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  • Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
    on September 24, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario:

  • Lower Social Gathering Limits Adopted Provincewide to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19
    on September 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    With the recent increase in cases of COVID-19, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 to set new lower limits for unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province.

  • Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions
    on September 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and local municipal leaders, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, setting a new limit reducing the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events in three regions experiencing higher rates of transmission of COVID-19. This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

  • Ontario Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs
    on September 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.

  • Deputy Premier and Minister of Health to Make an Announcement
    on September 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, will make an announcement.

  • Ontario Expanding Hospital in Moosonee
    on September 9, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    MOOSONEE - The Ontario government is investing an additional $19.4 million to expand health care services provided by Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and improve access to health care in Northern Ontario. The funding will be used to support planning and redevelopment of a culturally appropriate health campus that will include a new hospital and a lodge in Moosonee, as well as a new ambulatory care centre on Moose Factory Island.

  • Deputy Premier and Minister of Health to Make an Announcement
    on September 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, will be joined by Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs to make an announcement.

  • Ontario Recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day
    on August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    TORONTO — Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, issued the following statement on International Overdose Awareness Day:

  • Ontario Celebrates Groves Memorial Community Hospital's Grand Opening
    on August 7, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    FERGUS — Today, Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Ted Arnott, Speaker of the House and MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, celebrated the grand opening of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

  • Windsor-Essex Remains in Stage 2
    on August 4, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the local medical officer of health, other health experts, and local authorities, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will remain in Stage 2 as the province continues to monitor local transmission of COVID-19 and support efforts to contain its spread.

  • Brushing up on safety during the pandemic
    by Susan on September 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Hear one hair salon owner’s experience of reopening their business with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place.  Recently, I spoke with Barb Whiteman, owner of Colourbox Hairdressing, about new safety protocols for workers and customers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colourbox, which has been in its current Vancouver location for nearly 30 years, The post Brushing up on safety during the pandemic appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Limiting workers’ exposure to wildfire smoke
    by Susan on September 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Here are some tips for employers and workers about how they can minimize exposure to wildfire smoke outdoors and in vehicles.  Apple farmer Steve Brown is one of many B.C. employers concerned about the safety of his workers exposed to forest fire smoke. They’ve been trying to harvest the crop of 2020, but it’s taking The post Limiting workers’ exposure to wildfire smoke appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Finding answers to residential construction safety questions
    by Susan on September 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Safety officer shares top questions from residential construction workers and employers — and fills us in on a new resource that answers them.  “How do I get the information I need?” That’s one of the top questions Jason Baia, a WorkSafeBC occupational safety officer, gets from residential construction employers and prime contractors during inspections. Sometimes The post Finding answers to residential construction safety questions appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Need help dealing with mental health effects of COVID-19?
    by Susan on September 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    A new psychological support toolkit is available for workers and employers coping with increased anxiety and stress due to COVID-19.  Approximately 46,000 Canadians responded to an online questionnaire from Statistics Canada, and just over 52 percent of them reported a decline in their mental health due to COVID-19. They reported increased anxiety and stress. Beyond The post Need help dealing with mental health effects of COVID-19? appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Preventing injuries from logs shifting in logging trucks
    by Susan on September 2, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Researchers aim to improve safety for logging truck drivers by strengthening cab guards that prevent loads from shifting during crashes or sudden stops.  In March 2018, on a forest service road north of Fort St. James, the driver of a loaded logging truck was killed when the truck went off the road and down an The post Preventing injuries from logs shifting in logging trucks appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • How to balance the rest of workplace safety with COVID-19
    by Susan on August 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Chelsea, a WorkSafeBC prevention officer, gives tips to employers who are maintaining workplace safety systems along with integrating COVID-19 safety plans.  Understandably, B.C. employers are concentrating on their COVID-19 safety plans. But they still need to manage all the other safety risks in their workplaces. “Because we are all so focused on COVID, employers may The post How to balance the rest of workplace safety with COVID-19 appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Conquering combustible dust catastrophes
    by Susan on August 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    B.C.’s wood product manufacturers are working together to share their experiences and find industry-wide solutions for preventing combustible dust fires.  At 3 a.m. on May 11, 2020, a fire broke out in the dryer system at a pellet mill in Lavington, B.C. Thankfully, the mill’s fire suppression system activated, no one was injured, and damage The post Conquering combustible dust catastrophes appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • What’s different about first aid in the time of COVID-19?
    by Susan on August 12, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    As always, occupational first aid attendants are at the ready, and now they are using new protocols to protect themselves and their patients from COVID-19.  People in need of first aid at work can expect a few changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, and if it’s possible, people will be asked to administer The post What’s different about first aid in the time of COVID-19? appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • What do young workers need to hear about hearing protection?
    by Susan on August 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Young people entering the workforce need to know how using hearing protection can prevent noise-induced hearing loss that may start early and is irreversible.  On average, around one in 10 workers under the age of 21 shows signs of hearing loss. Raising young workers’ awareness of hearing protection is an important goal for health and The post What do young workers need to hear about hearing protection? appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Awarding safety leadership in the entertainment industry
    by Susan on July 29, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Actsafe’s safety awards recognize safety leaders in industry. Lori Stewart won Safety Ambassador of the Year for her work to promote concussion awareness.  The health and safety organization for B.C.’s arts and entertainment industry is putting the spotlight on some of its greatest safety stars. Actsafe Safety Association announced the winners of its inaugural Safety The post Awarding safety leadership in the entertainment industry appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Online Safety Training is our Future
    by Julie Tilley on March 29, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Online safety training is efficient and accommodating. With the advancement in multimedia engagement over the Internet, online courses confidently offer certification in a number of disciplines. The post Online Safety Training is our Future first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Top Five Construction Hazards & Safety Solutions
    by Sarah Anderson on September 23, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Here are some of the key health and safety considerations to be aware of in the construction industry. The post Top Five Construction Hazards & Safety Solutions first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Near Miss Reporting Using Mobile Forms
    by Alison Lamb on August 7, 2019 at 3:54 am

    When a worker has a near miss on the jobsite, they are suddenly burdened with a number of unforeseen tasks thrust into an already busy day. Now the emergence of mobile forms makes this task easy. The post Near Miss Reporting Using Mobile Forms first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Hazard Assessment – Mobile Form Solutions
    by Alison Lamb on May 24, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Paper-based processes make it hard for your business to capture and analyze data on the jobsite. This limitation affects your ability to get out in front of safety risks for your company. The post Hazard Assessment - Mobile Form Solutions first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • How to Create a Company Safety Program
    by Julie Tilley on January 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    The benefits of a complete Safety Program are many. It creates safe work environments. It introduces safety into the workplace culture. It is a foundation for new work eligibility. The post How to Create a Company Safety Program first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Understanding the Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant
    by Alison Lamb on November 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Alberta farmers and ranchers can apply for a government grant to ensure OHS Code compliance. Information and links below. The post Understanding the Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace – Part 2 [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts - Part 2" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. The post Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace - Part 2 [Infographic] first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 11, 2018 at 2:52 am

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. The post Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace [Infographic] first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • Understanding Bill 30
    by Alison Lamb on December 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Massive Change Proposed For WCB and Alberta Workplace Safety Rules The Alberta NDP Government introduced a new Bill on November 27, 2017. The Alberta Government takes aim to improve workplace practices and standards for Alberta workers. Called Bill 30, the intent is to pass into law regulations to better protect working Albertans. If Bill 30 The post Understanding Bill 30 first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • The Majority of Canadians Believe Pipelines Are Safe
    by Alison Lamb on October 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Even So, The Energy East Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled The post The Majority of Canadians Believe Pipelines Are Safe first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..