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WHMIS Update – How It Affects Your Business

WHMIS Update – How It Affects Your Business

Posted Aug 9th, 2016 in Regulation Updates

The Ontario government has amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the WHMIS Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 860). Learn how it affects you.

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Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference?

Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted Aug 9th, 2016 in Tips & News

It is important to understand the difference between hazards and danger. As long as a control measure is in place, danger need not enter into the picture.

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Bill 132 (Sexual Violence And Harassment Action Plan Act): New Employer Obligations

Bill 132 (Sexual Violence And Harassment Action Plan Act): New Employer Obligations

Posted Jul 14th, 2016 in Regulation Updates

Bill 132 comes into force in September, which is now less than two months away. This amendment to the Occupational Health & Safety Act expands upon Bill 168. See how it affects your business.

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Digital Eye Strain from Overexposure to Computers

Digital Eye Strain from Overexposure to Computers

Posted Jul 7th, 2016 in Tips & News

The average worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association's (AOA) American Eye-Q® survey reports that 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain or vision problems as a direct result.

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OH NO! THE MOL INSPECTOR JUST ARRIVED!

OH NO! THE MOL INSPECTOR JUST ARRIVED!

Posted Jun 23rd, 2016 in Regulation Updates, Tips & News

Besides random or regular inspections, workplace accidents will prompt inspections. Inspectors generally have broad powers to enter a workplace, operate or test machinery, interview employees and review records.

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Hidden Costs To Your Business - Injuries & Illnesses are Expensive

Hidden Costs To Your Business - Injuries & Illnesses are Expensive

Posted Apr 11th, 2016 in Tips & News

You are aware that job-related injuries and illness are expensive, due to medical expenses, lost days on the job, and insurance costs. But, did you know that as much as nine-tenths of the total cost of a workplace injury or illness is a hidden cost?

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Violence & Your Business: Striking Fear in the Heart of the Workplace

Violence & Your Business: Striking Fear in the Heart of the Workplace

Posted Apr 7th, 2016 in Tips & News

Workplace violence is big these days. Well, not the violence itself, but a lot of attention has been focused on workplace violence and what employers should — and must — do to ensure their workplaces are safe and healthy for employees.

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Safety Tips for Restaurants, Foodservice & Hospitality Workers

Posted Mar 15th, 2016

With well over 12 million workers in North America, the restaurant food service sector represents a disproportionately high number of reported workplace injuries compared to other types of work.

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Young Workers More Likely To Be Hurt At Work: The Younger Face of Workplace Safety

Young Workers More Likely To Be Hurt At Work: The Younger Face of Workplace Safety

Posted Mar 11th, 2016 in Tips & News

A growing percentage of their employees are quite a bit younger. These workers are not only inexperienced, but also quite prone to being injured. Whether through a lack of safety training or simple immaturity, young workers get hurt at a disproportionately high rate.

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Scaffolding's "Dirty Little Secret" - Part 1

Posted Mar 2nd, 2016 in Tips & News

We have a HEAVY DUTY problem in the North American scaffolding industry. The issue is: scaffold load calculations and duty ratings. It sounds simple enough. Surely, no one would ever build or use a scaffold without knowing what it’s rated for – right? Wrong! Sadly, it happens every day.

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