In this issue:

Summertime means new employees, road construction, and as a result of the two, more incidents!
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions (WHSS) is the only Ministry of Labour (MOL) 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.

Government to Review Public Holiday Pay Rules
May 7, 2018

Ontario will conduct a review of the public holiday system under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) following feedback and discussions with stakeholders. The Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) found that public holiday rules were the source of the most complaints under the ESA and needed to be simplified. 

Casino Workers Injured After Falling
June 6, 2018

Casino Rama Services Inc. was fined $50,000 for failing to ensure the employee parking lot of their Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario was free of hazards and accumulations of refuse, snow or ice. On December 5, 2017 A worker arrived at work and after parking, walked through the employee parking lot, slipped and fell. Other workers went to assist and one of them also slipped and fell. The two workers were transported by ambulance to hospital and their injuries were deemed critical.
Ottawa Coffee Shop Company Fined $60,000 for Failing to Comply with Orders

June 6, 2018

Gaia Java Coffee Company Ltd. of Stittsville, Ontario has been fined $60,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failure to comply with an inspector's order. On March 26, 2016, in response to an incident, a ministry inspector visited the coffee shop in Stittsville; the inspector issued 15 orders. Through the inspector's follow-up visits in May, September, October and December 2016, the company had not fully complied. The orders were required to be complied with by January 20, 2017. The orders were not complied with by the inspector's final visit on April 24, 2017.

Motor Vehicle Incidents in the Workplace
Traffic collisions are the leading cause of workplace fatalities.

In Ontario, motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) have remained the leading cause of traumatic workplace injuries and fatalities over the past ten (10) years. On an average day in Ontario, motor vehicle collisions will kill more than two (2) people and injure more than 180 others, making motor vehicle incidents the biggest risk Ontarians face each day they go to work.

In 2017, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 68,794 collisions on roadways it patrols, 304 of which were fatal. This marked the highest number of road fatalities in five (5) years. Seventy-six (76) of these 304 fatal collisions involved commercial vehicles, resulting in 91 deaths.

Protect yourself by following these simple tips:

As an employer:
  • Have policies and procedures in place to promote responsible driving;
  • Reward sustained responsible driving; and
  • Monitor workplace driving to ensure that your workers are following your policies and procedures.
As a driver:
  • Slow down and drive for weather and road conditions;
  • Relax and don't rush;
  • Stay alert and take frequent breaks if driving for long periods;
  • Plan ahead and leave time for heavy traffic or bad weather;
  • Buckle up; and
  • Don't drink and drive!
Learn more by clicking here.

Driving in Construction Zones
Construction season is here.

Now that construction has begun on our roads and motorways, driving habits need to change to ensure the safety of not only the workers, but yourself and the other drivers around.

Unfortunately, road construction means traffic hassles and slower drive times resulting in an increase in the number of auto collisions. In order to minimize the risk of traffic collisions, motorists should consider the following safety tips when driving through road construction zones:
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions;
  • Dedicate your full attention to the road;
  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance;
  • Obey the posted signs;
  • Slow down; normal speed limits may be reduced, so be sure to obey posted speed limits;
  • Expect the unexpected and be cautious of workers on or near the road; and
  • Be patient and take your time.
For more information on safety in road construction zones, read "10 Tips for Safe Driving in Work Zones".

Occupational Injuries in Canadian Youth
An analysis of surveillance data from 1991-2012.

The following statistics were taken from a study titled  "Occupational Injuries in Canadian Youth". This study  analyzed youth (ages 10-17) Emergency Department (ED) hospital records from 1991-2012 that were taken from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP). The results of the study were as follows:

  • Of the 6,046 injuries that occurred during work, 63.9% were among males.
  • Youth in food and beverage occupations of which 54.6% of males, made up 35.4% of work-related ED visits and 10.2% of work-related hospital admissions.
  • Primary industry workers of which were 76.4% of males, made up 4.8% of work-related ED visits and 24.6% of work-related hospital admissions.
Another study from the same report showed that in 2014, approximately 840,000 Canadians, aged 15 to 19-years old, were in the workforce. Between 2011 and 2013, Canadian workers' compensation boards recorded twenty fatalities among 15-to-19-year-old workers and 23,996 accepted lost-time injury claims.

Although occupational injury data for workers younger than 15 is sparse, surveys of American and Canadian middle-schoolers found that 18% of working 10- to-14-year-olds reported work injuries from summer jobs and 49.7% of wage-earning 12- to-14-year-olds reported work injuries in the past year. 

To read more on this report, 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 who work with their feet ten (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 within three (3) years of the date they successfully completed the training program.

Those workers trained in 2015 currently 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.

Employment Standards Tip
Canada Day is a public holiday.
Canada Day is Sunday, July 1, 2018. Please ensure all employees are paid public holiday pay.

If your employees do not work on Sunday, they are entitled to:

  1. Another working day off (substitute holiday) for which they are paid public holiday pay.

  1. Public holiday pay for the public holiday.
If your employees work on Sunday and you have a written agreement in place, employees have the right to:

  1. Be paid public holiday pay PLUS premium pay (1 ½) for all the hours worked on the holiday.

  1. Be paid their regular wages for the hours worked on the holiday, PLUS have an additional day off (substitute holiday) where they are paid public holiday pay.
**Calculation for public holiday pay will revert to the old formula on July 1st**

The calculation is as follows:

Regular wages earned + vacation pay in the four (4) work weeks before the holiday occurs

To view the public holiday pay calculator, click here.
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
Working at Heights - Fall Protection Training
June 1 - June 30, 2018

View the full schedule  here .

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

Upcoming WHSS Courses
Private and customized training courses available upon request. 
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Light Industrial (FULL)
July 9 - 10, 2018
8:30 am -  4:30 pm
Working at Heights
July 12, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1
Aug. 1 -3, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights Aug. 16, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Health Care Aug. 23 - 24, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights Sept. 13, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Light Industrial  Sept. 13 - 14, 2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 Sept. 26 - 28, 2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click
here .
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