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High-visibility clothing on Construction Sites
High-visibility clothing on Construction Sites

You need to be seen if you want to be safe.

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Emergency Response - planning overview
Emergency Response - planning overview

Ontario’s Construction Projects regulation requires the Builder/Contractor to establish emergency response procedures for every project and ensure they are followed. Be prepared.

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IHSA - 2 Minute News - November 2016
IHSA - 2 Minute News - November 2016

Product spotlight: Concrete Finishers Health and Safety Manual.
IHSA addresses changes to suspended access equipment regulations with new training programs.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - November 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - November 2016

Current & up and coming Construction Health and Safety Blitz's include - Province-wide: Electrical Hazards, and Regional - Central East: Toilets / Wash up Facilities. New safety requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment (SAE) will come into force on January 1, 2017.

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Reducing the Risk of Fire on your Farm
Reducing the Risk of Fire on your Farm

Farm operators need to periodically perform a risk assessment of their farm buildings to consider the operational impact a fire could cause on their farm. All parties involved with designing, constructing and operating farm buildings must understand the importance of following best management practices to protect these large investments and the people working in the facilities. The following guide examines the major causes of farm building fires and what can be done to reduce the associated risks.

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2016 November Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2016 November Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

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2017 WSIB Premiums LESS than expected due to calculation error
2017 WSIB Premiums LESS than expected due to calculation error

The WSIB discovered that an error had been made when calculating the 2017 premium rates that were announced at its Annual General Meeting on September 14, 2016.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - October 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - October 2016

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2016 October Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2016 October Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

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WSIB Newsletter - Fall 2016
WSIB Newsletter - Fall 2016

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2016 August Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2016 August Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

This month MOL continues the mobile cranes and hoisting blitz. There is no “magic pill” solution to Health and safety performance, it is very predictable. Firstly, eliminate the hazard; secondly engineer a design solution or control. Thirdly if possible use (administrative controls) which removes the worker from the hazard, and lastly, consider Personal Protective equipment and training. Finally, after all these options are in place re-evaluate. If safety strategies do not mitigate hazards or cannot be measured, they are not improvements, and it is time to rethink your approach.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - September 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - September 2016

Ontario Increases Minimum Wage: Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on Oct. 1, 2016.

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WSIB Premium Rate Reduction
WSIB Premium Rate Reduction

At the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's (WSIB) Annual General Meeting (AGM), an announcement was made regarding a five per cent premium rate reduction on the average rate, which will take effect January 1, 2017, enabling $250 million to remain in Ontario's economy. This represents the first premium rate reduction since 2001.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - August 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - August 2016

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Ontario Ministry of Labour - Health & Safety At Work TODAY
Ontario Ministry of Labour - Health & Safety At Work TODAY

Issue #15 | Summer 2016

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update for August 2016
Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update for August 2016

This newsletter is published six times a year to highlight important issues in Canadian employment and labour law. This month they address two issues: Taking the “High” Road - Alberta Court of Appeal Clarifies Enforcement of Drug and Alcohol Policies, and Employment Practices Liability Insurance – What’s it all about? In addition - the topic of ' Group Insurance Benefits - Avoid Dangerous Employer Liability Traps!' is being presented at a free breakfast seminar being held on Wednesday September 28, 2016.

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2016 July Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2016 July Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

Recent changes to construction regulations came into force July 1st and include - new drill rig regulations, enforcement of the noise regulation and reg 833 - the control of biological or chemical agent exposure in Ontario workplaces - and the new GHS WHMIS. It was also recently announced that cabinet passed the amendments to regulation 213/91 for suspended access equipment which will be coming into force on January 1st 2017. These are extensive regulatory changes that require not only information and compliance guidance for industry but also extensive training.

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Making Ontario’s barns fire-safe with technology
Making Ontario’s barns fire-safe with technology

With the Haven fire suppression unit, fires could be extinguished before anyone even knew they had started. We are sharing this article from the recent Ontario Farmer magazine about the HAVEN Fire Safety Device. This is an additional way to protect property from fire loss. This is especially applicable to rural areas where “ seconds count “. Strategically located HAVEN fire suppression devices have the potential to prevent major fire loss. A simple idea that can save lives and property.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - July 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - July 2016

Ontario improving occupational health and safety outcomes & Ontario has made amendments to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment.

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Tragedy in the Farming Community
Tragedy in the Farming Community

50 cows killed in Thorold barn fire

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WSIB Newsletter - Summer 2016
WSIB Newsletter - Summer 2016

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - June 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - June 2016

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Management Counsel - June 2016 - Sherrard-Kuzz LLP - Employment and Labour Law
Management Counsel - June 2016 - Sherrard-Kuzz LLP - Employment and Labour Law

Heat, Storms, Hazardous Plants and Insects - What Employers Need to Know and Do to Keep Outdoor Workers Safe this Summer and Fall.

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2016 June Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2016 June Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

The Ministry of Labour monthly report presented to the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee, containing information regarding the construction-related fatalities and critical injuries in Ontario.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - May 2016
Ministry of Labour - What's New - May 2016

Consultation: Construction Hazard Awareness Training - The ministry is consulting on proposed changes that would, if approved, require employers to ensure that workers performing work to which the Construction Projects Regulation applies complete a construction hazard awareness training program. The ministry is also seeking feedback on draft construction health and safety awareness training program and provider standards.

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