Health and Safety Anywhere is your resource for legislative updates, current trends and everything you need to know within the Health and Community Services, Education and Culture as well as Government, Municipal & Public Safety and First Nations sectors. We are your trusted authority on recent events to stay in the know to keep your employees engaged and current on Health and Safety in the workplace.
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With the launch of www.firstrespondersfirst.ca we have added "News" and "Research". We also laid out the Prevention Plan Approach Library in our easy to use navigation. This section can be used as the building blocks for your PTSD program. We look forward to adding more content over the coming weeks as we begin work on Intervention tools and resources.
Occupational Exposure Limits Consultations
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is consulting on new and revised Occupational Exposure Limits for hazardous substances. The ministry is also consulting on amendments that will, if approved, introduce new respiratory protection and measuring provisions. Other proposed changes include those to minimum oxygen content set out in the Industrial Regulations, and frequency of medical examinations under the regulation respecting Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations.
On April 7, PSHSA held a Rate Reform Panel of Experts which included speakers and panelists from WSIB and across the Healthcare sector. The event generated a great deal of interest in the Rate Framework Modernization. We had over 50 healthcare CEO/CFO/HR leaders in attendance whereby we discussed the cost and budget implications of the rate restructuring and strategies to mitigate the impact. PSHSA is working to determine next steps and how we may roll out other similar panel events in the coming months. We are focused on how the next 3-year window presents opportunity for health and safety improvements within our clients organizations related to future premium rates.
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WSIB's Rate Framework Modernization initiative can be found here.
WSIB Small Business Health and Safety Programs
WSIB are offering Small Business Health and Safety Programs with two incentive programs. The programs are exclusively for owners and senior managers of small businesses, because research and experience have shown that commitment and leadership from owners and senior management is essential to developing effective health and safety programs and return to work programs.
Our charitable donation campaign for JHSC is well underway. Leading up to June 30 PSHSA will donate $20 per person enrolled in Certification Part 1 and will donate $20 per person enrolled in Certification Part 2 JHSC Training to two charities: Threads of Life and Parachute. Or take advantage of our bundled offer of $700, for both Certification 1 & 2 together and PSHSA will donate $40.
PSHSA is the only Ministry of Labour certified training provider offering a combination of eLearning and classroom (Blended Learning) option for JHSC training; plus our traditional classroom program. We also offer an Own The Program option for organizations to purchase the PSHSA approved course for their own onsite trainers. We are the only provider to offer these flexible and cost effective approaches which can be licensed according to your organizations specific needs. This mode of program delivery would be ideal for larger organizations with multiple health and safety committees who need to save time, training budget and internal resources. The advantage with Own The Program is that it allows organizations access to their own onsite trainers and the ability to deploy those trainers in real time without spending time and resources on training development. Own The Program can be purchased as traditional classroom training OR as the blended eLearning option.
Sector Specific Hazards Expertise PSHSA trainers have expertise in the hazards faced by public sector workplaces. The hazard specific modules PSHSA has developed for JHSC Certification Part 2 were identified by our employer and labour stakeholders as those that pose the greatest risk to workers in each of our sectors- Education and Culture; Emergency Services; Government and Health & Community Services.
Workplace fatalities have a tremendous impact on families, workplaces and communities. As part of its mission to raise awareness of preventive information, the ministry has created a new webpage with resources to alert workplaces to hazards in a variety of industries.
The Small Business and Vulnerable Worker Task Groups have submitted reports to the Ministry of Labour that identify ways to protect vulnerable workers and help small businesses create and maintain healthy and safe workplaces. Check out the MOL website for a summary of the report.
Small Business Health and Safety Checklist
As part of the system wide effort to support small businesses, the MOL has developed and released a Health and Safety checklist that business can use. This tool was developed in collaboration with the cross system Small Business Action Plan Implementation Team which PSHSA is a part of and was trialed as part of a summer student project the MOL led last summer in several cities.
In Ontario musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are considered a high hazard and the Ministry of Labour Prevention Office and System Partners are taking action to reduce workplace MSD. An Ergonomic Integrated Planning Advisory Committee (EIPAC) has developed an MSD Prevention and Ergonomic action plan and part of the plan is the Ontario's Health & Safety System Ergonomic Survey. Please complete this survey by June 30, 2016.
Celebrating and Supporting North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week May 1-7
In early May, many will celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Its aim is to focus the attention of workplaces and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. In an increasingly complex work environment PSHSA recognizes emerging issues that affect our workplace. Understanding that the work environment impacts our overall well-being, PSHSA is working to provide healthy and productive solutions. For NAOSH 2016 we are focused on Mental Health, PTSD and the science of Fatigue. Executive Director Education and Culture, Kim Litchfield will kick-off our support plan in Ottawa, May 2 at the Canadian Museum of Nature at 10:00 am by outlining how all three of these occupational hazards play a role for workplace psychological and physical well-being.
Falls continue to be the leading cause of critical injuries and fatalities in construction. You have likely heard the recent Ministry of Labour digital and radio awareness campaign about the new training requirements for working at heights. PSHSA are officially approved under the new Ontario Ministry of Labour training requirements. We are offering both traditional class training and blended training. PSHSA has multiple options for your Working at Heights training preference, simply choose the approach that works for you and your organization.
Posting Requirements - What Has to be Posted in the Workplace? In order to protect workers' rights, and their health and safety in the workplace, employers are required, by law, to post certain documents.
Learn More about posting requirements in your workplace.
Learn More upcoming ministry blitzes and initiatives in the new 2016-2017 schedule.
OAFC 2016 Tradeshow May 1-2 Toronto
OAFC 2016 is an annual seminar and trade show geared to everyone working or related to fire and emergency services. PSHSA regional consultant Tim Metcalfe will be in attendance to talk health and safety solutions.
Fighting for Breath: Severe Asthma Conference May 6-7 Toronto
The Asthma Society of Canada invites you to register for this unique event that will examine the complex health, social and economic issues related to Sever Asthma and issue a call-to-action for decision makers.
Ontario Council for Technology Education 2016 Annual Conference May 12-14 Mississauga
PSHSA CEO and President, Ron Kelusky will be the keynote speaker on the topic of the prevention systems overall approach to support teachers and young workers.
PSHSA is also offering a workshop Friday May 13 10:50am - 12:00pm in keeping with the theme of Setting the Standards and "Practicing Safe Tech" hosted by PSHSA regional consultant Ed Hagar and Bill Fetter, GEDSB.
Unifor Health care Conference May 13-15 Port Elgin
Prominent medical professionals and leaders from across the country will present information and insight on the changing health care landscape. Join PSHSA Executive Director Health and Community Service, Henrietta van Hulle for her keynote presentation on "Challenges and opportunities in preventing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities."
CARE4YOU is presented by TEND, an organization dedicated to creating resources that address the effects of stressful, traumatic and challenging workplaces and lives. Dr. Patricia Fisher, Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Specialist, and Françoise Mathieu, Registered Psychotherapist and Compassion Fatigue Specialist, have combined specialties to offer their services. The CARE4YOU Conference will equip you with tools to promote healthy organizations and support you in your high-stress, traumatic work environments.
With the launch of our Joint Health and Safety Certification programs and Working at Heights blended training, PSHSA is fulfilling on our business model to create products that will lower health and safety costs for our clients. With initiatives like an Own the Program delivery model, large organizations can become self-sustainable when it comes to health and safety.
The Cert 2 training options are sector based so if you would like to learn more about our blended programs and how "Own the Program" might work for your organization contact:
Peer coaching on proper use of patient lifts lowers injury, but at a small overall cost
A peer-coaching program introduced to help health-care workers use patient lifts resulted in a large drop in injuries related to patient handling-but at a small net cost to the system, an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study has found. The program was introduced in British Columbia across 15 long-term care facilities between 2006 and 2011. It led to a 34 per cent reduction in injury rates during the program time period and a 56 per cent drop after the program was over; a benefit of 84 cents for every dollar spent on the program, according to the study.
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As someone who has come to PSHSA in the past for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) services and solutions, your experience is valuable to help shape future offerings. This survey provides a chance to share what is important when it comes to OHS products.
At PSHSA, we are proud to make commitments to our stakeholders and those we serve. We work to better understand workplace risks and employee health and safety needs, provide necessary solutions for employers to proactively mitigate injuries and illnesses, and work with employers to implement comprehensive programs to ensure employees are safe at work.
Thank you for choosing PSHSA for your Occupational Health and Safety needs!
Recent MOL blitz results indicate new and young workers continue to be exposed to many of the same hazards in workplaces across all sectors, regardless of the size of the workplace or nature of business. Continued enforcement is needed to improve the health and safety of all new and young workers in all sectors.
Hazard Alert: Explosion Risk Associated With Old Laboratory Samples
In 2013, an explosion occurred at an environmental science facility while workers were discarding old biological samples into a box for disposal. One worker was injured from flying shards of glass and explosion shockwaves. Another suffered temporary hearing loss. Read the ministry's new alert about the potential for serious injuries that could result from the unsafe storage and disposal of old laboratory samples.
Emergency Medical Services Section 21 Subcommittee 2016 Survey
If you are an active paramedic, please take this short survey to assist the EMS Section 21 Subcommittee in determining future priorities. Your opinions are important and will drive the work of the committee in 2016 and beyond. Please complete this survey by Friday, June 10, 2016.
Check our new Working at Heights page to learn more about our training options. We are the only certified provider with a Blended Learning Working at Heights option. As well learn more about our Own The Program license where PSHSA provides you with a ready-made working at heights program, which you submit under your own brand using your own trainers.
PSHSA subject matter expert consultants are available to discuss a range of topics related to health and safety in Ontario. Our highly experienced regional directors oversee larger provincial issues in our community and healthcare, education and culture, and municipal and provincial government sectors across Ontario.