In this issue
February 28th is Repetitive Strain Injuries Day 

Today is Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) Day; the best time to learn more about how you can prevent RSI's or Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in your workplace. Join the conversation on social media with #workshouldnthurt.
 
Learn more about RSI prevention 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
Konecranes Canada Inc. Fined $125,000 After Worker Fatally Injured
February 7, 2017

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO - Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.

Security Service Fined $70,000 For Failure to Meet Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Training Requirements
February 9, 2017

WHITBY, ONTARIO - A company that provided security services for Oshawa City Hall has been fined $70,000 for failing to comply with orders to develop workplace harassment and violence prevention programs for its workers.

New Initiative Promoting H&S in Ontario Workplaces


  WSIB Launches Campaign on Noise Induced Hearing   Loss in February 2017
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a preventable condition. This is why the WSIB has chosen to increase public awareness of NIHL - so that people can make better decisions surrounding their exposure to noise at work and will hopefully protect their hearing for life.
 

For more information on the interactive components of the campaign visit our website here.

 

WHSS is Launching a New H&S Event Series

  Join Us for Our First "Ten Minute Talks" Event 



We are launching this event series with the goal of bringing local business leaders together for an informal opportunity to mingle, learn and exchange current information with the Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions team. 

This is a time when health, safety and employment standards questions affecting your workplace can be asked candidly. Have your own "ten minute talk" with Wiebke and Patti!

Save the Date! Our first meeting is planned for 
April 12, 2017  - start time and location to be announced shortly.


Employment Standards Tip
Ensure Your Employees Received Public Holiday Pay for Family Day
 2017

In Ontario, Monday February 20th was Family Day. Please ensure all employees received public holiday pay for this statutory holiday.
 
For more information contact our Employment Standards Consultant, Patti Conboy today.

 

Working at Heights Training Phasing-in Period Ends

Do You Work at Heights? Now's Your Last Chance to get in Compliance
On April 1, 2015 the Working at Heights training requirements - affecting employers and workers in the construction industry - that are set out in O. Reg. 297/13 ( Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training ) became law, but were given a two year phase in period. 
 
They will be in full force, as of  April 1, 2017,  with  ALL  construction workers needing to have completed the new 8 hour Working at Heights course.  For more info on how we can help you achieve compliance, click  here.

Sign up for an upcoming course with our working at heights team here.

 

Let's Talk About Mental Health In The Workplace

The MOL has Launched a New Webpage on Workplace Mental Health Resources
With an increasing spotlight on mental health in the workplace, new resources and campaigns are constantly being developed. As a psychologically healthy workplace also retains happy, talented and productive employees, we believe getting on board with mental health in your workplace is in the best interest of every employer.

Visit the MOL's new resource webpage 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. The new workplace inspection Blitzes will be announced over the next few months. 

The Remaining Blitz for March 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
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 3-4, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
April 6, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 - 4:30 pm
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











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- Wiebke Wilkens