In this issue:


Everything Health & Safety for Your Workplace!
JOINT HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE CERTIFICATION TRAINING
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.

IN THE NEWS
Dump Truck Tips Over, Mine Company Fined $70,000 for Worker's Injuries

February 2, 2018

Detour Gold Corporation was fined $70,000 for failing to take the reasonable precaution of providing a suitable protective barrier along the open side of a haulage road. A worker hauling rocks in a dump truck being operated in reverse was critically injured when the truck fell and flipped over on its roof. There was no berm (protective barrier) to support the truck and the road gave way beneath the truck.

Roofing Company Fined $55,000 After Worker Falls Through Roof Opening
January 17, 2018

Always Roofing Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario was fined $55,000 after a worker fell approximately 27 feet through a skylight to the ground below and sustained critical head injuries. Roofing workers removed a skylight but did not install a guardrail system around the opening or place a protective covering over the opening as required by safety regulations.

Emergency Response Planning
Since emergencies will occur, preplanning is necessary
A site specific plan to deal with major emergencies is an important element of all Occupational Health & Safety programs.

An emergency plan specifies procedures for handling sudden or unexpected situations. The objective is to be prepared to:

  • Prevent fatalities and injuries;
  • Reduce damage to buildings, stock, and equipment;
  • Protect the environment and the community; and
  • Accelerate the resumption of normal operations.
Development of the plan begins with a vulnerability assessment. The results of the study will show:

  • How likely a situation is to occur;
  • What means are available to stop or prevent the situation; and
  • What is necessary for a given situation.
From this assessment, appropriate emergency procedures can be established.

For more information on emergency planning, click here , or contact our office .

Workplace Bullying
  Pink Shirt Day is February 28th
Make sure this message sticks: bullying does not belong in the workplace.

Threats, constant or unjust criticism, intimidation, belittling, heckling, gossip, physical abuse - bullying behaviors are increasingly being recognized as a serious workplace problem that can cause undue stress, anxiety, and low morale among workers.

Bullying behaviors should be reported to a designated authority in your workplace, supervisor, union representative, or someone who can help.

Click here for prevention tips on harassment and bullying.

For more information on Pink Shirt Day, click here .

Workplace Stress
Online tool to assess workplace psychosocial hazards 
Workplace stress is a health and safety hazard that can take a significant toll on worker health. Addressing this hazard just got a little easier. The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create StressAssess

StressAssess provides workplaces with an internationally recognized survey tool to anonymously, collectively, and confidentially gather information about current work conditions and psychosocial hazards.

While the survey tool is meant to diagnose the workplace (not the worker), the website also includes a personal edition for individuals interested in measuring their own personal level and sources of stress.

StressAssess is available at www.stressassess.ca .

Employment Standards Tip
Family Day is a Public Holiday
Family Day is February 19, 2018. Please ensure all employees are paid public holiday pay.

The new public holiday pay 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 .

New Employment Standards Poster
Version 7.0 of the Employment Standards Act Poster has replaced the version 6.0 poster 
The Employment Standards Poster is a mandatory posting requirement and must be posted where it is accessible to all employees. Employers must also ensure that all employees in the workplace receive a copy of the new poster and keep documentation of when it was received.

Here are some examples of how employers can distribute the poster:

  • In a staff meeting (record in the minutes),
  • Include with the employee's wage statement (note must be made for the file),
  • Provided you know that every employee has access to a computer and printer - email may be sent with a link to the poster (keep copy of email showing all the recipients).
Click here for a copy of the poster in 12 different languages.

Enhancing Workplace Health & Safety
Increased fines for employers and workers
As of December 14, 2017, the maximum fines for an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act increased.

The new fine for a corporation has tripled from $500,000 to $1,500,000.

For an individual   or unincorporated business,  the fine has  quadrupled  from $25,000 to $100,000. 

Read more about the changes here

"10 Minute Talks"- Spring 2018 Edition
Stay tuned for more information regarding our event!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to speak with our experts about vital health & Safety and employment standards issues in your workplace. 


For more information, contact Holly today! 
 
 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Upcoming Provincial / Eastern Ontario Blitzes
The 2018 workplace inspection blitz schedule has been announced. Ensure your workplace is prepared for upcoming focuses:

Program
Focus
Sector / Business
 Date
Health & Safety Compliance on PPE & High Visibility Clothing Mining Feb. 1 - Mar. 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
Feb. 15, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Supervisor Competency
Feb. 28, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ESA "Need to Know"- Public Holidays & Vacation
Mar. 6, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Essential Needs to Know Overview - ESA Mar. 6, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights Mar. 15, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ESA "Need to Know"- Leaves 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 - Office & Light Manufacturing Apr. 19 - 20, 2018 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm
JHSC Certification Part 1 May 7 - 9, 2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


 For a complete listing of upcoming courses, click
here .
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