Category Archives: Health and Safety

Blogs on topics relating to Occupational Health and Safety laws, policies, and best practices

Time Change Weekend Pay Rules

For those who work during the Time Change Weekend, there is often confusion around whether or not they get paid for the extra hour in the fall, or lose pay in the spring. Technically, the answer is yes to both. The Employment Standards Act requires that employees are paid for all hours worked, so your employees working during the time change “blip” at 2:00 am should be paid for that extra hour. It means they also lose an hour in the Spring. The only exception is if there is a Collective Agreement or other contract provision that the employee has Continue Reading »

MOL Announces Inspection Blitz

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!

Workplace First Aid Requirements

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 »

Is There an Acceptable Temperature Range for Workplaces?

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 »