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HSO Network News
  March 2011 Volume 1 Issue 1
 
A message of encouragement and hope for Japan
A message of encouragement and hope for Japan As Japan confronts the devastation and ongoing challenges inflicted by the recent earthquake and tsunami, we extend our deepest sympathy and hope, symbolized by this origami crane, to its citizens and families in Japan and across Canada.

Japan is a world leader on many counts, including achieving enviable standards of health and safety performance through systematic workplace safety management.

We will watch and cheer as a country built on iron spirit and strength, excellence and innovation picks itself up, and with our support and hope begins fashioning a stronger, safer and greater future.

In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature said to live for a thousand years. According to an ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

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Network News: the 1st of 2 health and safety resource publications
Network News: the 1st of 2 health and safety resource publications Welcome to the first issue of Health & Safety Ontario Network News, a monthly newsletter capturing timely news, events and resources that can help you boost productivity and profitability by striving zero work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

In upcoming issues, watch for advance notice of Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes, regulatory amendments, new courses, training tools, alerts, seasonal hazard updates, and more.

Arriving next month: the first issue of Health & Safety Ontario Magazine, a quarterly companion e-publication that will explore current workplace issues and challenges in greater depth.

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Small businesses: incentive program earns you a WSIB premium rebate
Small businesses: incentive program earns you a WSIB premium rebate If you’re an owner or senior manager of a small business registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for 12 months or less, you can earn your business a 10% premium rebate by successfully completing the WSIB’s two-part Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP). Been in business for longer than 12 months? Earn a 5% rebate by participating in the program’s second part.

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Putting the Brakes on MVIs
Putting the Brakes on MVIs Motor vehicle collisions account for more than 45% of all Ontario worker fatalities when vehicles used to lift and move material are included. How to reduce the carnage? “If you want to have a positive effect on group behaviour,” says Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, “we’re going to need positive approaches.”

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Bill 160 introduces sweeping prevention amendments to Ontario
Bill 160 introduces sweeping prevention amendments to Ontario Legislative amendments introduced by Labour Minister Charles Sousa earlier this month bring Ontario one step closer to what he describes as “the first major review and the largest overhaul of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system in 30 years.” The changes offer workplaces several benefits, including better access to health and safety resources.

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Partners in Prevention 2011: find what you need, now
Partners in Prevention 2011: find what you need, now Find actionable information, resources, solutions, subject experts, and service providers for virtually any health and safety issue you’re facing at Health & Safety Ontario’s Partners in Prevention 2011 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place May 17-18 in Mississauga. The conference component offers 60+ interactive sessions, workshops and professional development courses. The trade show, 400+ exhibitors, an onsite bookstore, and feature areas.

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Important Dates
Partners in Prevention 2011 Health & Safety Conferences & Trade Shows

Sault Ste Marie, April 12-13

Mississauga, May 17-18

London, June 14


Certification Training – It’s the Law Insider Workshop Partners in Prevention 2011
Partner & Community Events
Mental Fitness Summit: Elevate Your Performance, March 30

Safe Communities Incentive Program training schedule (WSIB)

Steps for Life: Walking for families of workplace tragedy, April 30 or May 1

Partner News
Ministry of Labour posts 2012 inspection blitz schedule

Alert: Concrete Blocks Used for Material Storage (Source: MOL)

Call for research proposals, WSIB Research Advisory Council. Deadline: April 18

Partner Resources
3 new e-courses on violence and harassment:
Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Customers
Dealing with Robbery
Dealing With a Hostage Situation
(CCOHS & WSPS)

Loading dock safety video: an inspector’s perspective (MOL)

Ladder Ergonomics: How to prevent musculoskeletal disorder injuries (MOL)

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