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Small Business Duties & Responsibilities

Small Business Duties & Responsibilities

Small Business Duties & Responsibilities 
Nov 13, 2017
20-8-2: Work Smarter, Not Harder

20-8-2: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Shouldn't Hurt (animated video)

Sep 26, 2017
WSPS 100 Years Anniversary

WSPS 100 Years Anniversary

For a hundred years, the ongoing mission to make workplaces safer has led to Workplace Safety & Prevention Services™ (WSPS) carrying the torch into the 21st century. Today, WSPS is committed to building strong and resilient communities across Ontario.
Jul 14, 2017
Supporting Healthy Minds at Work

Supporting Healthy Minds at Work

The mental health of workers cannot be ignored. In any given week, 500,000 people miss work due to a mental health issue. A truly healthy workplace protects both the physical and mental wellbeing of workers. This video, which originally aired as a free webinar, will help employers understand how they can get started.
Jun 05, 2017
Small Biz: New and Young Workers

Small Biz: New and Young Workers

Did you know that new and young workers are 3x more likely to be injured?
May 31, 2017
Chemical Handling 1 - Understand Your Chemical Handling Risks

Chemical Handling 1 - Understand Your Chemical Handling Risks

Approximately 60% of all fatality claims were caused by cancers associated with exposure to hazardous materials.
May 05, 2017
Chemical Handling 2 - Know What Chemicals Are In Workplace

Chemical Handling 2 - Know What Chemicals Are In Workplace

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) is a Canada wide system that provides workers with information and training on working with hazardous materials.
May 05, 2017
Chemical Handling 3 - Assess Your Chemical Handling Risks

Chemical Handling 3 - Assess Your Chemical Handling Risks

To complete a hazard assessment refer to the product labels and safety data sheets. The hazard pictogram on each product will provide a quick indicator of associated hazards.
May 05, 2017
Chemical Handling 4 - Control Your Chemical Handling Risks

Chemical Handling 4 - Control Your Chemical Handling Risks

Develop and implement safe work practices and procedures.
May 05, 2017
Safety Snippets - 1. Label Workplace Chemicals Properly

Safety Snippets - 1. Label Workplace Chemicals Properly

A workplace label must contain the product name, the safe handling precautions and a reference to a safety data sheet if available. 
Oct 07, 2016
Safety Snippets - 2. Control Workplace Chemical Hazards

Safety Snippets - 2. Control Workplace Chemical Hazards

Chemicals can help make jobs easier and more productive. But they can also be harmful if not handled properly. Control chemical hazards in your workplace with these helpful tips.
Oct 07, 2016
Safety Snippets - 3. Store Workplace Chemicals Safely

Safety Snippets - 3. Store Workplace Chemicals Safely

It's important that hazardous materials be stored correctly to ensure the safety of all workers. The Safety Data Sheet specifies how to store and handle each substance.
Oct 07, 2016
Safety Snippets - 4. Have an Emergency Plan to Manage Workplace Chemical Spills

Safety Snippets - 4. Have an Emergency Plan to Manage Workplace Chemical Spills

Despite best methods to control chemical hazards, accidental spills do happen. Be sure your employees know what to do in case of an emergency.
Oct 07, 2016
Safety Snippets - 5. Don't Carry Hazardous Materials Home

Safety Snippets - 5. Don't Carry Hazardous Materials Home

If you work with hazardous materials you want to take some precautions to help prevent illness or injury from chemical exposure.
Oct 07, 2016
Warehousing - Assess Your Warehouse Risks

Warehousing - Assess Your Warehouse Risks

Conduct a warehouse operation assessment that focuses on hazards and risks.
Jul 05, 2016
Warehousing - Prevent MSDs in Your Warehouse

Warehousing - Prevent MSDs in Your Warehouse

Sprains and strains account for almost 40% of the injuries registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Take a close look at the potential hazards associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders within the warehouse.
Jun 23, 2016
Warehousing - Conveyor Safety

Warehousing - Conveyor Safety

Don't wait for an accident to happen. Look for the conveyor hazards that can pose a risk to your workers and take steps to protect against injuries.
Jun 21, 2016
Warehousing - Use Pallets to Safely Store Your Load

Warehousing - Use Pallets to Safely Store Your Load

A pallet is a fundamental and standard piece of equipment used in warehouses and distribution centers. Don't take your pallets for granted. Take care of your pallets and you take care of your employees.
Jun 16, 2016
Warehousing - Understand the Basic Concepts of Steel Storage Racks

Warehousing - Understand the Basic Concepts of Steel Storage Racks

This video focuses on two of the most common causes of racking collapse: the racking structure is not properly installed, and the racking is damaged and it doesn't get reported and repaired quickly.
Jun 14, 2016
Warehousing - Understand Your Loading Dock Hazards

Warehousing - Understand Your Loading Dock Hazards

The person that has the most to lose when safe practices are not followed is the worker who loads or unloads the truck. Encourage your lift truck driver to take safety into his own hands.
Jun 09, 2016
Warehousing - Manage Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Warehousing - Manage Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Sound safety practices to manage traffic flow will ensure anyone in your facility is safe and your business keeps moving.
Jun 07, 2016
Warehousing - Understand Your Risks

Warehousing - Understand Your Risks

Warehouses can be dangerous places to work. It's important to understand warehouse hazards because they can lead to serious injury and even death. The key thing to remember is that most of injuries and fatalities can be prevented. Identify potential hazards that could be found in your facility.

Jun 01, 2016
Leadership in Collaboration - Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Leadership in Collaboration - Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

At any given time, WSPS staff are crossing the province and working with our customers – assessing, learning about new challenges and providing guidance in the form of products and services.

Apr 25, 2016
The name has changed, the commitment has not.

The name has changed, the commitment has not.

When Workplace Safety & Prevention Services was formed in 2010, things changed. For the better. Our customers benefit from a new level of support from an organization with even greater resources and a broader understanding of products and services.

Apr 25, 2016
We learn from a team of leading safety experts: Our Customers - Bruce Tree Expert Company

We learn from a team of leading safety experts: Our Customers - Bruce Tree Expert Company

We don't develop solutions for our customers. We develop them with our customers.

Apr 25, 2016
We Listen. We Lead. Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls

We Listen. We Lead. Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls

WSPS customers are supported by a team of health and safety specialists ready to serve - both in real time to specific needs; and over the longer term in the development of high quality products and innovative services.

Apr 25, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Assess Your Safeguarding in Four Easy Steps

Machine Safeguarding - Assess Your Safeguarding in Four Easy Steps

How to assess your machine safeguarding in four easy steps. Watch video 6 for more.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Control Hazardous Energy with a Lockout Program

Machine Safeguarding - Control Hazardous Energy with a Lockout Program

This video shows you how to control hazardous energy with a lockout program.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Know Your Safeguarding Options

Machine Safeguarding - Know Your Safeguarding Options

You know you've got to safeguard your machines at the workplace but do you know your safeguarding options? This video provides some guidance.

Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Safeguard Your Machines

Machine Safeguarding - Safeguard Your Machines

If machines, tools and equipment are not used and maintained properly interactions with these machines may result in serious injury or a fatality. This video will help your machine guarding efforts.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Understand the Pre-Start Health and Safety Review

Machine Safeguarding - Understand the Pre-Start Health and Safety Review

Pre-start health & safety reviews are an important part of machine safeguarding. View this video to know more.
Feb 18, 2016
Machine Safeguarding - Understand Your Risks

Machine Safeguarding - Understand Your Risks

Ministry of Labour inspectors often visit Ontario workplaces to check on the safe operation of machinery. This video aims to help you prepare for when an inspector calls.

Feb 18, 2016
New Certification Training Standard

New Certification Training Standard

Last year, the Ministry of Labour proposed a new training standard that's expected to come into effect later this year. If you are a business in Ontario with 20 or more employees, it will likely affect your workplace. Hear from Lina Della Mora from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services about what's changing under the new standard and what it may mean for your business.

Mar 18, 2015
JHSC Certification Training Part Two: Sneak Peek

JHSC Certification Training Part Two: Sneak Peek

You've completed Certification Part One training and passed the test. Now what? Hear about what's next in Part Two training.

To learn more about certification training part two, visit Certification Part Two - Manufacturing (2 days).

Jan 15, 2015
The Role of the Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC)

The Role of the Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC)

Hear about the important role you play as a Joint Health & Safety Committee Member.

Visit Joint Health and Safety Committee, Certification Training Overview to learn more.

Jan 15, 2015
Pictograms - Alternative Methods for Reaching Vulnerable Workers

Pictograms - Alternative Methods for Reaching Vulnerable Workers

This video was created as part of a Research Exchange Series held in February 2012 and describes the collaborative effort  between Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in the development and evaluation of the use of pictograms and corresponding training for prep kitchen workers across Ontario.

The intervention was targeted to vulnerable workers (those with ESL/low literacy skills) in this service sector. An increase in worker knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders and corresponding pictograms was expected. A decrease in MSD risk practices and discomfort and pain were also anticipated.

The video details the pictogram and training development process and the following pilot study evaluation.

Aug 30, 2012
Shiftwork: Effects and Adaptation

Shiftwork: Effects and Adaptation

This video summarizes a Research Exchange presentation, originally held in April 2012 highlighting the effects of shiftwork, including circadian rhythms, consequences of fatigue, health effects and strategies to optimize adaptation to shiftwork. 
Aug 30, 2012
Steve Mahoney - Farewell Speech and Tribute

Steve Mahoney - Farewell Speech and Tribute

The Honourable Steve Mahoney, P.C. delivers his farewell speech as Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) at the 2012 Partners in Prevention conference in May.  Introduced by Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), the program concludes with a special video tribute (@ 19:04) featuring Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, wife Katie Mahoney, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
May 29, 2012
A Toolkit for Newcomers on Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation.

A Toolkit for Newcomers on Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation.

Research by the Institute for Work and Health has shown that new immigrants to Ontario are not aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety, and workers' compensation.

A toolkit has been developed to help disseminate this information to newcomers.  Prevention is the Best Medicine is a toolkit for settlement agencies to teach new immigrants to Ontario about occupational health and safety, and workers' compensation.

The toolkit contains everything needed to deliver instructional sessions on these two separate, but related, topics within an Ontario context.  Included are sample lesson plans, slide show presentations for workshop leaders, and handouts for participants.

Visit the Institute for Work & Health to download the toolkit.
Mar 22, 2012
Occupational Cancer Research

Occupational Cancer Research

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre is the only research unit in Canada focused on workplace cancer.  It is jointly funded by Cancer Care Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. 
CAREX Canada is a national workplace and environmental carcinogen surveillance project funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Presented by Paul Demers, Director of the OCRC and the Scientific Director of CAREX Canada.

Jan 27, 2012
Non-Smoking Worksites in the Construction Sector

Non-Smoking Worksites in the Construction Sector

The prevalence of tobacco use among construction workers is examined from a health, safety and economic perspective. Unique challenges include construction's fast-changing and varied worksites; the difficulty of imposing smoking bans in a blue collar setting versus white collar environments; chronic diseases related to smoking that can be hastened by exposure to workplace chemicals, fumes, dusts, etc.

Jan 26, 2012
WSPS and Tim Hortons: Partnerships @ Work

WSPS and Tim Hortons: Partnerships @ Work

Tim Hortons teams up with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to enhance its restaurant owners' health and safety performance.  From its corporate office to local enterprise operations, Tim Hortons worked strategically with WSPS to identify, develop and customize solutions to meet legislated requirements.  The "Always Safe" training program gives each independent owner/operator the tools necessary to manage their own health and safety program, for which they are responsible.

Nov 23, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Consider...Connect..."

Use this 1 1/2 minute visual time-out to reflect on the need for mental well-being.
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Leadership Matters"

The essence of leadersip and how to nurture the best in employees: key points presented by Michael "Pinball" Clemons (CFL Hall of Famer), Dr. Dan Dawe (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences), Doug Smeall (Sun Life Financial), Zoe Gordon (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Dr. Dwight Chapin (High Point Wellness Centre).
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Summit 2011"

Overview of the Mental Fitness Summit held at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI), narrated by the conference host, Dr. Dwight Chapin (High Point Wellness Centre).
Nov 14, 2011
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Top 2 Stress Relief Exercises"

Try these two simple ways to lower your stress level, as presented by Dr. Ian Dawe (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences) and Zoe Gordon (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).
Nov 14, 2011
Motor Vehicle Safety: From Emergency Room to Prevention Culture

Motor Vehicle Safety: From Emergency Room to Prevention Culture

A bold, new perspective on motor vehicle safety presented by Dr. Louis Francescutti, an E.R. doctor from Alberta, and President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  "Regard these injuries and trauma as a 'disease' to challenge current assumptions," he states while attending the Motor Vehicle Safety Institute held at Ontario's Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI).  Further insights regarding "communities of practice" based upon the Science of the Positive are provided by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Western Transporation Institute, Montana State University.

The Honourable Steve Mahoney, P.C. and Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, links these complementary issues in his conference summary.
Nov 14, 2011
Knife Safety

Knife Safety

This 10-minute video provides basic orientation around knife safety in the restaurant and food services industry. It includes an overview of knife safety fundamentals including knife selection and inspection, management of cutting surfaces, knife techniques, safe handling and personal protective equipment.

 

Oct 27, 2011
Benchmarking Leading Indicators for Injury Prevention

Benchmarking Leading Indicators for Injury Prevention

Institute for Work and Health (IWH) – Dr. Ben Amick

The aim is to develop a set of “leading indicators” that allow workplaces to assess health and safety performance and predict the likelihood of injuries and illnesses before they occur.

Jun 10, 2011
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
Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSCs) in Ontario’s Acute Healthcare Sector

Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSCs) in Ontario’s Acute Healthcare Sector

Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) – Kathryn Nichol

This session described a two-phased study designed to examine the role, resources, structure and functioning of JHSCs in Ontario hospitals.

Jun 10, 2011
Musculoskeletal Disorder Innovations in the Construction Sector

Musculoskeletal Disorder Innovations in the Construction Sector

Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) - Dr. Desre Kramer
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) – Enzo Garritano

How can you persuade employers and workers in the construction sector to adopt new ways of doing work that will reduce their musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)?

Jun 10, 2011
Nanotechnology Standards & Implications

Nanotechnology Standards & Implications

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Brian Hayden
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) – Renzo Dalla Via

The session provided information on the many International Standards Organization (ISO) (Technical Committee 229) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) (Technical Committee 113) international standards for nanotechnologies under development collectively by 44 member countries, including Canada.
Jun 10, 2011
Occupational Skin Disease

Occupational Skin Disease

The Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) - Dr. Linn Holness

The session focused on current CREOD knowledge translation (KT) of research efforts related to occupational skin disease.

Jun 10, 2011
2010 Motor Vehicle Safety Summit Review

2010 Motor Vehicle Safety Summit Review

Motor vehicle incidents account for more than 30% of all Ontario worker fatalities (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board).  That’s why Health & Safety Ontario (HSO) hosted a Motor Vehicle Safety Summit at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga on October 26, 2010.

Jun 01, 2011
Health and Safety Ontario Introduction

Health and Safety Ontario Introduction

Health & Safety Ontario (HSO) is the result of a bold move to reorganize the independent efforts of 12 health and safety associations into four streamlined organizations to better serve more than 236,000 Ontario businesses.

Nov 08, 2010