Employers

Office buildingWelcome to the Health & Safety Ontario website. Here you'll find a wide range of information and resources that will help you with your health and safety program and to keep you in legal compliance.

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) gives employers responsibility to:

  • Keep a safe and well-maintained workplace; to take all reasonable precautions to protect your workers from illness and/or injury
  • Provide information about the hazards in your workplace, proper safety equipment, training, and competent supervision
  • Post the WSIB's "In Case of Injury at Work" poster and to follow proper procedures in case of injury
  • Post the Occupational Health & Safety Act in your workplace
  • Have worker representation for health and safety-if you have 20+ workers or you deal with a designated substance you must have a joint health and safety committee (JHSC). Construction projects last more than 3 months with 20+ workers must also have a JHSC. Workplaces with more than 5, but less than 20 are required to have a health and safety representative

Your supervisors also have responsibilities in the workplace. These include:

  • Providing a safe workplace and to assign safe work; taking all reasonable precautions to protect your workers from illness and/or injury
  • Informing your workers about job hazards and training them to do their jobs safely
  • Providing supervision to ensure that they work safely and use equipment and protective devices properly where required

What is the business case

Failure to comply with the OHSA could result in fines of up to $25,000 and/or up to a year's imprisonment. Corporations can be fined up to $500,000. Employers are also subject to penalties for failing to report to the WSIB-within 3 days of learning of a workplace injury or illness.

Supervisors who fail to comply with the OHSA are also subject to fines of up to $25,000.

What you can do

  • Understand your legal obligations and comply with them
  • Ensure that procedures and measures for workplace health and safety are established and are always followed
  • Ensure equipment, materials and protective devices required by law or provided and used; this includes guards on machinery
  • Ensure that all hazards, illnesses and injuries are reported immediately
  • Keep your workplace health and safety policies, procedures and programs current
  • Know what the hazards are in your workplace, inform supervisors about the hazards and how to handle them; encourage your workers to report unsafe conditions or hazards to you or your supervisors
  • Respond promptly to all health and safety concerns
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety with your own consistent, safe work practices; lead by example by attending training sessions, and use and wear safety equipment when it's required
  • Provide training to supervisors so that they maintain their competence

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Hiring Outside Contractors (1/2 day)

Hiring Outside Contractors (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day course will help you understand your health and safety responsibilities as they relate to hiring outside contractors.
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$149.00

Legislative Briefing: Marijuana and the Workplace: Managing the Impact of Legalization

Legislative Briefing: Marijuana and the Workplace: Managing the Impact of Legalization

Understand the implications marijuana and the workplace have to health and safety, and receive guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety sensitive industries.
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$129.00

Legislative Briefing: Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Legislative Briefing: Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Getting Into Compliance and Managing the Impact of Bill 132.

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$129.00

Managing Pre-Start Reviews (1/2 day)

Managing Pre-Start Reviews (1/2 day)

REVISED! Learn about the legal requirements for PSRs and how to assess whether the requirements apply and if a PSR is required.

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$199.00

Managing Safety of On-Site Contractors (1/2 day)

Managing Safety of On-Site Contractors (1/2 day)

Learn about and gain experience with managing the key elements of on-site contractor safety in this 1/2 day course.
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$149.00

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

A one-day course designed to raise awareness and working knowledge of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) and regulations.
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$249.00

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

NEW! Build internal capacity for impactful training delivery
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$519.00

Articles

Boost safety with WSPS’ Safety Group

Boost safety with WSPS’ Safety Group

After years of respectable health and safety performance, The Original Cakerie's 300+ employees in London, Ontario went on to achieve an astonishing four-year run with no lost-time injuries. The secret to this success? WSPS' Safety Group helped the company benchmark where it needed to be, and then achieve and maintain the desired level of performance, says Brian Gallacher, Director of Employee Experience & Corporate Health and Safety.
Oct 12, 2017
Supervisors pivotal to business success

Supervisors pivotal to business success

Did you know that business success can often be predicted? The first indicator is employee engagement. To perform, people in your organization need to be engaged, focused, at their post, able to handle complexities, plan, make decisions, build relationships - and for that they need to be safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Sep 15, 2017
5 safety best practices for small firms

5 safety best practices for small firms

Kirsi Henry knows that time is a precious resource for a small business owner, so as a WSPS consultant she cuts to the chase: "Pay particular attention to your new and young workers. It's vital for them and for you: these workers have a higher risk of injury and are most likely to be injured within the first month on the job."
Sep 13, 2017
WSPS Safety Group: save money and boost H&S

WSPS Safety Group: save money and boost H&S

Make 2018 a year of breakthrough health and safety success for your company by joining WSPS’ Safety Group. Member companies earn WSIB premium rebates as they build a sustainable health and safety program. "It's like putting your premiums back into your pocket," says Lisa Graham, program lead for WSPS' Safety Group.
Sep 12, 2017
Thinkmentalhealth.ca - free resource

Thinkmentalhealth.ca - free resource

In any given week 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to mental health issues. The smaller the workplace, the greater the impact employee absences may have. Supporting and protecting the mental health of your people is a crucial business strategy, and while task can seem daunting it doesn’t have to be. You now have access to a free website, thinkmentalhealth.ca that provides a one-stop shop for acquiring information and tools to help.
Aug 10, 2017
By 2024, 450,000 Canadians could be using medical marijuana. Get ready

By 2024, 450,000 Canadians could be using medical marijuana. Get ready

As medical marijuana becomes more accessible, and recreational marijuana use becomes legal under the federal government’'s anticipated cannabis legislation, what effect could this have on health and safety?
Jul 12, 2017
Preventing work refusals: start with a positive safety culture

Preventing work refusals: start with a positive safety culture

Workers have three guaranteed rights under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act, including the right to refuse to perform work believed to be unsafe. But this right is often enacted as a last resort, when other means to resolve a health and safety concern have failed, says WSPS ergonomist Tanya Muller.
Jul 12, 2017
New and young worker blitz: insights and advice from an inspection veteran

New and young worker blitz: insights and advice from an inspection veteran

The Ministry of Labour's Joe O'Grady has critical advice for employers of new and young workers: "supervise, supervise, supervise!" Follow this advice and you can prevent injuries and save lives, says O’'Grady; these new and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job than at any other time.
Jul 12, 2017
Is it a work refusal or labour relations complaint? Understand the difference

Is it a work refusal or labour relations complaint? Understand the difference

Workers' right to refuse work they believe to be unsafe to themselves or other workers is a mainstay of Ontario's Internal Responsibility System. At their best, refusals can draw attention to hazards not previously recognized, providing additional protection for workers.
Jun 13, 2017
GE Canada’s mental health strategy: saving minds and resources

GE Canada’s mental health strategy: saving minds and resources

In 2013, GE Canada launched its Our Minds, Our Health mental health strategy. Its vision: to create a nurturing, stigma-free, respectful and trusting work environment for almost 7,000 employees located in major manufacturing facilities and sales and service locations across the country.
Jun 13, 2017
4 low- or no-cost ways to make mental health a workplace priority

4 low- or no-cost ways to make mental health a workplace priority

The mental health of workers cannot be ignored. In any given week 500,000 people miss work every week due to a mental health issue.

Apr 10, 2017
How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

Many workplaces see "training" as a formal exercise delivered by outside experts, but it doesn't have to be, says WSPS key account manager Rodola Sibuma. "It can happen in small increments every day or every week, because you already have on-site experts who can deliver this training - your supervisors."

Apr 10, 2017
Canada's largest health & safety event is back!

Canada's largest health & safety event is back!

A unique, dynamic, and fun exhibit area awaits you at Partners in Prevention 2017 Conference & Trade Show, May 2-3. Where else can you climb through a dark and dirty confined space? Repel down the side of a trailer? Or drive a pedal cart while wearing goggles that simulate impairment? "There's something for everyone," says WSPS trade show organizer Kristina Toomey, "including interactive activities, demos, games, information sessions, freebies, contests, and much more!"

Mar 15, 2017
FAQs about health and safety management systems

FAQs about health and safety management systems

Bill 70, passed in December, instantly caught the attention of Ontario's business community by enabling an accreditation process for companies with a health and safety management system. But how do you know if implementing a management system is right for your business?

Mar 15, 2017
Lockout: follow this 6 step template

Lockout: follow this 6 step template

The key to preventing lockout incidents, says WSPS consultant Michael Wilson, is understanding which hazardous energies you are dealing with. Up to eight potential sources must be controlled before a worker can safely carry out maintenance and repair tasks.

Mar 15, 2017
Save time and money: create training videos with your own smartphone

Save time and money: create training videos with your own smartphone

For some employers, a new season means a fresh batch of employees who need orientation training to get them up to speed quickly.

Mar 15, 2017
What you need to know about Bill 70

What you need to know about Bill 70

If your workplace introduces a recognized management system to prevent injuries and illness, you could receive accreditation for your efforts under new legislation passed in December. The goal is to encourage superior health and safety performance by applying business methods already proven to boost quality and productivity.

Feb 13, 2017
Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Last summer the Supreme Court of Canada's groundbreaking decision R v Jordan set a limit on the time it takes to process a criminal prosecution to trial. If the actual time exceeds the limit, then the right of the accused to be tried within a reasonable time is considered to have been breached, unless certain circumstances apply. A breach invariably results in a stay of proceedings, which has the effect of dismissing the charges and preventing the Crown from laying them again.

Feb 13, 2017
7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

"Canada's workers are both overwhelmed and overworked," says mental health expert Dr. Ian Dawe. The resulting stress translates into $6 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and lost time, but Dawe says there is an alternative. "Understanding the human cost of workplace mental health helps employers develop action plans that will improve the bottom line as well as employee well-being."

Jan 13, 2017

"Transformational" - how one company sums up WSPS' Safety Group

Apollo Health & Beauty Care is going on three years with no lost-time injuries, and recently earned a 100% score on a health and safety audit. What's their secret?

Dec 01, 2016
Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner:

Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner: "We don't need a better hard hat"

In 2011, New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) launched a new safety campaign - "We don't need a better hard hat" - that galvanized workers to achieve new levels of health and safety performance. It also captured the essence of what is now an award-winning health and safety culture.

Dec 01, 2016
Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

In this second of two parts, Dave Powers offers seven more no- or low-cost tips for getting the most out of your JHSC. The director, health, safety and environment for Oxford Frozen Foods has worked with many joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) over the last 24 years.

Dec 01, 2016
Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Change-making mental health conversations: 9 tactics for encouraging frank, open talk

Ever try talking to someone who doesn't want to listen? You can't force conversation. However, you can create an environment in which positive, solutions-focused conversations occur, whether planned or spontaneous.

Nov 04, 2016
6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

"When it comes to addressing ergonomic issues," says WSPS ergonomist Mike Lanigan, "small business employers tell me they face three big challenges: cost, time, and resources. 'This is why I can't do it,' they say. "These are very real challenges for businesses of any size," continues Mike, "but low-tech, low-cost solutions exist."

Oct 06, 2016
8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

Could your company's social media channels become a forum in which the public threaten and harass your employees?

Oct 06, 2016
WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

"Before joining WSPS' Safety Group, I felt a bit like the Tasmanian Devil," says Drew Douglas, health and safety supervisor, for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. "We already had a successful health and safety program in place, we just didn't have the management system. I'd start working on one component of our system over here, then spin over and do a little bit of work there. I'd be all over the place."

Oct 06, 2016
8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

Workplace harassment can have debilitating consequences for victims, their co-workers, and the business. "If there's even an inkling of this behaviour in the workplace, the situation needs to be addressed immediately," says WSPS consultant Charmaine Mitchell. "If workers don't feel safe, it can have widespread repercussions on employee well-being and organizational productivity."

Sep 08, 2016
Busting the myth: health and safety doesn't have to be complicated for small businesses

Busting the myth: health and safety doesn't have to be complicated for small businesses

"Too complicated" is a common misconception that Harry Stewart, WSPS' Director, Small Business, hears when discussing health and safety with member firms, especially small businesses. "Costly, intrusive and inefficient" are others.

Sep 08, 2016
How WSPS' Safety Group helps one business send its employees home safe

How WSPS' Safety Group helps one business send its employees home safe

It's a truism that every employer wants their people to arrive home safe at the end of the day. But truisms weren't enough for JSW Manufacturing, a small, family-run metal fabrication company in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Sep 08, 2016
12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

A recent prosecution resulting from the death of a worker who tripped on an empty pallet is a shocking reminder of how easily things can go wrong. We asked WSPS's Jennifer MacFarlane how warehouses, distributions centres and other workplaces could avoid similar incidents. Her immediate response: involve everyone.

Jul 05, 2016
5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

5 steps to banish the stigma of mental illness

One in five Canadians is likely to experience a mental illness at some point, yet fear of being judged is a major barrier to seeking treatment - a critical first step in returning to good health.

Jul 05, 2016
Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

"A good supervisor wears many hats," says WSPS territory manager Sandy Ash. "Coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison, health and safety specialist... It's a big job requiring this 'superhuman' to be all these things at the same time."

Jul 05, 2016
Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

At a roundtable event in 2015, members of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network ranked stress, workplace violence and mental health as top hazards in their workplaces. Their experience is consistent with other Canadian businesses. Mental health problems are the number one cause of disability in Canada.

Jun 07, 2016
Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

In collaboration with Imperial Oil and its network of Esso branded bulk fuel suppliers, WSPS is piloting a simple, easy to remember outreach message that has enormous potential to prevent injuries. Just ask Peter Szmidt, an Imperial Esso safety expert.

May 17, 2016
Watch out for misleading sales calls and stay on top of compliance

Watch out for misleading sales calls and stay on top of compliance

It's happening again. Or still. A business receives a phone call or visit from someone checking on a compliance matter. The person may be friendly or aggressive, but either way, the business is left to believe it may be falling short on its legal obligations. And guess who has the solution?

Apr 04, 2016
Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Researchers have identified six evidence-based leading indicators that can predict future health and safety performance - and help workplaces achieve maximum results. "Score well on these indicators and you should see it reflected in good performance in the future," explains Illia Tchernikov, WSPS program lead, OHS Research. "Score poorly and you should see an increase in injuries and illnesses."

Mar 03, 2016
Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a busy place. In 2015, the airport welcomed more than 20 million passengers, a new record for one of Canada's fastest growing airports. "It's like a small city," says Kevin Hong, manager of health and safety for Vancouver Airport Authority, which is responsible for developing and maintaining airport infrastructure and overseeing the day-to-day operations at YVR.

Jan 12, 2016
Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. Forty-one companies across Canada are tackling this head on. To promote positive mental health among all employees, these companies are implementing CSA Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. They're also sharing their experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We all have a chance to learn from this," says Andrew Harkness, WSPS' strategy advisor, organizational health initiatives.

Jan 12, 2016
How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

From his days on the floor of a TRW Automotive plant in St. Catharines, Michael Cocco has always been interested in health and safety. Over time he's turned his interest into a career and helped the plant achieve internationally recognized health and safety performance.

Dec 07, 2015
Put evolving health and safety education to work for you

Put evolving health and safety education to work for you

The January 2016 launch of a graduate certificate program at Fleming College's Lindsay, ON campus is just the latest indicator of an evolution in occupational health and safety education. Roughly 50 Canadian educational institutions, including 16 in Ontario alone, offer some sort of post-secondary course, certificate or degree program in occupational health and safety.

Nov 09, 2015
Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Ontario winters can sweep in quickly and unexpectedly, and once here they can still be unpredictable, with extreme variations in snowfall and temperature. If snow and ice could accumulate on the roof of your business, be proactive. Preparing a snow removal plan now could make all the difference between a worry-free winter and a frantic, last-minute response that could expose people to injuries, and your business to liability and loss.

Nov 09, 2015
Health and safety: a catalyst for small business growth

Health and safety: a catalyst for small business growth

With the election now behind us, we're all waiting to see which of the promises that have been bandied about for the past several months will stick. And for small business owners, who have factored heavily into election debates, which ones will bear fruit and help you grow.

Oct 16, 2015
Decorating your workplace for the holidays? Follow these 12 safety tips

Decorating your workplace for the holidays? Follow these 12 safety tips

Celebrating holidays with decorations introduces a sense of fun and energy into retail outlets, restaurants, offices, and any other place where people congregate. But before you start putting up those decorations - or assign someone else to do it - WSPS consultant Andrew Moffett suggests applying the same health and safety principles here that you would apply to any new workplace activity. Here's what Moffett recommends.

Oct 06, 2015
Translating research into real-world applications for your workplace

Translating research into real-world applications for your workplace

WSPS is currently working with system and research partners on two new practical prevention tools that will help companies to address lifting hazards and identify vulnerable workers, says Illia Tchernikov, WSPS Program Lead, OHS Research.

Oct 06, 2015
WSPS' Safety Group: Implement a health and safety program step by step - and save $$$

WSPS' Safety Group: Implement a health and safety program step by step - and save $$$

Belonging to the Safety Groups program has helped Global Architectural Metals substantially reduce its injury severity rate, even as the Welland, ON firm has ramped up production and tripled its workforce. But for Kyra Moate, the firm's health and safety coordinator, health and safety success is not just about numbers. It's also about process. Global Architectural Metals joined Safety Groups precisely because of what Moate describes as a stepping stone approach to building a comprehensive health and safety program.

Oct 06, 2015
Find It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Find It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Small business owners want to do the right thing and have a keen appreciation for the value of managing risk, especially where it affects people.

Sep 30, 2015
How to

How to "Do It" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Some small business owners believe they'll escape the notice of Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors who surely have bigger fish to fry. The truth is that the MOL inspectors can't take their eyes off small businesses - and no wonder. You comprise 90 per cent of Ontario firms and one-third of its workforce.

Sep 30, 2015
How to

How to "Get It" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let's Make This Easier

As a small business owner or manager, you face unique challenges. You march every day to the drumroll of cash flow. You juggle hats from accountant to operations to marketing in the relentless imperative to sell, service, and grow. And you're besieged on all sides by legislative requirements. Occupational Health and Safety Act? Stand in line, you say.

Sep 30, 2015
Report It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Report It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

The unthinkable has happened. A worker, customer, supplier or guest has been critically injured on your premises. What do you do?

Sep 30, 2015
Watch For It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

Watch For It - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

If you don't manage your hazards, your hazards will manage you.

Sep 30, 2015
When to

When to "Write It Down" - Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier

You're satisfied with the way you've identified hazards related to specific jobs in your workplace. You've even assessed your hazards against legislated standards. You've trained your people on the hazard controls - repeatedly, thoroughly. Your Joint Health and Safety Committee, if your business is large enough to have one, meets regularly.

Sep 30, 2015
8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

"Great supervisors mean you have a great culture," says Greg Swan, health and safety officer for Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Key attributes of great supervisors were the subject of a session Swan led at WSPS' national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. Here are some highlights.

Aug 06, 2015
Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Every year, as senior management and hundreds of others look on at Compass Group Canada's annual conference, one person from among the company's 29,000 employees will receive the Crystal Award for outstanding contribution to health and food safety. It's an essential moment in the organization’s ongoing commitment to enrich its health and safety culture.

 

Aug 06, 2015
BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

As operations manager of BASF Canada's Windsor Paint Plant, Michael Helferty balances multiple management responsibilities all at the same time, but at WSPS' recent Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Tradeshow in Mississauga, he focused squarely on health and safety. In a fast-paced 90-minute session, Helferty shared a 6-step process for creating and sustaining a health and safety culture that helped BASF's Windsor plant achieve three years without even a recordable incident.

Jul 14, 2015
Meet your next AODA deadlines with this handy guide

Meet your next AODA deadlines with this handy guide

On track to meet your Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) obligations? Ontario's ambitious program to eliminate barriers for Ontarians with disabilities comes with workplace compliance deadlines. A series of tables below explains what's required to satisfy upcoming obligations. Failure to meet these deadlines puts employers at risk of fines, as well as less traditional but potentially greater consequences, such as being called up before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Jul 14, 2015
Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

"Workers are a source of rich data that can be used for applying controls, correcting unsafe practices, and coaching and training," says WSPS consultant Norm Kramer. The best way to mine the data is to create an environment in which people feel safe speaking up, even when reporting a near miss or worse. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to access their experiences and ideas.

Jun 08, 2015
7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

A decade ago, MPS Property Services decided to take a more active approach to health and safety. "We jumped in with both feet," says Ken Jorgenson, the company's operations manager and health and safety coordinator. Now, he says, "We're at a place where safety has become an everyday part of how we work." It all starts with orientation training. "For people who join the company, health and safety starts on day one."

May 13, 2015
Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

WSPS consultant Gord Leffley identifies five barriers to effective supervision and how to eliminate them so that you can better protect workers and improve your business. "In a well supervised workplace," says Leffley, "you get the performance you want, but you also get better and continually improving performance. Suggestions for making improvements move quickly up the organization, and the responses also move down quickly, engaging workers and encouraging innovation."

 

May 13, 2015
Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), which runs the CEO H+S Leadership Network with several strategic partners, recently unveiled the nomination criteria for what has been described as the country's highest honour among health and safety awards. The new Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award will recognize an entire organization - not just an individual - for outstanding contributions to building health and safety cultures and inspiring transformative behaviours within their areas of influence.

May 13, 2015
5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

Industry estimates suggest that 5% of production capacity is lost each year to unplanned downtime. "This figure is conservative," says WSPS consultant Gord Leffley. While safety-related stoppages are just one type of unplanned event, even minor incidents can slow down or halt production.

Feb 09, 2015
Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco routinely has 300 third party employees working on site - and a comprehensive process to keep them as safe as its own employees. "We can't afford third parties on our property not performing to our expectations," explains senior health and safety specialist Steve Hinds. You may not have as many third party employees at your workplace, but ArcelorMittal Dofasco's third party compliance program still offers lots to learn from and apply.

Jan 12, 2015
Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Peter van Stralen, president and CEO of Sunshine Brands, is the latest recipient of an Ontario Premier's Award (business) for outstanding college graduates in Ontario. Graduating as a landscape technician in 1990, van Stralen has helped turn a family landscape business into a multi-million dollar brand with over 200 locations in Canada and the U.S. under two franchise concepts, The Grounds Guys and the Sprinkler Guys. Van Stralen is also a founding member of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, a new group of forward thinking senior leaders who embrace their role as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities in Ontario and beyond. He considers safety a critical success factor in sustaining the company's success. Here's what he told WSPS Network News in a recent conversation.

Jan 12, 2015
H&S awareness training: are you missing out on

H&S awareness training: are you missing out on "one of the best tools available"?

Despite having free access to what WSPS account manager Brenda Vrooman describes as "one of the best tools available," some Ontario workplaces still haven't implemented mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors. "I speak to WSPS member firms on a regular basis to make sure they've provided the training," says Vrooman, "and I'm getting wonderful feedback from businesses that have." This means businesses that haven't are missing out.

Dec 03, 2014
Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Twisted ankles, concussions, broken bones - these are just some of the injuries that people sustain after slipping and falling on ice and snow. Many workplaces already have active housekeeping programs aimed at eliminating indoor slips, trips and falls. In the winter months especially, take that program outdoors to further protect employees and visitors.

Dec 03, 2014
Building safety into your small business: one franchisee's story

Building safety into your small business: one franchisee's story

Jack Walton, owner of five Midas Auto Service and Tires stores in Markham, Newmarket, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, and Scarborough, is an all-in kind of guy. No half measures here.

Oct 09, 2014
Out of sight but not out of mind: 2 lawyers' perspective on employer obligations for travelling workers

Out of sight but not out of mind: 2 lawyers' perspective on employer obligations for travelling workers

Many workers are required to travel as part of their job duties. They may travel for sales trips, service calls, conferences, client meetings, or even accompanying students on a field trip. Unfortunately, workers are sometimes injured while travelling.

Aug 11, 2014
Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Leading indicators - workplace measures that precede or indicate a future event - are rapidly gaining interest as a business tool that can help workplaces anticipate and prevent injuries. "We have in fact decreased our injuries and increased our hazardous occurrence and condition reporting significantly," reports Richard Coleman, national director of business continuity and health, safety, security and environment for Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada.

Jun 10, 2014
Asleep at the controls: preventing injuries and loss by managing fatigue and shiftwork

Asleep at the controls: preventing injuries and loss by managing fatigue and shiftwork

A recent video showing a Chicago subway train riding up an escalator after derailing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport graphically depicts what can happen when overtired workers fall asleep on the job. Organizational factors may have contributed. Media reports indicate the driver was often assigned erratic schedules as a fill-in in for other employees, and had clocked lots of overtime.

May 09, 2014
New and young worker blitz: 8 tips specifically for retailers

New and young worker blitz: 8 tips specifically for retailers

Retail operations figure prominently in the Ministry of Labour's recently announced young and new worker inspection blitz, taking place May through August. "There's a good reason for that," says Andrew Moffett, a WSPS consultant with extensive retail experience. "There is a general perception among the public of retail being safe. You also encounter this among employees, supervisors and store managers."

May 09, 2014
Court decision: jail terms may become the

Court decision: jail terms may become the "new norm" for fall protection cases

A recent sentencing decision involving the owner of a small roofing company suggests that the courts may be shedding their historical reluctance to impose jail terms in cases involving the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Jan 10, 2014