Supervisors

SupervisorsWell-trained supervisors are your organization's best asset.

As the frontline guardians of health and safety, they protect workers from harm and reduce risks for your company. Effective supervisors help decrease lost time, medical and disability costs, and help protect you from corporate liability, prosecution and fines (which have recently tripled under Ontario OHS legislation).

And there's more. Supervisors are in the best position to create a positive work culture by motivating and engaging workers. Employee engagement is linked to higher productivity and quality, lower staff turnover, plus higher profits and shareholder returns.

Isn't that worth investing in?

WSPS offers a wide range of expert training solutions to provide your supervisors with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. And when your supervisors succeed, your organization does too.

Supervisor Competency & Duties

Supervisors have tough jobs. They must manage all the day-to-day operations of the workplace, including production quotas, work schedules and work activity. On top of that, they are responsible for the health and safety of workers. In fact, supervisors are second only to employers in terms of their legal duties to protect workers from harm.

Under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, a supervisor is someone who has "charge of a workplace or authority over a worker." The term can apply to many people in a workplace, including those in management, on the shop floor, in a bargaining unit, and individuals whose job title does not include the word "supervisor."

The OHS Act requires employers to appoint "competent" people as supervisors. This means the supervisor must be:

  • qualified because of knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance.
  • familiar with the Act and its regulations
  • knowledgeable about any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace

The OHS Act also spells out the broad duties of a supervisor to:

  • provide a safe workplace and assign safe work
  • tell workers about job hazards
  • train workers to do their jobs safely
  • ensure workers work safely and use equipment and protective devices properly where required
  • take all reasonable precaution to protect workers from illness and/or injury

Beyond the Basics

Your organization needs supervisors who are not only competent, but are also effective. And that requires more comprehensive training.

Effective supervisors are safety leaders who:

  • educate, observe, guide, motivate and inspire workers
  • understand, identify and control risks and hazards
  • are familiar with applicable standards (CSA, ANSI, etc)
  • implement your health and safety policy and program
  • impart your company's value for health and safety
  • encourage worker feedback and much more

Safety leaders are better able to keep your workplace safe and garner your organization the rewards of lower costs, engaged workers, and higher productivity.

Recommended Training

Workplace issues and hazards are constantly changing and the demands on supervisors increasing. You can ensure your supervisors stay competent, current and effective with training in these key areas:

  • hazard identification, risk assessment and control
  • specific hazards in your workplace
  • due diligence
  • leadership and coaching
  • mental health
  • harassment and sexual harassment
  • accommodation and return to work

The Penalties

Well-trained supervisors can help you exercise and prove due diligence - that you've done everything possible to protect workers - in the event of workplace incidents and injuries. Failing to protect workers can lead to prosecutions and hefty fines for both your organization and your supervisors.

Recent amendments to the Ontario OHS Act (Bill 177, passed December 17, 2017) significantly increased fines for individuals and corporations. Individuals (supervisor, worker, director or officer) now face fines of $100,000 (up from $25,000) and/or 12 months in jail while corporations can be fined up to $1.5 million (up from $500,000).

The Ontario Ministry of Labour notes that people who are not called supervisor can still be charged under the Act. "Supervisor' safety responsibilities under the law aren't based on what a person is called but on the functions that person performs at the workplace."

How WSPS Can Help

Whether your supervisors are new or experienced, you'll find the training solutions to help them to create the safest, most productive, workplace possible. WSPS solutions will enable supervisors to:

Know the Law

Learn how to navigate the OHS Act and understand the duties of a supervisor.

Understand the Hazards

Learn how to recognize, assess and control the hazards in your workplace - from machines to racking to strains and sprains.

Gain Essential OHS Skills

Grow the skills needed to carry out OHSA legal duties.

Ensure Workers Know How to Work Safely

Take advantage of these great solutions to help supervisors train workers.

Learn How to Be Effective

Develop the skills to be a truly effective supervisor - skills like communicating and coaching, dealing with diversity and managing conflict.

Learn more about these and other WSPS solutions below.

Please note most e-courses are available in both English and French. For more information about French e-courses, check Service en Français.

Don't see what you need? Please use the search function on our website or contact Customer Care at customercare@wsps.ca or 1.877.494.WSPS (9777).

Training

Certification Part One - Agriculture (3 days)

Certification Part One - Agriculture (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Agriculture industry.

1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part One - All Sectors (3 days)

Certification Part One - All Sectors (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in any industry.

47 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part One - Manufacturing (3 days)

Certification Part One - Manufacturing (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Manufacturing industry.

23 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part One - Offices (3 days)

Certification Part One - Offices (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in office environments.

17 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part One - Service Sector (3 days)

Certification Part One - Service Sector (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Service Sector.

15 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part Two - Agriculture (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Agriculture (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Agriculture industry.

1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Certification Part Two - Manufacturing (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Manufacturing (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Manufacturing industry.

35 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Certification Part Two - Offices (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Offices (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in office environments.

28 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Certification Part Two - Service Sector (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Service Sector (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Service Sector.

37 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Certification Part Two - Warehousing & Distribution (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Warehousing & Distribution (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification Part Two training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in warehousing & distribution workplaces.

9 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Certification Refresher - All Sectors (1 day)

Certification Refresher - All Sectors (1 day)

CPO Approved! Certification Refresher Training for Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Members - All sectors.

11 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (1 day)

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (1 day)

This comprehensive workshop includes proven methodology and practical hands-on training. Currently available for on-site location delivery.
4 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

Confined Space Safety (1/2 day)

Confined Space Safety (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day instructor-led course is designed to provide participants with general, legislative, and refresher training around confined spaces.
1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

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.
1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

F03 - CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

F03 - CLC Part II: For Managers (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

NEW! Provide managers and supervisors with the knowledge of their health and safety responsibilities as outlined in the Canada Labour Code Part II. Disponible en français.

1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F05 - Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

F05 - Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

NEW! This course provides federally regulated workplaces with proven methodology to identify the root causes of office musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and conduct workstation assessments. Disponible en français.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F06 - Comment effectuer des évaluations ergonomiques de bureau (législation fédérale) - Français

F06 - Comment effectuer des évaluations ergonomiques de bureau (législation fédérale) - Français

NOUVEAU! Ce cours fournit au personnel des entreprises sous réglementation fédérale une méthodologie éprouvée pour déterminer les causes fondamentales des troubles musculosquelettiques et effectuer des évaluations de postes de travail. Available in English.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F09 - Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - English (1/2 Day)

F09 - Hazardous Occurrence Investigations (Federal) - English (1/2 Day)

NEW! This half-day course equips federally regulated workplaces with the essential knowledge, skills and tools to conduct hazardous occurrence investigations and prevent costly recurrences. Disponible en français.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F10 - Enquête sur les situations comportant des risques (législation fédérale) - Fr. (1/2 journée)

F10 - Enquête sur les situations comportant des risques (législation fédérale) - Fr. (1/2 journée)

NOUVEAU! Ce cours d’une demi-journée fournit au personnel des entreprises sous réglementation fédérale les connaissances, compétences et outils nécessaires pour mener des enquêtes sur les situations présentant des dangers et prévenir la répétition d’incidents coûteux. Available in English.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F11 - Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

F11 - Inspecting Your Workplace (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

This solution is designed to provide federally regulated workplaces with the knowledge, skills and tools to complete effective inspections. Disponible en français.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F12 - Inspection de votre lieu de travail (législation fédérale) - Français (1/2 journée)

F12 - Inspection de votre lieu de travail (législation fédérale) - Français (1/2 journée)

Cette solution de formation est conçue pour fournir au personnel des entreprises sous réglementation fédérale les connaissances, compétences et outils nécessaires pour réaliser des inspections efficaces des lieux de travail. Available in English.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F13 - Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

F13 - Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

NEW! This course equips participants in federally regulated workplaces with a sound and easy‐to‐follow process and tool for proactively identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to costly incidents. Disponible en français.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$209.00

F14 - Gestion des risques (législation fédérale) - Français (1/2 journée)

F14 - Gestion des risques (législation fédérale) - Français (1/2 journée)

NOUVEAU! Ce cours présente aux participants travaillant dans des entreprises sous réglementation fédérale une procédure et des outils robustes et faciles à appliquer pour repérer et corriger les dangers dans le milieu de travail avant qu’ils ne provoquent de coûteux incidents. Available in English.

  • On-site
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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.

  • On-site
$395.00

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.
1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Inspecting and Maintaining Steel Storage Racks (1 day)

Inspecting and Maintaining Steel Storage Racks (1 day)

REVISED! Reduce the risk of racking collapse. Learn how to properly inspect and maintain steel storage racks using the new CSA A344-17 User Guide for Steel Storage Racks.

7 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$539.00

Inspecting Your Workplace (1/2 day)

Inspecting Your Workplace (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day, instructor-led course equips you with the necessary skills for regular, planned inspections.
6 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Investigating Accidents and Incidents (1/2 day)

Investigating Accidents and Incidents (1/2 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Learn about the purpose and benefits of an investigation; legal reporting requirements; and proven steps and techniques for conducting effective investigations.

3 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Lift Trucks and Other Lifting Devices

Lift Trucks and Other Lifting Devices

Variety of offerings for operators and instructors including practical training and testing. Price: Varies per program.
  • Classroom
  • On-site
Call for pricing

Lockout /Tagout Safety Essentials (1/2 day)

Lockout /Tagout Safety Essentials (1/2 day)

This is a half-day (3.5 hours) instructor-led course which provides an overview of basic lockout/tagout concepts.
4 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Managing Hazards & Risks (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards & Risks (1/2 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Proactively manage the hazards and risks in your workplace with a proven method and practical tool.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Managing Machine Safety (1/2 day)

Managing Machine Safety (1/2 day)

NEW! Covers the key principles of machine safeguarding and helps participants recognize, assess and control risks.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$199.00

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.

1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$199.00

Managing Robot Safety (1/2 day)

Managing Robot Safety (1/2 day)

NEW! Covers the key principles of industrial robot and robot systems safety and helps participants recognize, assess and control risks.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$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.
2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation is a half-day (3 hour) course to help participants understand legal requirements regarding workplace noise.
  • On-site
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Nuts and Bolts of Implementing an MSD Prevention Program (1 day)

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing an MSD Prevention Program (1 day)

Learn how to implement an MSD prevention program and assess and control MSD hazards.
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Understand how to apply the key requirements of the revised CSA Z434 Industrial robots and robot systems standard to your workplaces.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$539.00

Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting is a half-day, practical course designed to provide training on performing proper lifting techniques. Supervisors and other appropriate personnel are additionally equipped to deliver 10 min Safe Lifting safety talks to their employees.
  • On-site
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Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

Learn how to protect workers from machine hazards-still a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities-using the CSA standard for safeguarding machines.
4 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$599.00

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Provides participants with working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act - how to use the Act, the minimum standards it sets out, and the related regulations that govern workplace health and safety in Ontario.

4 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Understand your legal duties to protect the health and safety of workers, your role as a leader and what it means to be duly diligent.  

10 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

The Effective Investigator: A Practical Case Study (1/2 day)

The Effective Investigator: A Practical Case Study (1/2 day)

Hone your skills through participation in a mock accident investigation.
  • On-site
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The Effective Supervisor: Building Strategies for Success (2 days)

The Effective Supervisor: Building Strategies for Success (2 days)

NEW! This is a two-day, instructor-led training solution that focuses in developing the practical skills that supervisors need to be more effective on the job. This course is soft skill based.

5 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$519.00

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

Build internal capacity for impactful training delivery
1 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$519.00

Tractor Safety - Learning the Basics

Tractor Safety - Learning the Basics

NEW! This half-day instructor led course will focus on safe procedures for working with, on and around tractors.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day awareness course shows you what your responsibilities are under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations.
4 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$139.50

WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

This 1-day course qualifies participants and equips them with everything they need to deliver in-house, instructor-led, WHMIS 2015 training to workers.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
$949.00

Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

NEW! This half‐day training solution is designed to improve mental health literacy and provide managers with practical tools and resources to be able to manage mental health issues in the workplace.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$179.00

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

(ON) Health & Safety for Managers & Supervisors in Ontario (8-9 hours)

(ON) Health & Safety for Managers & Supervisors in Ontario (8-9 hours)

Intensive course for managers/supervisors in Ontario to carry out health and safety responsibilities.
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$169.00

Accident Investigation (English) (1 hour)

Accident Investigation (English) (1 hour)

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

Confined Spaces: The Basics (English) (3 hours)

Confined Spaces: The Basics (English) (3 hours)

Learn about confined spaces, identification and control of hazards and key steps to working safely.
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$64.00

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Outlines techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks and controlling hazards.
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$99.00

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 for Managers and Supervisors (English) (8-9 hours)

Health and Safety for Managers and Supervisors (English) (8-9 hours)

This course provides managers and supervisors and those with health and safety responsibilities with the information they need to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and to develop a safety culture in the workplace.
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$169.00

Health and Safety for Office Managers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Office Managers (English) (1 hour)

This course is a practical introduction to office health and safety for managers and supervisors who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their staff.
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$64.00

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

This free course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important.
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$0.00

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore communication strategies for both employees and employers/managers/supervisors to have that conversation about mental health issues, with the overall goal to help educate and increase awareness in the workplace.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace promotes emotional well-being, and presents minimal risk to employee mental health.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions (English) (1 hour)

This course will explore the signs, symptoms, and solutions for mental illnesses commonly experienced in the workplace.
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$49.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (English) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers (English) (1.5 hours)

This course provides a general introduction to occupational health and safety for all new workers.
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$49.00

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

NEW! Recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD).
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$36.00

Return to Work: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Return to Work: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

This course provides a practical overview of return to work strategies, solutions and program implementation.
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$64.00

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (English) (7.5 hours)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (English) (7.5 hours)

This course consists of eight modules that provide detailed descriptions of all aspects of the TDG system.
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$169.00

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (English) (1.5 hours)

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program (English) (1.5 hours)

This course introduces managers, supervisors and employees to the key components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
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$64.00

WHMIS 2015 for Managers and Supervisors (English) (1.5 hours)

WHMIS 2015 for Managers and Supervisors (English) (1.5 hours)

Understand and meet your health and safety responsibilities under WHMIS 2015.

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$15.00

Workplace Inspections (English) (1 hour)

Workplace Inspections (English) (1 hour)

This course will teach you how to effectively prepare, conduct and document workplace inspections.
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$49.00

Reference Products

Agricultural Safety Tools on USB (English and Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Tools on USB (English and Spanish)

Health and safety awareness and training tools for seasonal temporary workers in the Agricultural sector.
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$0.00

Farm Safety Starter Kit

Farm Safety Starter Kit

Our NEW "do it yourself" health and safety starter kit for farming operations is here!

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$79.00

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 2018 (Consolidated Edition)

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2018 (Consolidated Edition)

The consolidated edition is appropriate for use in all Ontario firms and organizations in the industrial, manufacturing, health care and construction sectors, as well as in offices and other institutions covered by the OH&S Act.

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$21.00

Articles

New and young worker blitz starts May 1

New and young worker blitz starts May 1

Are you doing enough to protect the most vulnerable workers in your workplace from injury? The Ministry of Labour's (MOL) new and young worker inspection blitz, May 1 to August 31, is a signal to Ontario’s workplaces to review and strengthen workplace procedures related to this group. Doing so could help you prevent injuries and avoid penalties from the MOL.
Apr 19, 2018
5 ways to avoid fines under Bill 177

5 ways to avoid fines under Bill 177

Health and safety violators could face substantially higher fines under the latest amendments to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act. These amendments, introduced in Bill 177, The Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act, are officially in effect.
Apr 19, 2018
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
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
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
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
Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

New research suggests that the first six months after a workplace injury may be critical to an injured worker's ongoing mental health.

Feb 13, 2017

"The Effective Investigator" - Hands-on accident training to help keep your company safe

"Many workplace accident investigations miss critical information, says Alain Langlais, WSPS Director, Eastern Region. Even experienced investigators can be fazed by the chaos and pressure of an accident scene. "It's easy to flounder and lose track of priorities. But if you don't get it right, you lose evidence and you may never find out what happened."

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
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
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
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
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