In this issue
A Summary of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

JOINT HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions (WHSS) is the only Ministry of Labour (MOL) approved Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification training provider located in Kingston.  

As most workplaces with twenty (20) or more workers must have a JHSC established, we regularly hold training sessions. At least one (1) worker and one (1) management representative of this committee must be certified by completing the prescribed training standards set by the MOL.  

Part One  Basic Certification Training 
Part One B asic Certification training  provides an overall knowledge of the Health and Safety Legislation that applies to most workplaces.  

Part Two Workplace Specific  Training 
Part Two Workplace Specific  Certification training focuses on the significant hazards in your workplace and how to assess, control and/or eliminate them.

Visit our website to register for the Part 1 or Part 2 Certification Course.

IN THE NEWS
Mississauga Employer Jailed, Fined For Failure to Obey Order to Pay $140,000 in Wages
June 6, 2017 

MISSISSAUGA, ON - An employer who operated a Brampton business known as Academic Montessori and a summer camp in Mississauga and failed to pay his workers - many of them university students - has been convicted after a trial.

Vaughan Paving Fined $125,000 After Worker Fatally Injured by Equipment
June 20, 2017 

NEWMARKET, ON - Vaughan Paving Ltd. pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was struck by equipment and later died from the injuries.

$15 Minimum Wage?
More on the legislation that could change the game for small business owners
The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act responds to the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, conducted over the course of the past two years. 

Ontario's new action plan to increase security and opportunity for workers includes: increasing minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for all workers and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

Learn more here.  

Safety for Outdoor Workers
Tips to prevent heat stress 
In the summer, outdoor workers are at a higher risk of heat stress. As an employer it's your responsibility to protect workers. Use the following steps as a starting point:  
  • Train workers in heat stress awareness and first aid
  • Provide drinking water
  • Provide rest breaks and air conditioned rest areas
  • Encourage workers to stay fit and to drink water
  • Use machines to reduce physical demands of work
  • Schedule most strenuous work to cooler times of the day
  • Measure daily Humidex ratings and have a Humidex Heat Stress Response Plan
For a full outline of how to prevent heat stress at work, read WorkSafeBC's informational book here.

Still Need Updated Working at Heights Training?
Don't wait, enroll your employees in our approved training program now
As of October 1, 2017 all applicable construction workers must have completed CPO-approved working at heights training. The extension granted by the Ministry of Labour also requires those workers who have not completed the training as of now to be registered for an upcoming WAH course. As the deadline for full compliance is only three months away, we strongly advise all clients to beat the rush and register for an upcoming course today.

View our training schedule here .

Employment Standards Tip
Canada Day is a public holiday
Reminder to all employers: last Saturday, July 1st was Canada Day. All employees who normally work on this day must be properly compensated as per the Public Holiday Pay rules.

For more information, visit the MOL website here or contact Patti directly.

In Case You Missed It: 10 Minute Talks - Summer Edition 
"Bringing local businesses together to talk about what matters"
On June 14th we held our second 10 Minute Talks event. We launched this series to create a space where our clients can ask our experts the vital questions they need answered about health and safety and employment standards. They receive advice and information specific to their workplace in a relaxed, fun environment.

T o find out about about our next event this fall, email info@whss.ca.
 
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
The 2017 - 2018 workplace inspection blitz schedule has been announced. Ensure your workplace is prepared for upcoming focuses:

Program
Focus
Sector / Business
 Date
Employment Standards
New & Young Workers
Food services and drinking places; retail trade; amusement, gambling and recreation industries; services to buildings and dwellings; other sectors known to employ young and new workers
May 1 - Aug 31, 2017
Health & Safety
New & Young Workers
Industrial
May 1 - Aug 31, 2017
Employment Standards
Hours of Work Construction; transportation and warehousing; services to buildings and dwellings; retail trade; other sectors known to have a high number of hours worked May 1 - Aug 31, 2017

View the full schedule here.

Upcoming WHSS Courses
 Register your employees today
Course
Date
Time
JHSC Certification Part 1
July 10 - 12, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights July 20, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
Aug. 3 - 4, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA - Public Holidays & Vacation
Aug. 9, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Working at Heights Aug. 10, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
Aug. 14 - 15, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights Aug. 24, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
Aug. 23 - 25, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights Sept. 5, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ESA - Dates and Times Sept. 6, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Working at Heights
Sept. 13, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
Sept. 14, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights Sept. 27, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
Sept. 27 - 29, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

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- Wiebke Wilkens