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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.

  • Ontario Confirms First Case of Rare AstraZeneca-linked Blood Clotting
    on April 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    TORONTO — Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement on the province's first confirmed case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) in a patient after receiving the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • How to protect our reduced workforce during COVID-19
    by Susan on January 19, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Proper training for new tasks, ongoing communication, and reviewing health and safety plans are some ways to keep remaining staff safe.  First off, I send my sympathies and best wishes to everyone sick with COVID-19. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has spread rapidly, leaving many workers sick and unable to go to work. Let’s look The post How to protect our reduced workforce during COVID-19 appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Safety for restoration workers during B.C.’s flood clean-up
    by Susan on January 12, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Contamination, structural damage, and asbestos in materials are among the hazards facing restoration contractors during massive flood cleanup.  Restoration companies are in high demand in southern B.C., after atmospheric rivers caused flooding that damaged numerous homes and buildings. I read this CBC News story about potential hazards for workers who are helping with restoration. In The post Safety for restoration workers during B.C.’s flood clean-up appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Stay safe this 2021 holiday season
    by Susan on December 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Keep these holiday safety tips in mind if travelling on the roads, attending a personal gathering, or putting up lights and decorations.  Stay safe on the roads with proper snow tires Recently, I overheard some people in a grocery line-up talking about the numerous stores sold out of snow tires. It made me think of The post Stay safe this 2021 holiday season appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Finding shared values in multigenerational workplaces
    by Susan on December 15, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    An award-winning human resources advisor tells us why finding shared values in your workplace is so beneficial.  How do we engage everyone in a multigenerational workplace? By finding our shared values. That’s the message from Tierra Madani, an award-winning human resources advisor who spoke at Make it Safe 2021, hosted by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance The post Finding shared values in multigenerational workplaces appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • What can we learn from near misses?
    by Susan on December 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Near-miss incidents offer a learning opportunity – if we investigate them. A construction supervisor talks about how they handle near misses at work.  Recently I had a conversation about near misses with a friend of mine, a supervisor on a construction site. I asked her about reporting these incidents, after I’d read about falling materials The post What can we learn from near misses? appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Taking a closer look at fatigue at work
    by Susan on December 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Fatigue at work may not be just from lack of sleep. Workplace elements like tasks, environment, and facility design can also contribute to fatigue.  When workers are tired, the risk of incidents and injuries to themselves, other workers, and members of the public increases. Improving sleep (easier for some than others) can help, but that’s The post Taking a closer look at fatigue at work appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • What you need for emergencies when working from home
    by Susan on November 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Are you prepared for an emergency if you work from home? Be ready with an emergency kit and a plan for evacuation and emergency communication.  As I write this post, much of B.C. is experiencing the effects from what some are calling an “atmospheric river.” With unprecedented amounts of rain, we’re seeing mudslides closing roads The post What you need for emergencies when working from home appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Five key factors to help prevent injuries from mobile equipment
    by Susan on November 17, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Learn these five factors and consider them in your workplace to reduce the risk of incidents involving mobile equipment.  Workers being struck by vehicles and mobile equipment (also known as “struck-by incidents”) are one of the most common serious injury claims in B.C. (You can see WorkSafeBC serious injury claims by incident type in WorkSafeBC The post Five key factors to help prevent injuries from mobile equipment appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Tips for effective safety meetings
    by Susan on November 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Read how to make the most of your safety meetings, so your workers learn and retain health and safety information.  Workplace health and safety training starts on the first day of work, with an orientation for new workers. It’s a regulatory requirement — part of an overall health and safety program. I wrote about this The post Tips for effective safety meetings appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Protect workers from the hazards of electric vehicles
    by Susan on November 3, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Handling electric vehicle batteries can put workers at risk. Here are some of the hazards and risk controls you should know, as an employer.  As the use of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, safety advocates are looking at how to improve safety for workers who tow, recover, and recycle them. EVs are powered by high-voltage lithium-ion The post Protect workers from the hazards of electric vehicles appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Alberta OHS Legislation Updates – Bill 47
    by Eric Rozan on December 16, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Changes to OHS Laws  Effective December 1, 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act in Alberta has been updated. Bill 47: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act, updates the labor legislation to improve workplace health and safety standards. The updates to the Act simplify the language of OHS laws and regulations, making it The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • The Importance of Verifying Training Certificates
    by Eric Rozan on November 23, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Training Tickets It is now more important than ever to confirm the validity of training tickets presented by workers. Illegitimate training tickets are becoming increasingly common, raising a serious issue with many implications impacting several Canadian provinces. According to the Calgary Herald, “Evidence leads RCMP to believe most of the forged certificates were sold in The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • The Value of Improving your Daily Toolbox Talk
    by Eric Rozan on November 23, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Daily Toolbox Talk Toolbox talks are a great way to educate your workers about workplace health and safety and improve employee morale in doing so. Toolbox talks are brief safety meetings that take place before a shift starts on the worksite and play a big role in building a positive safety culture in your organization. The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Why Execs Need to Invest in Safety
    by Eric Rozan on October 28, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Company executives hold a high level of power in an organization to ensure operations run smoothly and budgets are met. With safety programs emerging as a major need in the workplace, it directly affects the operational effectiveness of any organization. With this in mind, why is it so difficult to convince executives of its value? The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • How to Build a Strong Safety Culture
    by Eric Rozan on September 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Why is building a safety culture so important? In light of the worldwide pandemic caused by Covid-19, health and safety standards have changed. In the workplace, protocols have become a lot more intensified and enforced. Occupational health and safety culture have become a growing trend as demand surges post-pandemic. The question now lies in how The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Preparing Organizational Growth: EHS Software Set to Grow for 2022
    by Eric Rozan on August 25, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Companies today emphasize streamlined processes with digital technology that improve safety culture and the bottom line. The post Safety Blog first appeared on Workforce Compliance 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.