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Ministry of Labour News

  • Ontario Expands Big-Box Blitz to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Regions
    on January 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    OTTAWA — The Ontario government is carrying out workplace inspections in Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham this weekend to ensure essential businesses that can continue to operate during the provincewide shutdown are following the public health guidelines. The province wants to ensure workers and customers are properly protected from COVID-19.

  • Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns
    on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is expanding the current workplace inspection campaign to further protect workers and customers at essential businesses. Following last week's big-box store blitz, provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses that are not complying with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

  • Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to Provide an Update
    on January 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development will provide an update about recent COVID-19 workplace inspections.

  • Cobalt Mining Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured by Conveyor
    on January 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Convicted: SMC (Canada) Ltd., a company that extracts and recovers precious metals in mining mills near Cobalt, Ontario.

  • Ontario Increasing Workplace Inspections during COVID-19
    on January 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect workers in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Beginning this Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York and Durham. The blitz will focus on ensuring workers and patrons are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and following every health and safety measure. Workplace health and safety inspectors will have the authority to ticket supervisors, employees and patrons who do not comply with COVID-19 safety requirements, temporarily close a premise and disperse groups of more than five people.

  • Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to Make Announcement
    on January 13, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Date:               January 14, 2021

  • Two Workers Injured at Whitby Steel Plant Resulting in $115,000 Fine for Cambridge Company
    on December 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Convicted: Gerdau Ameristeel Incorporation, registered office at 160 Orion Place, Cambridge, Ontario.

  • Elevator Worker's Injury Results in $55,000 Fine for Ottawa Company
    on December 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Convicted: Thyssenkrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited, 160 Elgin Street, Suite 2600, Ottawa, Ontario.

  • Ontario Supporting Laid-Off Auto Workers in Windsor
    on December 18, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    WINDSOR - The Ontario government is investing more than $210,000 in a new action centre that is helping up to 800 workers who were impacted by the Fiat Chrysler layoffs in Windsor. A wide range of services and supports are offered to help them prepare to re-enter the workforce, including résumé writing and cover letter workshops, job searches and referrals to community resources.

  • Ontario Supports Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19
    on December 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    TORONTO - The Ontario government is taking action to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures and continues offering protection to workers that are laid off due to COVID-19. These measures are being adopted through the extension of regulatory amendments that were put in place at the outset of the pandemic and through the introduction of a new regulation.

  • Is COVID-19 increasing the risk of MSI in your workplace?
    by Susan on January 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    The risk of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) may increase at workplaces where processes have changed because of COVID-19 safety protocols.  During the past few months we’ve seen many changes in how people carry out their jobs. Physical distancing, protective barriers, increased cleaning measures, and other safety solutions may lead to workers moving differently. Workers at fast The post Is COVID-19 increasing the risk of MSI in your workplace? appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Media festival presents workplace safety around the world
    by Susan on January 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    The International Media Festival for Prevention has announced their shortlist of 50 safety films and media projects.  I recently enjoyed watching a variety of fascinating workplace health and safety messages from across Canada and around the world. They were part of the International Media Festival for Prevention (IMFP), which showcases multimedia productions about safety and The post Media festival presents workplace safety around the world appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Kudos to snowplow drivers for clearing the way to safety
    by Susan on January 6, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Snowplow drivers work long hours — and often overnight — to keep us safe by clearing our roads and highways. They deserve our thanks and appreciation!  While we may not see snow often in Metro Vancouver, much of the rest of the province sees snow regularly, and we should be prepared for ice and snow The post Kudos to snowplow drivers for clearing the way to safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • How dentists minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission
    by Susan on December 30, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Dentists have been using enhanced hygiene protocols since the 1980s, so they have processes in place that are helpful during the current pandemic.  Dentists are well experienced in infection control. Recently, I spoke with Dr. Alastair Nicoll, chair of the B.C. Dental Association’s Back to Work Task Force, about how this expertise helps dentists to The post How dentists minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Enjoying winter holidays safely in 2020
    by Susan on December 23, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Along with COVID-19 health and safety measures, remember to keep safety in mind for the usual seasonal activities like climbing ladders and driving in winter conditions.  Follow ladder safety when putting up decorations Putting up holiday lights is one tradition we can still enjoy while staying close to home. This year, I notice many people The post Enjoying winter holidays safely in 2020 appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Help for employers implementing new COVID-19 health orders
    by Susan on December 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Employers get answers to their questions about how provincial health orders affect business operations.  On December 14, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, updated the public health order. The update affects all employers, and some of the recent requirements include: Employers must ensure that every worker performs a daily health check before entering the The post Help for employers implementing new COVID-19 health orders appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • What to expect during a COVID-19 workplace inspection
    by Susan on December 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    WorkSafeBC is increasing workplace inspections to review COVID-19 safety plans.  During a recent COVID-19 update on CBC radio, I heard B.C.’s Health Minister Adrian Dix thank WorkSafeBC for supporting public health orders. WorkSafeBC has visited thousands of workplaces since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to support employers with their health and safety planning, and The post What to expect during a COVID-19 workplace inspection appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Serving up safety for restaurant workers
    by Susan on December 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    One restaurant owner explains how barriers and a clear anti-harassment strategy are two ways to support workers — and they make good business sense too.  The B.C. Provincial Health Officer recently issued an order requiring all employers to review their COVID-19 safety plans, and ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from The post Serving up safety for restaurant workers appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Shooting for safety on motion picture and TV sets
    by Susan on November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Workers in the motion picture and TV industry share their experiences about COVID-19 safety solutions on set.  As I write this post, the motion picture and TV industry has been up and running again for just over two months, after a six-month shut down due to COVID-19. Since the restart, I’ve heard a lot of The post Shooting for safety on motion picture and TV sets appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Bridging a generation gap improves safety on fishing boats
    by Susan on November 18, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Good communication is an important part of safety for fishing crews, especially when people of different generations are working together on boats.  Effective communication is key to working safely in any industry. But communicating effectively can be a challenge when different generations of people work together. (Read more in my post Talking safety with different The post Bridging a generation gap improves safety on fishing boats 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 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..

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