It’s no secret: Fire Service workers face a number of risks every single day. Potential hazards such as slips, trips and falls, ergonomic/MSD issues, motor vehicle incidents, explosions, confined spaces, smoke inhalation, and the potential negative effects of shift work heighten the risk of occupational illness/injury.
The impact of these injuries can be minimized when employers take a proactive approach to health and safety. Providing client-focused resources to address system priorities and high hazard activities is the key to eliminating workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses in the Emergency Services sector.
How Can We Help?
PSHSA offers consulting, training and resources to help address these issues and reduce incidences of injury in your workplace. Whether your organization has an established health and safety program, or you are just beginning your health and safety journey, our consultants have the knowledge, solutions and expertise to help you identify risks, control hazards and ensure that you have the necessary tools to meet legislative requirements.
Health and Safety Consultant, Fire Services
Director, Prevention, Engagement & Retention, Public Safety, Health and Community Care
Section 21 Committee
Fire Section 21 Guidance Notes
PSHSA offers a unique two-day Fire Sector Specific Health & Safety Training Program to help assist fire services workers gain the knowledge and understanding of the hazards involved in their jobs. This program is the level 2 training required by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and WSIB to be certified after basic certification training. This is also a good session for those interested in learning more about special safety issues and concerns that fire/rescue personnel face every day. Modules are offered individually or collectively as a program. The topics that will be covered in the program are: Legislation, Section 21 Guidance Notes, Traffic and Vehicle Operation Safety, Respiratory Issues in the Fire Service, Slips/Trips/Falls, Ergonomics and MSD’s Specialized Hazards in Fire Response, Health and Wellness in the Fire Service, Specialized Considerations, and Program Action Planning.
For a complete list of our training services and information products, please see our Training and Resource Catalog.
PTSD is a mental health condition caused by witnessing or experiencing actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence. Ontario has taken steps to address the harmful impacts of exposure to traumatic events on first responders, including the requirement for employers to develop PTSD Prevention Plans.