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What would you do if an MOL Inspector made an appointment to assess your workplace?

What would you do if an MOL Inspector made an appointment to assess your workplace?

Posted Nov 28th, 2017 in Tips & News

Last week WSG received a panic call from a manufacturing company that had an Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector visit their premises.

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Stop Talking About Safety - Get Real!

Stop Talking About Safety - Get Real!

Posted Aug 10th, 2017 in Tips & News

Are you an employer with a false sense of security by not examining potential areas of risk? Prevent workplace incidents by shifting your focus to risk-management rather than safety culture which focuses only on compliance. By identifying strategies to reduce incidents in the workplace you are “getting real”.

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Ladder Guard Basics

Ladder Guard Basics

Posted Jul 21st, 2017 in Tips & News

If your business uses portable or fixed ladders in any capacity for everyday operations, it’s vital to make sure anyone who uses them does so safely. Companies can ensure safe ladder climbing and usage by providing training to staff and investing in ladders that are sturdy, level, and fully operational.

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Insider Information on Preparing an Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Insider Information on Preparing an Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Posted Jun 26th, 2017 in Tips & News

A clear, concise policy statement reflects management's commitment, support and attitude to health and safety for the protection of workers. This statement must be signed by the employer and/or the highest level of management at the workplace.

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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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