Proper Reporting Procedures for Joint Health & Safety Committee Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, s.9(23), the JHSC must designate a worker member to inspect the workplace. If possible, the worker should be a certified member of the JHSC (i.e., they’ve completed JHSC Part 1 and Part 2 training, […]

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Common Hazards Joint Health & Safety Committees Should Look for During Inspections: Retail 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 Retail Sector. We will discuss common hazards to look for to give JHSCs (Joint Health and Safety Committees) an edge when it comes to spotting and controlling hazards during […]

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FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in January 2018

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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The latest Cannabis Legislation: Bill 174 – Ontario’s response to the legalization of Cannabis

On November 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation that would, for the first time, introduce provincial laws that regulate the use and distribution of medical and recreational cannabis in Ontario. At present, the recreational use of cannabis remains illegal under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, but is scheduled to be legalized by […]

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Parliament Takes a Stand: Bill C-65 Proposed to Take Aim at Harassment in Federal Workplaces

With news stories pouring in daily about the terrible misconduct of Hollywood’s most powerful, the Canadian government is proactively taking steps to ensure that federal employees, from the most prominent politicians down to bank and postal workers, do not find their names in the news for all the wrong reasons. In its second reading, Bill […]

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Prosecutions under the OHSA: Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

While the significant monetary and other penalties associated with breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) are well publicized, substantially less coverage is dedicated to the process by which a Court determines the appropriateness of a penalty for a given defendant. This article discusses the ins and outs of the balancing process engaged […]

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FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in November 2017

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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The Connection Between Pay Equity Legislation and Health and Safety

Pay Equity vs. Equal Pay for Equal Work The Pay Equity Act requires employers to identify and correct gender discrimination that may be present in their compensation practices and to adjust the wages of employees in female job classes so that they are at least equal to the wages of employees in male job classes when they are […]

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