Topics and Hazards
Do you fall under the jurisdiction of the CLC Part II?
Airports, banks; canals; exploration and development of petroleum on lands subject to federal jurisdiction; ferries, tunnels and bridges; grain elevators licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission, and certain feed mills and feed warehouses, flour mills and grain seed cleaning plants; highway transport; pipelines; radio and television broadcasting and cable systems; railways; shipping and shipping services; and telephone and telegraph systems fall under the jurisdiction of the federal health and safety legislation within the Canada Labour Code, Part II.
Certification is a legislated two-part process that includes Basic training (part I) and Workplace-specific training (part II).
A JHSC is an advisory group required under s.9 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). The committee is made up of management and worker representatives who work together to identify health and safety problems and recommend solutions.
Compliance (or adherence) with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and other relevant legislation and regulations related to health and safety of your employees is an important and legal requirement. Not being aware of your legal responsibilities and duties is not a defense for non-compliance.
The Ministry of Labour's proactive inspection blitzes focus on sector-specific hazards, and are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation. They are part of the province's Safe at Work Ontario compliance strategy.
On November 15, 2013, The Ministry of Labour announced a new regulation that impacts Ontario workplaces. Effective July 1, 2014, employers must ensure all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.
A health and safety policy statement, signed by your company president and dated, should contain references to the importance of the health and safety of all employees. Your health and safety program sets out your plan to back up your health and safety policy statement.
Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) workers and employers share responsibility for occupational health and safety. This concept of an internal responsibility system is based on the principle that workplace parties are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and to develop solutions.
If you used to work with the Farm Safety Association, or you've just found us and you operate an agricultural business, we have health and safety solutions to help you keep your workers and your business safe. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is now the health and safety provider for the agriculture industry sector.
Emergency response/preparedness is the act of being prepared for an unexpected disaster. This can be a natural disaster or a man-made one. Whether it is an earthquake or hurricane, a deadly influenza outbreak, or an employee's estranged spouse entering your workplace with a weapon you must plan for all eventualities.
Find a wide range of information and resources that will help you with your health and safety program and to keep you in legal compliance.
October is Global Ergonomics Month and WSPS is pleased to participate, along with our health and safety system partners, in this month long initiative to raise awareness of ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.
A workplace can only be considered healthy if three key elements/avenues of influence are addressed - the physical environment, personal health resources, and the organizational culture.
A workplace inspection is the act of examining, first-hand, a work location for evidence of unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
Leadership to Promote a Culture of Safety.
The very complex logistics of the performance industry and the often tight deadlines and time pressures, can lead to serious problems if, you as an employer, are not vigilant when it comes to health and safety. Something that was safe in the rehearsal hall may no longer be safe when moved on stage with technical elements like lights and sound added.
Personal protective equipment is any device worn by a worker to protect against hazards. Some examples are respirators, gloves, ear plugs, hard hats, safety goggles, and safety shoes or boots.
Return to Work is a work reintegration program for injured workers that maintains the dignity and productivity of the injured worker, and contributes to the injured worker's rehabilitation and recovery.
Safety Groups are a performance-based rebate program developed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The program offers companies a structure, resources and an incentive to make things happen. Participating member organizations are grouped into local chapters. A facilitator organizes meetings, provides resources, and handles administration.
Small businesses are those that have less than 50 employees.
In Ontario, workplaces are governed by the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Health and safety in Ontario is anchored on the principle of each of us doing our part to keep the workplace free of accidents and illness.
Health & Safety Ontario consultants are health and safety professionals, and experts in their field, who bring rich and diverse educational and experiential backgrounds to their roles.
e-Learning refers to learning and supportive resources that are made available through a computer and are usually delivered via the web.
Training takes many forms and may include traditional classroom, on-line or web-based, self-learning applications, informal lunch-and-learn sessions, or on-the-job skill training. The portfolio of courses covers the full range of health and safety issues.
Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals once used widely in many building materials. Chrysotile is the most common form of asbestos found in Ontario.
You need to develop a written confined space program for confined spaces in your workplace. There are three parts to a confined space program.
An electrical hazard is a dangerous condition where a worker can or does make electrical contact with energized equipment or a conductor. From that contact, the person may sustain an injury from shock, and there is a potential for the worker to receive an arc flash (electrical explosion) burn, thermal burn or blast injury.
Fire prevention is an important component of a health and safety program. A fire prevention program combines engineering, work practice and administrative controls. An effective prevention program will provide your employees with the tools and information they need to work safely and protect themselves and your business from the devastation of fire.
A hazard is any practice, behaviour, substance, condition, or combination of these that can cause injury or illness to people, or damage to property. An assessment is the process of identifying hazards so they can be eliminated or controlled.
Hazardous materials are chemicals or physical agents regulated under the provisions of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Regulations (TDG) legislation. These are dangerous products that may cause short- or long-term health problems or damage to the environment.
Heat stress is an issue in many workplaces all year round. Heat stress not only affects employees working outdoors, but also those who are exposed to radiant heat or who come in direct physical contact with hot equipment as part of their job.
Proper housekeeping and a preventive maintenance program are critically important in preventing injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities.
The misuse of ladders can result in long-term musculoskeletal disorders, electrical contact, or falls from height. The consequences can range from minor mishaps to death.
Lifting devices are used in thousands of workplaces and their continuing role is a significant cause of serious worker injury and death. A common feature of many of these incidents was a failure to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
Employees work with machines, tools and equipment every day. Workplaces couldn’t operate without them; however, interacting with them has potential for serious injuries or fatalities if they are not used and maintained properly.
Manual material handling is the lifting, carrying or moving of materials, articles or things. Mechanical materials handling is the movement of materials, articles or things by such means as left trucks, conveyors, or cranes and hoists.
Psychological health consists of a person's ability to think, feel and behave in a manner that enables them to perform effectively at work, at home, and in society at large.
In the past 20 years, the number of Ontario citizens who died or were injured as a result of motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) has been trending downwards, making our province a road safety leader in North America.
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are injuries that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Injuries can develop when the same muscles are used repetitively, or for a long time without adequate rest. This type of injury increases if the force exerted is high and/or the job requires an awkward posture.
There are many types of potentially hazardous energy moving through your business at any time including electrical, thermal, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational. These forms of energy must be locked out, blocked or released to ensure that machinery or equipment does not turn on or move during installation, repair or maintenance.
There are two kinds of falls - same level or from height. Same level falls can be caused by slippery and uneven surfaces, debris and tripping hazards, dark and obstructed pathways, and unsuitable footwear. Falling from heights can be caused by working where there is a chance of falling more than three meters.
The demanding physical work of tree planting presents a variety of hazards and, as this work is often done by young and inexperienced workers with little or no supervision and adequate training, the chance of workers experiencing illnesses, injuries or even dying is significant. Low productivity and injury claims can have an adverse effect on quality and the bottom line.
Workplace harassment is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act as "engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker, in a workplace, that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome."
Vulnerable workers are those who recently moved to Ontario from another province or country, have just started their first job, or are returning to the workforce after a long absence. Vulnerable workers also include people who work in an "underground" economy, especially those who do not have documentation, who are refugees, or whose English language skills are inadequate.
Your customers rely on you to ensure that their products are stored and distributed properly. Every day, you manage logistical processes for the safe operation of your warehouse/distribution centre and control the hazards that could put your workers, your customers' products, and your business at risk.
The national standard Canada uses to classify, label, and communicate information about hazardous products in the workplace, known as WHMIS or WHMIS 1988, is undergoing a multi-year transition that will align it with a global system. The updated system is known as the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). In Canada, it is simply referred to as WHMIS 2015.
WHMIS is Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a Canada-wide classification system designed to provide workplace standards for the control, handling, storage, and disposal of "controlled" products. WHMIS is law under the Canada Labour Code and is applied in Ontario as a regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Year after year, roughly one in six lost-time injuries results from falls, according to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statistics. Falls are the leading cause of fatal accidents in the Ontario construction industry and have caused injury and death across Ontario workplaces.