|ESSENTIALS NEWSLETTER April 2022|
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|April 28th – National Day of Mourning|
In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. Let’s not forget that injuries, illness and deaths can and do happen within our workplaces and make sure that we are doing all we can to promote health & safety and prevent tragedies.
Struck-by Safety Inspections Begin May 1
Effective May 1 the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills development will begin a compliance initiative that will take place from May 1 to June 30, 2022. This initiative will be across all sectors and will focus on the prevention of struck-by injuries and the safe operation of vehicles and mobile equipment. Injuries can occur at a loading dock, in a manufacturing area, in a parking lot or a yard. Make sure your workplace is safe before you have a visit from a compliance officer.
4 Tips to Prevent Struck-by Injuries
1. Conduct a hazard assessment. Review incident reports and look for gaps in your existing programs or training tour the workplace to identify high risk areas meet with staff and health & safety representatives to discuss issues
2. Identify gaps: Are employees following health & safety procedures? Are health & safety procedures being enforced? Does the culture support health & safety?
3. Consider COVID impacts: Does COVID PPE limit employees ability to perform work safely? Has staffing impacted your business’s ability to operate safely?
4. Develop and implement solutions: Ensure proper PPE is being worn by employees. Clearly communicate safety to your employees. Provide additional training to employees/supervisors
Legislation Changes for April 2022
Bill 88 Working for Workers Act, 2022 became law on April 11, 2022. The changes included in this legislation will have significant implications for Ontario employers such as:
1. All employers who employer more than 25 or more workers must have a written policy in place on electronic monitoring of employees by October 11, 2002 and must provide a copy of the policy to employees by November 10, 2022.
2. The Act has substantially increase penalties under the Ontario Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA:) for individuals, directors and officers of corporations. The new changes also include s doubling of the limitation period under the OHSA from one year to tow years. These changes will take effect on July 1, 2022
3. Other changes including providing Naloxone Kits and training at workplaces where there may be a risk of a worker having an opioid overdose, new minimum standards for digital platform workers (ride share, delivery, courier, or other services). Ontario looks at boosting WSIB payments
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