In this issue:

Become a Prevention Partner 2019!
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.

Company Director Fined for Worker Fatality
 in Toronto

November 8, 2018

A worker was killed after being caught in a screw-fabricating machine. Following a guilty plea, company director Robert Markle was fined $22,000 by Justice of the Peace Rosanne Giulietti in Toronto court; Crown Counsel Wes Wilson. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government find to assist victims of crime. 
Injury From Machine in Brampton Results in $60,000 Fine for Baked Goods Company

October 25, 2018

A worker suffered permanent injury after reaching into a sugar-sifting machine while it was operating. Following a guilty plea, Give and Go Prepared Foods was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Jeannie Anand in Brampton court; Crown Counsel Amanda Landre. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.  
Be Prepared for Winter Driving Conditions!
Tips for Safe Winter Driving
Whether your employees drive for work duties or not, you need to ensure that they are safe on the roads during their commute and throughout the workday. Motor Vehicle Accidents are a leading cause of fatalities in Ontario.

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure the safety of your employees during their commute and workday. Encourage them to:
  • Slow down and drive at a speed that is suitable to the conditions;
  • Increase their following distance to make sure they can brake safely;
  • Stay alert and reduce distractions in their vehicle;
  • Keep their windows and mirrors clean by using their defroster and wipers; and
  • If visibility is near zero, pull off the road into a safe parking area, if possible.
For more information on safe winter driving, click here.

Contact our office today if you need help developing a safe driving policy for your company! Click here.

Safety Groups
2019 Registration Now Open!
Become part of your local multi-sector Safety Group! Our group provides easy access to optional training courses and Health and Safety experts 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. The group received over $200,000.00 in the form of a rebate from the Workplace Safety Insurance Board, totalling an individual rebate of over $4400.00 for each firm.  

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

New Workshop Alert!
Cannabis in the Workplace
Join Sarah Salisbury, Assistant Consultant - Human Resources for a Cannabis in the Workplace Information Session!
Learn about your responsibilities as a Supervisor and/or Employer!

December 11th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the WHSS office.

Contact Katelyn Bruder to register.

Employment Standards
Changes are coming January 1, 2019!
On November 21 st , Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 received  Royal Assent and replaced some of the regulations that were introduced by Bill 148. The chart below highlights the main changes that will come into effect on January 1 st , 2019:

Bill 47 (Takes effect January 1st)
Minimum Wage
Will remain at $14.00/hour until October 2020, when it will increase with the Cost of Living.
Personal Emergency Leave
10 day (2 paid, 8 unpaid) will be replaced with the following:
3 unpaid sick leave days
3 unpaid family responsibility leave days
2 unpaid bereavement leave days
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Will no longer include provisions for part-time, casual, contract or temporary workers
Three Hour Rule
Remains the same.
Public Holiday Pay
Calculation remains the same:
4 weeks prior to the holiday divided by 20.
Vacation Time
Will remain the same:
0-4 years of employment receive 2 weeks of paid vacation at 4%
-  5+ years of employment receive 3 weeks of paid vacation at 6%
Domestic & Sexual Violence Leave
Will remain the same.
If you have questions related to Human Resources or you require assistance in developing your policies and procedures, contact our Assistant Consultant - Human Resources, Sarah Salisbury, by calling our office, or via email.

WHSS Holiday Hours
All the staff at Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season. 

The WHSS office will be closed as of noon on December 21st. We'll be back in the office again on January 2nd.

 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
Sector / Business
Health & Safety
Machine Guarding
Feb. 1 - Mar. 29, 2019
Health & Safety
Internal Responsibility
Jun. 1, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019
Health & Safety
IRS: Phase 1, Compliance Support and Prevention Education
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!
Cannabis in the Workplace Workshop
Dec. 11, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
Jan. 16-18, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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
Mar. 6-8, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
Mar. 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

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

 For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click
here .
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