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One employer’s failure to provide workers compensation for executives has led to a string of lawsuits and at least one appeal. Are your executives covered?
Involving workers in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders is expected to save one Ontario clothing manufacturer $360,000, according to researchers involved in an onsite participatory ergonomics project. At a cost of $66,000, the project offers the employer a 5.5 benefit-to-cost ratio.
Canadians are clearly committed to making their communities better places to live, work and play. According to the Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010, 13.3 million Canadians contribute 2.1 billion hours, the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs to worthy causes throughout the country. At WSPS, our volunteers act as safety advocates and champions in communities across Ontario. They help to develop cultures of safety in their workplaces, their own homes, and the communities in which they live.
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.
A review of Ontario’s prevention programming now underway could lead to changes that will benefit Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)’s member firms. HSO Network Magazine spoke with Cordelia Clarke Julien, director of training and safety programs in the Ministry of Labour’s recently established Prevention Office about the review and its anticipated contributions to health and safety in Ontario. Find out how your workplace could benefit from these changes.
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.
Two high profile court cases involving random testing of workers for drug and alcohol use have brought renewed attention to an ongoing concern: how to protect worker safety while respecting human rights.
Both cases are ongoing. Learn more about the issue, the cases and the implications of the decisions for workplaces considering drug and alcohol testing.
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.
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.
Only days remain before the early bird registration rate for Partners in Prevention 2013 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show expires on April 2. Here are nine additional reasons to register now for Canada’s largest annual OHS event.
Access the health and safety community's most advanced thinkers, policy makers, consultants, and product and service providers by attending Health & Safety Ontario's Partners in Prevention 2013 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place April 30-May 1 in Mississauga.
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.”
You and your co-workers may be an untapped resource in reducing the risk of motor vehicle incidents and a proven way to enable and sustain change, according to the results of a survey conducted for Health & Safety Ontario by Montana State University’s Center for Health and Safety Culture.