Employers

Office buildingWelcome to the Health & Safety Ontario website. Here you'll 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.

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) gives employers responsibility to:

  • Keep a safe and well-maintained workplace; to take all reasonable precautions to protect your workers from illness and/or injury
  • Provide information about the hazards in your workplace, proper safety equipment, training, and competent supervision
  • Post the WSIB's "In Case of Injury at Work" poster and to follow proper procedures in case of injury
  • Post the Occupational Health & Safety Act in your workplace
  • Have worker representation for health and safety-if you have 20+ workers or you deal with a designated substance you must have a joint health and safety committee (JHSC). Construction projects last more than 3 months with 20+ workers must also have a JHSC. Workplaces with more than 5, but less than 20 are required to have a health and safety representative

Your supervisors also have responsibilities in the workplace. These include:

  • Providing a safe workplace and to assign safe work; taking all reasonable precautions to protect your workers from illness and/or injury
  • Informing your workers about job hazards and training them to do their jobs safely
  • Providing supervision to ensure that they work safely and use equipment and protective devices properly where required

What is the business case

Failure to comply with the OHSA could result in fines of up to $25,000 and/or up to a year's imprisonment. Corporations can be fined up to $500,000. Employers are also subject to penalties for failing to report to the WSIB-within 3 days of learning of a workplace injury or illness.

Supervisors who fail to comply with the OHSA are also subject to fines of up to $25,000.

What you can do

  • Understand your legal obligations and comply with them
  • Ensure that procedures and measures for workplace health and safety are established and are always followed
  • Ensure equipment, materials and protective devices required by law or provided and used; this includes guards on machinery
  • Ensure that all hazards, illnesses and injuries are reported immediately
  • Keep your workplace health and safety policies, procedures and programs current
  • Know what the hazards are in your workplace, inform supervisors about the hazards and how to handle them; encourage your workers to report unsafe conditions or hazards to you or your supervisors
  • Respond promptly to all health and safety concerns
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety with your own consistent, safe work practices; lead by example by attending training sessions, and use and wear safety equipment when it's required
  • Provide training to supervisors so that they maintain their competence

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Ontario FarmSafe Workshops (1/2 day)

Ontario FarmSafe Workshops (1/2 day)

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The Effective Trainer (2 days)

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

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Articles

Canada's largest health & safety event is back!

Canada's largest health & safety event is back!

A unique, dynamic, and fun exhibit area awaits you at Partners in Prevention 2017 Conference & Trade Show, May 2-3. Where else can you climb through a dark and dirty confined space? Repel down the side of a trailer? Or drive a pedal cart while wearing goggles that simulate impairment? "There's something for everyone," says WSPS trade show organizer Kristina Toomey, "including interactive activities, demos, games, information sessions, freebies, contests, and much more!"

Mar 15, 2017
Lockout: follow this 6 step template

Lockout: follow this 6 step template

The key to preventing lockout incidents, says WSPS consultant Michael Wilson, is understanding which hazardous energies you are dealing with. Up to eight potential sources must be controlled before a worker can safely carry out maintenance and repair tasks.

Mar 15, 2017
Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Last summer the Supreme Court of Canada's groundbreaking decision R v Jordan set a limit on the time it takes to process a criminal prosecution to trial. If the actual time exceeds the limit, then the right of the accused to be tried within a reasonable time is considered to have been breached, unless certain circumstances apply. A breach invariably results in a stay of proceedings, which has the effect of dismissing the charges and preventing the Crown from laying them again.

Feb 13, 2017
7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

"Canada's workers are both overwhelmed and overworked," says mental health expert Dr. Ian Dawe. The resulting stress translates into $6 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and lost time, but Dawe says there is an alternative. "Understanding the human cost of workplace mental health helps employers develop action plans that will improve the bottom line as well as employee well-being."

Jan 13, 2017

"Transformational" - how one company sums up WSPS' Safety Group

Apollo Health & Beauty Care is going on three years with no lost-time injuries, and recently earned a 100% score on a health and safety audit. What's their secret?

Dec 01, 2016
Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner:

Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner: "We don't need a better hard hat"

In 2011, New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) launched a new safety campaign - "We don't need a better hard hat" - that galvanized workers to achieve new levels of health and safety performance. It also captured the essence of what is now an award-winning health and safety culture.

Dec 01, 2016
Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

In this second of two parts, Dave Powers offers seven more no- or low-cost tips for getting the most out of your JHSC. The director, health, safety and environment for Oxford Frozen Foods has worked with many joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) over the last 24 years.

Dec 01, 2016
Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Ever try talking to someone who doesn't want to listen? You can't force conversation. However, you can create an environment in which positive, solutions-focused conversations occur, whether planned or spontaneous.

Nov 04, 2016
6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

"When it comes to addressing ergonomic issues," says WSPS ergonomist Mike Lanigan, "small business employers tell me they face three big challenges: cost, time, and resources. 'This is why I can't do it,' they say. "These are very real challenges for businesses of any size," continues Mike, "but low-tech, low-cost solutions exist."

Oct 06, 2016
8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

Could your company's social media channels become a forum in which the public threaten and harass your employees?

Oct 06, 2016
WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

"Before joining WSPS' Safety Group, I felt a bit like the Tasmanian Devil," says Drew Douglas, health and safety supervisor, for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. "We already had a successful health and safety program in place, we just didn't have the management system. I'd start working on one component of our system over here, then spin over and do a little bit of work there. I'd be all over the place."

Oct 06, 2016
8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

Workplace harassment can have debilitating consequences for victims, their co-workers, and the business. "If there's even an inkling of this behaviour in the workplace, the situation needs to be addressed immediately," says WSPS consultant Charmaine Mitchell. "If workers don't feel safe, it can have widespread repercussions on employee well-being and organizational productivity."

Sep 08, 2016
Busting the myth: health and safety doesn't have to be complicated for small businesses

Busting the myth: health and safety doesn't have to be complicated for small businesses

"Too complicated" is a common misconception that Harry Stewart, WSPS' Director, Small Business, hears when discussing health and safety with member firms, especially small businesses. "Costly, intrusive and inefficient" are others.

Sep 08, 2016
How WSPS' Safety Group helps one business send its employees home safe

How WSPS' Safety Group helps one business send its employees home safe

It's a truism that every employer wants their people to arrive home safe at the end of the day. But truisms weren't enough for JSW Manufacturing, a small, family-run metal fabrication company in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Sep 08, 2016
12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

A recent prosecution resulting from the death of a worker who tripped on an empty pallet is a shocking reminder of how easily things can go wrong. We asked WSPS's Jennifer MacFarlane how warehouses, distributions centres and other workplaces could avoid similar incidents. Her immediate response: involve everyone.

Jul 05, 2016
5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

One in five Canadians is likely to experience a mental illness at some point, yet fear of being judged is a major barrier to seeking treatment - a critical first step in returning to good health.

Jul 05, 2016
Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

"A good supervisor wears many hats," says WSPS territory manager Sandy Ash. "Coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison, health and safety specialist... It's a big job requiring this 'superhuman' to be all these things at the same time."

Jul 05, 2016
Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

At a roundtable event in 2015, members of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network ranked stress, workplace violence and mental health as top hazards in their workplaces. Their experience is consistent with other Canadian businesses. Mental health problems are the number one cause of disability in Canada.

Jun 07, 2016
Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

In collaboration with Imperial Oil and its network of Esso branded bulk fuel suppliers, WSPS is piloting a simple, easy to remember outreach message that has enormous potential to prevent injuries. Just ask Peter Szmidt, an Imperial Esso safety expert.

May 17, 2016
Watch out for misleading sales calls and stay on top of compliance

Watch out for misleading sales calls and stay on top of compliance

It's happening again. Or still. A business receives a phone call or visit from someone checking on a compliance matter. The person may be friendly or aggressive, but either way, the business is left to believe it may be falling short on its legal obligations. And guess who has the solution?

Apr 04, 2016
Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Researchers have identified six evidence-based leading indicators that can predict future health and safety performance - and help workplaces achieve maximum results. "Score well on these indicators and you should see it reflected in good performance in the future," explains Illia Tchernikov, WSPS program lead, OHS Research. "Score poorly and you should see an increase in injuries and illnesses."

Mar 03, 2016
Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a busy place. In 2015, the airport welcomed more than 20 million passengers, a new record for one of Canada's fastest growing airports. "It's like a small city," says Kevin Hong, manager of health and safety for Vancouver Airport Authority, which is responsible for developing and maintaining airport infrastructure and overseeing the day-to-day operations at YVR.

Jan 12, 2016
Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. Forty-one companies across Canada are tackling this head on. To promote positive mental health among all employees, these companies are implementing CSA Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. They're also sharing their experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We all have a chance to learn from this," says Andrew Harkness, WSPS' strategy advisor, organizational health initiatives.

Jan 12, 2016
How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

From his days on the floor of a TRW Automotive plant in St. Catharines, Michael Cocco has always been interested in health and safety. Over time he's turned his interest into a career and helped the plant achieve internationally recognized health and safety performance.

Dec 07, 2015
Put evolving health and safety education to work for you

Put evolving health and safety education to work for you

The January 2016 launch of a graduate certificate program at Fleming College's Lindsay, ON campus is just the latest indicator of an evolution in occupational health and safety education. Roughly 50 Canadian educational institutions, including 16 in Ontario alone, offer some sort of post-secondary course, certificate or degree program in occupational health and safety.

Nov 09, 2015
Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Ontario winters can sweep in quickly and unexpectedly, and once here they can still be unpredictable, with extreme variations in snowfall and temperature. If snow and ice could accumulate on the roof of your business, be proactive. Preparing a snow removal plan now could make all the difference between a worry-free winter and a frantic, last-minute response that could expose people to injuries, and your business to liability and loss.

Nov 09, 2015
Health and safety: a catalyst for small business growth

Health and safety: a catalyst for small business growth

With the election now behind us, we're all waiting to see which of the promises that have been bandied about for the past several months will stick. And for small business owners, who have factored heavily into election debates, which ones will bear fruit and help you grow.

Oct 16, 2015
Decorating your workplace for the holidays? Follow these 12 safety tips

Decorating your workplace for the holidays? Follow these 12 safety tips

Celebrating holidays with decorations introduces a sense of fun and energy into retail outlets, restaurants, offices, and any other place where people congregate. But before you start putting up those decorations - or assign someone else to do it - WSPS consultant Andrew Moffett suggests applying the same health and safety principles here that you would apply to any new workplace activity. Here's what Moffett recommends.

Oct 06, 2015
Translating research into real-world applications for your workplace

Translating research into real-world applications for your workplace

WSPS is currently working with system and research partners on two new practical prevention tools that will help companies to address lifting hazards and identify vulnerable workers, says Illia Tchernikov, WSPS Program Lead, OHS Research.

Oct 06, 2015
WSPS' Safety Group: Implement a health and safety program step by step - and save $$$

WSPS' Safety Group: Implement a health and safety program step by step - and save $$$

Belonging to the Safety Groups program has helped Global Architectural Metals substantially reduce its injury severity rate, even as the Welland, ON firm has ramped up production and tripled its workforce. But for Kyra Moate, the firm's health and safety coordinator, health and safety success is not just about numbers. It's also about process. Global Architectural Metals joined Safety Groups precisely because of what Moate describes as a stepping stone approach to building a comprehensive health and safety program.

Oct 06, 2015
Find It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Find It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Small business owners want to do the right thing and have a keen appreciation for the value of managing risk, especially where it affects people.

Sep 30, 2015
How to

How to "Do It" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Some small business owners believe they'll escape the notice of Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors who surely have bigger fish to fry. The truth is that the MOL inspectors can't take their eyes off small businesses - and no wonder. You comprise 90 per cent of Ontario firms and one-third of its workforce.

Sep 30, 2015
How to

How to "Get It" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let's Make This Easier

As a small business owner or manager, you face unique challenges. You march every day to the drumroll of cash flow. You juggle hats from accountant to operations to marketing in the relentless imperative to sell, service, and grow. And you're besieged on all sides by legislative requirements. Occupational Health and Safety Act? Stand in line, you say.

Sep 30, 2015
Report It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Report It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

The unthinkable has happened. A worker, customer, supplier or guest has been critically injured on your premises. What do you do?

Sep 30, 2015
Watch For It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Watch For It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

If you don't manage your hazards, your hazards will manage you.

Sep 30, 2015
When to

When to "Write It Down" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

You're satisfied with the way you've identified hazards related to specific jobs in your workplace. You've even assessed your hazards against legislated standards. You've trained your people on the hazard controls - repeatedly, thoroughly. Your Joint Health and Safety Committee, if your business is large enough to have one, meets regularly.

Sep 30, 2015
Safety Group 2016: earn a WSIB rebate while building your health and safety program

Safety Group 2016: earn a WSIB rebate while building your health and safety program

Year after year, members of WSPS' Safety Group earn workers compensation premium rebates by improving their health and safety performance. So could you. In the most recent reported year, WSPS Safety Group members earned a collective 5.17% premium rebate - worth $6,763,820 - by reducing their lost-time injury frequency rate by 12.86% and their injury severity rate by 16.35%.

Sep 04, 2015
8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

"Great supervisors mean you have a great culture," says Greg Swan, health and safety officer for Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Key attributes of great supervisors were the subject of a session Swan led at WSPS' national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. Here are some highlights.

Aug 06, 2015
Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Every year, as senior management and hundreds of others look on at Compass Group Canada's annual conference, one person from among the company's 29,000 employees will receive the Crystal Award for outstanding contribution to health and food safety. It's an essential moment in the organization’s ongoing commitment to enrich its health and safety culture.

 

Aug 06, 2015
BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

As operations manager of BASF Canada's Windsor Paint Plant, Michael Helferty balances multiple management responsibilities all at the same time, but at WSPS' recent Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Tradeshow in Mississauga, he focused squarely on health and safety. In a fast-paced 90-minute session, Helferty shared a 6-step process for creating and sustaining a health and safety culture that helped BASF's Windsor plant achieve three years without even a recordable incident.

Jul 14, 2015
Meet your next AODA deadlines with this handy guide

Meet your next AODA deadlines with this handy guide

On track to meet your Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) obligations? Ontario's ambitious program to eliminate barriers for Ontarians with disabilities comes with workplace compliance deadlines. A series of tables below explains what's required to satisfy upcoming obligations. Failure to meet these deadlines puts employers at risk of fines, as well as less traditional but potentially greater consequences, such as being called up before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Jul 14, 2015
Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

"Workers are a source of rich data that can be used for applying controls, correcting unsafe practices, and coaching and training," says WSPS consultant Norm Kramer. The best way to mine the data is to create an environment in which people feel safe speaking up, even when reporting a near miss or worse. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to access their experiences and ideas.

Jun 08, 2015
7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

A decade ago, MPS Property Services decided to take a more active approach to health and safety. "We jumped in with both feet," says Ken Jorgenson, the company's operations manager and health and safety coordinator. Now, he says, "We're at a place where safety has become an everyday part of how we work." It all starts with orientation training. "For people who join the company, health and safety starts on day one."

May 13, 2015
Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

WSPS consultant Gord Leffley identifies five barriers to effective supervision and how to eliminate them so that you can better protect workers and improve your business. "In a well supervised workplace," says Leffley, "you get the performance you want, but you also get better and continually improving performance. Suggestions for making improvements move quickly up the organization, and the responses also move down quickly, engaging workers and encouraging innovation."

 

May 13, 2015
Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), which runs the CEO H+S Leadership Network with several strategic partners, recently unveiled the nomination criteria for what has been described as the country's highest honour among health and safety awards. The new Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award will recognize an entire organization - not just an individual - for outstanding contributions to building health and safety cultures and inspiring transformative behaviours within their areas of influence.

May 13, 2015
5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

Industry estimates suggest that 5% of production capacity is lost each year to unplanned downtime. "This figure is conservative," says WSPS consultant Gord Leffley. While safety-related stoppages are just one type of unplanned event, even minor incidents can slow down or halt production.

Feb 09, 2015
Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco routinely has 300 third party employees working on site - and a comprehensive process to keep them as safe as its own employees. "We can't afford third parties on our property not performing to our expectations," explains senior health and safety specialist Steve Hinds. You may not have as many third party employees at your workplace, but ArcelorMittal Dofasco's third party compliance program still offers lots to learn from and apply.

Jan 12, 2015
Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Peter van Stralen, president and CEO of Sunshine Brands, is the latest recipient of an Ontario Premier's Award (business) for outstanding college graduates in Ontario. Graduating as a landscape technician in 1990, van Stralen has helped turn a family landscape business into a multi-million dollar brand with over 200 locations in Canada and the U.S. under two franchise concepts, The Grounds Guys and the Sprinkler Guys. Van Stralen is also a founding member of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, a new group of forward thinking senior leaders who embrace their role as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities in Ontario and beyond. He considers safety a critical success factor in sustaining the company's success. Here's what he told WSPS Network News in a recent conversation.

Jan 12, 2015
Employee engagement: how an award-winning workplace does it

Employee engagement: how an award-winning workplace does it

As maintenance manager and unofficial in-house trainer for Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown London, Tony D'Araino has many tools in his training kit. One of the more unusual tools is a scavenger hunt.

Dec 03, 2014
H&S awareness training: are you missing out on

H&S awareness training: are you missing out on "one of the best tools available"?

Despite having free access to what WSPS account manager Brenda Vrooman describes as "one of the best tools available," some Ontario workplaces still haven't implemented mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors. "I speak to WSPS member firms on a regular basis to make sure they've provided the training," says Vrooman, "and I'm getting wonderful feedback from businesses that have." This means businesses that haven't are missing out.

Dec 03, 2014
Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Twisted ankles, concussions, broken bones - these are just some of the injuries that people sustain after slipping and falling on ice and snow. Many workplaces already have active housekeeping programs aimed at eliminating indoor slips, trips and falls. In the winter months especially, take that program outdoors to further protect employees and visitors.

Dec 03, 2014
WSPS' 2015 Safety Group can help you maximize the value of your greatest H&S resource

WSPS' 2015 Safety Group can help you maximize the value of your greatest H&S resource

"There are so many things a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) can help improve at little or no cost," says John VanLenthe, a WSPS consultant who leads one of WSPS' 34 Safety Group chapters located across the province. "This is just one of many reasons why they're essential to the safe and efficient operation of any workplace."

Dec 03, 2014
AODA update: January 1, 2015 is the next deadline

AODA update: January 1, 2015 is the next deadline

If your workplace has 50 or more employees in Ontario, you have until January 1, 2015 to comply with a training requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Not up to speed? "Take heart," says WSPS consultant Jennifer Threndyle. "With online tools and WSPS expertise, you can meet AODA deadlines and avoid the penalties some businesses are already paying."

Nov 06, 2014
CEOs talking safety: measuring performance, holding contractors accountable, and more

CEOs talking safety: measuring performance, holding contractors accountable, and more

"View from the Top," a Q&A session featuring three CEOs, is an annual must-see at WSPS' national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. CEOs share opinions, insights and advice as they answer such questions from delegates as "How are you able to instill health and safety as a core value in your managers and supervisors?"

Nov 06, 2014
New robot safety standard: best practices for a burgeoning productivity tool

New robot safety standard: best practices for a burgeoning productivity tool

CSA Group's new robot and robot systems safety standard, to be released any day now, includes new user-friendly tools to help workplaces conduct risk assessments, build a safe robot system, and quantitatively measure its functional safety. "This latest version of the standard makes risk assessment priority one," says Tom Eastwood, a WSPS machine safeguarding specialist and chair of the technical committee responsible for CSA-Z434 - Industrial Robots and Robot Systems. "Workplaces need to conduct risk assessments for all aspects of the automation cell they're putting together."

Nov 06, 2014
Over $6.76 million rebate for WSPS' 2013 Safety Group. Sign up now for next year.

Over $6.76 million rebate for WSPS' 2013 Safety Group. Sign up now for next year.

Successful members of WSPS' 2013 Safety Group have just learned they will share a $6,763,820 rebate after reducing their lost-time injury frequency rate by 12.86% and severity rate by 16.35% - in just one year. WSPS' 2014 members are on track to achieve similar results, so now's the time to sign up for 2015.

Nov 06, 2014
WSPS announces a new organizational health + safety culture award

WSPS announces a new organizational health + safety culture award

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services president and CEO Elizabeth Mills has announced a new national award celebrating organizations that excel in leadership and the promotion of health and safety, not just in their own workplaces but in their networks and beyond.

Nov 06, 2014
Building safety into your small business: one franchisee's story

Building safety into your small business: one franchisee's story

Jack Walton, owner of five Midas Auto Service and Tires stores in Markham, Newmarket, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, and Scarborough, is an all-in kind of guy. No half measures here.

Oct 09, 2014
How prevention saves a small business money

How prevention saves a small business money

All too often, people see health and safety as a cost rather than a savings. But investing in health and safety is a solid business strategy that can protect your people while improving profitability.

Oct 09, 2014
Small businesses too can benefit from WSIB premium rebates

Small businesses too can benefit from WSIB premium rebates

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Safety Groups program is an ideal fit for small business owners and managers who want to prevent injuries - and earn a rebate in the process - but are challenged by a lack of resources and expertise.

Oct 09, 2014
CEOs talking safety: view your people as an appreciating asset

CEOs talking safety: view your people as an appreciating asset

"In business," says Sunshine Brands president and CEO Peter Van Stralen, "there are two dominant mindsets. One is the boss mentality, where people are seen more as things." The other mindset is where people are seen as assets. "If you care about people and build them up within your organization, they become one of a company's few appreciating assets."

Sep 05, 2014
Learn business-building secrets from winners of the world's highest health and safety honour

Learn business-building secrets from winners of the world's highest health and safety honour

Every September the U.S. National Safety Council announces the latest winner of the Robert W. Campbell award, the world's most prestigious health and safety honour. But you can learn any time from the collective experience of award winners, as well as WSPS' own team of health and safety management system experts.

Sep 05, 2014
Out of sight but not out of mind: 2 lawyers' perspective on employer obligations for travelling workers

Out of sight but not out of mind: 2 lawyers' perspective on employer obligations for travelling workers

Many workers are required to travel as part of their job duties. They may travel for sales trips, service calls, conferences, client meetings, or even accompanying students on a field trip. Unfortunately, workers are sometimes injured while travelling.

Aug 11, 2014
Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Leading indicators - workplace measures that precede or indicate a future event - are rapidly gaining interest as a business tool that can help workplaces anticipate and prevent injuries. "We have in fact decreased our injuries and increased our hazardous occurrence and condition reporting significantly," reports Richard Coleman, national director of business continuity and health, safety, security and environment for Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada.

Jun 10, 2014
From WHMIS to GHS: what you need to do

From WHMIS to GHS: what you need to do

Canada's transition from WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) to GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) inspires both dread and impatience - feelings from "I'm so not looking forward to this," to "Let's just get on with it already."

Jun 05, 2014
Asleep at the controls: preventing injuries and loss by managing fatigue and shiftwork

Asleep at the controls: preventing injuries and loss by managing fatigue and shiftwork

A recent video showing a Chicago subway train riding up an escalator after derailing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport graphically depicts what can happen when overtired workers fall asleep on the job. Organizational factors may have contributed. Media reports indicate the driver was often assigned erratic schedules as a fill-in in for other employees, and had clocked lots of overtime.

May 09, 2014
New and young worker blitz: 8 tips specifically for retailers

New and young worker blitz: 8 tips specifically for retailers

Retail operations figure prominently in the Ministry of Labour's recently announced young and new worker inspection blitz, taking place May through August. "There's a good reason for that," says Andrew Moffett, a WSPS consultant with extensive retail experience. "There is a general perception among the public of retail being safe. You also encounter this among employees, supervisors and store managers."

May 09, 2014
Prepare for heat stress now. It's just a matter of time

Prepare for heat stress now. It's just a matter of time

Back in January hot weather seemed a long way off, but it's coming. And more of it every year. The number of extremely hot days has been increasing globally over the past 15 years, a recent study has found.

May 09, 2014
Partners in Prevention 2014: leadership insights to help you empower safety and productivity back at work

Partners in Prevention 2014: leadership insights to help you empower safety and productivity back at work

Taking action, making a difference, implementing change… how do we do this day to day in our own workplaces? At Partners in Prevention 2014 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, find out from session leaders - CEOs, managers, health and safety coordinators - how they do it and how you can empower yourself and others. Then tour the 400-exhibit trade show for new products and services to help you get it done.

Apr 03, 2014
Court decision: jail terms may become the

Court decision: jail terms may become the "new norm" for fall protection cases

A recent sentencing decision involving the owner of a small roofing company suggests that the courts may be shedding their historical reluctance to impose jail terms in cases involving the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Jan 10, 2014
Compliance with AODA is not just about ramps and accessible doors. Find out what it means to you

Compliance with AODA is not just about ramps and accessible doors. Find out what it means to you

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) contains a series of compliance deadlines that affect every employer in Ontario. The first deadline affecting private sector employers was December 31, 2012. In September, non-compliant employers began receiving notices from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario warning of potentially severe penalties. Workplace Safety & Prevention services (WSPS) consultants are on stand-by to help you meet current obligations and prepare for what's next.

Nov 13, 2013
Transforming your OHS performance: WSPS's take on a new strategy for Ontario

Transforming your OHS performance: WSPS's take on a new strategy for Ontario

In response to a public consultation led by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has submitted a series of recommendations that we believe could dramatically change the prevention system’s approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.

Sep 19, 2013
Employer's investigation was a reprisal, adjudicator rules

Employer's investigation was a reprisal, adjudicator rules

An internal investigation conducted after an employee appealed a right to refuse decision has been deemed a reprisal by an arbitrator.

Such reprisals violate provincial occupational health and safety acts and the Canada Labour Code. They also risk disengaging employees and undermining productivity. The result can be chaos for workplaces following just-in-time production schedules, says Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) consultant Gordon Leffley.

Jul 31, 2013
MOL Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps

MOL Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps

Supervisors play an essential role in reinforcing safe work procedures and establishing a culture of safety. However, many people holding supervisory duties or who have just been promoted to a supervisory position do not fully understand their rights and responsibilities. This puts both workers and organizational performance at risk.

Jul 16, 2013
Have your say on a new provincial OHS strategy

Have your say on a new provincial OHS strategy

Ontario's Ministry of Labour is inviting public input as it formulates the province's first system-wide integrated occupational health and safety strategy. Deadline for input: May 17.

Apr 22, 2013
New and young worker blitz starts May 1

New and young worker blitz starts May 1

If you hire new or young workers, you may receive a visit from a Ministry of Labour inspector. The ministry’s sixth new or young worker safety blitz starts May 1 and continues until August 31. The goal: raise awareness of specific hazards and encourage compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations. Find out more about the blitz, and how to protect young workers aged 14 to 24, and workers of any age newly hired or recently reassigned, and seasonal and temporary workers.

Apr 22, 2013
The world according to Target

The world according to Target

Nobody does things quite like Target, the upscale discount retailer. Since the 1962 opening of its first outlet, in Roseville, Minnesota, Target has evolved into a retail powerhouse with almost 1800 U.S. locations.
Apr 18, 2013
Access WSPS resources anywhere, sooner

Access WSPS resources anywhere, sooner

Interested in accessing online health and safety information any time, not just when you’re in front of your laptop or desktop? Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has two new options for that.

Launching April 1: a WSPS Twitter feed linking you to news, resources and expertise as issues and opportunities arise. Available soon: a WSPS mobile website interface for smartphone users.

Mar 20, 2013
Lakeshore Sand: what's behind its winning safety performance

Lakeshore Sand: what's behind its winning safety performance

In late 2012, the Canadian Foundry Association presented Fairmount Minerals’ Lakeshore Sand operation in Hamilton, ON, with its annual CFA/WSPS Health and Safety Award, Certificate of Recognition. The processing and packaging operation has achieved 13 years without a single lost-time injury.

HSO Network News spoke with Bob Van Wyngaarden, the general manager, for insights on how Lakeshore Sand sustains its health and safety performance.

Mar 20, 2013
Sometimes a swimming pool is just a swimming pool: Blue Mountain wins appeal

Sometimes a swimming pool is just a swimming pool: Blue Mountain wins appeal

On February 7, 2013, the Court of Appeal for Ontario handed down its highly anticipated decision in Blue Mountain Resorts Limited v. Ontario (Ministry of Labour and Ontario Labour Relations Board), 2013 ONCA 75. It found that Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act does not require employers to report every fatal or critical injury to any person at a workplace. Read on to learn more about the case, as well as suggested best practices for employers and constructors.
Feb 19, 2013
WSPS Safety Group: one business’s audit experience

WSPS Safety Group: one business’s audit experience

This is the time of year when Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) releases a list of businesses that will undergo a validation audit of their Safety Group activities. Time to panic?

Not necessarily, says Hanson Brick Ltd.'s John Lourenco. "Any time you go into an audit, you plan for the worst and hope for the best."

Feb 19, 2013