Access WSPS resources anywhere, sooner

Mar 20, 2013

Access WSPS resources anywhere, soonerInterested in accessing online health and safety information any time, not just when you’re in front of your laptop or desktop? Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has two new options for that.

Launching April 1: a WSPS Twitter feed linking you to news, resources and expertise as issues and opportunities arise. Available soon: a WSPS mobile website interface for smartphone users.

Both options are innovative, user-friendly communication tools that offer easier, faster access to information and resources.

Connecting with WSPS in the Twitterverse

WSPS’s new Twitter feed will help followers gain immediate access to Twitter’s online universe of health and safety news, commentary, and resources as they’re made available — all through “tweets,” brief, at-a-glance text messages of 140 characters or less.

Twitter, a free, online social networking service, already has 500 million users worldwide, but what began as a personal social media tool is rapidly becoming a business tool.

Why follow WSPS on Twitter

“The WSPS Twitter feed is another tool for us to keep clients informed,” says Nancy Martin, WSPS’s business-to-business communications manager. “When you follow us on Twitter, you have immediate access, either on your computer or your smartphone, to timely information, announcements and resources. As soon as we post them, they’re waiting for you in your Twitter account.

“But it’s not just about us. We’re looking forward to sharing information from our health and safety partners — Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, WSPS’s companion health and safety associations, the Institute for Work & Health, and many, many more — so that our followers have access to real-time bursts of information from the health and safety community. Twitter is a complement to our other online publications and will definitely allow us to be nimble with breaking news.”

With the launch of these two opportunities, WSPS is making health and safety information more accessible to Ontarians. “Our vision is for workplaces in every region of Ontario to have access to the same services,” says Martin. “WSPS’s mobile website interface for smartphones and Twitter feed bring us that much closer to achieving our vision.”

Interfacing with your smartphone

“More than four out of five Canadians already use the Internet,” says Gregory Haywood, WSPS’s e-business lead, "but people are increasingly looking for access to online information any time, not just when they’re in front of their laptop or desktop. Our mobile site now provides smartphone users with access whether they’re in a meeting, on the plant floor, or on a remote worksite. People can visit a topic page for answers to basic health and safety questions or dive deeper into a centralized repository for training courses, products, e-learning, webinars, articles, downloads, videos, and research.”

In addition to health and safety topic pages and a centralized information repository, the new mobile site offers smartphone users these special features:

  • faster download speeds, saving users time and data usage
  • a local search tool
  • an online assessment that will allow your company to determine whether it is active in each of the key components required for the establishment and maintenance of a successful health and safety program
  • resource links on priority concerns, such as legislation, small business resources, joint health & safety committees, and workers.

It’s a smartphone world

Smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices are progressively changing how and where we work. Internet and social media authority eMarketer estimates that Canada will have 16.4 smartphone users by 2016, up from 10.5 million by the end of 2012.

“Our mobile interface is just our most recent response to these changes,” says Haywood. “Recent additions to the website include a ‘geo locator’ tool that enables a visitor to find and register for events within a specified geographic area.”

A personalized profile function, “My Account” remembers account holders, their organization and/or specific employees, so that account holders can track orders and e-documents, view online assessment results, and participate in online communities and forums.

Coming up soon: mobile commerce on your smartphone.

Joining WSPS on Twitter

  1. Follow WSPS’s Twitter feed now.
  2. Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Sign up now.