Vulnerable Workers

Ministry of Labour BlitzMinistry of Labour Blitz: New and Young Worker
May 1 - August 31, 2017

They can be young, they can be new to a particular job or they can be seasonal workers hired during a peak period. New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time. From May 1 - August 31, 2017, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on new and young worker safety during a blitz to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect these vulnerable workers. 

What Do Inspectors Look For?

  • Compliance with mandatory awareness training requirements
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee/Health & Safety Representative
  • Proper orientation and supervision

 

 

What are vulnerable workers?

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.

What the law says

Sections 25 and 27 of Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) sets out responsibilities for employers and supervisors:

  • Ensuring equipment, materials and protective devices are provided and maintained
  • Letting workers know about any potential or actual dangers in the workplace
  • Informing, instructing, supervising workers to protect their health and safety
  • Hiring supervisors that are competent
  • Assisting and co-operating with joint health and safety committees or worker representatives
  • Taking every precaution reasonable for the protection of a worker
  • Ensuring that workers comply with provisions of the OHSA

Workers have rights and responsibilities under OHSA as well. These include:

  • the right to know about hazards and how to prevent injuries caused by them
  • the right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace
  • the right to refuse work that is dangerous or unsafe to you or others
  • the responsibility to use machinery and equipment in the way in which they are trained
  • the responsibility to report hazards to a supervisor or employer
  • the responsibility to use or wear personal protective devices

Vulnerable WorkersHow vulnerable workers can affect your business

Health and safety should be considered an investment. Firms that operate in a healthy and safe way benefit in many ways, including improving their bottom line and employee morale. Vulnerable workers may be more exposed to injury and illness than other workers because of their lack of experience, reluctance to ask questions, communication barriers, and the type of work they do. The business justification includes:

  • compliance with the law
  • cost reduction
  • business interruption protection
  • employee relations improvement
  • reliability and productivity improvement
  • public trust
  • organization capability

What you can do

  • Establish procedures and measures for workplace health and safety and ensure that they are always followed
  • Ensure equipment and personal protective equipment is provided and maintained properly
  • Ensure that all hazards, illnesses and injuries are reported immediately
  • Identify hazards in the workplace and provide training/instruction on how to handle them
  • Provide proper and ongoing training
  • Respond promptly to all health and safety concerns
  • Lead by example: use and wear safety equipment when required, and participate in drills and other emergency response training

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

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Understand your legal responsibilities, your role as a leader and the key concept of due diligence.
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$149.00

Ontario FarmSafe Workshops (1/2 day)

Ontario FarmSafe Workshops (1/2 day)

Learn the fundamentals of building your own farm safety plan.
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$139.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Do-it-yourself option to meet the mandatory training requirements.

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$295.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Training Tailored to Your Workplace. Price includes training for up to 15 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

E-Courses

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (English) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (English) (1.5 hours)

This course provides a general introduction to occupational health and safety for all new workers.
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$49.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (French) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (French) (1.5 hours)

This course provides a general introduction to occupational health and safety for all new workers.
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$49.00

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

This course covers the basics of PPE, including practical tips, programs, limitations, legal responsibilities.
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$49.00

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

This course covers the basics of PPE, including practical tips, programs, limitations, legal responsibilities.
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$49.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (English) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (English) (1.5 hours)

This two-part course provides a general introduction to occupational H&S for new agricultural worker.
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$49.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (French) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (French) (1.5 hours)

This two-part course provides a general introduction to occupational H&S for new agricultural worker.
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$49.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (French) (1 hour)

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
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$15.00

Webinars

Are You Ready for the MOL Blitz on Vulnerable Workers?

Are You Ready for the MOL Blitz on Vulnerable Workers?

Did you know that workers on the job for less than one month had four times as many claims as workers that held their current job for more than a year?
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$0.00

Reference Products

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

This tool provides information on dozens of the most common hazards in the landscaping industry along with best practices for working safely.
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$20.00

Health and Safety Starter Kit

Health and Safety Starter Kit

This kit sets the foundation for a small business' health and safety program.
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$79.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Agricultural Safety Tools on USB (English and Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Tools on USB (English and Spanish)

Health and safety awareness and training tools for seasonal temporary workers in the Agricultural sector.
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$0.00

E-Documents

Ontario FarmSafe Plan (English)

Ontario FarmSafe Plan (English)

A risk management tool to assist you in keeping your workers and business healthy and safe.
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$49.00

Ontario FarmSafe Plan (French)

Ontario FarmSafe Plan (French)

A risk management tool to assist you in keeping your workers and business healthy and safe.
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$49.00

Downloads

Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Addresses businesses in all sectors.

857 KB PDF
Strategies for Ontario's aging workforce: what workers can do to prevent injuries

Strategies for Ontario's aging workforce: what workers can do to prevent injuries

Designed for businesses in all industries, the poster encourages workers to apply their years of experience in working smarter. Tips relate to the musculoskeletal system, hearing and vision, mental health, and cardiovascular health.

156 KB PDF
Strategies for Ontario’s aging workforce: what employers can do to prevent injuries

Strategies for Ontario’s aging workforce: what employers can do to prevent injuries

Designed for businesses in all industries, the poster provides employers with tips on how to create a safe work environment for aging workers. Tips address training, teamwork, the value of older workers, and their role in working safely.

86 KB PDF
New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

How does the MOL define "new worker"? What are the different roles for employers, supervisors and workers? What should you tell vs. show new workers, what is the best way to communicate, what should you watch for? All this and more - including a detailed checklist you can personalize for your organization - in this four-page guide.

204 KB PDF
Supervisor competencies: the key to building a strong safety culture

Supervisor competencies: the key to building a strong safety culture

Supervisors - engaged, knowledgeable, responsive - are indispensable to a strong safety culture. These six posters promote passion for and pride in such areas as leadership, coaching, and training, by personalizing the promise supervisors implicitly make to workers: "You're safe with me."

2206 KB PDF
Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

857 KB PDF
Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Post this attractive flyer, which contains the same information in the brochure for small business (above), on your bulletin boards, and share the tips, information and links widely. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

828 KB PDF
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Developed in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1820 KB pdf
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
907 KB PDF
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Developed in partnership with Landscape Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
2213 KB pdf
Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1963 KB pdf
Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1934 KB pdf
IRS Primer

IRS Primer

The internal responsibility system (IRS) is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Everyone in the workplace has a shared responsibility. This primer will help you understand your role in this process.
682 KB pdf
Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (French)

Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (French)

Developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this resource guide is a business risk management tool which is reflective of best practice recommendations for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy farm work environment.  These recommendations also take into consideration the general occupational health and safety requirements imposed by regulation across Canada. 

Also available in English.

A companion piece - Ontario FarmSafe Plan - is available for download.

1773 KB pdf
Pictograms - Greenhouses

Pictograms - Greenhouses

Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers. They have typically  been used as warning labels or for directional purposes.

A collaborative project between the Institute for Work & Health, Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and WSPS, involved developing pictograms and companion training for identifying and controlling hazards. This download includes hazard and control pictograms, a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes and an instruction sheet that explains how to use the materials.

12400 KB ZIP
Pictograms - Retail

Pictograms - Retail

Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers. They have typically  been used as warning labels or for directional purposes.

A collaborative project between the Institute for Work & Health, Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and WSPS, involved developing pictograms and companion training for identifying and controlling hazards. This download includes hazard and control pictograms, a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes and an instruction sheet that explains how to use the materials.

6900 KB ZIP
Pictograms - Restaurants

Pictograms - Restaurants

Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers. They have typically been used as warning labels or for directional purposes.

A collaborative project between the Institute for Work & Health, Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and WSPS, involved developing pictograms and companion training for identifying and controlling hazards. This download includes hazard and control pictograms, a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes and an instruction sheet that explains how to use the materials.
23000 KB ZIP
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Developed in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1998 KB pdf
Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (English)

Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (English)

Developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this resource guide is a business risk management tool which is reflective of best practice recommendations for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy farm work environment.  These recommendations also take into consideration the general occupational health and safety requirements imposed by regulation across Canada. 

Also available in French.

 A companion piece - Ontario FarmSafe Plan - is available for download.

 
1285 KB pdf
Orientation Training

Orientation Training

Employees suffer a disproportionate number of work-related injuries during the first three months of employer, underscoring the need for proper health and safety orientation for all new and returning employees.
339 KB PDF

Articles

Bring Safety Home: a breakthrough resource on talking to your kids about safety

Bring Safety Home: a breakthrough resource on talking to your kids about safety

Bring Safety Home, a timely new initiative launched by WSPS and the Ministry of Labour, is the first website targeted to parents of young workers. It helps parents of young workers play a greater role in their safety at work.

Jul 05, 2016
2016 young and new worker blitz: 3 essential tips for small business owners and managers

2016 young and new worker blitz: 3 essential tips for small business owners and managers

WSPS consultant Janet Bewers is a pragmatist. She knows that what workplaces need to do and what they're capable of doing right away are often two different things. So, she tailors her message to her audience.

Jun 07, 2016
6 success strategies for keeping seasonal young workers healthy and safe

6 success strategies for keeping seasonal young workers healthy and safe

Golf may be a pastime for millions of Canadians, but it's serious business for ClubLink. The company owns and operates 54.5 18-hole equivalent championship and eight nine-hole academy courses in Ontario, Quebec and Florida.

May 05, 2016
How to prevent your employees from contracting Canada's most common form of cancer

How to prevent your employees from contracting Canada's most common form of cancer

If it were simple, the short answer would be to keep them out of the sun. But how do you protect people when research shows that even brief exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can put them at risk of skin cancer?

Apr 04, 2016
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
Precedent-setting fine emphasizes need for sexual harassment policies

Precedent-setting fine emphasizes need for sexual harassment policies

A $200,000 fine for an employer who sexually harassed workers holds important lessons about organizational culture, vulnerable workers, and sexual harassment programs. WSPS consultant Margaret Cernigoj offers timely advice in the wake of this case and in light of Ontario's action plan to curb sexual harassment.

Jul 14, 2015
Young and new worker blitz: 5 action items to protect the most vulnerable

Young and new worker blitz: 5 action items to protect the most vulnerable

Workplaces never previously visited by the Ministry of Labour are on the list of stops for inspectors in this year's new and young worker enforcement blitz. The blitz, which began last month and continues until August 31, has become an annual event.

Jun 09, 2015
Turn young, new worker blitz results into a 6-point prevention strategy

Turn young, new worker blitz results into a 6-point prevention strategy

Starting May 1, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be conducting a four-month enforcement blitz focusing on young workers aged 14 to 24 years, and new or reassigned workers on the job for less than six months. These workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time, so convert this annual enforcement rite of spring into a customized injury prevention strategy.

Apr 08, 2015
How to protect your people, your business, and your brand from unhealthy behaviour

How to protect your people, your business, and your brand from unhealthy behaviour

Media reports of disturbing behaviour on Parliament Hill and at CBC have created an impression of systemic problems at these two organizations: individuals who abuse their position, people who are reluctant to voice complaints for fear of reprisal, lack of management support, and an absence of policies and procedures.
Feb 09, 2015
New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

If you hire temporary or unpaid workers, Ontario's just-proclaimed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, has expanded your health and safety responsibilities. Some are already in effect. Here’s what you need to know.

Jan 12, 2015
Hiring temporary workers? 10 steps to protect your workforce and your business

Hiring temporary workers? 10 steps to protect your workforce and your business

Temporary workers may come and go, but protecting them is just as important as protecting your full time staff. At WSPS's recent national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, representatives of a human resources law firm, a temporary help agency, and a company that hires temporary workers shared best practices on how to keep these workers safe and protect your business from liability.

Aug 11, 2014
Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Restaurants aim to provide service that looks effortlessly efficient, but work at the front and back of house is intense, repetitive and full of hazards. That's why the Ministry of Labour's annual young and new worker blitz -taking place now - always focuses on restaurants and food services.

Jul 04, 2014
New and young worker blitz: 5 tourism and hospitality tips that work for any sector

New and young worker blitz: 5 tourism and hospitality tips that work for any sector

Jobs in tourism and hospitality hold great appeal for young and new workers: the settings are dynamic, the work fast-paced, and many positions are entry level so newcomers can pick up skills as they go. However, these features can also challenge managers responsible for keeping workers safe.

Jun 05, 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
Ministry of Labour blitz: vulnerable workers and awareness training are the focus

Ministry of Labour blitz: vulnerable workers and awareness training are the focus

From May to August, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be conducting health and safety blitzes of workplaces in sectors that employ new, young and temporary workers. Summer is a peak hiring period for these workers, and any worker is three times more likely to be injured on the job during the first month than at any other time.

Apr 03, 2014
Supreme Court random drug, alcohol decision: implications for employers

Supreme Court random drug, alcohol decision: implications for employers

A Supreme Court of Canada decision on mandatory, random alcohol testing in dangerous workplaces places the onus on employers to first demonstrate a substance abuse problem exists.

Jul 02, 2013
Is unpaid work unprotected work?

Is unpaid work unprotected work?

How does the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act apply to unpaid interns? Are these people workers? Regardless, what are best practices to protect them and your workplace?
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New and young worker training: one firm's prevention program

New and young worker training: one firm's prevention program

Every spring, DeKorte's Landscaping doubles its workforce, hiring seasonal workers to supplement its permanent roster of about 15 employees. This poses unique challenges that many businesses with seasonal workers will recognize: how to get these workers up to speed, keep them and their co-workers safe during the busiest time of the year, and ensure compliance during the Ministry of Labour's annual new and young worker blitz, which began on May 1.

May 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
Protecting working students: research spotlights H&S issues

Protecting working students: research spotlights H&S issues

Students who work while still in school face a range of health and safety risks, according to recently released research. Among the health affects reported: cuts, burns and other physical injuries, symptoms or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), psychological distress, and fatigue.
Dec 13, 2012
Protecting older workers: a productivity imperative

Protecting older workers: a productivity imperative

While accommodating our aging workforce may be a rising priority for the health and safety community, Ian Howcroft, vice president of CME Ontario, says it’s not just about health and safety. “We have to address the productivity gap that we’re facing globally,” says Howcroft. “One way is to ensure employers have the skilled workers they need, and continue investing in their workers so that they’re working to full effectiveness and efficiency." Find out how.
Aug 15, 2012
Webinar:

Webinar: "Are You Ready for the MOL Blitz on New and Young Workers?"

In a 30-minute webinar broadcast by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) last month, Ministry of Labour Provincial Specialist Roy Ford told participants that inspectors are taking a "zero tolerance" approach to certain contraventions. WSPS consultant Lois Weeks spoke on training challenges and opportunities.
Jun 18, 2012
Are You Ready for the MOL Blitz on New and Young Workers?

Are You Ready for the MOL Blitz on New and Young Workers?

Throughout the months of May - August 2012, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will be conducting an enforcement blitz on new and young workers. 
May 18, 2012
Picture this: new, no-cost downloadable pictograms and training material

Picture this: new, no-cost downloadable pictograms and training material

A pictogram project led by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services promises to provide new training resources - at no cost to workplaces - that can help them address key health and safety issues while bridging literacy and educational differences among workers. Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers.
May 15, 2012
Young and new worker blitz starts now

Young and new worker blitz starts now

Keeping new and young workers safe continues to be a priority for Ontario's Ministry of Labour. The fifth in a series of young and new worker inspection blitzes began May 1, and continues until August 31. Last year, almost 3,000 workplaces received visits from inspectors, who issued almost 10,000 orders. Anticipate as many or more this year.
May 15, 2012
Supporting employees with health conditions

Supporting employees with health conditions

With Canada’s aging workforce and a now delayed retirement in all of our futures, says research scientist Monique Gignac, watch for greater effort to prevent work loss due to pre-existing health conditions. A list of steps that employers can take to help employees remain productive contributors to the workplace appears below. But first, learn more about the effect of conditions like arthritis on employees and the workplace.
Apr 17, 2012
Getting ready for a new season: taking a safe first step

Getting ready for a new season: taking a safe first step

Seasonal workers are often enthusiastic, energetic and eager to learn, bringing a fresh energy into the workplace. However, many are also inexperienced, which can put them and their co-workers at risk. Now’s the time to minimize or eliminate the risk through orientation training, and ongoing hazard and skills training, supervision and coaching.
Apr 02, 2012
2011 young and new worker blitz results

2011 young and new worker blitz results

From May 1 to August 31, 2011, almost 3,000 workplaces in the industrial and health care sectors received visits from inspectors looking for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act involving young and new workers.
Feb 16, 2012
Over-qualified immigrants at risk of poorer mental health

Over-qualified immigrants at risk of poorer mental health

Many recent immigrants end up in jobs for which they are over-qualified, putting them at risk of poorer mental health within a short period of time, according to a recent study from the Institute for Work & Health. The study explored just how common over-qualification is among new immigrants to Canada, and how it affects their general and mental health.
Jul 28, 2011
6 Steps for Orienting New Workers

6 Steps for Orienting New Workers

The first month in a new job can be a risky one, as these workers are five to seven times more likely to be injured than experienced workers. A common misconception about the higher rate of injuries among new workers is that age is a factor. However, it has nothing to do with age. As university, high school and migrant workers flood into Ontario workplaces, take advantage of this timely opportunity to keep them safe.
Jun 29, 2011
Summertime Safety for Young Workers

Summertime Safety for Young Workers

This month, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour launched a 4-month blitz targeting industrial, retail and health care workplaces. This is the fourth blitz in as many years. Last year, the ministry inspected 3,097 workplaces and issued 3,555 orders, including 255 stop-work orders.
May 17, 2011

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A Toolkit for Newcomers on Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation.

A Toolkit for Newcomers on Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation.

Research by the Institute for Work and Health has shown that new immigrants to Ontario are not aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety, and workers' compensation.

A toolkit has been developed to help disseminate this information to newcomers.  Prevention is the Best Medicine is a toolkit for settlement agencies to teach new immigrants to Ontario about occupational health and safety, and workers' compensation.

The toolkit contains everything needed to deliver instructional sessions on these two separate, but related, topics within an Ontario context.  Included are sample lesson plans, slide show presentations for workshop leaders, and handouts for participants.

Visit the Institute for Work & Health to download the toolkit.
Mar 22, 2012