In this issue:

 Preparing Your Workers for the New Season
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.

Forestry Worker's Death Results in $80,000 Fine for Logging Company


August 2, 2019

A worker was killed when the boom of a tree de-limbing machine released. Following guilty pleas, a fine of $80,000 was imposed upon D & G Logging Ltd. 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.
Death of Worker Results in $130,000 Fine for Concrete Company

July 9, 2019

A worker was killed after falling into the hopper of a concrete pumper. Following a guilty plea, Torrent Shotcrete was fined $130,000. 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.
Industrial Establishments Regulation Amendments
Regulation 851 - Industrial Establishments

On July 1, 2019, the amended regulation came into effect for Regulation 851 - Industrial Establishments. The changes update workplace health and safety requirements to industrial establishments, which includes, offices, factories, arenas, and shops.
The amendments will allow establishments to:
  • Allow the use of alternative procedures, if the workers' health and safety is protected to the same level or better;
  • Allow workers to wear personal flotation devices instead of lifejackets when appropriate; and
  • Allows the use of antidotes, flushing fluids or washes instead of eyewash fountains or emergency showers, where appropriate, to prevent permanent injury to the eyes or skin.
For more information regard these amendments, click here.

Safe Driving with School Busses
Know the Rules

As an employer and/or supervisor, you are responsible for ensuring that your workers remain safe during all aspects of their job, including driving. Ensure that your workers know when to stop and when not to stop for a school bus, the distance that should remain between the bus and vehicles and what the penalties are for not following these rules.

Drivers can be charged if they pass a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing:
  • First offence: $400 to $2000 and six demerit points
  • Each following offence: $1000 to $4000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months)
Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren't driving. Therefore, it is especially important that employees driving your company-owned vehicles follow the rules of the road.

For information on school bus safety, visit the Ministry of Transportation's page by clicking here.

Are you a homeowner in the Kingston area?

Time to check for radon gas

KFLA Public Health recently surveyed 1000 homes in the Kingston area and found that over half of the homes tested had higher levels of radon than the recommended guidelines as stated by Health Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that
from the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. It has no taste or smell and is invisible. The health unit says that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, after tobacco smoke.


KFLA Public Health is urging those in the Kingston area to test for radioactive gas, mitigation techniques can significantly reduce the concentration of radon. They will begin selling radon testing kits starting in November, since tests are the most accurate during the colder months.


For information on radon in Kingston area homes, click here

Safe Food Handlers Certification Training

Starting in October, Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions will be offering Safe Food Handlers Certification Training, with our in-house trainer Holly Jacques.

Under Regulation 493/17 the Health Protection and Promotion Act, every food service premise (any place where meals or meal portions are prepared and/or served for consumption on premise) must have at least one certified food handler, on site during operating hours of the premise.

Whether you're hiring new staff for your establishment or you think it's time that your veteran staff refresh their knowledge of safe food handling procedures, encourage your employees to work together as they learn the safe and proper way to handle food and establish your business' reputation of cleanliness and food safety.

We will be offering full day training sessions that can be held at your location for you and your team of 10 or more participants or enroll individual employees to attend training sessions at our office. The training program concludes with all participants being required to successfully complete the food handler exam.

Successful participants will earn a Full Food Handler Certificate which is valid for 5 years and accepted by all public health units in Ontario.

Please refer to our website for more information and upcoming training dates.

Employment Standards
Termination and Discipline

Disciplining an employee can be a confusing and tricky task, but adhering to the following steps can ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the provincial Employment Standards Act and that you have the needed documentation in place to ensure that you, as a Supervisor are following the appropriate steps to terminate an employee:
  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Written Warning
  3. Written Warning
  4. Final Warning (may include a suspension)
  5. Termination (pay and/or notice period is according to the Employment Standards Act)
Each of these steps MUST be related to the same performance issue. If a separate disciplinary issue comes up for the same employee, you must start back at from step 1. If at any point six (6) months have lapsed without proceeding to the next step, you must begin the process over , should the same performance issue re-occur.

If you have any questions about discipline and termination, please contact Sarah Salisbury, Assistant Consultant - Human Resources by email or at 613.546.9814 ext. 222.

For more information on termination pay, check out the Employment Standards Guide, by clicking here.
 Ministry of Labour Program   Initiatives
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Inspection Initiatives

Sector / Business
Health & Safety
access equipment

July 2 - Sept. 27, 2019
Health & Safety
Workplace Violence Prevention
July 22 -Sept. 27,
Health & Safety
Musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards
All Sectors
September 1 - December 27, 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 1 - Basic
September 11-13, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
September 16-17, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Office, Retail and Light Industrial
September 30-October 1, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
October 21-23, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Healthcare
October 31- Nov. 1, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Office, Retail and Light Industrial
November 18-19, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 - Basic
December 4-6, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

WHSS continues to be a training partner for Working at Heights with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). Contact us today to arrange your full or refresher course. Courses are scheduled on an as needed basis and can be held at your site or at the Kingston Construction Association (KCA)

For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click here or contact Ciara Keech by email or at 613.546.9814 ext. 225 for more details.

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- Wiebke Wilkens