Fall 2015: In This Issue

Ontario Minimum Wage Increase
Effective October 1, 2015

Upcoming WHSS Events:
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions (WHSS) is the only MOL approved Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) certification training provider located in Kingston.  

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

Part One  Basic Certification Training 
Part one basic certification training provides an overall knowledge of the Health and Safety legislation that applies to most workplaces. 

Upcoming Part 1 Training Dates:
  • September 21 & 22, 2015
  • October 19 & 20, 2015
  • November 9 & 10, 2015
  • December 3 & 4, 2015

Part Two  Workplace-Specific Hazard Training
Part two workplace-specific hazard training focuses on significant hazards in your workplace.  It covers how to access those hazards and ways to control and/or eliminate them.  Depending on your industry, and sector, Part Two, Workplace-Specific Hazard Training is either a 1-day or 2-day session.

Upcoming Part 2 Training Dates:
  • August 27, 2015
  • October 8, 2015
  • November 20, 2015
  • December 14, 2015
Contact our office to register for the Basic Training Course or to set up your part two certification training.
CRS Plastics Ltd. Fined $100,000 for Fatal Health and Safety Violation
August 19, 2015 

NEW MARKET, ON - CRS Plastics Ltd., a Vaughan plastic bottle manufacturer, was fined $100,000 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was fatally injured.

Matheson Constructors Ltd., Two Supervisors Fined Total of $133,000 After Death of Worker, Injury to Another
August 6, 2015

TORONTO, ON - Matheson Constructors Ltd. and two supervisors have pleaded guilty and have been fined a total of $133,000 after a fall at a Toronto Transit Commission garage in which one worker died and another suffered broken bones.
Failure to Comply With Order to Pay Workers Draws $30,000 in Fines
June 5, 2015 

CORNWALL, ON - An Ottawa-based towing company and its director have been fined a total of $30,000 in court for failing to pay workers after being ordered to do so.

WSIB Safety Groups Program
Why Join This Year?
Sponsoring and facilitating Kingston's community based WSIB Safety Groups Program is one of the many ways that the team at WHSS helps employers put programs in place to help eliminate injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

The program benefits members as it helps them implement safety elements that will improve their health and safety performance. Our group meetings provide a space for members to share ideas and resources with other firms. All meetings are held in Kingston, making access to local resources and mentors a huge benefit. 

At the end of the year, the group is entitled to receive an additional rebate based on its success in implementing safety element and reducing injuries.

If you are a current member, we invite you to partake again, as well as encourage other local businesses to join us. If you would like to get your Health and Safety program up to date and are considering joining the group, please call our office for more information: 613-546-9814

Basic Overview of Employment Standards Training Sessions
Available This Fall From Our Employment Standards Expert


We are now offering a "Basic Overview of the Employment Standards" Training Session facilitated by our in-house expert, Patti Conboy.


Unsure what the best practices are for complying with the Employment Standards Act? Be sure to register for this new course!


Our up-coming sessions will be taking place on:


Tuesday October 6, 2015                    8:00 am to 11:00 am


Thursday October 22, 2015                8:00 am to 11:00 am



Rate: $40.00 /per person *coffee and refreshments included

To register call us today: 613-546-9814 or email info@whss.ca


Ministry of Labour "Stop Falls" Campaign
Join us in making your workplace safer.
Last year, 14 families lost a loved one due to falls from heights at work.

In addition to creating new training requirements for Working at Heights, the Ministry of Labour has also launched a "Stop Falls" campaign to reduce the risk of falls from heights. The MOL inspectors are taking a zero tolerance approach to violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Join us at WHSS as we strive to eliminate injuries and deaths as a result of falls from heights through our recently approved  Working at Heights Training Course. 

Our Upcoming Working at Heights Training Courses:

September 10, 2015    8:00 am-4:00 pm      KCA Learning Centre

September 24, 2015     8:00 am-4:00 pm      KCA Learning Centre

October 7, 2015           8:00 am-4:00 pm      KCA Learning Centre

October 22, 2015         8:00 am-4:00 pm      KCA Learning Centre

Call or email us today to book your spot!
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions in the Community
Find out more about our boutique consulting firm, our beginnings, and what we do best, in the most recent edition of the Fine Lifestyles Kingston magazine. 


Wiebke, our owner and founder, was also featured in the women of achievement section of the issue. Find out what drove Wiebke to her Award-Winning Career in Health and Safety.

Contact  Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions


t: 613-546-9814

e: info@whss.ca   



"Specializing in incident prevention and mitigation strategies." 
 - Wiebke Wilkens