Volunteer and Collaborator Injuries:
requirement for timely reporting of University of Alberta worker injuries
(staff and student) to the WCB has been covered on the
Accident Reporting page, but the situation for volunteers and collaborators
is somewhat different.
Although this is not directly a safety issue, it is important in avoiding potential lawsuits resulting from people being injured while participating at UofA related worksites (in a lab, at a field site or while travelling in UofA vehicle). A lawsuit might name co-workers, immediate supervisors, principal investigators, as well as the University Board of Governors and could have a major financial impact on many people.
|University of Alberta Employees and Students:|
are covered by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) legislation and they
cannot sue their employer, nor can the employer sue the employee regarding
work related injuries. Students registered for an academic degree are considered
employees of the Government of Alberta regarding WCB issues.
employees from institutions other than the University of Alberta and should
be covered under the WCB plan from their employer. If they are injured
while engaged in collaborative work, their employer's WCB plan coverage
will apply to them. To ensure that employees from outside the UofA have
WCB coverage, the University of Alberta requires a letter from the person's
Human Resources department attesting to that fact.
|Volunteers are not UofA employees and thus are not restricted by WCB legislation in
being able to sue the University of Alberta or any of its employees. Before
they are allowed to work on any UofA worksite, they must complete a Volunteer
Registration and Waiver of Liability Agreement |
This is a very important document that may prevent an individual from suing the University of Alberta if they are injured while volunteering. Once completed, the signed original must be delivered to the front desk in the main office, CW405, Biological Sciences Bldg for safekeeping. Because of the importance of this form, it should not be stored in a private office or taken into the field.
If this form is needed later, it will be because of a lawsuit.