September 2017 Review: Ministry of Labour Blitz Results

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year that aim to make workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes and […]

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Equipment Training: How to Incorporate Effective Demonstrations

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Having a workplace trainer(s) on staff is beneficial in many ways: it gives the employer greater flexibility while reducing training costs, increasing compliance, and making training-record management less complicated. Workplace training also gives you the chance to train directly in the environment in which the work will take place. This presents a unique opportunity for equipment trainers to incorporate […]

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Five Tips to Passing a Practical Evaluation

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Completing a practical evaluation can be a nerve racking experience! At OSG, we know that you want to be successful and pass — we want that too! At OSG, we are invested in your success, so we spoke to equipment evaluation specialist Jerry Morrison to get his top five tips to ensure that you pass […]

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FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in October 2017

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year with the goal of making workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes […]

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Common Hazards Joint Health & Safety Committees Should Look For During Inspections: Construction Sector

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Every workplace has hazards. However, there are hazards that are more common depending on which sector your workplace falls under. This month, we are featuring the Construction Sector, and discussing some hazards common to that sector, to give Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) an edge when it comes to spotting and controlling hazards during […]

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Racking: How do you stack up?

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Does this sound familiar; “we have no room for anything in here, we are running out of space, this place is a mess.” Lack of storage and improper storage of material is a common problem a lot of organization’s face in the industry today. Storage and pallet racks can help in answering the age-old question of […]

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The OHSA and Strict Liability Offences

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In Ontario (Ministry of Labour) v Cobra Float Services Inc, 2017 ONCJ 388 (CanLII) (“Cobra”), a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, an Ontario construction employer faced significant charges after an employee was fatally injured at one of its construction sites. The worker involved was crushed when a “curb machine” flipped over while […]

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and You: Why it Matters to You and Your Business

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In 2005, The Ontario Public Service (OPS) enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Their goal is to create an accessible Ontario for everybody. The AODA aims to improve accessibility standards and provide opportunities for all people to participate in all aspects of life. Enforced by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, […]

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