Statement from Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System on Workplace Safety Ontario
In the past few months, there has been a spike in workplace fatalities involving falls from heights. The families of these workers have been needlessly devastated by the loss of their loved ones.
As long as one family’s son or daughter fails to come home because of an incident at the workplace, we have more work to do. Workplaces should redouble their efforts to ensure that workers are safe, and that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities on the job.
In 2015, Ontario introduced mandatory training for working at heights. Since then, about half a million workers have received the training. The Ministry of Labour is reminding employers and workers to continue to take this training seriously, and to apply it, and to take refresher courses as they could one day save a life.
Ontario's workplaces are among the safest in Canada, but tragedies like this remind us that everyone needs to take responsibility for workplace safety so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the workday.
Employers should be vigilant when addressing workplace hazards, and must provide proper training. Workers should also be aware of their right to refuse unsafe work, use their equipment properly and to report any hazards they see.
The start of 2018, in both the construction sector and other sectors in Ontario, has been alarming. Employers, supervisors and workers should make it their highest priority to pause and review all work practices, especially those involving high risk activities like working at heights.
Only by working together, including the support of the employer, oversight of competent supervisors and properly trained workers using safety measures each and every time, will all workers return home safely.
Always remember to exercise caution, be vigilant and take care of each other in the workplace. Let’s get back to making Ontario the safest place to work.
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Protect Your Employees From the Dangers of Noise- Induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is the #1 occupational disease in North America.
Please join Workplace Medical Corporation on May 31st for an engaging Hearing Conservation certification program to help your company better protect its employees.
This one-day certificate course will outline the fundamentals of an effective program, explain how to interpret your reports, and provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to maximize your program results.
Upon completion, you will know how to recognize noise issues, educate those at risk, select proper hearing protection, understand hearing test reports, and, over time, reduce or even eventually eliminate Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
This course is best suited for:
• HR managers and specialists
• Health & Safety managers and supervisors
• Occupational Health Nurses
• Health & Safety team
A complimentary lunch, free parking and Wi-Fi access will also be provided.
$450.00 + HST per person
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Workplace Medical Corp.
Mental Health In the Workplace
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, a mentally healthy workforce is linked to lower health care costs, lower absenteeism, and higher productivity.
Work plays a significant role in a person’s life, influencing and shaping overall health and wellness. It may come as no surprise to anyone who’s struggled or succeeded in their career that the workplace can affect our mental health in both positive and negative ways.
Work can contribute to and enhance mental health by providing a person with purpose, financial security, a sense of identity and belonging, and social contact. But work can also negatively affect one’s mental health and may even trigger or exacerbate mental illness.
Just like with physical health, employees need to manage their own mental health and take care of it. However, employers are expected to maintain workplaces that are safe — not only physically, but also psychologically. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s national workplace mental health initiative, Not Myself Today, supports hundreds of organizations with information, tools, and resources to help build a mentally healthy workplace.
Did you Know:
- 44% of workers have said they have had a mental health issue or illness
- 1/3 of those facing mental health challenges do not seek help largely due to stigma
- 500 000 Canadians will miss work this week due to a mental health issue or illness
More and more workplaces are implementing Mental Health First Aid and Awareness programs. Clients are seeing the benefits of being pro active with proper training for their employees. Contact our office to discuss implementation of Mental Health First Aid or Mental Health in the Workplace Workshops
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Lisa MacKenzie, President
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