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Carola Mittag

Carola holds firm in her belief that preventing occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities requires proactivity, not reactivity to an accident. Working with a variety of industries in Niagara since 2004 provides for an understanding of their health and safety needs.

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WORKPLACE GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

WORKPLACE GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

By Carola Mittag

Posted Apr 24th, 2020 in Tips & News

Employers must take reasonable care to maintain a healthy, safe workplace at all times under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including during a pandemic. However, at the same time, workers have the right to refuse work if they believe it will endanger themselves or other workers. This is a basic worker right entrenched in our prevention system.

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The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work During the COVID - 19 Pandemic

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work During the COVID - 19 Pandemic

By Carola Mittag

Posted Mar 23rd, 2020 in Tips & News

While the right to refuse unsafe work is always a possibility, that is all the more reason for employers to keep their workplaces safe to ensure such refusals are ultimately short-lived. 

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COVID-19: Action Plan for Workplace Safety Training

COVID-19: Action Plan for Workplace Safety Training

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jun 5th, 2020 in Tips & News

Workplace Safety Group is open for business in a preventative capacity, ensuring that our clients who are essential to our supply chains continue to have access to a quality training provider. This allows us to meet our customers’ demands pertaining to training alternate or new staff members to maintain their critical operations as they struggle with staffing challenges under rapidly changing conditions. It is vital that we continue to provide resources to these organizations.

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PREPAREDNESS PLAN: HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS READY for COVID-19

PREPAREDNESS PLAN: HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS READY for COVID-19

By Carola Mittag

Posted Mar 11th, 2020 in Tips & News

“Discriminatory action against any persons or communities because of an association with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), perceived or otherwise, is prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code. The coronavirus is not isolated to people of any particular ethnic origin, place of origin or race.”

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How rampant is harassment?

How rampant is harassment?

By Carola Mittag

Posted Mar 4th, 2020 in Tips & News

Many workers experience workplace harassment - demeaning, abusive, or authoritarian behavior perpetuated by coworkers or even employers. Yet studies show that less than one in 10 victims of workplace harassment let the offending person know that they don't like it.

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Do more than what regulations demand

Do more than what regulations demand

By Carola Mittag

Posted Feb 18th, 2020 in Tips & News

It is no longer acceptable to simply build a safety management system with the limited purpose of meeting regulatory compliance. For an effective and successful health and safety program, employers must move beyond the bare minimum to engage and keep their valuable workforce.

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Avoiding Ministry of Labour,Training & Skills Development Intervention

Avoiding Ministry of Labour,Training & Skills Development Intervention

By Carola Mittag

Posted Feb 18th, 2020 in Tips & News

Harassment and violence are defined as workplace hazards. Employers must develop policies and programs that address hostility in the workplace as required under the OHSA.

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Supporting Ontario Grape Growers

Supporting Ontario Grape Growers

By Carola Mittag

Posted Feb 11th, 2020 in Tips & News

The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $2 million for grape growers to support projects that will help grow Ontario's wine grape industry.

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Why the Ministry May Target Your Workplace

Why the Ministry May Target Your Workplace

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jan 30th, 2020 in Tips & News

Every year, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Inspectors hand out thousands of orders for non-compliance. In 2018 alone, inspectors issued 17,534 orders.MLTSD, Insoectors

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The Four Cornerstones of Safety

The Four Cornerstones of Safety

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jan 27th, 2020 in Tips & News

Even if you’ve heard it before, there’s always value to being reminded of the fundamentals of good safety management. You may be busy; however, the following concepts are core to making good decisions and prioritizing safety tasks.

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