Health and Safety

Bill 160: October 2011 Update

Bill 160 received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011.  This bill amends both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act by transferring prevention mandate and responsibility from the above to the newly formed Interim Prevention Council.   This new Bill has a lot of ground …

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MOL Blitz in October Focuses on Personal Protective Equipment

Throughout the year, The Ministry of Labour continuously conducts inspection blitzes with a different focus each month.  In October 2011, MOL is targeting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ensuring employers, managers, supervisors and workers are fulfilling their obligations and responsibilities as outlined in Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). “Personal Protective …

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Preventing Fatalities at Work (Ontario)

In 2009, in Canada over 2 people a day died because of a workplace accident/injury or disease! At breakfast with my husband this morning, he mentioned a small business that had closed due to a workplace accident.  It was terrible for the family of the worker who lost his life …

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Bill 160: Dramatic Ontario OHS Reform Just Enacted Into Law

Dramatic Ontario OHS Reform (Bill 160) — just enacted into law — will impact Ontario companies with sweeping new safety training and JHSC compliance requirements. Under the coming new rules, Ontario companies will face mandatory new safety training requirements for their workers and JHSC members, new safety training and awareness …

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Is Your Lead Hand a Supervisor? (In Ontario)

A rose by any other name is still a rose!  A Supervisor by any other name is still a Supervisor! What is a Supervisor? In a nutshell, it is “the person in charge of the workplace”. Can they? [listdot] Hire Fire Discipline Schedule work Schedule vacation time Decide on the …

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Health and Safety Discipline! It should not be considered an unpleasant chore!

Health and Safety Discipline can be a hard part of being a supervisor, but is necessary to prove you are doing your Due Diligence. Supervisors  need to show they have disciplined their employees if they are working in an unsafe manner. If your employee commits a health and safety infraction,  …

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5 Documents You Are Legally Required to Have Posted in Your Workplace

The Ontario government requires all workplaces to have the following documents  posted in their workplace. These legal documents are needed to ensure that workers are aware of their rights.  Are you complying?   I have attached the links to make it easy to update your workplace and remain compliant with the …

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A New Twist on Harassment in the Workplace

Last month I wrote about a wrongful dismissal case in which an employee was harassed by his co-workers over a period of several months. When the company failed to act on his complaints, he successfully sued his employer for constructive dismissal for failing to provide him with a workplace free …

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Is Your Health and Safety Policy up to Date?

January is a great time to review your Health and Safety policy.  A Health and Safety policy needs to be reviewed on annual basis. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to review and update it. Why bother with a Health and Safety policy? [listdot] It is …

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