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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.

  • Using language that respects and includes everyone
    by Susan on June 22, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Improve communication and support a respectful workplace by using inclusive language.  Recently I spoke with WorkSafeBC occupational safety officer Caity Klaudt about the power of words and promoting equality. She co-presented an online seminar, Inclusivity through language – starting off right, at the Women in Forestry summit earlier this year. She and her colleagues, Carole The post Using language that respects and includes everyone appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Keeping in line with seat belt laws and public safety
    by Susan on June 15, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Every day we face moments of decision, moments where we need to make safe choices, like fastening a seat belt and paying attention to yellow lines.  Long ago, back in the 80s, I was sitting in the passenger seat of my mom’s car after school. As we drove along, she reminded me to put on The post Keeping in line with seat belt laws and public safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • A young worker’s take on safer workplaces
    by Susan on June 8, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    A young worker advocates for open communication at work, and gives his take on the B.C. government survey about hazardous work and youth.  Are certain types of work too hazardous for workers under the age of 19? The B.C. government is asking the public this question in an online survey. The Hazardous work protections for The post A young worker’s take on safer workplaces appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Stepping up your ladder safety planning
    by Susan on June 1, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Take a few minutes to ask some important questions before using a stepladder. It can help prevent falls and injuries.  I’ll never forget the time I saw a grocery store worker fall off a stepladder. It was a rainy day, and he was standing on the very top of the ladder (where you’re not supposed The post Stepping up your ladder safety planning appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Vancouver public art honours people exposed to asbestos
    by Susan on May 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    North America’s first public memorial for people exposed to asbestos will be unveiled this Fall, on the waterfront path by the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Each year, more than a million people pass by the location where a unique asbestos memorial will be unveiled this Fall. Created by Vancouver artist Doug Taylor, this Wind Wheel Mobile The post Vancouver public art honours people exposed to asbestos appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Boosting communication skills for mill supervisors
    by Susan on May 18, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Supervisors looking to enhance their communication skills can register for a free course that covers leading meetings, sharing information, and more.  “Communicating is and always will be a key part of being a good and effective supervisor,” says Cherie Whelan, director of SAFE Companies with the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC). She says that communicating The post Boosting communication skills for mill supervisors appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Driving home traffic safety for tow truck operators
    by Susan on May 11, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    A new online traffic control course aims to make working around traffic safer for towing and recovery operators.  Workers in the towing and recovery industry spend a lot of their time working alongside moving vehicles. Whether they’re towing vehicles from an urban parking lane, assisting stalled drivers, or clearing vehicles from an accident scene, they The post Driving home traffic safety for tow truck operators appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Mental health supports for B.C.’s agriculture industry
    by Susan on May 4, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Free, confidential mental health supports are available for B.C. farmers, ranchers, and growers affected by extreme weather, wildfires, and the pandemic.  B.C. farmers have been hard hit by the extreme heat dome, COVID-19, and historic rainfall and floods — all occurring within the same year. Many lost all their crops, or were forced to evacuate, The post Mental health supports for B.C.’s agriculture industry appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Use the right hose to prevent fire during fuel transfer
    by Susan on April 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Choose and use the right hose for the fuel you are storing or distributing to help prevent rare but catastrophic explosions.  In 2017, a fuel transfer worker died when gasoline vapours were ignited by a spark from static electricity. (See Fuel tanker explodes, fatally injuring worker for details of this incident.) This type of tragedy The post Use the right hose to prevent fire during fuel transfer appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Honouring loved ones on the Day of Mourning
    by Susan on April 20, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Tracy Ford shares the story of her father, who died of a disease acquired at work. He’s one of the many people to be honoured on the Day of Mourning.  Every year, on April 28, people gather at Day of Mourning ceremonies held throughout B.C. to honour those who lost their lives due to workplace The post Honouring loved ones on the Day of Mourning appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Program Rollout
    by Samantha Morrison on March 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Implementing a new occupational health and safety program includes many aspects that safety managers and ownership must think about: what is currently in place? why is change needed? and what does my company need to do to be compliant? Changes in legislation, general best practices (ie. pandemic programs), and changes in scope or work location The post Occupational Health and Safety Program Rollout first appeared on Workforce Compliance 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 Alberta OHS Legislation Updates – Bill 47 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 The Importance of Verifying Training Certificates 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 The Value of Improving your Daily Toolbox Talk 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 Why Execs Need to Invest in Safety 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 How to Build a Strong Safety Culture 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 Post Pandemic Worksite Emerging 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 Online Safety Training is our Future 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 Top Five Construction Hazards & Safety Solutions first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • 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.