Legislative Compliance

Legislative ComplianceWhat is legislative compliance

Compliance (or adherence) with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and other relevant legislation and regulations related to health and safety of your employees is an important and legal requirement. Not being aware of your legal responsibilities and duties is not a defense for non-compliance.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out minimum health and safety standards for workplaces in Ontario. Employers are required by law to post a copy of the Act in the workplace. The OHSA is anchored on the "internal responsibility system", which means employers and employees share responsibility for keeping the workplace safe and workers healthy. Supervisors and workers both have roles to play.

Regulations are a detailed set of rules that explain how the general provisions, specified in the Act, must be applied.

There are other industry-specific regulations. Your health and safety association can help you with this information.

 

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) sets out Ontario's no-fault insurance system for work-related injuries or illnesses.

 

How legislative compliance can affect your business

A safe environment is a productive workplace. Health and safety is not simply a legal obligation: it is a business opportunity. You can boost your bottom line by improving health and safety performance, which reduces the costs associated with avoidable losses and lost time injuries, and leads to high productivity.

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is responsible for enforcing the OHSA and its regulations. MOL inspectors visit workplaces in response to complaints, injuries, and fatalities, or as part of proactive inspections.

The OHSA gives MOL inspectors a number of enforcement tools to obtain compliance with health and safety requirements. Inspectors can issue compliance orders, which describe actions the employer is obliged to take to become compliant with specific legal requirements. If there is immediate risk of injury to a worker, MOL inspectors have the power to issue a "stop work" order to prevent work from continuing until compliance is achieved. Inspectors can also issue tickets or initiate prosecution for non-compliance.

What you can do

  • Become familiar with the legislation applicable to your work and learn about your rights and responsibilities
  • Get help - contact your health and safety association for information on what training you can receive to ensure compliance before the inspector comes knocking
  • Provide employees with hazard information, proper safety equipment, training and competent supervision
  • Have worker representation for health and safety
  • Follow proper procedures if an injury occurs
  • Keep a safe and well-maintained workplace.

Downloads

Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

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Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Addresses businesses in all sectors.

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Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Developed in partnership with Landscape Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Developed in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Developed in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
907 KB PDF
First Aid at Work

First Aid at Work

First Aid is the immediate care given to a person who is injured or who suddenly becomes ill.  It can range from cleaning a cut and applying a bandage, to helping someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
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Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Post this attractive flyer, which contains the same information in the brochure for small business (above), on your bulletin boards, and share the tips, information and links widely. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

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Injury Reporting Information

Injury Reporting Information

Injury reporting information including requirements related to workplace injuries or illnesses that vary depending on the severity and nature of the incident. This includes critical injury, injury or illness requiring medical treatment and other events that require MOL notification.
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IRS Primer

IRS Primer

The internal responsibility system (IRS) is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Everyone in the workplace has a shared responsibility. This primer will help you understand your role in this process.
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Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental health in the workplace: Organizational factors and resources
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Orientation Training

Orientation Training

Employees suffer a disproportionate number of work-related injuries during the first three months of employer, underscoring the need for proper health and safety orientation for all new and returning employees.
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Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

To put health and safety solutions within reach of every employer and employee in Ontario.

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Small Business Check List (1-5)

Small Business Check List (1-5)

A checklist for small businesses with 1-5 employees. The list covers the sections of the road map and related requirements.
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Small Business Check List (20-49)

Small Business Check List (20-49)

A checklist for small businesses with 19-49 employees. The list covers the sections of the road map and related requirements.
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Small Business Check List (6-19)

Small Business Check List (6-19)

A checklist for small businesses with 6-19 employees. The list covers the sections of the road map and related requirements.
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What to Post 1-5

What to Post 1-5

A checklist of posting requirements for employers with 1-5 employees.
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What to Post 20-49

What to Post 20-49

A checklist of posting requirements for employers with 20-49 employees.
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What to Post 6-19

What to Post 6-19

A checklist of posting requirements for employers with 6-19 employees.
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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

Construction Projects in Industrial Facilities (1/2 day)

Construction Projects in Industrial Facilities (1/2 day)

Many industrial facility tasks are considered construction in nature, find out what this means to your workplace.
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$149.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Training Tailored to Your Workplace. Price includes training for up to 15 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Do-it-yourself option to meet the mandatory training requirements.

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$295.00

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

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

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Understand your legal responsibilities, your role as a leader and the key concept of due diligence.
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$149.00

E-Courses

(ON) Accident Investigation in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) Accident Investigation in Ontario (1 hour)

Practical approach to investigating workplace accidents, with emphasis on how to find root cause.
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$49.00

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Contractor Health & Safety (English) (1 hour)

Contractor Health & Safety (English) (1 hour)

Overview of health and saety issues in contract work, providing a framework for owners, employers, and contractors.
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$64.00

Contractor Health & Safety (French) (1 hour)

Contractor Health & Safety (French) (1 hour)

Overview of health and safety issues in contract work, providing a framework for owners, employers, and contractors.
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$64.00

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (English) (1 hour)

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (English) (1 hour)

Discover practical steps to implement due diligence in your workplace.
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$64.00

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (French) (1 hour)

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (French) (1 hour)

Discover practical steps to implement due diligence in your workplace.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Committees (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees (English) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective.
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$49.00

Health and Safety Committees (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees (French) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective.
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$49.00

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Webinars

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

This webinar will be of interest to all firms in the industrial sector, that have key hazards associated with manufacturing processes, including guarding and lockout, workplace violence, MSDs, occupational disease (noise and chemical exposure), as well as those that are looking to strengthen their internal responsibility system.
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$0.00

Reference Products

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

NOTE: Effective December 15, 2017, this publication will no longer be available.
Watch for a new 9th Edition coming in the Spring of 2018. 
 A comprehensive, print-based resource that identifies applicable laws and standards and provides detailed guidelines relating to over 30 workplace hazards and 20 controls.
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$119.00

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

This tool provides information on dozens of the most common hazards in the landscaping industry along with best practices for working safely.
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$20.00

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2017 (Consolidated Edition)

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2017 (Consolidated Edition)

2017 Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations (Consolidated Edition)
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$21.00

Articles

Incident investigation: the ultimate due diligence

Incident investigation: the ultimate due diligence

"A robust incident reporting and investigation process supported by a culture committed to continual improvement is the ultimate due diligence," says WSPS' Andrew Harkness. It's a cornerstone of injury and loss prevention.
Oct 12, 2017
Prepare now for marijuana in the workplace

Prepare now for marijuana in the workplace

Is your workplace ready for the changes that medical marijuana and the soon-to-be-legal use of recreational marijuana could bring? Few are, says Dan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, for CannAmm Occupational Testing Services.
Oct 12, 2017
Spot fall hazards before the blitz

Spot fall hazards before the blitz

Slips, trips, and falls remain the bane of Ontario workplaces and a Ministry of Labour (MOL) priority. Why? Check the numbers: almost 12,000 lost time injury claims are filed annually, or 32 claims per day, at a direct benefit claim cost to employers of more than $73 million.
Sep 12, 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
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
MOL extends working at heights training deadline for certain workers

MOL extends working at heights training deadline for certain workers

In response to employer requests, Ontario's Ministry of Labour has extended a deadline for working at heights training. The extension applies only to workers who, before April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91.

May 15, 2017
MOL Blitz: firsthand advice for keeping new and young workers safe

MOL Blitz: firsthand advice for keeping new and young workers safe

Luis Hernandez felt fortunate to land a job as a maintenance worker at a fast-service restaurant just three weeks after arriving in Canada. And while he acknowledges that his first employer did a lot of things right to keep him safe, more could have been done. But because Luis was new to the country he didn't feel it was his place to offer suggestions.

May 15, 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
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
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
Canada's new asbestos ban: a call to action for workplaces

Canada's new asbestos ban: a call to action for workplaces

While airborne asbestos fibre has been long recognized as a lethal hazard, a recently announced federal ban on importing and using products containing asbestos has brought the substance back into the headlines - for good reason. Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of occupational cancer, which has surpassed injuries as the leading cause of work-related deaths in Canada.

Jan 17, 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
Control warehouse hazards with specialized JHSC certification training (new resource)

Control warehouse hazards with specialized JHSC certification training (new resource)

Warehouses and distribution centres are big business. According to a recently published real estate study, they’re two of Canada's top 16 investment prospects.

Dec 01, 2016
12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour inspectors will fan out across the province, visiting workplaces to check records, observe, and ask questions about their chemical handling practices.

Jul 29, 2016
6 ways to prepare for marijuana legalization

6 ways to prepare for marijuana legalization

In just about one year, marijuana is expected to be legalized in Canada. However, there are no details on what this means and what tools will be made available to employers. So far, there has been no indication this will include explicit legislation allowing employers to carry out post-incident, reasonable cause, random or other testing.

Jul 29, 2016
New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

Under regulatory amendments that took effect July 1, all of an organization's employees and volunteers must now be trained on accessible customer service and how to interact with people with disabilities. "This is a significant shift," says Jennifer Threndyle, a WSPS consultant and AODA compliance expert. "Previously, only members of your organization who work with customers or create policies and procedures on how to interact with people with different disabilities required the training."

Jul 05, 2016
6 steps to take before Bill 132 comes into force on September 8

6 steps to take before Bill 132 comes into force on September 8

"Don't wait for September. Start preparing your workplace and your workforce now for Bill 132, Ontario's new sexual violence and harassment legislation, before it becomes enforceable," advises WSPS consultant Paul Hartford.

Jun 07, 2016
12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

Eliminate hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall - before a month-long Ministry of Labour inspection blitz begins on May 16. With assistance from WSPS consultant Shannon Boston, we've assembled a list of 12 possible action items to help you prepare for the blitz, entrench safe practices, and keep your employees healthy and safe.

Apr 04, 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
A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A new noise regulation taking effect July 1 will help workplaces better protect employees from the debilitating effects of noise-induced hearing loss. It's more prevalent than you may think. Noise-induced hearing loss claims in Ontario exceed $50 million a year.
Feb 10, 2016
Register now for WSPS' new MOL-approved JHSC certification training

Register now for WSPS' new MOL-approved JHSC certification training

As of March 1, 2016, new training requirements for certification of joint health and safety committee members take effect. WSPS, the first training provider to receive Ministry of Labour approval for both Part One and Part Two certification training, is standing by to help you act on these new requirements.

Feb 10, 2016
New certification training requirements: 4 need-to-know changes

New certification training requirements: 4 need-to-know changes

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has just announced new certification training requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members that come into effect March 1, 2016. If your business has 20 or more employees, keep reading.

Oct 07, 2015
New CSA lift truck standard: your best practices guide to training and more

New CSA lift truck standard: your best practices guide to training and more

Employers now have a new tool for ensuring safe lift truck operation, courtesy of CSA B335-15 Safety standard for lift trucks. This comprehensive document covers the key elements of a lift truck safety program, including operator training, and qualifications for trainers and maintenance technicians.

May 13, 2015
Certification training: why one company isn't waiting for proposed changes

Certification training: why one company isn't waiting for proposed changes

Golf Town, a national retailer with 56 big box locations across the country, has embarked on an ambitious certification training program in Ontario. Why now, and not after the release of new certification training standards expected later this year? "Certification training is not about ticking a box or being in compliance," says Susan Gilpin, Golf Town's manager of human resources. "A key focus of ours is ensuring our associates are trained and understand the importance of safety within our stores."

Apr 08, 2015
What you need to know about Ontario's sexual violence and harassment action plan

What you need to know about Ontario's sexual violence and harassment action plan

Under Ontario's proposed new plan, employers will face requirements for preventing sexual harassment. Part of a broader social effort to protect people from sexual violence and harassment, these requirements will come with tools to help workplaces implement changes. Here's what you need to know.

Apr 08, 2015
Meet new WHMIS / GHS compliance deadlines with these 6 steps

Meet new WHMIS / GHS compliance deadlines with these 6 steps

Manufacturers, importers and distributors of hazardous products now have a series of deadlines for complying with changes to Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) that have been in the works for years. These deadlines, published in a February issue of the Canada Gazette Part II, also apply to federally regulated employers. Employers under provincial and territorial jurisdiction can likely expect the same or slightly staggered deadlines.

Mar 06, 2015
New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

If you hire temporary or unpaid workers, Ontario's just-proclaimed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, has expanded your health and safety responsibilities. Some are already in effect. Here’s what you need to know.

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
Just released: MOL's new certification training standards. What you need to know

Just released: MOL's new certification training standards. What you need to know

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has released two new certification training standards expected to take effect in early 2015. The standards build on existing certification training requirements, and aim to ensure consistent, high-quality training delivered by qualified instructors who meet specific delivery requirements.

May 12, 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
Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

"There's a lot of misinformation out there about the proposed mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors," reports Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultant Kirsi Henry. "I'm hearing this directly from the customers I work with."

Nov 13, 2013

Videos

Bill 160 - Implications

Bill 160 - Implications

Kevin B. Coon, a lawyer practicing in labour, employment and health & safety law, provides an overview of the implications of Bill 160 - a reform of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Jun 10, 2011