Health & Safety
2017 was a year of many changes for the EMC Safety Group Program; we received a new WSIB representative, our dear colleague and friend Laura Rourke accepted a position with one of our Safety Group members, and the rebate calculation has been changed to remove frequency and severity, much to our benefit. Despite these changes, the Safety Group program continues to offer tremendous value to our members.
In the Core program, ladder safety and psychological health & safety were added in 2017 to give members even more choice when selecting their elements. For the Advantage group, we created a number of templates to help with completing audits and keeping track of the required documentation. For both Core and Advantage, we added many new policy samples to get you started on the right track.
While we were sad to see our friend Laura Rourke leave after playing such an important part in EMC’s…
A FREE Webinar from Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
These webinars are intended for businesses and non-profits. All employers with one or more employees have accessibility requirements. This year, businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees must submit accessibility compliance reports.
- your current requirements and deadlines (overview for 1-19, 20-49 and 50+ employees)
- how to file your accessibility compliance report (20+ employees)
- resources to help you
Province Reviewing Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act
Ontario is seeking public input to help make workplaces fairer for workers in industries that currently have exemptions, special rules or exclusions.
Starting today, people across the province can have their say on important decisions related to employment standards such as wages, hours of work and public holidays. The first phase of consultations focuses on eight occupations currently exempt from minimum employment standards:
- Domestic Workers
- IT Professionals
Voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Management System Accreditation and Employer Recognition Program for Ontario Workplaces
The Ministry of Labour is consulting on an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Accreditation Standard as well as additional criteria for employer recognition that could form the basis of a voluntary program to encourage the use of these systems. The aim of this initiative is to provide a framework to recognize employers who successfully implement a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) accredited OHSMS in their Ontario workplace(s)
The objectives of the occupational health and safety management system Accreditation Standard are to:
- Outline a best practice standard for effective occupational health and safety management systems;
- Reinforce the cooperation of all workplace parties in the promotion of the Internal Responsibility System;
- Encourage workplaces without health and safety management systems to work towards adopting them;
- Encourage employers who have already implemented health and safety management systems to…
Great customer service seems to be a lost art for many companies. As consumers, we put up with long hold times, rude employees and must work diligently just to get our basic questions answered.
One of the easiest ways to set your company apart from your competition is to provide excellent customer service. Here are some tips to help you accomplish that.
- Always put the customer first. This sounds trite, but it is a mindset. From day one, teach employees that any customer facing action is their first priority. Customer calls are to be returned before the deposit is taken to the bank. Appointments are scheduled with ample time to complete the session so that the next customer isn't…
A Pre-Start Health and Safety Review is an assessment by a Professional Engineer of any industrial apparatus, protective element, process, or structure, to ensure compliance with applicable standards as laid out in Section 7 of Regulation 851, R.R.O. 1990 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
What must the pre-start health and safety review report include?
When a pre-start health and safety review (PSR) is carried out, a written report is required that must contain the following:
- Details of measures that must be taken to bring the apparatus, structure, protective element or process into compliance with the specified provisions of the Industrial Establishments Regulation listed in the section 7 table [clause 7(4)(a)].
- Details of measures to protect the health and safety of…
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005, with the goal of making Ontario accessible by 2025.
Businesses with one or more employees need to be compliant with Ontario’s accessibility laws. Additionally, a critical deadline is approaching for businesses with 20 or more employees.
If your business has 20 or more employees you are legally required to file a 2017 accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017.
The compliance report is a series of yes or no questions. You are asked to download a quick and easy accessibility compliance reporting form at ontario.ca/AccessibilityReport.
Compass is the WSIB's new online health and safety tool that is open to the public.
The WSIB just launched a new tool that anyone can use to look up health and safety statistics for businesses in Ontario. Through Compass, you can:
- see the number and types of injuries in a workplace;
- get a sense for how serious those injuries through the lost time injury statistics
- compare statistics from up to five different businesses at one time.
This is an interesting tool for companies because it includes no-lost time injuries (medical aids) as well as lost time injuries. Current…
Big changes are coming to how the WSIB sets and reviews employer premium rates.
The WSIB has posted its draft policies outlining the proposed new Rate Framework. They are accepting feedback until Oct 13 – just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments. The WSIB is committed to having the final policies published at least a year before implementation in January 2020, so I expect we will see these finalized within the next year.
Looking through the policies, I noticed a few key points that will be of interest to our members. First is the proposed…
Have you ever wanted to know about EMC’s Safety Group, but just couldn’t get to one of the meetings?
What if I told you that you could find out about the Safety Group program without ever having to leave your desk?
That’s right, on October 11th at 10:00am, we will be holding a brief informational webinar on EMC’s Safety Group. Even more, what if the session was entirely free of charge, factual, and didn’t require you to commit to signing up? Your response should be, “what do I have to lose?”.
This webinar will cover the basics of how the Safety Group program works, how you can succeed in the program, and how it will help to make your facility more safe and profitable. This will also endeavor to answer…
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