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When Marijuana is Legalized

When Marijuana is Legalized

Posted Jun 22nd, 2017 in Tips & News

“Marijuana use is incompatible with working in a safety sensitive environment. Until there is clear evidence and complete understanding of what level of impairment is deemed to be considered “safe”, a zero tolerance policy regarding the presence of marijuana is the only safe choice,” says Cameron MacGillivray, President and CEO of Enform.

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DEHYDRATION

DEHYDRATION

Posted May 30th, 2017 in Tips & News

Water makes up at least two-thirds of the body. We need to drink plenty of it to ensure that our body functions properly by keeping joints and eyes lubricated, the skin healthy and digestion functioning as it should.

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The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA, the ACT)

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA, the ACT)

Posted May 16th, 2017 in Tips & News

The main purpose of the Act is to protect workers from health & safety hazards on the job. It sets out duties for all workplace parties, and rights for workers. It establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily. Fundamental to the successful working of OHSA is the workplace Internal Responsibility System (IRS).

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How to Design & Implement a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Program

How to Design & Implement a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Program

Posted May 15th, 2017 in Tips & News

"Workplace safety training programs are a necessity across all industries. In addition to reducing the amount of injuries in the workplace, businesses will benefit from fewer worker’s compensation claims (which will result in less paperwork and lower insurance premiums), as well as higher employee productivity and morale. And, of course, these programs are required by law."

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Workplace Inspections: Did You Know?

Workplace Inspections: Did You Know?

Posted Apr 25th, 2017 in Tips & News

A visit from the Ministry of Labour can be daunting. Remember that the MOL inspector can enter your workplace unannounced, at any time. Inspectors’ powers include being permitted to speak to anyone in the workplace, look at training documents, equipment maintenance and make copies, as well as look at any equipment or machinery.

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Importance of Employee Training: Why It Saves You Money

Importance of Employee Training: Why It Saves You Money

Posted Apr 20th, 2017 in Tips & News

If you had to choose between two pilots—one was trained, the other not—which one would you choose? But what if there was no “up-front” cost for the untrained pilot? You still wouldn’t do it? Yet many business owners don’t recognize the importance of employee training.

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PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

Posted Mar 23rd, 2017 in Tips & News

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has a new information-sharing agreement with the federal government to protect the rights of temporary foreign workers (TFW).

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Medical Marijuana: What Employers Should Know

Medical Marijuana: What Employers Should Know

Posted Mar 8th, 2017 in Tips & News

An employer will likely be obligated to accommodate an employee in such ways as allowing a leave of absence while the employee is undergoing marijuana treatment, or providing alternative forms of work that do not endanger the safety of anyone. It is important for employers to understand that they have a broad obligation to investigate and make efforts to accommodate employees using prescription medications, including medical marijuana.

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Spring Cleaning and Safety

Spring Cleaning and Safety

Posted Mar 2nd, 2017 in Tips & News

The ground is starting to thaw and in some places, construction season has already begun. With the unpredictable temperatures this year an early Spring spells the onset of a new season and while it brings warm weather and exciting plans, it also triggers the onset of spring cleaning rituals in workplaces and homes.

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WHY CONTRACTORS FREQUENTLY FAIL AT SAFETY

WHY CONTRACTORS FREQUENTLY FAIL AT SAFETY

Posted Jan 30th, 2017 in Tips & News

Unfortunately, everyone differs on how much they value and commit to safety, regardless of how many trainings, safety meetings, or briefings they attend. Using contractors who assess their own employees using safety tests can help address this challenge, as well as examining the commitment and involvement of their leadership when it comes to safety.

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