Below you will find excerpts from pertinent hospital policies. For further information on each policy, you can read them in their entirety on the Document Management System (DMS) once you commence your placement at Brightshores Health System. Your preceptor and Manager can assist you in locating this resource.

Smoke Free Environment ADMIN-1330

Brightshores Health System is a smoke-free workplace.  We are pleased to promote a healthy, smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted on hospital property. Those that wish to smoke on their break or lunchtime are required to leave the property. 

Scent Safe Workplace ADMIN-795

Adverse allergic or medical reactions due to fragrances are common.  In consideration of others and these potential reactions, please refrain from using scented products.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities ADMIN-905

Brightshores Health System is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to all.  We continuously monitor the requirements of the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and remove barriers to improve accessibility.  Please visit our website to review our Annual Accessibility Plan or make a suggestion to improve accessibility at Brightshores.

Personal Appearance HR-420

In all areas of Brightshores, a dress code is in effect to maintain a professional appearance and to ensure patient and staff safety.  In some areas of the hospital, you may be required to wear a uniform or business casual item. Your supervisor will be able to share the unit/department specific dress code for your area. 

Personal Protective Equipment IV-90

It is the policy of Brightshores Health System that all employees use appropriate personal protective equipment including safe footwear suitable for the work and weather, appropriate eye protection when there is potential for exposure, as well as ear protection when workers are subjected to sound levels greater than 85 decibels.  Please ask your Placement Supervisor if you are not certain what kind of PPE is required in your area.

Personal Devices

Personal devices such as cell phones can only be used during scheduled breaks in designated areas of the hospital. 

Incident Reporting

If you are injured while on placement, please report it to your clinical instructor and the Occupational Health and Safety department through the electronic incident reporting system. TRIO via the Staff Intranet. 

Needle Stick/Body Fluid exposure

Brightshores uses Safety Engineered Medical Sharps for your protection please use these devices. If you do have a needle stick or body fluid exposure, report it to your clinical instructor and Occupational Health and Safety through the electronic incident reporting system; appropriate follow up will be provided.

Violence Prevention

Brightshores has many programs in place to help mitigate the risk of violence. These include security, panic buttons, Alert Codes, Code White Response and Video Surveillance.

How to report Workplace Violence

Brightshores has zero tolerance for workplace violence or harassment.  If you feel you are a victim of workplace violence, please contact your clinical instructor or Human Resources. Please refer to the Code of Conduct /Violence & Harassment Prevention Policy: ADMIN-1220 for more information.


The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a system, which identifies controlled products and their hazards and makes sure this information gets to Canadian workplaces. WHMIS is “workers-right-to-know” legislation and it provides specific hazard information where controlled products are used. WHMIS 2015 has now been aligned with the Global Harmonized System, which is an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets.