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Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law

Category | Workplace Harassment    Posted by SafetyON | May 30, 2017
It is the right of an individual to be allowed safe and healthy environment to work in. The Occupational Health and Safety Act issued by the government of Ontario provides a clear set of workplace duties and responsibilities that all employers, supervisors and even employees must exercise to prevent violence and harassment of any kind in every workplace. In both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the OHSA, violence is defined as the use of physical force, while harassment is described as any derogatory…

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Health and Safety Guidelines for Workers Exposed to Biowaste

Category | Health and Safety Regulations    Posted by SafetyON | May 22, 2017
There are several departments, including residential medical facilities, wherein the workers are constantly exposed to the hazards of biowaste and are at risk of contracting severe infections and diseases. The Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario stipulates the health and safety regulations to be duly practised by all workers handling biowaste as a part of their job.  All workers must be adequately trained by their supervisors in understanding the potential hazards and becoming familiar…

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Which High Traffic Area Workers are at Maximum Risk of Work Related Injuries?

Category | Workplace Fatalities    Posted by SafetyON | April 25, 2017
It may not be correct to say that all jobs are high risk ones and that all workers are working in difficult conditions but there are a few jobs. where the conditions do expose workers to greater risk. In particular, when tasks have to be carried out in high traffic areas, workplace injuries and fatalities are more likely to occur. And this may happen despite adequate health and safety procedures taken by the employees themselves or the employer. Typically, the risk is higher when work is being carried…

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Housekeeping Guidelines for Construction Sites

Category | OSHA    Posted by SafetyON | April 04, 2017
Construction sites are at risk of accidents, if not maintained properly. In order to promote workplace health and safety at construction sites the OHSA has stipulated the guidelines for housekeeping procedures to be carried out at the site in order to keep it clear of any hazardous situations that might cause damage to life. While all the construction wastes and debris must be immediately disposed of in a dedicated area, the materials that can be reused must be stowed away in the storage facilities…

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OSHA Guidelines for Adequate Maintenance of Industrial Work Premises

Category | OSHA    Posted by SafetyON | March 21, 2017
The majority of all workplace accidents in industrial establishments occur as a result of a faulty setup and ill-maintenance of the premises. The workplace health and safety guidelines stipulated by the OHSA with regard to the setup and maintenance of the work premises of the industrial plants and manufacturing units include the following:  The floor of the premises should not be made slippery by any protective coating or material and must be kept free of accumulation of debris or snow, and any…

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Occupational Health and Safety and the IRS

Category | Occupational Health and Safety    Posted by SafetyON | March 14, 2017
The IRS or Internal Responsibility System is a system which ensures that every individual working within an organization in Ontario. Understands and practices their responsibility for maintaining the safety standards stipulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act or OHSA to suit their respective area of work and operation. In addition to functioning both singly and as a team, the employees of an organization are required to contribute towards ensuring safe practices at work and take initiative…

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Guidelines Stipulated by OHSA Regarding the Use of Protective Equipment at Workplace

Category | OSHA    Posted by SafetyON | March 05, 2017
Apart from providing the workers with the adequate protective equipment for working in and around hazardous areas,   it is the company’s obligation to impart proper training to their workers regarding the function and importance of the safety gear. The OHSA stipulates that for optimum occupational health and safety, the workers must be adequately trained and instructed in caring for and using the protective equipment at all times while handling hazardous substances or machinery. Apart from this,…

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Enforcement of Health and Safety Regulations in Ontario

Category | Health and Safety Regulations    Posted by SafetyON | February 22, 2017
The Ministry of Labor in Ontario is responsible for ensuring that all the workplaces in the province operate and function in compliance with the health and safety regulations stipulated in The Occupational Health and Safety Act or OHSA. However, in the event of non-compliance, the Ministry exercises its authority in enforcing the regulations by first issuing orders and progressively going ahead with the prosecution. For the purpose of ensuring that all workplaces are functioning in compliance with…

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Worker Safety Watchdog Spotlights Train Crew Fatigue Dangers

Category | Health and Safety Procedures    Posted by SafetyON | February 16, 2017
For rail transportation workers, fatigue is a key issue to consider, says the Transportation Board of Canada. In the annual watch list on safety issues in the sector, fatigue has been emphasized as a most significant risk. The Board’s Chairperson has even said that they will be lobbying for concrete action to be taken in this respect so that the safety first principle can be followed effectively. The issue that has been highlighted is that a number of train crews are not getting adequate rest…

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Radon in Indoor Air - Guidelines You should Know About

Category | Workplace Fatalities    Posted by SafetyON | February 01, 2017
The dangers of working for long periods in locations where asbestos is present is quite well known, thanks to the publicity that the issue has received in the past. However, there are other harmful materials that can cause workplace injuries and fatalities but are not as well known. One such material is radon, a radioactive gas that may be released from some building materials. This makes it a hazard to watch out for where construction health and safety are a priority. Since the gas is colourless,…

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