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Assess and evaluate your current health and safety programs and provide your management team with a “wellness/risk” report including:
status of your current policies and procedures, training, and workplace injury history
results of a safety audit of your workplace
Boost your safety program:
Develop new results-driven strategies and workplace procedures
safety awareness training for workers and supervisors to obtain the mandatory Ministry of Labour certificate
CAN-SAFE: Cannabis workplace health and safety: workplace health and safety policies and procedures to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, staff training, educational presentations.
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Special spring/summer 2019 feature on workplace safety
All workplaces have hazards that can cause injury. Yes, Construction work on busy sites with moving equipment has risks, but so do offices and restaurants and jobs including driving vehicles, landscaping, delivering packages, working with animals and being a camp counsellor. Every the of job.
In every job scenario (part-time, casual, seasonal, temporary, full-time) and all Ontario workplaces, the requirements to comply with Ontario’s safety laws are the same. There are no exceptions for certain types of workplaces or casual work arrangement.
According to WSIB statistics, overall the number of workers injured and fatally injured on the job had levelled out just a few years ago, but since 2015, have been steadily increasing.
2017 Ontario Injury statistics (source: WSIB)
Young workers (age 24 and under): Six were tragically killed on the job (8% of all fatal injuries) and 20,956 suffered serious injuries (17% of all injuries)
Older workers (over 55): Twenty-one were fatally injured at work (29% of all workplace deaths). Ten of those were workers age 65 and over. 23,374 older were seriously injured (19%) of all injuries)
Workers of any age are three times more likely to be injured in their first month on the job than more experienced workers
Safe work tips:
Ensure that procedures to operate equipment, move, lift and carry objects, work at heights, handle hot materials, work alone or with chemicals or other toxic agents, and any hazardous work situation, including potentially violent situations, are explained and that you have been trained on exactly what to do to work safely.
Follow the safe working procedures you’ve been trained to do. No shortcuts.
Ask questions. Lots of them. Be sure you understand.
When assigned a task, and each and every day, think through what needs to be done to assess any risks before you start doing the job.
Say “no” to unsafe work or work you haven’t been trained to do safely and report all hazard to your supervisor.
A reminder for employers
Comply with the all safety legislation including, but not limited to, safe work procedures, safe equipment, safety gear, ventilation.
Prioritize orientation for all new workers and ensure that all workers receive generic and job-specific training and ongoing supervision.
Explain how the job is to be done safely and then demonstrate it. Get the worker to do it. Supervise and immediately give feedback. Repeat the last point regularly.
Review and update safety procedures and regularly communicate them to all employees.
Ensure everyone in your workplace makes working safely a priority and is encouraged to raise safety concerns, discuss and resolve them.
Minimum age for work in Ontario
Be aware that there are minimum ages for work in Ontario set out in legislation that every employer must comply with.
• 16 to set foot on an active construction site and to work there (including any renovation work)
• 15 for factories (which includes restaurant kitchens) and,
• 14 for most other types of workplaces (such as offices, serving food)
Cannabis and the Workplace
The new kid on the block, legal and medical cannabis, is a reality and employers must be prepared with appropriate policies and communicate them to all employees.
Ontario’s safety legislation has always prohibited any type of impairment at work that alters a worker’s ability to be safe on the job or could injure another worker. Those sources of impairment may include alcohol, prescribed medication, exhaustion, legal or illegal drugs.