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WHSC Level I program offered at upcoming CLC winter school
February 08, 2018

WHSC Level I program offered at upcoming CLC winter school

There’s still time to register for WHSC Level I training offered as part of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Ontario region winter educational.
WHSC training offered at Eastern Ontario health, safety and workers comp school
January 24, 2018

WHSC training offered at Eastern Ontario health, safety and workers comp school

Registration is now open for the upcoming spring, 2018 health, safety and workers’ compensation educational sponsored by the labour community of Eastern Ontario.
Labour-sponsored GHS WHMIS training scheduled in Niagara region
January 09, 2018

Labour-sponsored GHS WHMIS training scheduled in Niagara region

Register today to ensure your seat at an upcoming training session exploring the many recent changes to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
Government bows to Labour pressure, withdraws contentious OHS amendments
December 14, 2017

Government bows to Labour pressure, withdraws contentious OHS amendments

Labour has successfully defeated proposed amendments to Ontario health and safety law which would have threatened the autonomy of Ministry of Labour inspectors.
OHS accreditation consultation extended to January 26, 2018
December 11, 2017

OHS accreditation consultation extended to January 26, 2018

Health and safety advocates have additional time to submit comments on the Ministry of Labour’s proposed standard on employer health and safety accreditation programs.
WHSC work-related stress training offered in Niagara region
December 06, 2017

WHSC work-related stress training offered in Niagara region

Register today to ensure your participation in an upcoming training session exploring the causes of unhealthy work-related stress and strategies to pursue prevention.
Urgent appeal! Gov’t Bill threatens independence of OHS inspectors, says Labour
December 04, 2017

Urgent appeal! Gov’t Bill threatens independence of OHS inspectors, says Labour

Ontario labour leaders are asking for support to defeat an omnibus bill which empowers Ministry of Labour bureaucrats to direct how health and safety inspectors do their job.
Have your say! Ministry consults on employer OHS accreditation.
November 28, 2017

Have your say! Ministry consults on employer OHS accreditation.

Health and safety advocates have an important opportunity to give feedback on the Ministry of Labour’s proposed standard on employer health and safety accreditation programs.
Bill 154 will weaken Ontario’s environmental, OHS regulations labour warns
October 26, 2017

Bill 154 will weaken Ontario’s environmental, OHS regulations labour warns

Labour and environmental groups are joining forces to stop a government bill which would establish a dangerous trade-off system for setting regulations in the province.
Niagara labour community offering new WHSC WHMIS training
October 10, 2017

Niagara labour community offering new WHSC WHMIS training

Register today to ensure your seat at an upcoming training session exploring the new Globally Harmonized Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
Windsor labour community schedules health and safety training this fall
September 28, 2017

Windsor labour community schedules health and safety training this fall

Register soon to ensure your participation in a 10 session, labour-sponsored, workplace health and safety educational in Windsor.
Labour activists invited to November Eastern Ontario educational
September 21, 2017

Labour activists invited to November Eastern Ontario educational

An upcoming training opportunity hosted by and for workers focuses on the pursuit of healthier and safer workplaces and just compensation for workers affected by workplace hazards.
Justice delayed for miners exposed to McIntyre Powder
August 30, 2017

Justice delayed for miners exposed to McIntyre Powder

Health and safety advocates say waiting for the results of a new study further delays the right of affected miners to receive answers and fair compensation.
Raising the bar on prevention: WHSC 2016/2017 Annual Report now online
August 08, 2017

Raising the bar on prevention: WHSC 2016/2017 Annual Report now online

Some 73,000 participants received Workers Health & Safety Centre training last year, just one of the noted accomplishments in WHSC’s 2016/2017 Annual Report now available online.
Windsor-area health, safety and workers comp school set for November 16-19, 2017
July 25, 2017

Windsor-area health, safety and workers comp school set for November 16-19, 2017

Register today to ensure your participation in the Windsor & District Labour Council’s health, safety and workers compensation fall educational.
Campaigns continue for fair <em>and</em> safe work
June 19, 2017

Campaigns continue for fair and safe work

Campaigns instrumental in driving Ontario’s recently proposed labour law amendments will continue, beginning with a Day of Action scheduled for tomorrow, June 20.
Sign on to support asbestos ban consult! Deadline extended to June 9.
June 09, 2017

Sign on to support asbestos ban consult! Deadline extended to June 9.

There’s still time to support labour and environmental groups as they respond to the federal government’s asbestos ban consultation.
CRE-MSD hosts stakeholder workshop on revised MSD Prevention Guideline
June 05, 2017

CRE-MSD hosts stakeholder workshop on revised MSD Prevention Guideline

Worker representatives have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on proposed changes to the Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Prevention Guide for Ontario.
Labour educational offered in Niagara Region
May 15, 2017

Labour educational offered in Niagara Region

Register today to secure your seat at an upcoming worker-centred, health, safety and workers’ compensation system educational sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council.
Toronto safe dry cleaning campaign needs your support!
April 11, 2017

Toronto safe dry cleaning campaign needs your support!

Do you want the right to know about the chemicals used to dry clean your clothes? The deadline to weigh in on Toronto’s proposed point of sale display system is April 13, 2017.
Researchers want to hear from workers penalized for raising OHS complaints
March 23, 2017

Researchers want to hear from workers penalized for raising OHS complaints

Have you been disciplined for raising a health and safety concern at work? Did you use legal means to settle your complaint?
Still time to complete workplace violence and harassment survey
March 07, 2017

Still time to complete workplace violence and harassment survey

The federal government is asking Canadians to share their experiences and insight into harassment and violence at work.
Have your say on significant update to CSA Office Ergonomic Standard
March 06, 2017

Have your say on significant update to CSA Office Ergonomic Standard

The CSA Group (formerly Canadian Standards Association) is seeking public input on a draft of a newly updated Office Ergonomics Standard.
HAVE YOUR SAY! <br>Public hearings on Bill 70 and alarming changes to OHSA scheduled Thurs Dec 1
November 29, 2016

HAVE YOUR SAY!
Public hearings on Bill 70 and alarming changes to OHSA scheduled Thurs Dec 1

The government has allotted just five hours in less than two days for public hearings on its controversial omnibus budget bill, Bill 70.
Register by October 18 for labour/researcher seminar on health and safety activism
October 13, 2016

Register by October 18 for labour/researcher seminar on health and safety activism

Space is still available for an upcoming seminar hosted by and for worker activists to explore strategies for effective health and safety representation.
Upcoming labour conference targets prevention through awareness and activism
October 13, 2016

Upcoming labour conference targets prevention through awareness and activism

Register today to ensure your participation in a unique health and safety educational opportunity designed by workers for workers.
Eastern Ontario training opportunity promotes prevention and just compensation
October 12, 2016

Eastern Ontario training opportunity promotes prevention and just compensation

Act now to ensure your participation in the annual Eastern Ontario Labour Council’s fall health, safety and workers’ compensation school.
OFL conference to offer critical insights into new violence and harassment law
September 23, 2016

OFL conference to offer critical insights into new violence and harassment law

Participants to an upcoming Ontario Federation of Labour conference will learn much about new laws, codes and strategies designed to prevent workplace violence and harassment.
SAVE THE DATE! October 22, 2016<br>Upcoming worker seminar on knowledge activism and health and safety
September 19, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! October 22, 2016
Upcoming worker seminar on knowledge activism and health and safety

A seminar hosted by and for worker health and activists will explore strategies to effectively reduce hazards at work.
Windsor & District Labour Council hosting 2nd annual health & safety conference
September 13, 2016

Windsor & District Labour Council hosting 2nd annual health & safety conference

Are you looking for an educational opportunity designed to renew efforts to achieve safer, healthier workplaces or to assist workers seeking just compensation from the WSIB?
WANTED! Your photos for CLC workers’ rights photo exhibit
September 09, 2016

WANTED! Your photos for CLC workers’ rights photo exhibit

The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on photographers to help them create a unique workers’ photo exhibit to mark their 60th anniversary next year.
MOL issues Code of Practice on workplace harassment
September 08, 2016

MOL issues Code of Practice on workplace harassment

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has introduced a voluntary Code of Practice to help employers comply with new requirements to address harassment in the workplace.
Conference to explore new workplace sexual violence and harassment laws
August 02, 2016

Conference to explore new workplace sexual violence and harassment laws

The Ontario Federation of Labour will host a one-day conference this fall to address legislative changes and other issues related to workplace sexual violence and harassment.
Still time to register! WHSC Training Conference (June 24 & 25, Toronto, ON)
June 20, 2016

Still time to register! WHSC Training Conference (June 24 & 25, Toronto, ON)

Ensuring workers receive the highest quality occupational health and safety training is the focus of an upcoming WHSC conference. Join the discussion.
WHSC Conference aims to confront threats to quality worker training
June 08, 2016

WHSC Conference aims to confront threats to quality worker training

Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) training as our movement knows and values is under significant threat.
Ontario government proposes changes to laws regulating hazardous exposures
June 01, 2016

Ontario government proposes changes to laws regulating hazardous exposures

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking public input by June 6th on a proposal to amend a range of regulations affecting worker exposure to hazardous substances.
Niagara Regional Labour Council offers summer health/safety/WSIB educational
May 17, 2016

Niagara Regional Labour Council offers summer health/safety/WSIB educational

Register today to secure your seat at a unique, worker-centred, health, safety and workers’ compensation educational.
Registration Opens for WHSC Worker Training Conference
May 16, 2016

Registration Opens for WHSC Worker Training Conference

Strategies and techniques to secure the highest quality training possible for workers and their representatives will be the focus of an upcoming WHSC Conference.
European trade unions campaign to stop cancer at work
May 09, 2016

European trade unions campaign to stop cancer at work

With more than 100,000 work-related cancer deaths annually in Europe, unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to act now and adopt binding occupational exposure limits (OELs).
Day of Mourning 2016: Pausing to remember. Recommitting to prevention.
May 06, 2016

Day of Mourning 2016: Pausing to remember. Recommitting to prevention.

“One death is too many. One day is not enough.” Although a simple statement, this message speaks powerfully of a shared and continued resolve to protect worker health and safety.
WHSC to host conference focused on strategies and techniques for quality worker training
May 05, 2016

WHSC to host conference focused on strategies and techniques for quality worker training

Delivering the highest quality occupational health and safety training to workers and their representatives remains the WHSC’s number one priority. In our current context however ensuring continued access to this training is not without its challenges.
“One death is too many. One day is not enough.”
April 27, 2016

“One death is too many. One day is not enough.”

Although a simple statement at first glance, our 2016 Day of Mourning message actually speaks powerfully of our shared and continued resolve to protect worker health and safety.
WHSC instructor training offered at CLC women’s summer school
April 20, 2016

WHSC instructor training offered at CLC women’s summer school

Act now to secure your seat at a unique health and safety training opportunity for female union members this summer.
Enhanced and specially-priced WHSC training offered in support of RSI Day
April 06, 2016

Enhanced and specially-priced WHSC training offered in support of RSI Day

Participants in specially-priced WHSC ergonomics training this February will also benefit from an important news update on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
WHSC supports province-wide Day of Mourning events
March 29, 2016

WHSC supports province-wide Day of Mourning events

On April 28 we pause to remember those who have been killed, developed an illness or injury as a result of their work—but we never pause our prevention efforts.
WHSC 2016 student scholarship contest targets prevention, avoids blame game
February 23, 2016

WHSC 2016 student scholarship contest targets prevention, avoids blame game

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is calling on Ontario high school seniors to expand their health and safety awareness by applying for a post-secondary scholarship.
WHSC schedules training to meet new Globally Harmonized WHMIS obligations
February 03, 2016

WHSC schedules training to meet new Globally Harmonized WHMIS obligations

Register today for WHSC’s new Globally Harmonized WHMIS training to ensure your workplace moves closer to compliance with Ontario’s changing WHMIS obligations.
Grassroots activism focus of Eastern Ontario spring health and safety school
January 15, 2016

Grassroots activism focus of Eastern Ontario spring health and safety school

Act now to ensure your participation in the annual Eastern Ontario Labour Council’s spring health, safety and workers compensation school.
OFL convention delegates set sights on prevention of violence and mental injuries
December 08, 2015

OFL convention delegates set sights on prevention of violence and mental injuries

Worker and continued collective activism is the way forward towards safer and healthier workplaces.
Workers' ergonomics conference to discuss impact of union safety effect
October 02, 2015

Workers' ergonomics conference to discuss impact of union safety effect

A new study finds unionized construction workers in Ontario report fewer lost-time and critical injuries and lower rates of musculoskeletal injuries than non-union counterparts. Can we translate these findings into action for workers in all sectors?
WHSC training part of Eastern Ontario fall labour educational
September 30, 2015

WHSC training part of Eastern Ontario fall labour educational

Register today to ensure your participation in the annual Eastern Ontario labour council’s fall health, safety and workers compensation school.
Workers' conference seeks your ergonomics' success stories
September 29, 2015

Workers' conference seeks your ergonomics' success stories

Workers like you often hold the answers for solving health and safety problems. Have you had success in getting ergonomic solutions into your workplace? We want to hear from you.
WHSC/OHCOW workers' ergonomics conference offers solutions-oriented agenda
September 29, 2015

WHSC/OHCOW workers' ergonomics conference offers solutions-oriented agenda

As worker activists and union representatives you know the pain your co-workers and members suffer from poorly designed work. You also know the effort it takes to prevent this pain, and the frustration when, despite your best efforts, you are unable to eliminate this pain.
Register today for WHSC/OHCOW Workers' Ergonomics Conference
September 24, 2015

Register today for WHSC/OHCOW Workers' Ergonomics Conference

Musculoskeletal disorders cause more pain, injury and disability than any other type of work-related injury and account for 40 per cent of all lost-time injury claims in Ontario. More concerning though is that these rates have changed little in a generation. Why is this?
Windsor labour council to host worker health and safety conference
September 11, 2015

Windsor labour council to host worker health and safety conference

The Windsor and District Labour Council (WDLC) invites all worker health and safety activists, representatives and advocates to attend a conference slated for this October.
Hold these dates: October 25 and 26, 2015
September 03, 2015

Hold these dates: October 25 and 26, 2015

Musculoskeletal disorders continue to plaque Ontario workers. They may not end life, they may not grab headlines, but they certainly make life difficult for those affected. The pain associated with MSDs is often debilitating.
MOL cuts grant to WHSC Young Worker Awareness Program
July 17, 2015

MOL cuts grant to WHSC Young Worker Awareness Program

After 22 years of funding a lifesaving prevention message for Ontario high school students, the Ontario government has shut down the WHSC Young Worker Awareness Program (YWAP).
OFL opens nominations for 2015 Convention awards
June 23, 2015

OFL opens nominations for 2015 Convention awards

The Ontario Federation of Labour is accepting nominations for its 2015 Convention Awards two of which recognize former health and safety leaders.
Summer educationals offer labour activists skill development training
June 11, 2015

Summer educationals offer labour activists skill development training

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) invites workers and their representatives seeking to build upon their activist skills to register for one or both 2015 summer school sessions.
Ensuring worker access to WHSC working at heights training
March 19, 2015

Ensuring worker access to WHSC working at heights training

Yesterday, the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) announced official approval from the Ministry of Labour (MOL) for our new Working at Heights training program.
Help us get WHSC training to workers
March 02, 2015

Help us get WHSC training to workers

As a worker health and safety advocate you know Ontario employers are legally charged with the greatest responsibility for workplace health and safety.
Eastern Ontario worker educational promotes prevention and just compensation
February 15, 2015

Eastern Ontario worker educational promotes prevention and just compensation

Workers and their representatives are invited to register for a labour-sponsored health, safety and workers compensation school this March.
Register now…specially-priced ergonomics training supports International RSI Day
February 13, 2015

Register now…specially-priced ergonomics training supports International RSI Day

The WHSC is offering ergonomics training across Ontario for just $20 per participant (plus tax) in support of International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day.
High school seniors invited to enter WHSC 2015 scholarship competition
February 12, 2015

High school seniors invited to enter WHSC 2015 scholarship competition

The Worker Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is now accepting entries for the 15th annual post-secondary scholarship initiative.
Supporting collective worker participation
November 10, 2014

Supporting collective worker participation

For Ontario workers and their representatives, our journey to justice is not an easy one. Our progress however is only made possible when we combine education with action.
LAST CALL TO REGISTER Eastern Ontario Labour Educational offers WHSC Training
October 29, 2014

LAST CALL TO REGISTER Eastern Ontario Labour Educational offers WHSC Training

Workers and their representatives are invited to register now to participate in the Health, Safety and WSIB School hosted by the Eastern Ontario Labour Councils this fall.
USW sets up justice fund for rail workers charged in Lac-Mégantic tragedy
September 22, 2014

USW sets up justice fund for rail workers charged in Lac-Mégantic tragedy

United Steelworkers union has set up a legal defence fund to support rail workers facing criminal negligence charges in connection with the 2013 train derailment in Lac-Mégantic.
Eastern Ontario Labour-Focused Educational offers WHSC Training
September 15, 2014

Eastern Ontario Labour-Focused Educational offers WHSC Training

Workers and their representatives are invited to register now to participate in the Health, Safety and WSIB School hosted by the Eastern Ontario Labour Councils this fall.
Last call to register for worker-focused health/safety/compensation educational
September 08, 2014

Last call to register for worker-focused health/safety/compensation educational

Workers and their representatives are invited to register now for a unique worker-centred health, safety and workers compensation training school.
Education sector JHSC certification training scheduled for April
February 18, 2014

Education sector JHSC certification training scheduled for April

Register for education sector hazard training and your workplace/school board will be well on its way to complying with joint health and safety committee (JHSC) training obligations.
WHSC Training Offered at Annual Eastern Ontario Labour-Focused Educational
February 06, 2014

WHSC Training Offered at Annual Eastern Ontario Labour-Focused Educational

Workers and their representatives are invited to register now to participate in the Health, Safety and WSIB school hosted by the Eastern Ontario Labour Councils this spring.