In this issue
Ensure your workplace is in compliance with Bill 132: Ontario's New Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation.
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.  
Visit our website to register for the Basic Training Course.
Employer Sentenced to One Day in Jail for Unpaid Wages
August 15, 2016

NEWMARKET, Ont. (CP) - A man who runs an Ontario embroidery business has been ordered to serve one day in jail after failing to pay employees more than $30,000.

Kinark Child and Family Services Fined $125,000 After Workplace Violence Incident
August 16, 2016

BURLINGTON, Ontario - Kinark Child and Family Services, an agency providing children's mental health services and support for children and youth in Halton Region and elsewhere in central Ontario, has been fined $125,000 following a workplace violence incident where a staff member was physically assaulted by a youth.   

Important OH&S Update

  Change to the Definition of Harassment 
The amendments made earlier this year in Bill 132: Ontario's New Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation, come into effect September 8, 2016. 

For employers, important changes will stem from Bill 132's amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The changes include modifying the current definition of "workplace harassment" and imposing additional obligations on employers concerning their workplace harassment policies, programs and investigations.

Contact us  for more information on how you must be in compliance.

Employment Standards Tip 
Minimum Wage Increase
As of October 1, 2016 general minimum wage is increasing to $11.40 per hour. Student minimum wage and liquor servers minimum wage will also increase.

For more information see the MOL website

Employment Standards Training
Register for one of our upcoming Overview of the Employment Standards training sessions facilitated by our in-house expert and Employment Standards 
C onsultant,  Patti Conboy .

This four (4) hour session leaves participants well versed on how to create and maintain a compliant workplace. 

Upcoming courses include:  September 13, October 18 and  November 15, 2016

Mandatory Posting Requirements for both H&S and ESA
Is Your Health and Safety Board Complete?
Most workplaces must display the following posters and information:
Find the full MOL details here.

Interested in Joining a WSIB Safety Groups Program? 
Improve Your Workplace Health & Safety Program
The WSIB Safety Groups program is a great resource to help organizations establish a comprehensive health and safety program. The WSIB Safety Groups program provides structure and results, giving you the knowledge and tools to implement occupational health and safety measures. The program is a performance-based rebate program developed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). 

Applications  for the 2017 WSIB Safety Groups program can be submitted as of October 1, 2016.

For more information please contact us or visit the Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community website.

 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial/Eastern Ontario Blitzes

Date Sector Focus Program
Aug. 1, - Sept. 30, 2016 Construction
Mobile Cranes and Material Hoisting
Health & Safety
Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2016
Repeat Violators / Zero Tolerance
Professional Services, Services to Buildings and Dwellings, Other Amusement and Recreation Industries, Personal Care Services and other sectors with repeat violators
Employment Standards
Sept. 19 - Oct. 31, 2016
Chemical Handling
I ndustrial
Health & Safety

Upcoming WHSS Courses
 Register Your Employees Today

Course Date Time
ESA Training September 13, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Working at Heights September 15, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part One
September 28 - 30, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA Training October 18, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part One
November 7 - 9, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA Training November 15, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part One
November 30 - December 2, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact Us

t:   613-546-9814

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- Wiebke Wilkens