Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training: Part I & Part II: What’s the Difference?

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For companies with more than 20 workers, having a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is a must. Not only does it reduce the number of lost-time injuries, proactively control workplace hazards, and give employees a way to actively participate in their health and safety, but it is a legislated requirement under the Occupational Health […]

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Effectively Scheduling your Workplace Trainer(s)

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Once you have an established workplace trainer, you will want to ensure that their training schedule is optimized. The beauty of a Train-the-Trainer program is that it allows you 100% flexibility to train when you want. However, you’ll likely want to optimize each training session, and your workplace trainer’s time. That is, after all, the […]

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How to Support Staff After a Workplace Tragedy

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Imagine, it’s the middle of the afternoon and you’re at work. You receive an email sent by a Manager to the whole company. You learn a co-worker, who you happen to be close with, has suffered a life-threatening injury and has been rushed to the hospital. Your stomach drops. Your breathing becomes rapid and shallow, […]

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Canada’s Commitment to Banning Asbestos

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Canada knows asbestos all too well. The country was one of the world’s main producers of the naturally occurring carcinogenic mineral. Its relationship with asbestos was so intimate that a small, former mining town in Quebec is named after asbestos. Asbestos remains the leading cause of workplace-related death in Canada. An estimated 150,000 Canadians are […]

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Interpretation of Regulation 834 to the OHSA – Critical Injury

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It is well known that an employer has a duty to report incidents of workplace injury or illness (including deaths in the workplace) to the Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) Specifically, section 51 (1) of the OHSA states: Notice of death or injury 51 (1) – Where a person is killed or critically injured from any […]

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What to do After a Workplace Accident: Step-by-Step Guide

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Close your eyes and imagine your worst nightmare: an accident has occurred at your workplace. The worker involved has been critically injured, or even worse, the worker has died. It can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the steps that must immediately follow in the wake of a workplace tragedy. However, there are steps […]

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Be Safe News – April 2017

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View Printer Friendly Version   BE INFORMED What to do After a Workplace Accident: Step-by-Step Guide Written by Jennifer Miller | Curriculum Development Coordinator Close your eyes and imagine your worst nightmare: an accident has occurred at your workplace. The worker involved has been critically injured, or even worse, the worker has died. It can sometimes […]

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Working at Heights Construction Deadline Has Been Extended!

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The deadline for having all workers who work at heights on construction sites trained in a Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights: Construction program has been extended to October 1, 2017. However, employers must still meet specific requirements in order to qualify for the deadline extension. If you employ workers that work at heights on […]

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A Shift in Perspective: How Health and Safety Impacts Human Resource Management

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A Brief History of the Human Resource Management Movement In the early 1900s, Human Resource Management (HRM) played a minor or non-existent role in most workplaces. Primary duties of HRM staff were clerical, and may have included hiring and terminating and/or benefits administration. Thirty years later, at the conclusion of the Great Depression, laws were […]

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The MOL’s Power Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act

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There have been several moderate to severe workplace accidents reported recently by the media. Last month alone, there were reports of two work-related fatalities involving Ontario-based companies and several “serious” or “critical” injury cases. In response to such incidents, the Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) has openly stated it is engaging in an extended campaign of […]

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