The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, leading many countries around the world to declare a lockdown.
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If you have any employees who are drivers or are required to do a lot of driving as part of their role, supplying them with a work vehicle means that you know what they’re driving is safe and reliable, which reduces the risk of accidents.
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.
“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.”
According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, more than 950 workers die on the job each year. In addition, there are over 250,000 accepted claims for lost time annually as a result of injuries and illness acquired in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
Our Safety Advice On-Call line is a free service offered by the Workplace Safety Group Safety team to companies and organizations with limited OH&S resource support. By placing a call, you will be connected, within 24 hours, to the Specialist/Senior Consultant best qualified to assist you.
To help educate Ontarians about Wuhan novel coronavirus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the province has launched a dedicated webpage. Moving forward, each weekday this web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information on the number of cases under investigation and those that have been confirmed.
Exposed body extremities, fingers, noses, toes, ears and cheeks are especially susceptible to frostbite. While the rest of the body can remain warm and unaffected, the extremities suffer from a poor blood supply in extreme cold, leading to hardness and numbing without the victim realizing what is happening.
To raise awareness and increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) will be conducting a province-wide inspection initiative focused on machine guarding from February 17 to March 31, 2020.
Small to mid-size companies have unique challenges because of limited resources and/or, limited funds for health and safety. Regardless of the limitations, responsibilities and OHSA requirements still remain for creating and maintaining a safe work environment.
The renamed Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) just announced that Ontario will reward its safest employers with an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety as part of a first-of-its-kind program in Canada.