Many people associate Human Resources (HR) professionals with tasks such as hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, and the ever-dreaded task of terminating people. This is a very simplified list of tasks that may fall to a company’s HR professional. One task that some people may be surprised to learn falls to most HR professionals is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Every workplace has hazards. However, there are hazards that are more common depending on which sector your workplace falls under. This month, we are featuring the Office Sector. We will discuss common hazards to look for to give Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) an edge when it comes to spotting and controlling hazards during […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, passed January 1, 2018, is now almost entirely in force. As part of the new Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, most minimum wage earners are entitled to a 22% wage increase, to the tune of $14.00 per hour. As well, ten personal emergency leave days were guaranteed to all […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In Canada, falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of fatality in the construction industry. Here is a brief glimpse of factors that contribute to such accidents: “Build us what we need. Complete the project on time or ahead of time. There is zero opportunity for waste or delays. There is a limited […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Workplace inspections are one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, s.9(23), the JHSC must designate a worker member to inspect the workplace. If possible, the worker should be a certified member of the JHSC (i.e., they’ve completed JHSC Part 1 and Part […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) that came into force on January 1, 2018 resulted in version 6.0 of the poster becoming outdated. The new poster (version 7.0) is designed to direct readers to the ministry’s website for more detailed information. Most workplaces covered by the ESA are required to display this poster. The poster […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Storytelling in training is gaining traction. Once thought of as old-fashioned, it is now seen as a way to effectively help learners make connections during training sessions. Storytelling has been around since the dawn of time, but now it is being leveraged as a strategic training tool. Does Storytelling Have a Place in Health and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The health and safety industry is one of constant movement, change, and evolution. These changes usually come in the form of strengthened regulations and legislation, intended to keep workers safe and free from injury and illness. 2018 is shaping up to be a really exciting year, with several changes on the horizon, all meant to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
With the snow, arctic winds, and winter’s darkness upon us, it is easy to succumb to the winter blues. Unless you truly love Canadian winters, it may be tempting to hibernate. It’s also easy to become less engaged at work. It’s hard to leave the office or work site on your break because of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On November 14, 2017, shortly before Ontario’s controversial Bill 148 received Royal Assent, the provincial legislature proposed a new Bill which appears likely to result in significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”). Bill 177: Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (“Bill 177”), purports to increase the monetary penalties associated […]Continue Reading... No Comments.