On Monday October 21, voting stations in Ontario will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, but some workers shifts will not permit them to attend the polling station during those hours (i.e. persons who work 12-hour shifts). While advance polls and online voting are possibilities, Elections Canada has “rules” that permit employees to take time off work to vote. You can check the Elections Canada FAQ list here. Employers must ensure that persons who don’t work a “normal 8 hour shift” have three consecutive hours in which to attend their polling station and cast their vote. If this Continue Reading »
The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an inspection blitz that “…will focus on workplaces in the construction, health care, industrial and mining sectors. It coincides with Global Ergonomics Month in October. The workplace inspections will run from October 1 to December 27, 2019.” The MOL will be focusing on repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor ergonomics and improper lifting techniques. Be ready! Call us today for assistance with your Ergonomic and Safe Work Policies!
When it comes to First Aid in the workplace, every employer has to provide some level of prevention and support, and these requirements increase depending on the size of the workforce. Supports include kits containing basic first aid items as well as at least one employee on each shift who holds a valid St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Certificate or its equivalent and who works in the immediate vicinity of the station. Each first aid station must be easily accessible by workers. Employers must ensure that first aid boxes and their contents are inspected and replenished at least quarterly Continue Reading »
Summer weather will be here soon, and I am frequently asked about the heat and temperature levels for workplaces. Temperature is a legitimate issue in determining workplace safety. A particular concern is heat stress. While there are no set minimum or maximum temperatures for most workplaces, there are a few with specific requirements, because either extreme heat or cold may be a hazard. In health care facilities or an industrial establishment, (such as a factory, store, workshop or office), the OHSA regulations set a minimum temperature of 18 °C, subject to some exemptions for things like work outdoors or in Continue Reading »
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