In this issue:

Managing Mental Health 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
Ontario to Introduce Legislation to Move Forward with Tightly-Regulated Private Cannabis Retail Marketplace
September 26 th , 2018

The ministers announced the proposed legislation would establish the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licenses. The AGCO would have the authority to enforce compliance, including, if necessary, revoking licences from stores that fail to comply with the conditions set by the province.


Mine Worker Injured by Equipment, Company Fined
$70 000

September 7, 2018

On January 11, 2017, a worker was performing remote mucking (loading extracted ore from a draw point (a funnel-shaped opening through which the ore is removed). The worker was using a scooptram (a Load Haul Dump truck equipped with a front-mounted bucket, used to move broken rock/ore in a mine).
 
Following a guilty plea, the company was fined $70 000 by Justice of the Peace, Michael G. Kitlar is Sudbury court; Crown Counsel Judy L. Chan. 
The court also imposed a 25-percent 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. 
 


Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health in the Workplace
Statistics Canada tells us that employees who consider their workdays to be quite a bit, or extremely stressful, are up to three times more likely to suffer from a depressive episode compared to their coworkers who manage general, low-level stress. However, the social interactions, sense of accomplishment, and the pay that we gain from being at work can be hugely beneficial for those of us who might be struggling with our mental health. Our psychological security at work is just as important as our physical safety. As a one-stop-shop, Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions can provide training, tips, and consultations for both physical and psychological health and safety.

Not sure how to start a conversation about mental health in the workplace? Call our office at 613-546-9814, we can help!

For more information on how to manage your mental health at work, or how you might help a co-worker, click here.
New Training Alert!
Mental Health First Aid
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions has partnered with Addictions and Mental Health Services, KFLA to bring Mental Health First Aid training to you this Fall! This popular course is running from November 21-22, 2018.
Mental Health First Aid training will provide you with:

  • Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health illnesses and problems
  • Decreased social distance from people with mental health illnesses or problems
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others
  • Demonstrated increase in helpful actions
For more information and to register, click here.



Health and Safety in your Workplace
Voluntary Health and Safety Representative Training.
A Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is required in workplaces with 6-19 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 
Training Ideas? Send them our way!

Do you feel confident navigating the Employment Standards Act? 
Are you on-board with on-boarding? 
Feel like you need a vacation after reviewing leaves of absence? We've got you covered! Our quick Employment Standards training sessions may be just the thing for you.

We're currently reviewing the content of our training sessions. If you have an idea of what you would like to see covered in 2019, please let us know! C ontact 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
Health & Safety
Warehouse & "Big Box" Stores
Retail
Oct 1 - Nov 23, 2018
Health & Safety
Phase 2: Ministry of Labour Enforcement Campaign
 
Construction
 
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 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
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 - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part I
Nov. 14-16, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mental Health First Aid
Nov. 21-22
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
Nov. 29-30, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Industrial
Dec. 6-7, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
Jan. 16-18, 2019
8:30am - 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
8:30am - 4:00 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

t:   613-546-9814
e:   info@whss.ca
      www.whss.ca

"Specializing in incident prevention and mitigation strategies."

- Wiebke Wilkens