News and Updates

Keep up to date with health and safety news and changes in regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Over the past year there have been many changes made to regulations and standards relating to health and safety in the workplace. This is especially true of anything to do with training. Training is one of the most important aspects of occupational health and safety and it is all too often overlooked in the workplace. To counter this there have been many more stringent standards and regulations coming in to effect addressing some of the more problematic areas.

One of the newer Regulations that has come into effect under these conditions is the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg 291/13). This Regulation came in to effect in July 2014 and requires all workers to complete a health and safety awareness course that meets Regulation standards. The Regulation comes from a long list of recommendations and means that if you have not completed one of these courses by now then you could be waiting for a fine.

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The Green Book - OHSA and RegsThe Occupational Health and Safety Act is the foundation for preserving  health and safety in the workplace. It is meant to protect workers from any hazards that are presented on the job by providing everyone on the worksite the framework to achieve a safer place to work. This piece of legislation is very important for all Ontario workplaces as it sets out minimum standards for everyone on the worksite to follow. These standards from the  Occupational health and Safety Act include the explanation of the rights, duties and responsibilities of all workplace parties that is comprised of workers,  supervisors, employers, constructors, owners and much more. Also the standards addresses hazards by providing procedures and preventative measures to resolve them. In addition, the  significance of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) is highlighted in the Act in  which all workplace parties has a responsibility in ensuring the health and safety of everyone else on the  job site.

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Just last monday an incident regarding a security officer on the set of "Falling Skies" was fataly wounded.

Scott McCloy, of WorkSafeBC says the accident happened Monday night on the Burnaby, B.C. set of the TV series Falling Skies. He mentions that a 5-ton truck was parked on a slope to be unloaded. The truck began to roll down the hill and the security guard was pinned to a tree.

McCloy says the unidentified worker was taken to Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., but died of his injuries.

This is a great example of the hazards that we all face on a day to day basis, not only in the workplace. It is easy to remember to put on your hard hat when there are falling objects. Just the same when lifting sharp objects it should be almost automatic to put on gloves. Other aspects of health and safety are not quite as in your face.

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