Power Outages and Workplace Safety

Canadians have many things to be thankful for, and among them is the joy of experiencing four true seasons in all of their splendor. There are certain areas in Canada that experience seasonal weather events more frequently than others. For example, Canada is known to house tornado alley, an area of southwestern Ontario that sees […]

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What Counts as a Confined Space

Defining whether a space is confined or not is still something that tends to cause some confusion in the workplace. So, let’s simplify what can sometimes be a grueling task. In Ontario, Regulation 632/05 defines confined spaces as: a fully or partially enclosed space, (a) that is not both designed and constructed for continuous human […]

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The Right to Disconnect from Work

We are in the age of connectivity. It’s been amazing to see how far technology has come in such a short time. 30 years ago, cell phones were rarely seen outside of movies, on wall street, or in the mischievous hands of Zack Morris of Saved by the Bell. However, technological evolution happened, and it […]

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Medical Marijuana – Undue hardship in the Context of a Safety Sensitive Workplace

Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the “Code”) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the context of employment. In that regard, the Code requires employers to accommodate individuals with disability-related needs, up to the point of “undue hardship”. Accommodating an employee who needs to use medical marijuana may require an employer to modify hours of work, […]

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Newcomer Workplace Health and Safety Training

Canada is known for its progressive stance on immigration and for accepting refugees and asylum seekers from many countries around the world. Many newcomers bring skills, knowledge, and abilities that can be immediately applied to jobs here in Canada. However, health and safety laws and expectations differ in countries around the world. That may mean […]

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How to Create Effective Job Onboarding Packages

Contemporary employment trends have varied drastically from the traditional, linear tendency from times past. According to statistics published on Workopolis.ca, the average Canadian worker can be expected to change jobs 12 times over the course of their working career. The same article boldly predicts that upcoming generations may hold as many as 40 jobs in […]

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The Courts Are Serious About Health and Safety

The courts are serious about health and safety! In a highly anticipated decision, the Honourable Pierre Dupras of the Court of Québec’s Criminal and Penal Division found Sylvain Fournier, the owner, and president of S. Fournier Excavation, guilty of manslaughter for failing to ensure health and safety regulations were followed. Fournier is the first person […]

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Which Type of Lighting is Best for Workplace Wellness

When it comes to workplace hazards, rarely does the mind go to lighting; it is often taken for granted. Consider this: without light from a natural or artificial source, we wouldn’t be able to complete our work. Because lighting plays such an integral role in our ability to produce quality work, it begs consideration when […]

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Worker’s Compensation – Province aims at Temp Agencies once again

A study conducted by Statistics Canada suggested that, in 2014, over 747,000 Ontarians were employees of a Temporary Help Agency (“Agency”). More recent statistics published by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) appear to suggest a significant increase in the number of Ontarians employed at Agencies since then. Where once employed mainly in clerical […]

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