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  • Worker's Injuries from Construction Site Fall in Waterloo Results in $60,000 Fine for Innisfil Company
    on April 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Convicted: MTN Construction Inc., head office at 2441 Doral Drive, Innisfil, Ontario, carrying on business as a concrete formwork contractor for the construction industry. 

  • Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week
    on April 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    TORONTO - The Ontario government will begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites this Friday, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce safety requirements. Officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces, including big box stores, food processors, manufacturers and warehouses, in Ottawa, Toronto and York Region, which have been identified as hot spots for COVID-19.

  • Ontario Helps Women and Youth Train and Find Good Jobs
    on April 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    ST. CATHARINES — The Ontario government is investing over $560,000 to offer training and mentorship for up to 60 women and youth in the Niagara Region to prepare them for careers in the construction and manufacturing industries. This funding is part of an effort to provide more people with opportunities to find meaningful, well-paying jobs while keeping Ontario competitive in sectors like construction, where it is expected to see a shortage of more than 31,000 workers over the next decade.

  • Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to Make a Virtual Announcement
    on April 14, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development will be joined by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, to make a virtual announcement about employment and training in the Niagara region.

  • Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to Make an Announcement about Workplace Inspections
    on April 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to make an announcement about workplace inspections.

  • Ontario Protecting Miners on the Job
    on April 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    SUDBURY — The Ontario government is investing nearly $8 million to support the province's Mine Rescue Program and help protect workers in an emergency. Part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, this increased funding will promote workplace safety by strengthening rescue capacity at mine sites and address gaps in the current rescue program for surface mines.

  • Ontario Supporting Career Development in the Transportation Sector
    on April 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    BRAMPTON — The Ontario government is investing nearly $400,000 in a skills training project to prepare 24 newcomers for careers in the trucking industry in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The investment is part of an effort to provide more people with opportunities to find meaningful, well-paying jobs while keeping Ontario competitive in a sector that is expected to see 25,000 vacancies across Canada by 2023.

  • Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to A Make Virtual Announcement
    on April 12, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, will be joined by Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Amarjot Sandhu, MPP for Brampton West, to make a virtual announcement about a new training initiative for newcomers in the transportation sector.

  • Workplace Inspection Campaign Launching In COVID-19 Hotspots
    on April 8, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    TORONTO - The Ontario government is launching a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by COVID-19, beginning tomorrow with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions.

  • Ontario Supporting Careers in the Transportation Sector
    on April 8, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    WATERLOO — The Ontario government is investing $600,000 in a skills training project in the Waterloo region to prepare 30 women and individuals from underrepresented groups for careers in the trucking industry. This program will provide people with more opportunities to find meaningful, well-paying jobs and address labour shortages in the region's trucking sector.

  • 20 Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacies Offering COVID-19 Vaccine 24/7
    on April 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    TORONTO — In partnership with the Ontario government, a total of 20 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies will offer the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to individuals aged 40 and over, starting as early as April 21, 2021. Appointment availability will be dependent on the supply of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. Eligible individuals are encouraged to visit Ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a local pharmacy location for their vaccination.

  • Select Ontario Pharmacies Offering 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccinations
    on April 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government, in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart, will offer 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals aged 40 and over at 20 pharmacy locations, with the majority located in hot spot communities.

  • Ontario Safely Expands Age Eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to 40+
    on April 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    TORONTO — Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement to expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility at pharmacies and primary care settings to individuals aged 40 and over:

  • Media Briefing on COVID-19 Modelling
    on April 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Co-Chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, will hold a media briefing to present updated modelling on the province's ongoing response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Ministry of Health to Hold Technical Media Briefing
    on April 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Alison Blair, Associate Deputy Minister, Pandemic Response and Recovery will be joined by COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force member Dr. Dirk Huyer, Coordinator, Provincial Outbreak Response, Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Health Services and Julia Danos, Executive Lead, Reopening Secretariat for the Ministry of Education, to hold a technical media briefing via teleconference only to provide an update on the rollout of Ontario's vaccine distribution plan.

  • Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Locations to More Pharmacies
    on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is rapidly increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 700 pharmacies across the province. These locations will start offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and older throughout this week.

  • Ontario Supporting Health System Response During Third Wave of COVID-19
    on April 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    TORONTO — In response to the recent and rapid rise in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and the threat to the province's critical care capacity, the Ontario government is issuing two emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). These orders will maximize system capacity, ensuring that hospitals have the resources required to provide care for patients and save lives.

  • Ministry of Health to Hold Technical Media Briefing
    on April 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force members Dr. Dirk Huyer, Coordinator, Provincial Outbreak Response will be joined by Alison Blair, Associate Deputy Minister, Pandemic Response and Recovery, and Patrick Dicerni, Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Officer, Drugs and Devices and Assistant Deputy Minister and General Manager, Ontario Health Insurance Plan to hold a technical media briefing via teleconference only to provide an update on the rollout of Ontario's vaccine distribution plan.

  • Ontario Extends COVID-19 Vaccination Booking to More Age Groups
    on April 1, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is extending booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to more age groups through its provincial booking system in 10 public health units on Friday, April 2, 2021.

  • Ontario Expanding Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations
    on April 1, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021.  

  • Gather online to remember loved ones lost at work
    by Susan on April 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    The National Day of Mourning is April 28. People will keep memories alive together online, reminding us why workplace health and safety matters.  More than 100 countries around the world recognize April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day. In Canada, the federal government enacted the Workers Mourning Day Act in 1991, declaring April 28 an official The post Gather online to remember loved ones lost at work appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Cultivating safety in a growing cannabis industry
    by Susan on April 14, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Health and safety organizations are developing new resources for employers in the cannabis industry to help keep workers safe.  Tadhg O’Leary is a safety advisor with AgSafeBC, the health and safety association for B.C.’s agricultural producers. He has been working with a number of cannabis growers to answer their questions and offer support as they The post Cultivating safety in a growing cannabis industry appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Furthering a leader’s dedication to workers’ health and safety
    by Susan on April 8, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    A new fellowship award for research in occupational health and safety and work disability honours Ralph McGinn, who devoted his career to worker safety.  Ralph McGinn, known for his dedication to workers’ health and safety, was the chair of WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors when he passed away suddenly on May 11, 2020. Many people paid The post Furthering a leader’s dedication to workers’ health and safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Pulp and paper mills use process safety management
    by Susan on March 31, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Process safety management is a practice used in high-hazard industries like pulp and paper mills to help protect workers and the surrounding community.  You may not know what process safety is. “In a simple way, it’s keeping the stuff that’s supposed to be in the tanks and pipes in the tanks and pipes,” says Tony The post Pulp and paper mills use process safety management appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Safety training goes new places with virtual reality
    by Susan on March 24, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Workplace health and safety training programs use virtual reality to recreate hazards, incidents, best practices, and more.  Several industries are using virtual reality (VR) to deliver workplace health and safety training. Workers can don their headsets and see images that simulate real-life workplace experiences. “The sky’s the limit. You can recreate any incident, any safe The post Safety training goes new places with virtual reality appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Walking the docks to reduce risk in the fishing industry
    by Susan on March 17, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    WorkSafeBC prevention officers visit herring fishery crews to look at PPE, worker supervision, safe work procedures, and other risk-reduction tactics.  Commercial fishing continues to have one of the highest fatality rates, per capita, of industries in B.C. At the start of this year’s herring fishery, WorkSafeBC prevention officers are visiting crews to review employers’ safety The post Walking the docks to reduce risk in the fishing industry appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Finding COVID-19 information in different languages
    by Susan on March 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    COVID-19 health and safety information is available in 120+ languages in B.C., where more than a million people use languages other than English.  At first, I wondered if there was much point in writing — in English — about resources available in other languages. But I’m writing this with the hope that readers will pass The post Finding COVID-19 information in different languages appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • How to use outdoor patio heaters safely
    by Susan on February 23, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Patio heaters are lovely for keeping us warm outside in the cold, but we need to use them safely to avoid potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards.  This winter, during the pandemic, many people are turning to patio heaters for warmth outside – where the risk of COVID-19 transmission can be lower. According to this The post How to use outdoor patio heaters safely appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Massage therapist has a hands-on approach to COVID-19 safety
    by Susan on February 17, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    A registered massage therapist adds her own measures to the required COVID-19 protocols in place at her practice.  Recently I spoke with a registered massage therapist (RMT) who works with high-risk clients. She carefully follows the COVID-19 guidelines set by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) and keeps her safety plan updated. The post Massage therapist has a hands-on approach to COVID-19 safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Rolling out COVID-19 safety for workers in food processing
    by Susan on February 10, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    WorkSafeBC and industry groups are working to ensure COVID-19 health and safety in food processing plants.  Industry sectors most affected by COVID-19 are being supported to minimize the spread of the virus. One high-risk sector is food processing. B.C. food processing employers are working hard to update their COVID-19 safety plans and improve protocols for The post Rolling out COVID-19 safety for workers in food processing appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Post Pandemic Worksite Emerging
    by Julie Tilley on April 8, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    What does the industrial worksite look like post Covid? Expect a return to physical workspaces enabled by technology innovation. The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..

  • 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog 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 Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd..