These guidelines apply at all City facilities and to all appliances that an employee may wish to bring into a City workplace in order to increase his/her comfort or enable food preparation. These guidelines are not intended to authorize such use but to establish conditions for use of an employee’s own appliances in City workplaces. It is understood that there are workplaces where use of employees’ personal appliances may not be permitted due to the potential to disrupt key work functions or because electrical capacity of a facility cannot support additional loading. Use of an employee’s personal appliances will also not be permitted if their use introduces a safety risk to other users or occupants of a facility.
Certain types of appliances create greater hazards than others. These appliances must have operational safety features (e.g. heaters must be ceramic and have tip over protection; kettles must have automatic shutoffs; cooking appliances, if permitted at all, must have shut off timers)
It should be noted that facility operators may at any time establish a requirement for discontinued use of an appliance as a result of observed careless use of such appliances or negative outcomes from use of such appliances (e.g. odours or vermin as a result of use and care deficiencies, complaints by other employees who experience discomfort as a result of use of the appliances, setting of fire alarms, etc)
Occupational Health and Safety Coordinating Committee
November 13, 2007
September 29, 2015