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Conducting Accident Investigations: An Overview

March 12, 2020

Close your eyes. Imagine an employer’s worst nightmare: there’s been a workplace accident. A long-time worker, one who’s like family, has been seriously injured. Are you prepared to deal with the aftermath? It can be easy to let emotions take over and guide the actions one may take in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. […]

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COVID-19 is a Workplace Hazard: Is your Organization Protecting Employees?

February 20, 2020

Is your workplace doing enough to control the biological hazards associated with COVID-19 and influenza in order to mitigate the risks to your customers, workers, and bottom line? Conducting a job hazard analysis (JHA) is the most effective way to assess the severity of the risk posed by a potential virus outbreak in order to […]

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The Top Five Missed Workplace Inspection Items

February 12, 2020

Monthly workplace inspections are required under Section 8(6) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) and completing workplace inspections is one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Workplace Inspection Best Practices Workplace inspections must be completed monthly (unless an entire inspection is impractical, according to Section 8(7) of the Act. Inspections must also be […]

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Supervisor Training: What’s Required?

February 12, 2020

Supervisors have extra responsibilities in the workplace. This added responsibility means that supervisors require additional training, in addition to the training that all workers in Ontario require. The Concept of Competency It is a requirement under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) that employers appoint competent supervisors. The Act defines competence as: “a person […]

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Health and Safety Boards: Is Your Compliant?

February 12, 2020

Health and Safety Boards: Is Yours Compliant? If you can’t remember the last time you looked at your company’s health and safety board, it’s likely that no one else is looking at it either. Organizations must meet mandatory posting requirements to remain compliant, and keeping information updated, fresh, and relevant will ensure that no one […]

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