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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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Do I Have To Wear A Seat Belt While Operating Heavy Machinery?

Do I Have To Wear A Seat Belt While Operating Heavy Machinery?

Posted Jan 23rd, 2017 in Tips & News

Do you use the seat belts in your personal vehicle and in a company on-road or off-road vehicle? If you answered NO to either, you could be considered a menace to both your co-workers, your family, and yourself.

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Hazardous Energy Accounts for Nearly 10 Percent of Serious Accidents

Hazardous Energy Accounts for Nearly 10 Percent of Serious Accidents

Posted Jan 18th, 2017 in Tips & News

In reality, only one out of 10 employers has what is a “credible” lockout program that goes beyond simple compliance. Another 60 percent of employers do their best to meet the requirements. The final 30 percent have no lockout program whatsoever.

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Evaluating Safety Protocols for the New Year

Evaluating Safety Protocols for the New Year

Posted Jan 9th, 2017 in Tips & News

Building and maintaining a safe workplace should be an ongoing process for all employers, not simply a list of things that can be checked off once and forgotten. Because safety is a serious matter of life or death, fostering a successful, proactive safety culture requires the utmost commitment and dedication from every member within an organization.

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Do You Know the Three E’s of Safety?

Do You Know the Three E’s of Safety?

Posted Jan 4th, 2017 in Tips & News

What you don't know can get you hurt, and what you think you know can also get you hurt. Pretending not to know is like playing ostrich; stick your head in the sand and the problem doesn’t exist, only you know it does!

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 WHY YOU MUST HAVE A HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE

WHY YOU MUST HAVE A HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE

Posted Dec 15th, 2016 in Tips & News

The Canada Labour Code requires each employer to have a health and safety representative for each workplace with fewer than 20 employees....

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TOP FIVE “MUST KNOW” REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFETY TRAINING

TOP FIVE “MUST KNOW” REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFETY TRAINING

Posted Nov 22nd, 2016 in Tips & News

Approximately 6% of the Canadian workforce falls under the OH&S jurisdiction of the federal government. The remaining 94% of Canadian workers fall under the legislation of the provincial or territorial government where they work.

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Getting ready for Cold Weather Work

Getting ready for Cold Weather Work

Posted Nov 2nd, 2016 in Tips & News

Employers are responsible for providing employees with work and workplaces free from recognized hazards, including cold stress, which cause or are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm. Employers should train workers on the hazards of the job and safety measures, e.g. engineering controls, personal protective equipment and safe work practices that will protect their health and safety.

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

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

Posted Oct 10th, 2016 in Tips & News

Many employers are wondering how Bill 132 affects them and their workplaces; are worried that this amendment puts additional obligations on them that they have no way of meeting. This is not entirely new legislation, it is an expansion, or enhancement to the original Bill 168 and explicitly addresses workplace sexual harassment. It come on the heels of a very public trial of Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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Our Training Courses: Compliance in Certification, Competency & Awareness

Our Training Courses: Compliance in Certification, Competency & Awareness

Posted Oct 6th, 2016 in Tips & News

Workplace Safety Group is honoured to be recognized by occupational health and safety professionals in Canada in a survey conducted with the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) Magazine as Best In-Class Training Provider.

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Harassment Complaints: Get Ready for Changes to the OHSA

Harassment Complaints: Get Ready for Changes to the OHSA

Posted Aug 10th, 2016 in Regulation Updates, Tips & News

Your spidey senses should be tingling because some kind of investigation should be taking place soon. If not, consider what happened when an employee at CBC complained about Jian Ghomeshi and it was ignored...

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