance with existing university health and safety policies and procedures and education for health and safety.

CBUFA members are encouraged to contact the COHS committee if they have a health and safety concern and can do so by contacting any of the members listed below.

Current COHS members:

Matthias Bierenstiel

Theresa Corsano

Mary Dobson

Odette Griscti

Calvin Howley

Mary Keating

The membership of the COHS includes but not limited to:

1. One (1) member from the CBUFA Executive
2. At least one (1) representative from each of the Schools and Library
3. At least one(1) Nursing Practice Educator(NPE)
4. At least one (1) Lab Instructor

The Committee may be no less than seven (7) members and no more than eleven (11).

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