Summer 2016: In This Issue
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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:
  • June 27, 28 & 29
  • July 20, 21 & 22
  • August 15, 16 & 17
Contact our office to register for the Basic Training Course.
Owner of Taxicab Business Fined $15,000 After Failing to Pay Employee
April 29, 2016

GUELPH, ON - Danial Ward Warren operating as Dan's Taxi has been fined $15,000 for failure to pay money owed to an employee after being ordered to do so by a Ministry of Labour employment standards officer.  The order was issued when the company failed to pay an employee minimum wage and other entitlements in the amount of $14,561.

M-B Oakville Autohaus Fined $65,000 After Young Worker Injured in Fall
May 24, 2016 

MILTON, ON - M-B Oakville Autohaus, also known as 1747808 Ontario Limited, pleaded guilty and has been fined $65,000 after an employee of an electrical company was seriously injured in a fall of almost 22 feet.

The Summer Sun Brings an Added Safety Hazard to the Workplace
   Managing Heat Stress this Summer
June brings on the rising temperatures that many of us have been waiting for, but along with the warmer temperatures come the health hazards associated with heat stress.
Avoid the negative outcomes of not protecting workers from hot weather and high humidity levels through taking health and safety precautions.
Three easy ways to protect your workers from heat stress:   
  • Train workers in heat stress awareness and first aid
  • Provide drinking water
  • Provide break/rest areas in shaded or air conditioned spaces
Find out more about keeping your workers safe from heat stress, and your legal obligations here.

What you need to know about Employment Standards
  Tips and Gratuities 
As of June 10  it will be illegal for employers to keep any or all of an employees' tips or gratuities as a result of Bill 12 -Protecting Employees' Tips Act, 2014.
Upcoming Employment Standards Training Sessions
Join our in-house Employment Standards expert Patti Conboy for an  Overview of the Employment Standards  training session. 

View upcoming courses on our training calendar.

New Noise Regulation for all Ontario Workplaces
Comes into effect July 1, 2016 

The new regulation, Ont. Reg. 381/15, is intended to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss.

We suggest having a noise level assessment performed at your workplace before July 1, to ensure the right controls are in place.

Read more here to find out what the new regulation entails and how it could affect your operations.

Is your construction site prepared for this summer's safety blitz?
The MOL is taking a zero tolerance stance on its enforcement initiatives 

The MOL has traced the reoccurring root causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in various sectors.

The proactive sector-specific inspection blitzes are designed to raise awareness and increase businesses compliance with health and safety legislation. 

For the construction sector, the new regulations that will be a part of the blitz are: the new ladder requirements, changes to the reflective clothing requirements and the updated Working at Heights training.

Check the schedule below to find out when your sector will be targeted.
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Who can expect inspection blitzes this summer?

Upcoming Provincial/ Eastern Ontario Blitzes:
Date Sector Focus Program
April 1- Sept. 30, 2016 Construction Inspections of wood frame structures Health & Safety
May 2- June 30, 2016 Food services, Retail and Construction Temporary foreign workers and young workers Employment Standards
May 16- July 15, 2016 Construction Falls Health & Safety
May 16- July 15, 2016 Industrial Falls Health & Safety
May 16-July 15, 2016 Mining Falls Health & Safety
July 18- Sept. 2, 2016 Industrial New and Young Workers Health & Safety

Upcoming WHSS Courses
Register your employees today:

Course Date Time
ESA Overview June 14, 2016 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Working at Heights June 23, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part One
June 27, 28 & 29, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA Overview July 12, 2016 8:00 am - 11:00 am
JHSC Certification Part One
July 20, 21 & 22, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part One
August 15, 16 & 17, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact  Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions


t: 613-546-9814



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