In this issue
Be Sure to Educate Your Employees on Safe Winter Driving
For tips on what to do when something unexpected happens while driving in winter conditions,  click here.
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
Employer Fined $115,000 After Worker Suffers Crushing Injury
January 5, 2017

LONDON, ONTARIO - A company providing sales and service of tractors and other equipment used in the construction industry pleaded guilty and has been fined $115,000 after a worker suffered injuries from a falling piece of equipment.

Regional Municipality of Waterloo Fined $50,000 After Workers Exposed to Asbestos
January 13, 2017

KITCHENER, ONTARIO - The Regional Municipality of Waterloo pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after workers were exposed to the hazard of asbestos.

What's New with Occupational Health & Safety?


  Ontario's new H&S accreditation process for                 businesses

On December 8, 2016 Bill 70: the Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act, 2016 received Royal Assent.
 
What does this mean?A mendments were made to the OH&S Act, giving the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) the power to accredit "health and safety management systems" and give recognition to employers that use these accredited systems.
 
What are the next steps? In the meantime, the MOL will be holding extensive consultations to develop the accreditation standard and employer recognition program. 

Many members of the Safety Group Sponsored by Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community and mentored / supported by WHSS, have been working towards this goal over the past several years. Stay tuned for more details on this as they become available. 

#FirstRespondersFirst Campaign
 
MOL asks the first responder community to submit       their PTSD prevention plans


On April 23, 2017 organizations within the first responder community are being asked by the MOL to submit their PTSD prevention plans. This initiative is extremely important for ensuring the mental health of all first responders is prioritized.
 
If you employ first responders, we suggest signing up for an upcoming webinar hosted by the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA). The webinar will highlight how to create a PTSD prevention plan for your organization.
 
The PSHSA is also hosting a one-day workshop in Kingston on February 24, 2017. For more information and resources, contact us or visit www.firstrespondersfirst.ca .


Employment Standards Tip
Ensure your employees receive public holiday pay 


Ontario has nine public holidays where most employees, who are covered by the Employment Standards Act, are entitled to take the day off work and receive public holiday pay. 

These holidays include: New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day (December 26).
 
For more information contact our Employment Standards Consultant, Patti Conboy today.

Is Your Industrial Business Expanding in 2017? 


Important guidelines for Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews

New guidelines for the Industrial Establishments Regulation, Section 7 have been set applying to the use of any apparatus, structure, protective element or process in the workplace.
 
If you think this may apply to your workplace, but are unsure if a Pre-Start Review (PSR) is required, contact us today at info@whss.ca or 613-546-9814.

Do you Employ Temporary Foreign Workers?


Ontario developed a new info-sharing agreement to keep temporary foreign workers safe 

The new agreement allows the federal government and the province of Ontario to exchange data, including the names of employers and recruitment agents seeking to hire temporary foreign workers. This will help:  
  • Increase Ontario's oversight of workplaces that hire temporary foreign workers;
  • Ensure employers are complying with the province's workplace laws;
  • Identify and report employers who fail to comply with workplace rights and standards; and
  • Determine whether employers are eligible to hire foreign workers.

For more information on the new agreement click here.

 
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
  Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes

The Ministry of Labour is currently in the process of finalizing sector strategies for the 2017/18 fiscal year. Their workplace inspection Blitzes will be announced over the next few months. 

In addition to focusing on Young Workers, Vulnerable Workers and compliance with the new Sexual Harassment requirements, the MOL willl focus on additional hazards in the various sectors. 

The  remaining Blitz for February is:
Focus
Program
Sector/Business Type
Date
Processing - Safe Work Practices: Mine Plants
Health and Safety
Mining
February 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017



Upcoming WHSS Courses
Register Your Employees Today
Course
Date
Time
JHSC Certification Part 2
February 2-3, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
February 9, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
February 23, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
March 2, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
March 7-9, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
March 9, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
March 23, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
March 29-30, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
March 30, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
April 6-7, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
April 19-21, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
May 1-2, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
May 29-31, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2
June 14-15, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm







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- Wiebke Wilkens