Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act – January 2018

In the most far-reaching changes made to the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) in over 15 years, the government has moved to, amongst other matters, triple corporate OHS penalties and quadruple individual OHS penalties, effective today. The amendments are made in a Bill titled the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill […]

Health and Safety Auditing

Many organizations have existing Health and Safety programs, but may need help improving or implementing specific program elements or responding to changes to health and safety regulations. The benefits of an effective health and safety program are substantial. Therefore, continually improving a program will have an impact on employee safety and protecting the organization. The […]

CSA Z1000-06

Since 2006 Canada has had a CSA Standard for health and safety call the – Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard CSA Z1000-6. This standard establishes the basic criteria for the development, implementation and maintenance of a Health and Safety Management System. The criteria are outlined in the following areas: Commitment, Leadership and Participation […]

Hazard Prevention Program

Federal Health and Safety Law – Hazard Prevention Program Does your Heath and Safety Program meet the Federal “Hazard Prevention Program” (HPP) regulations? The “Hazard Prevention Program” is a Federal Regulation under the Canada Labor Code Part II. This is a very important piece of legislation, since it requires organizations that fall under the Canada […]

Fire Safety

Fire can break out anywhere, including where you work. Each year numerous fires in the workplace cause injury and property loss. If a fire started in your office or in the building where you work, would you know what to do? Do you know your workplace evacuation procedures in the event of an alarm? What […]

Claims Management

Compensation Claims Management If an employee has an illness or injury and requires time off, he or she should be given the same opportunities to return to work as any other employee, regardless of how he or she became ill or disabled. Ideally, lost time will be prevented in the first place, if at all […]

Workplace Accidents

Accident Investigation Organizations that do not deal with workplace accidents and incidents by conducting effective investigations are failing to manage health and safety, loss, and in some cases failing to comply with legal requirements. “Accident” can be defined as an unplanned event that results in loss to an organization. The loss is usually focused as […]

Risk Assessment

Workplace Health and Safety Risk Assessment Organizations must manage their health and safety risks. In order to be able to manage health and safety risks an organization must first know what those risks are. Guessing or learning about risk from accidents is not very effective and is a very costly way to manage risks. A […]

Risk Management

Risk Management System for Workplace Health and Safety Companies looking for sustained performance in the areas of operational effectiveness, health, workplace safety and the environment recognize that activities alone are not enough. These leading edge organizations recognize the need for a systematic approach to better co-ordinate and tackle workplace safety. Risk analysis with proper controls […]

Health and Safety Management System

Implementing a Health and Safety Management System I would like to introduce the approach of adopting and implementing Health and Safety Management System. In today’s world organizations can no longer manage workplace health and safety informally or reactively. Having some basic safety standards or manual not properly designed, implemented and maintained would not stand the test […]

Due Diligence

Health and Safety Due Diligence The concept of Due Diligence in health and workplace safety legislation is well established. All employers in Canada should have a very good understanding of Due Diligence as it relates to health and safety law. It is essential understand that you have a safety management system that will prove Due […]

Workplace Violence and Harassment

BILL 168 IS NOW LAW Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) now requires employers to take actions related to Workplace Violence and Harassment   On December 9, 2009, Bill 168, amended the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to require worker protection from violence and harassment, and established new specific worker rights relating to violence. The amendments […]