In this issue:

Legislative changes to Health and Safety may be coming. Is your workplace prepared?
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 Fined $65,000 After a Worker was Dragged by a Vehicle 
June 28, 2018

Orica Canada Inc. has been fined $65,000. On March 20, 2017, a worker was taping holes at a mining pit in Timmins, Ontario. The worker's fall arrest equipment was attached to the Supervisor's vehicle which the Supervisor gave permission to while having a phone conversation. After the conversation finished, the Supervisor drove away with the worker still attached by harness to the vehicle, sustaining critical injuries. The company policy was that when fall arrest equipment is attached to a vehicle, the worker must be in possession of the vehicle's keys and have a spotter. At the time of the incident, there was no spotter and the keys were not with the worker.

Seniors Care Business Fined, Ordered by Court to Pay Wages
June 29, 2018

A Senior Care Home in Toronto was fined $28,000 for failing to comply with four (4) orders by a Ministry of Labour Employment Standards officer related to unpaid wages, other entitlements and compensation for reprisal. Several employees made claims after being dismissed in 2015. One order was issued in 2015 and not fully paid, followed by three more orders in 2016, also not fully paid. The employer still owes a total of $15,642 to the employees.

Is your workplace regulated to follow Ontario Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments?

Proposed Changes to Ontario Regulation 851

This regulation applies to most workplaces that are not a healthcare site, construction site, mine, quarry or farm. On February 6th, 2018, the Ministry of Labour proposed multiple changes to Ontario Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. If these changes are approved, it could impact your workplace. Some of the proposed changes include:
  • Updating existing guardrails, fall protection, eyewash stations and deluge showers to reflect current workplace practices;
  • Adding new requirements for risk assessment and traffic management;
  • Adding new, specific requirements for storage racks and high visibility safety apparel for signallers; and
  • Making additional amendments for clarification and increasing alignment between the other sector regulations made under the Occupational health and Safety Act (OHSA).
When more information is available, Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions will keep you informed.

Learn more by clicking here.

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 mandate 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.

Working at Heights
Refresher training now available
The Working at Heights training requirements came into force on April 1, 2015, requiring employers to ensure that workers on construction sites who work with their feet 10 feet or more off of the ground successfully complete working at heights training. In order to maintain the validity of training, learners must take refresher training every three (3) years from the date they successfully completed the training program.
Those workers trained in 2015 will now require Working at Heights refresher training. The minimum duration of the refresher training is three-and-a-half (3.5) hours of training which must be delivered face-to-face.

Click here to view available Working at Heights refresher training dates offered by WHSS.

"10 Minute Talks" are back!
Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions has the latest updates vital to your workplace!

Join us on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, at Pan Chancho, who will be hosting the WHSS team for our "10 Minute Talks" event from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Join our team and network with other businesses regarding vital information and updates pertaining to health and safety and employment standards in your workplace.

For more information, contact Amy Facey, our Administrative Assistant.
On July 1st, 2016, WHMIS 2015 adopted internationally recognized standards which are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling Chemicals (GHS). This came as an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario Regulation 860 - WHMIS. 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
The August Civic holiday  is on August 6th, 2018. It is NOT a public holiday, which means that employees DO NOT have to be paid public holiday pay or premium pay if working on that day. 

The next Public Holiday is Labour Day, on Monday, September 3rd, 2018.
For more information, contact our Assistant Consultant - Human Resources, Sarah Salisbury, directly by calling our office, or via email.
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
Sector / Business
Employment Standards
May 1 - Aug. 31, 2018
Health & Safety
New & Young Workers'
May 1 - Aug. 31, 2018
Health & Safety
Utility Work
May 1 - Aug. 31, 2018
Employment Standards
Small Retail & Grocery Stores
Jun. 1 - Sept. 28, 2018
Health & Safety
Reversing Equipment
Sept 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!
Working at Heights
Aug. 16, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Health Care
Aug. 23 - 24, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights - Refresher Training
Aug. 30, 2018
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Essential Needs to Know Overview - ESA
Sept. 6th, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Working at Heights
Sept. 13, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Office & Light Manufacturing
Sept. 13 - 14, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA "Need to Know"-Hours of Work
Sept. 18th, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Working at Heights - Refresher Training
Sept. 19, 2018
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
Sept. 26 - 28, 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

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 .
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