The Purpose, Value, & Need of Health, Safety, & The Law

Managing budgets and allocations within an organization are difficult at the best of times. There are never enough resources to go around. Both public and private sectors are challenged to do more, and more, with less, and less. So where do your precious training dollars go? How is compliance to be achieved, and surpassed? How […]

Incoming Regulation Changes for 2019-2020

  The Ministry of Labour has made some regulatory changes in various regulations. Many of them come into effect on July 1, 2019, and others by January 1, 2020. A good majority of these amendments relate to the automotive manufacturing industry with the goal of lessening the legislative burdens. There are other proposed amendments to […]

Workplace Inspections – What about the Racking?

  When conducting workplace inspections, either from the perspective of a worker member on a JHSC or as a supervisor, our eyes are always brought to things out of place. It could be a tripping hazard standing out, an employee not following procedure, or a piece of equipment leaking oil. However, what about the constants […]

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 […]