Canada Labour Code

Canadian Federally Regulated Firms (CFRF) and Industries

Canada Labour Code - Canadian Federally Regulated Firms (CFRF) and IndustriesDo 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.

This legislation also applies to your work place if you are a Canadian Federal Government employee or employee within a company or sector that operates across provincial or international borders.

Federal Legislative Compliance

The purpose of the Canada Labour Code Part II (CLC Part II) is to "prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of employment". Section 124 of the CLC Part II stipulates a general obligation or duty for employers to ensure that the health and safety of every person they employ is protected while they are working. Specific duties are outlined under subsection 125 (1). Employees also have responsibilities under subsection 126 (1) to take all reasonable and necessary precautions for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their work or activities.

The Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR) supports sections 125, 125.1, 125.2 and 126 of the Canada Labour Code. Part XIX of these Regulations stipulates than an employer shall develop, implement and monitor a program for the prevention of hazards in the work place, in consultation, and with the participation of, the committee. This section within the Regulations is titled the Hazard Prevention Program and is intended to prevent work related injuries and diseases. It includes obligations as well as a process framework for the identification and assessment of hazards, preventive measures, and employee education.

Compliance with the CLC Part II and other relevant legislation and regulations is an important requirement in ensuring the health and safety of your employees. Being unaware of your legal responsibilities and duties is not a defense for non-compliance. Failure to comply with the CLC could lead to sanctions and eventual prosecution.

Why choose WSPS?

A healthy and safe work place keeps employees motivated and productive. WSPS can help you achieve this goal. Our value proposition includes:

  • Over 20 years' experience working with federally regulated organizations
  • Comprehensive portfolio of  federal health and safety training and consulting services
  • Bilingual services available
  • Applicable security clearance to provide services to the Federal Government and Agencies
  • Consulting expertise including hazard prevention program development, ergonomics, materials handling, work place/policy committee development, mental health (psychosocial health and safety), work place harassment and violence
  • Alliances with other highly reputable and professional Canadian organizations including CCOHS, CSA, Respect in the Workplace Group
  • Subject matter expert participation in Canadian Standards development committees
  • Approved vendor under the National Master Standing Offer for Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (English / French)

Consulting Services

Federal Consulting Services

Federal Consulting Services

Our consultants offer unparalleled expertise, programs and services to meet your immediate and long term needs. Contact us for more information on solutions specific to Canadian federal agencies and federally regulated firms. Ask us about our bilingual services.

Training

CLC Part II: For Health & Safety Committees and Representatives (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

CLC Part II: For Health & Safety Committees and Representatives (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

This course assists federally-regulated establishments in understanding the health and safety committee requirements of the Canada Labour Code Part II and enables committee members to function more effectively.

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$209.00

CLC Part II: For Health & Safety Committees and Representatives (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

CLC Part II: For Health & Safety Committees and Representatives (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

This course assists federally-regulated establishments in understanding the health and safety committee requirements of the Canada Labour Code Part II and enables committee members to function more effectively.

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$209.00

CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

NEW! Provide managers and supervisors with the knowledge of their health and safety responsibilities as outlined in the Canada Labour Code Part II.

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$209.00

CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

NEW! Provide managers and supervisors with the knowledge of their health and safety responsibilities as outlined in the Canada Labour Code Part II.

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$209.00

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

NEW! This course provides federally regulated workplaces with proven methodology to identify the root causes of office musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and conduct workstation assessments.

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$209.00

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - French

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - French

NEW! This course provides federally regulated workplaces with proven methodology to identify the root causes of office musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and conduct workstation assessments.

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$209.00

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives - English (2 Days)

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives - English (2 Days)

Cost-effective 2-day training session for federal work place health and safety committees.

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$519.00

Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - English (1/2 Day)

Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - English (1/2 Day)

NEW! This half-day course equips federally regulated workplaces with the essential knowledge, skills and tools to conduct hazardous occurrence investigations and prevent costly recurrences.

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$209.00

Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - French (1/2 Day)

Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - French (1/2 Day)

NEW! This half-day course equips federally regulated workplaces with the essential knowledge, skills and tools to conduct hazardous occurrence investigations and prevent costly recurrences.

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$209.00

Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

This solution is designed to provide federally regulated workplaces with the knowledge, skills and tools to complete effective inspections.

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$209.00

Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

This solution is designed to provide federally regulated workplaces with the knowledge, skills and tools to complete effective inspections.

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$209.00

Legislative Briefing: Marijuana and the Workplace: Managing the Impact of Legalization

Legislative Briefing: Marijuana and the Workplace: Managing the Impact of Legalization

Understand the implications marijuana and the workplace have to health and safety, and receive guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety sensitive industries.
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$129.00

Legislative Briefing: Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Legislative Briefing: Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Getting Into Compliance and Managing the Impact of Bill 132.

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$129.00

Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

NEW! This course equips participants in federally regulated workplaces with a sound and easy‐to‐follow process and tool for proactively identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to costly incidents.
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$209.00

Managing Hazards (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

NEW! This course equips participants in federally regulated workplaces with a sound and easy‐to‐follow process and tool for proactively identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to costly incidents.
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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

NEW! Train your employees to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and provide appropriate assistance.
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$230.00

Mental Health in the Workplace: Working with the National Standard

Mental Health in the Workplace: Working with the National Standard

NEW! Obtain practical assistance to develop a sustainable psychological health and safety action plan and implement mental health strategies within your federally regulated workplace.
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$2,050.00

OHSAS 18001 Essentials (2 days)

OHSAS 18001 Essentials (2 days)

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of the key requirements of the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety specification
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$925.00

OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor (2 days)

OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor (2 days)

This course provides participants with the knowledge to evaluate the adequacy of an OHS policy and to audit their OHS management system against overall OHS objectives and in accordance with established audit criteria.
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$925.00

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day awareness course shows you what your responsibilities are under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations.
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$139.50

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

NEW! Worker training in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 / GHS

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WHMIS 2015 for Workers - Instructor-Led Training (1/2 day)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers - Instructor-Led Training (1/2 day)

WHMIS 2015 training for workers delivered by a WSPS expert.
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$149.00

WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

NEW! This 1-day course qualifies participants and equips them with everything they need to deliver in-house, instructor-led, WHMIS 2015 training to workers.

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$949.00

Z1000 Essentials OH&S Management System Implementation (2 days)

Z1000 Essentials OH&S Management System Implementation (2 days)

Improve your organization's occupational health and safety performance with the goal of preventing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
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$925.00

Z1000 Internal Auditor (2 days)

Z1000 Internal Auditor (2 days)

This course provides the tools to help you ensure your organization is in compliance with the Z1000 OHS management system standard and to continuously improve performance against objectives.
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$895.00

E-Courses

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Dealing with a Hostage Situation (English) (1 hour)

Dealing with a Hostage Situation (English) (1 hour)

Provides management with the knowledge and skills to deal with a short-term hostage event.
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$64.00

Dealing with a Hostage Situation (French) (1 hour)

Dealing with a Hostage Situation (French) (1 hour)

Provides management with the knowledge and skills to deal with a short-term hostage event.
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$64.00

Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers (English) (1 hour)

Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers (English) (1 hour)

Provides overview of stresses and pressures when dealing with customers who are volatile or hostile.
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$49.00

Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers (French) (1 hour)

Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers (French) (1 hour)

Provides overview of stresses and pressures when dealing with customers who are volatile or hostile.
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$49.00

Emergency Preparedness for Workers (English) (1 hour)

Emergency Preparedness for Workers (English) (1 hour)

Provides basic understanding of workplace emergencies and what to know about emergency response.
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$49.00

Emergency Preparedness for Workers (French) (1 hour)

Emergency Preparedness for Workers (French) (1 hour)

Provides basic understanding of workplace emergencies and what to know about emergency response.
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$49.00

Emergency Response Planning (English) (1.5 hours)

Emergency Response Planning (English) (1.5 hours)

Develop and implement a response plan for emergencies at--or affecting--your workplace.
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$64.00

Emergency Response Planning (French) (1.5 hours)

Emergency Response Planning (French) (1.5 hours)

Develop and implement a response plan for emergencies at--or affecting--your workplace.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Learn the basics of fire safety to recognize fire hazards and act safely.
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$49.00

Fire Safety: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Fire Safety: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Learn the basics of fire safety to recognize fire hazards and act safely.
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$49.00

Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction (English) (1 hour)

This e-Course will help health and safety committee members and representatives meet training requirements specified in the Canada Labour Code, Part II.
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$49.00

Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction (French) (1 hour)

This e-Course will help health and safety committee members and representatives meet training requirements specified in the Canada Labour Code, Part II.
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$49.00

Health and Safety for Office Managers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Office Managers (English) (1 hour)

This course is a practical introduction to office health and safety for managers and supervisors who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their staff.
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$64.00

Health and Safety for Office Managers (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Office Managers (French) (1 hour)

This course is a practical introduction to office health and safety for managers and supervisors who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their staff.
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$64.00

Manual Materials Handling (English) (1 hour)

Manual Materials Handling (English) (1 hour)

Learn how to prevent manual material handling (MMH) injuries at your workplace by developing the skills needed to identify and control risk factors associated with MMH work.
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$49.00

Manual Materials Handling (French) (1 hour)

Manual Materials Handling (French) (1 hour)

Learn how to prevent manual material handling (MMH) injuries at your workplace by developing the skills needed to identify and control risk factors associated with MMH work.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

This free course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important.
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$0.00

Mental Health: Awareness (French)

Mental Health: Awareness (French)

This free course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important.
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$0.00

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore communication strategies for both employees and employers/managers/supervisors to have that conversation about mental health issues, with the overall goal to help educate and increase awareness in the workplace.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (French) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (French) (1 hour)

This course will explore communication strategies for both employees and employers/managers/supervisors to have that conversation about mental health issues, with the overall goal to help educate and increase awareness in the workplace.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

This course will empower you to improve your own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress – a process referred to as mental fitness.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (French) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (French) (1 hour)

This course will empower you to improve your own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress – a process referred to as mental fitness.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace promotes emotional well-being, and presents minimal risk to employee mental health.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (French) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (French) (1 hour)

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace promotes emotional well-being, and presents minimal risk to employee mental health.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore the signs, symptoms, and solutions for mental illnesses commonly experienced in the workplace.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (French) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (French) (1 hour)

This course will explore the signs, symptoms, and solutions for mental illnesses commonly experienced in the workplace.
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$49.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a potential risk for all sectors and occupations. They can cause discomfort, fatigue, pain, injury, and illness to workers. In fact, work-related musculoskeletal injuries are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and are the largest source of lost-time worker compensation costs in Canada.
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$0.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (English) (1 hour)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (English) (1 hour)

This course focuses on good ergonomics principles and work organization as key prevention measures.
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$64.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (French) (1 hour)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (French) (1 hour)

This course focuses on good ergonomics principles and work organization as key prevention measures.
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$64.00

Office Ergonomics (English) (1 hour)

Office Ergonomics (English) (1 hour)

The goal of the course is to provide you with the knowledge to help find solutions to ergonomic issues in your workplace.
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$49.00

Office Ergonomics (French) (1 hour)

Office Ergonomics (French) (1 hour)

The goal of the course is to provide you with the knowledge to help find solutions to ergonomic issues in your workplace.
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$49.00

Pandemic Awareness

Pandemic Awareness

Most of our lives are a combination of work, family and community involvement. A pandemic can affect all of these areas. Being informed and knowing what to do during a pandemic can help minimize the impact. This free course describes what a pandemic is, how an influenza virus spreads, and the impact a pandemic may have on workplaces, our communities and us.
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$0.00

Pandemic Planning (English) (1 hour)

Pandemic Planning (English) (1 hour)

This course describes the steps workplaces can take to plan for employee absences and business continuity.
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$64.00

Pandemic Planning (French) (1 hour)

Pandemic Planning (French) (1 hour)

This course describes the steps workplaces can take to plan for employee absences and business continuity.
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$64.00

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (English) (1 hour)

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (English) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries in the workplace that are the result of slips, trips or falls from the same level.
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$49.00

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (French) (1 hour)

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (French) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries in the workplace that are the result of slips, trips or falls from the same level.
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$49.00

Safe Driving: Backing Up (English) (1 hour)

Safe Driving: Backing Up (English) (1 hour)

This course is designed to help you reduce the chances of becoming involved in an incident while backing up a vehicle. You will learn the seven fundamentals of safe backing.
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$49.00

Safe Driving: Backing Up (French) (1 hour)

Safe Driving: Backing Up (French) (1 hour)

This course is designed to help you reduce the chances of becoming involved in an incident while backing up a vehicle. You will learn the seven fundamentals of safe backing.
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$49.00

Stress in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

Stress in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

This course introduces participants to the complex issue of stress in the workplace.
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$49.00

Stress in the Workplace (French) (1 hour)

Stress in the Workplace (French) (1 hour)

This course introduces participants to the complex issue of stress in the workplace.
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$49.00

Violence in the Workplace: Awareness

Violence in the Workplace: Awareness

Workplace violence is a serious issue that affects all business sectors and occupations and the safety and security of every employee and employer. This course is offered FREE of charge by CCOHS to promote the awareness of this very important issue, and as a precursor to the other Workplace Violence e-courses: Recognize the Risk and Take Action, and Establish a Prevention Program.
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$0.00

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (English) (1.5 hours)

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (English) (1.5 hours)

This course introduces managers, supervisors and employees to the key components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
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$64.00

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (French) (1.5 hours)

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (French) (1.5 hours)

This course introduces managers, supervisors and employees to the key components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
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$64.00

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action (English) (1 hour)

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action (English) (1 hour)

This course helps frontline supervisors, workers and anyone else with an interest in workplace safety develop a clear understanding of what workplace violence is, the consequences of workplace violence and preventive measures that can be taken.
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$49.00

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action (French) (1 hour)

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action (French) (1 hour)

This course helps frontline supervisors, workers and anyone else with an interest in workplace safety develop a clear understanding of what workplace violence is, the consequences of workplace violence and preventive measures that can be taken.
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$49.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers (English)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers (English)

Learn about WHMIS after its alignment with GHS, an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets (SDSs).
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$15.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers (French)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers (French)

Learn about WHMIS after its alignment with GHS, an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets (SDSs).
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$15.00

WHMIS 2015: An Introduction (English)

WHMIS 2015: An Introduction (English)

This course provides a basic introduction to the expected changes to WHMIS after GHS. Participants will learn about the expected impacts of these changes for chemical suppliers and employers. Suppliers and employers will gain an appreciation for how they can start to prepare for WHMIS after GHS so that they can ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
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$0.00

WHMIS 2015: An Introduction (French)

WHMIS 2015: An Introduction (French)

This course provides a basic introduction to the expected changes to WHMIS after GHS. Participants will learn about the expected impacts of these changes for chemical suppliers and employers. Suppliers and employers will gain an appreciation for how they can start to prepare for WHMIS after GHS so that they can ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
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$0.00

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