In this issue

Renew your commitment to health and safety

Also known as "Workers' Mourning Day", National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on April 28th. At this time, we take pause to remember all workers who have been killed, injured or suffered an illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

In the Occupational Health and Safety industry, this day is a reminder that while workplace safety is of growing importance, there is still a lot of work to be done. We take this time to renew our commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace.

Read more here .
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.

Toronto Company Convicted of Failing to Obey Orders to Pay Wages
March 7, 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Quality Brand Products Corporation has been convicted on 24 counts of failing to obey orders to pay wages. The orders amounted to about $32,000 and the wages owed varied between about $100 to $4,500.

Sleep Country Canada Fined $60,000 After Delivery Worker Injured In Traffic
April 6, 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Mattress retailer Sleep Country Canada Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was critically injured in traffic while completing a delivery in north Toronto.

The Employer "Need to Know" Workshop Series
Understand your Employment Standards obligations in five quick sessions
Our in-house expert, Patti Conboy, has developed a brand-new series of Employment Standards sessions to help you get where you need to be in terms of ESA compliance. These five breakfast sessions touch on the hot topics many workplaces need additional guidance on such as wages, leaves and hours of work.

For more information on pricing and registration click here.

Summer Worker Orientation
Hiring summer students? Ensure they're properly on-boarded
With the summer season fast approaching, now is the time to ensure you have a proper orientation program in place for summer workers.  The Ministry of Labour will be performing new and young worker blitz inspections again this year from May 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017.

For more information on why this is such an important target for the MOL, read more here.

Need assistance developing your program? Contact us today.

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
There's no better time to focus on this initiative as North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week falls on May 7-13, 2017. Learn more about NAOSH's goal to "make safety a habit" here.

The Ten Minute Talks Event
Last week we launched our new event series
On Wednesday April 12, 2017 guests joined us at Toast & Jam for our first  Ten Minute Talks event. This was a chance for businesses in the Kingston community to get the H&S and ESA info they need from our in-house experts.

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming events!

Employment Standards Tip
Good Friday was a public holiday
We'd like to remind all employers that last Friday, April 14, 2017, was Good Friday. All employees should receive proper public holiday pay for that day.

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

Working at Heights
The deadline for updated certification has been extended
The original April 1, 2017 deadline for completing an approved working at heights training program has now been extended to October 1, 2017.

The extension allows workers and employers six additional months to complete an approved working at heights training program. 

Workers qualify for the extension if:
  1. They have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91(Construction Projects) before April 1, 2015.
  2. They are enrolled in a CPO-approved working at heights training program that is scheduled to be completed prior to October 1, 2017.
After October 1, 2017, all workers must have completed CPO-approved working at heights training.

If you currently employ workers who use fall protection on a construction project, that have not received updated training please view our upcoming courses here.

For more information visit our website.

Steps for Life
Walk for families of workplace tragedy April 29th
Steps for Life is a 5 km walk open to everyone - Kingston's walk will take place on Saturday April 29, 2017.

The goal? 
 To raise awareness of the devastating effects every workplace tragedy can have. Shedding light on this issue allows us to work together to prevent others from being injured or killed on the job.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mental Health Week
Address Mental Health in your workplace
Mental Health week is held annually during the first week of May to encourage all individuals to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.

This year, during the week of May 1-7, 2017 make a point to start the conversation about mental health in your workplace.

For more information on mental health week held by the Canadian Mental Health Association, click here.
 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:

Sector / Business
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
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

Visit the full schedule here.

Upcoming WHSS Courses
 Register your employees today
JHSC Certification Part 1
April 19 - 21, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights April 20, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 May 1-2, 2017 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
ESA Session - Wages May 9, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Working at Heights May 11, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights May 25, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 May 29 - 31, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights June 8, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights June 15, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 June 14 - 15, 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA Session - Hours of Work June 17, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am


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