Respiratory Protection – Is Breathing Really Important?

  As you ponder the rhetorical nature of the headline here, I would trust your conclusion is that in fact yes, breathing is very important. A funny thing about breathing is once you start, you just cannot seem to stop. It is estimated that the average person may take between 15,000 and 20,000 breaths every […]

Ontario Employers Need Not be Afraid of the IRS!

  When employers and supervisors hear the term “IRS” they do not always recognize it within the Canadian context… we have Revenue Canada for that! For us in Ontario, it is the short form for the Internal Responsibility System.  This system is present in every Ontario workplace whether you recognize it or not. What’s this […]

Risk Assessments for Scissor Lifts and Elevated Work Platforms?

  Today, all workers that are using an Elevated Work Platforms (EWP) must be trained on the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear for fall arrest/fall protection. When the Ministry of Labour came up with the new Working at Heights standard for construction projects, they said they wanted to develop a similar standard for […]

The Real Reason Why Forklift Accidents Keep Happening

  Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are starting to think about hiring more staff for the spring and summer rush. What a wonderful time spring is, the flowers are blooming, the jobs are rolling in, and employers are diligent enough that they are training their forklift operators on the safe […]

New JHSC Changes That are Rocking the Health & Safety Landscape

  The Ministry of Labour presented a news release in late January about new changes for Joint Health & Safety Committee training (JHSC). Minister Laurie Scott is apparently bringing Ontario’s health & Safety training to the “21st Century” and this would save companies a combined $5 million dollars a year. Sounds great, right? What’s rocking […]

WHMIS 2015 – Are You Prepared?

  Since 2015 WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) has been undergoing a series of changes in order to adapt a system known worldwide as the Globally Harmonized System. These amendments were implemented through a three-phase system that began on February 11, 2015 and will be completed by November 30, 2018. Throughout these phases manufacturers, […]

Supervisors- Are You Qualified To Say Your Workers Are Impaired?

  With the changes in Ontario regarding the legalizing of cannabis, there are a lot of questions about people taking cannabis and working. I am surprised to hear that most people were not aware that you could get cannabis in gummy bears, chocolate and baked goods. How can you tell if someone had a few […]

Safety and Common Sense?

Most of us swear by our own common sense, but unfortunately, we all have our own interpretation of what common sense means. Wikipedia defines common sense as: “a sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by nearly all people” Should safety in the workplace […]

Working at Heights for Industrial Establishments

  Working at Heights for construction workplaces has been around for just over 3 years now. The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has made it very clear in the past that it would implement a similar strategy for businesses that fall under the industrial establishment regulations. This would have meant that in order to achieve compliance, […]

What all Businesses Must Know About Cannabis in the Workplace

  October 17, 2018 marks a new beginning to our Criminal Code regarding the possession of a previously illegal drug, cannabis. Although Canada had no laws against using cannabis, it was illegal to possess it. The upcoming changes to our Criminal Code will allow individuals to carry limited quantities of cannabis (30 grams) and, in […]