In this issue:

Managing Legislative Changes in the Workplace
JOINT HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE CERTIFICATION TRAINING
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.

IN THE NEWS
IKEA Fined $55,000 After a Worker Injured by Trolley, Toronto
August 23, 2018

An employee who was working as a cart retriever was directing a row of 43 nested flatbed shopping trolleys into a "cart corral," directing the row of trolleys from the front while a co-worker pushed from the rear. The worker had to walk directly in front of the row of the trolleys as it went down a narrow hallway. While doing so, the trolleys accelerated and struck the worker. The worker fell to the floor, and the row of trolleys struck the worker in such a way that the worker was jammed against a wall. The worker suffered a critical injury.

 
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Director Faces Jail, Corporations Fined $900,000 for Failing to Comply with Orders to Pay
July 31, 2018

The Ministry of Labour received a total of 68 complaints between 2013 and 2014 against a Director that operated 12 different food service corporations. All of the complaints were related to unpaid wages ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $45,000 which totalled  more than $676,000. The Ministry of Labour imposed Orders to Pay wages. The Director pleaded guilty in court and was fined a total of $900,000 ($75,000 per company) and a custodial sentence of 90 days.


Managing Cannabis in the Workplace
Cannabis in the Workplace - What You Need to Know

Cannabis is set to be legalized on October 17th, 2018 which will bring new challenges and questions to your workplace. When it comes to health and safety, your drug and alcohol policy stays the same - an employee cannot be impaired while at work. Using cannabis at work without a prescription for medicinal use is still illegal. If you have a current policy about impairment and the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, make sure to update it to include cannabis.

Please Note: The Smoke Free Ontario Legislation was updated in 2017 to include banning the use of cannabis and e-cigarettes in all workplaces.

Don't have a policy? Not sure where to start? We can help! Contact us today.

Learn more by clicking here.


Mental Health in the Workplace
"You Are Not Alone"
In the past two months, three Ontario Provincial Police Members took their own lives because of mental illness. While being a police officer involves a high risk of exposure to traumatic events, poor mental health can affect anyone, any worker and any workplace. 

Read more of the article here.

When it comes to psychological health in the workplace, you do not need to have all the answers as an employer, but you should be able to provide a worker with community resources or be able to accommodate the employee, in the event that they come to you with mental health concerns.


Health and Safety in your Workplace
Voluntary Health and Safety Representative Training.
A Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is required in workplaces with six (6) to nineteen (19) workers. This representative is selected by their co-workers or union and cannot have managerial functions.
 
Currently, the legislation does not require mandatory training for HSR's, but because they play such an important role in the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), it is strongly recommended that HSR's take training to understand and fulfill their role. The Ontario Health and Safety Associations recently released training programs that are voluntary for HSR's to complete. They can also complete an equivalent course, such as our JHSC Basic Training Course at Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions.

For more information on Health and Safety Representatives, click here.
 
For a complete listing of WHSS upcoming courses, click here.


October is Global Ergonomics Month
New Interactive MSD Guideline
The Ministry of Labour and the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders at the University of Waterloo, have joined together to update the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario. This guideline is interactive and will provide MSD information for businesses of all sizes to increase knowledge and awareness.

We will be keeping our eye out for this new guide to be unveiled!

For more information on the development of the new interactive tool and to view the current guideline, click here.


REMINDER!
WHMIS 2015
The transition period for WHMIS 2015 ends on November 30th, 2018. This means that on December 1st, 2018, all chemicals, labels and safety data sheets in your workplace must be compliant with WHMIS 2015.


New "In Case of Injury" poster (Form 82) from the WSIB
By law, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's (WSIB) "In Case of Injury" poster (Form 82) must be prominently displayed in every workplace covered by the WSIB. 

To view the updated poster, click here.




Employment Standards Tip
Thanksgiving Monday is a Public Holiday. It falls on October 8th 
this year.

Please ensure that all employees are paid Public Holiday Pay. To view the public holiday pay calculator, click here.
 
If you have questions related to Human Resources or you need help developing your policies and procedures,contact our Assistant Consultant - Human Resources, Sarah Salisbury, by calling our office, or via email.
 
 
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
Program
Focus
Sector / Business
 Date
Health & Safety
Reversing Equipment
Construction
Sept 1 - Oct. 31, 2018
Employment Standards
Small Retail & Grocery Stores
Retail
Jun. 1 - Sept. 28, 2018
Health & Safety
Warehouse & "Big Box" Stores
Retail
Oct 1 - Nov 23, 2018

View the full schedule  here .

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


Upcoming WHSS Courses
Register your employees today!
Course
Date
Time
ESA "Need to Know"-Hours of Work
Sept. 18th, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Working at Heights - Refresher Training
Sept. 19, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
OR
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Supervisor Competency Training
Sept. 21, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Health Care
Oct. 1 - 2, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
Oct. 4, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ESA "Need to Know"- Public Holidays and Vacation
Oct. 11, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
ESA Essential "Needs to Know" Overview
Oct. 16, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ESA "Need to Know"- Discipline and Termination
Oct. 24, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Working at Heights - Refresher Training
Nov. 8, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
OR
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Industrial
Nov. 8 - 9, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part I
Nov. 14-16, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  
Private on-site courses can also be arranged for groups of six (6) or more. Please contact Amy Facey for details.

 For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click
here .
Contact Us

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- Wiebke Wilkens