Onboarding and Offboarding Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Members

When JHSC members join the committee, it’s often with little fanfare. When members finish their tenure on the committee, they normally leave without fanfare as well. Sometimes, JHSC membership term lengths are defined in the “Terms of Reference,” and other times they’re left undetermined. However, members wishing to resign from the JHSC at any time […]

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Common Hazards the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Should Look for During Inspections: Warehouse Sector

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 Warehouse Sector. We will discuss common hazards to look for to give JHSCs an edge when it comes to spotting and controlling hazards during their monthly workplace inspections and […]

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Keeping Training Records: Top Five Tips & Tricks

There are many benefits to keeping training records. Compliance with legislation is a big one that comes to mind, but outside of legal obligations, there are many other benefits to keeping well-organized training records, such as: Easily identify who has been trained and when they were trained Identify training that is about to expire or […]

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Workplace Injury Statistics Now Available Online

Over the past decade, the word “change” has been synonymous with health and safety in Ontario. We have seen an overhaul of the health and safety framework resulting in the creation of a Prevention Council and Chief Prevention Officer, mandatory training requirements such as worker and supervisor awareness and we have also seen the creation […]

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Court of Appeal clarifies “general duty” clause under the OHSA

On June 7, 2012, a worker tragically fell to his death while working at an industrial steel facility in Guelph, Ontario. The worker, a skilled finishing welder, was welding a large steel product. At the time of the incident, the worker was working approximately 6.5 feet above the ground, standing on a suspended temporary wooden […]

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Desk Stretches to Mitigate the Effects of Occupational Sitting

Recently, we published a summary of an article relating to a study out of The University of Western Ontario, written by Prof. Harry Prapavessis, which revealed some interesting information about the risks of “occupat­­ional sitting.” Read more about Prapavessis’s study here. Occupational Sitting: The New Smoking Office workers sit for the majority of the day, […]

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From a Woman’s Perspective: The Need for Innovation in Health and Safety

Historically, health and safety has been considered a male-dominated industry. However, great strides have been made in that area, and more women than ever before are entering the field. Women who work in traditionally male industries, such as construction, heavy machinery operation, and manufacturing are increasing the demand for female-specific health and safety innovations. In […]

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Employees: You have Health and Safety Responsibilities, Too!

There’s a ton of literature and online content available that is dedicated to espousing the various – and very important – health and safety responsibilities of the employer. While the employer does have some of the most important responsibilities, employees are not absolved of health and safety responsibilities. Employees must understand that they are part […]

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