In this issue:

A New Year brings new changes. Is your workplace in compliance?
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions (WHSS) is the only Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) 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.

Ottawa Permanent Roofing Fined $80,000 for Occupational Health and Safety Violations

January 7, 2019

A  worker suffered critical injuries when a fire broke out on a rooftop balcony. Following an ex parte trial (in which no one appeared in court on behalf of the defendant), the company was fined $80,000 in Ottawa court.

Steel Tube Injury Results in $120,000 Fine at Welland Workplace

December 17, 2018

worker was injured after a one-ton steel pipe came into contact with a worker. Following a guilty plea, Welded Tube of Canada was fined $120,000 in provincial offences court in Welland, Ontario. The court also imposed a 25 per-cent surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
Does your organization fall under the Industrial Sector Regulations?

Regulation 851/90 has been amended
The Industrial Establishments regulation (Reg. 851) under the OHSA sets out requirements in Section 13 where guardrails must be installed. Section 13 was recently amended to add a new exemption for a conveyor or similar system, that transports a vehicle or vehicle part and any raised platform used with the conveyor or similar system. The exemption is limited to situations in which a guardrail would obstruct the passage of the vehicle or vehicle part, prevent workers from performing work, or pose a hazard to a worker.

In situations where there is no guardrail, an additional amendment now requires employees to develop and implement other measures and procedures to protect workers from the hazard of falling.

The Ministry of Labour proposed additional amendments. For more information on the legislative amendments, click here.

Contact our office today, if you need help developing safe working policies and procedures for your company! Click here.

Distracted Driving

Fines Have Increased!

Regardless of whether you are driving on your personal time or for work, any time that you are driving and have a mobile device in your hand or are not focused on operating your vehicle safely, it counts as distracted driving. This includes times when you are stopped at a red light, at your favourite drive-thru or on any road or highway. The legislative changes also allow an officer to consider all distractions, such as eating, applying
make-up or other distracting behaviours.

As of January 2019, penalties for distracted driving have increased to:
  • First Conviction: Fine up to $1000, three (3) demerit points and three (3) day suspension
  • Second Conviction: Fine up to $2000, six (6) demerit points and seven (7) day suspension
  • Third Conviction: Fine up to $3000, six (6) demerit points and thirty (30) day suspension
For more information, click here.

Bell Let's Talk Day

Join the Conversation
Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30 th, 2019. This initiative promotes mental health awareness and action with a strategy that is built on four pillars:
  • Fighting stigma;
  • Improving access to care;
  • Supporting research; and
  • Leading by example in workplace mental health.
For every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the Facebook Frame or Snapchat Filter, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives.

For more information on Bell Let's Talk Day, click here.

Legalization of Cannabis

Kingston By-Law Update

As of November, 2018, the City of Kingston By-Law for Smoking and Vaporizing includes the smoking and vaporizing of Cannabis. This means that cannabis, in addition to tobacco cannot be smoked or vaporized within three (3) metres of an enclosed workplace or enclosed public place.

To read the by-law, click here.

For more information on workplace policies regarding smoking, drugs and alcohol, contact our office. Click here.

Safety Groups
2019 Registration Now Open!
Become part of the Kingston community based, multi-sector Safety Group! The group, which has been in place since 2001, provides easy access to Health and Safety experts, guidance on following the Five Step process to implementing and improving your Health and Safety Program, as well as optional training courses throughout the year. On November 20, 2018, our local firms were rewarded for their participation in the 2017 Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community sponsored Safety Group. For the fifth year in a row, the KPSC -Sponsored Safety Group was the best performing group in Ontario. Group members received their equal share of the groups' $200,000.00 rebate from the Workplace Safety Insurance Board. 

Contact our office at 613.546.9814 x.225 for more information.

10 Minute Talks is back!

Join the WHSS team at Pan Chancho for our next 10 Minute Talks Session!

Join us for a casual discussion on new developments in the Health and Safety and Employment Standards legislation. Take advantage and access both Wiebke and Sarah with your specific questions.

February 6th, 2019 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Contact Christina Soos to register.

Employment Standards
New Mandatory Poster
Every workplace in Ontario must post the most current Employment Standards Act poster and a copy must be given to every employee. The poster was recently updated to Version 8.

To get Version 8 of the poster, click here.

If you have questions related to Human Resources or the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act,contact our Assistant Consultant - Human Resources, Sarah Salisbury, by calling our office, or via email.

 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
Sector / Business
Health & Safety
Machine Guarding
Feb. 1 - Mar. 29, 2019
Health & Safety
Internal Responsibility
Construction and Industrial
Jun. 1, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019
Health & Safety
IRS - Workplace Violence Prevention
Apr. 1, 2018 - Mar. 29, 2019

View the full schedule  here .

For help preparing for an upcoming inspection,  contact us  today. 

Upcoming WHSS Courses
Register your employees today!
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
Feb. 4 - 5, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Industrial
Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
March 6 - 8, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
March 28 - 29, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Industrial
April 11-12, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
May 1-3, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
May 30 - 31, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Industrial
June 20 - 21, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Private on-site courses can also be arranged for groups of six (6) or more. Please contact Christina Soos for details.

For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click here.

Contact Us

t:   613-546-9814

"Specializing in incident prevention and mitigation strategies."

- Wiebke Wilkens