In this issue:

April 28 is the
National Day of Mourning
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.

Injury on Cutting Machine Results in $60,000 in Fines for Scarborough Noodle Company

March 15, 2018

Hung Wang Foods Inc. was fined $50,000, and  Fred King-Cheong Fung, a director of the company, was fined $10,000 for failing to ensure the cutting machine was equipped with a guard to prevent access to the rotating cutting paddles. A worker was operating the machine when dough became jammed in the area of the cutting rollers. The worker, in attempting to clear the jam, reached into the machine and made contact with the rotating cutting paddles.

Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Community Safety

March 9, 2018

Ontario is taking action to build a province where all people feel safer and more protected in their homes and communities by passing comprehensive community safety legislation. Through the Safer Ontario Act, 2018, the province will improve police oversight, transparency and accountability, enhance civilian governance, respond to the needs and realities of Ontario's diverse communities and mandate local community safety and well-being planning.

National Day of Mourning
On April 28, join us by remembering those who died, were injured, or contracted an occupational illness from their work.
Every year on April 28, Canada pays respects to, and remembers, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered occupational illness as a result of work-related incidents. The National Day of Mourning also honours the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day. 

Each and everyone of us can do our part to help prevent the numerous injuries and illnesses that occur daily in our workplaces. By working together with the common goal of reducing injuries and illnesses, we can make a difference.

On April 28, show your commitment to this cause by sharing stories, kind words, and pictures on social media, participate in a community event such as the Threads for Life - Steps for Life, or take a 
moment and remember those we have lost. You can use #dayofmourning to show your support on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Click  here for sharable images.

The Kingston Steps for Life event :

Where: J.R. Henderson School, 361 Roosevelt Drive

When:  April 28 - registration & breakfast at 8:00 am

To register yourself, or a team, click here .

New and Young Workers

Ensure summer students receive proper training and orientation.
Young workers are at a staggering disadvantage: they are three times more likely to be injured or killed within the first month of employment than all other workers. This time of year many businesses welcome new and young workers to their workplace for summer employment.

As a business owner, employer, or supervisor, be an active participant in fostering a safe work environment for young workers by considering the following when hiring young and new workers:

  1. Ensure student workers receive proper orientation, job-specific training, and general health and safety awareness training. 
  1. Ensure that your new employees are properly informed about their rights under the Employment Standards Act, including minimum wages, hours of work, and other legal entitlements.
  1. Ensure that you are hiring young workers that are legally permitted to work in your workplace. Different sectors have different age requirements.

Visit the Ministry of Labour's Factsheet, " What Young Workers Should Know ", for more information.

Lyme Disease Prevention

Spring is here and that means the ticks are back!

Blacklegged ticks, also called deer ticks, start to become active when the ground temperatures are above 7 degrees Celsius. They live in woodlands, tall grasses, and bushes.

If you or your employees work outside, such as in the recreational, landscaping, construction, or maintenance industries, take the necessary steps to prevent tick bites by ensuring you and your employees take the following precautions:

  • Cover up with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, and closed footwear.
    • Make sure to tuck your clothing in so ticks cannot climb underneath or into clothing. 
  • Use insect repellent or bug spray that contains DEET or Icaridin on clothes and exposed skin.
  • Double-check yourself when you have completed your work by paying close attention to areas such as your scalp, ankles, armpits, groin, naval, back, and behind your ears and knees.
    • Make sure to do the same for children and animals. 
  • Wash as soon as you can and dry your clothes on high heat in your dryer, for at least 60 minutes to kill any possible ticks that may be travelling on your clothing.

For more information on ticks and lyme disease, click here.

Employment Standards Tip
Good Friday is a Public Holiday.
Good Friday is March 30, 2018. Please ensure all employees that are entitled to Public Holiday Pay receive public holiday pay.

The new public holiday pay calculation is based on the pay period immediately preceding the holiday. 

The calculation is as follows:

Total Amount of Regular Wages Earned
# of Days Worked in that Period
For more information, contact our Employment Standards Consultant,  Patti Conboy .

"10 Minute Talks"- Spring 2018 Edition
Our next 10 Minute Talks event will be held in the heart of downtown Kingston!

On April 18, 2018 the WHSS team will be hosted by Pan Chancho Bakery & Cafè for the Spring 2018 edition of our 10 Minute Talks.

Join our team and engage in active conversations on vital information and updates pertaining to employment standards and health and safety for your workplace.

This event is free for all 2018 members of the KPSC Safety Group and is a great way to meet your networking requirements! Join us from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and enjoy the free munchies and a drink. Bring a friend and introduce them to this great community resource. Non-Safety Group members are welcome and will be charged $10.00 at the door.

Stay tuned for more information or contact Holly today!
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
The 2018 - 2019 workplace inspection blitz schedules have not yet been announced. We will provide you with a list of upcoming focuses as soon as they become available to assist your workplace in preparing for a Ministry of Labour visit. 

In the meantime, take a look at the proposed changes to the Industrial Regulations and provide feedback to the Ministry of Labour by April 6, 2018. Click here for the online PDF version of the proposed changes. 

Upcoming WHSS Courses
Private and customized training courses available upon request. 
ESA "Need to Know"- Discipline & Termination
Apr. 3, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Health Care
Apr. 5 - 6, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
Apr. 12, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Light Industrial (FULL) Apr. 19 - 20, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 May 7 - 9, 2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights May 10, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ESA "Need to Know"- Job-Protected Leaves May 15, 2018 8:30 am - 10:00 am
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Light Industrial (FULL) May 31 - Jun. 1, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Essential Needs to Know Overview - ESA Jun. 5, 2018 8:30 am - 11:30 am
JHSC Certification Part 1 Jun. 13 - 15, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 2 - Health Care Jun. 18 - 19, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click
here .
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