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WHSC schedules updated JHSC Basic Certification training
February 12, 2018

WHSC schedules updated JHSC Basic Certification training

Is your workplace in compliance with legal requirements to certify at least two members of your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) – one worker rep and one management rep?
Employer convicted in fall from heights incident
February 09, 2018

Employer convicted in fall from heights incident

A GTA-area roofing company has been fined $55,000 after pleading guilty for failing to ensure fall protection was in place to protect workers.
WHSC’s newly-revised Lockout training ready for booking
February 06, 2018

WHSC’s newly-revised Lockout training ready for booking

In an effort to better serve workplaces confronted by deadly energy hazards, WHSC has revamped their comprehensive three-hour Lockout training program.
WHSC launches newly-updated ergonomic training in time for RSI Awareness Day
January 29, 2018

WHSC launches newly-updated ergonomic training in time for RSI Awareness Day

Workers Health & Safety Centre will mark RSI Awareness Day with the release and scheduling of a dramatic update to their popular, introductory ergonomics training program.
Canadian government seeks public consult on asbestos ban regulation
January 17, 2018

Canadian government seeks public consult on asbestos ban regulation

The federal government has proposed a regulation designed to ban the import, sale and use of asbestos along with manufacture and import of asbestos-containing material (ACM).
Bill 177 brings increased OHS fines and other changes to Ontario workplaces
January 12, 2018

Bill 177 brings increased OHS fines and other changes to Ontario workplaces

Recent changes to Ontario health and safety law raise maximum fines against convicted individuals and corporations, thus bringing penalties more in line with other provinces.
WHSC launches mandatory working at heights refresher training – Register today!
December 20, 2017

WHSC launches mandatory working at heights refresher training – Register today!

Construction sector employers will soon be required to ensure workers in their employ complete working at heights (WAH) refresher training.
Federal gov’t seeks to enhance OHS law, including violence and harassment
December 13, 2017

Federal gov’t seeks to enhance OHS law, including violence and harassment

The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at preventing workplace violence and harassment and expanding health and safety protections to parliamentary workers.
Upcoming seminar to explore hazards of diesel engine exhaust in the workplace
December 06, 2017

Upcoming seminar to explore hazards of diesel engine exhaust in the workplace

A special Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar will examine issues related to diesel engine exhaust hazards and exposure assessments.
Alberta legislative overhaul to enhance worker safety
December 05, 2017

Alberta legislative overhaul to enhance worker safety

The New Democratic Party government of Alberta has introduced legislation designed to expand worker rights and employer duties aiming to create healthier and safer workplaces.
WHSC schedules final Basic Certification training opportunity for 2017
November 27, 2017

WHSC schedules final Basic Certification training opportunity for 2017

Act today to register for Basic Certification training as an essential first step towards joint health and safety committee (JHSC) certification compliance.
Construction company fined after worker seriously injured in fall
November 01, 2017

Construction company fined after worker seriously injured in fall

A Watford, Ontario-based construction company has been fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure a method of fall protection was available to workers.
Exposure to night shift work when young raises risk of breast cancer
October 27, 2017

Exposure to night shift work when young raises risk of breast cancer

Nurses who’ve worked at least 20 years of rotating night-shifts as young adults have a two-fold increase risk of developing breast cancer, according to a recently published study.
Groundbreaking report focuses on occupational cancer prevention in Ontario
October 19, 2017

Groundbreaking report focuses on occupational cancer prevention in Ontario

Bold, collaborative actions by legislators and employers alike are urgently needed to prevent thousands of estimated occupational cancers every year in Ontario, says a new report.
WHSC awards annual post-secondary student scholarships
October 17, 2017

WHSC awards annual post-secondary student scholarships

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is pleased to announce the six students selected as the 2017 WHSC post-secondary scholarship recipients.
Unveiling ceremony announced for Welland canal fallen workers memorial
October 13, 2017

Unveiling ceremony announced for Welland canal fallen workers memorial

A new memorial honouring the men who died and laboured constructing the Welland Canal will be unveiled Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Webinar highlights lack of cancer prevention in the U.K.
September 25, 2017

Webinar highlights lack of cancer prevention in the U.K.

Efforts to prevent exposure to carcinogens at work remain lacking despite enormous suffering, according to a leading U.K. health and safety expert.
Federal tribunal upholds worker’s refusal over lack of training
September 18, 2017

Federal tribunal upholds worker’s refusal over lack of training

A truck driver who refused a new assignment he wasn’t trained to perform has had his work refusal upheld by a health and safety tribunal.
Almost half of public safety personnel report suffering mental health symptoms
September 13, 2017

Almost half of public safety personnel report suffering mental health symptoms

A new national study finds correctional officers, 911 dispatchers, paramedics and other first responders are at significant risk of developing a mental-health disorder.
New series of occupational and environmental health seminars announced
September 11, 2017

New series of occupational and environmental health seminars announced

A session exploring healthcare workers’ exposure to antineoplastic drugs will kick off another year of seminars addressing occupational and environmental health issues.
Alberta begins major review of its health and safety system
September 08, 2017

Alberta begins major review of its health and safety system

Calling it a renewal, Alberta is conducting the first major review of its Occupational Health and Safety Act, prevention and enforcement systems since being created in 1976.
Workplace stabbing conviction reignites calls for preventive action
September 07, 2017

Workplace stabbing conviction reignites calls for preventive action

An Eastern Ontario health care provider has been fined $75,000 after a nurse was stabbed in the head and neck by a patient with a long history of mental illness and violence
Working at heights training compliance deadline just weeks away
September 06, 2017

Working at heights training compliance deadline just weeks away

By October 1, 2017, employers must ensure all construction workers complete MOL-approved working at heights training before they work at heights and use fall protection equipment.
NIOSH launches new mobile app based on Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation
September 05, 2017

NIOSH launches new mobile app based on Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation

Knowing the weight an individual worker can safely lift is key to preventing back injury in the workplace.
Welland canal worker memorial project needs help to achieve funding goal
August 24, 2017

Welland canal worker memorial project needs help to achieve funding goal

A final push for donations is underway to complete a long-overdue memorial honouring the 137 men killed building the current Welland Canal.
WHSC Working at Heights refresher training ready for delivery
August 16, 2017

WHSC Working at Heights refresher training ready for delivery

Beginning in just six months, some Ontario employers will need to ensure construction workers in their employ complete a MOL-approved working at heights refresher training program.
WHSC now offers GHS WHMIS training en français
July 20, 2017

WHSC now offers GHS WHMIS training en français

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) now offers GHS WHMIS training delivered in French to help workplaces comply with changing WHMIS obligations.
Workplace abuse in health care a growing and costly issue, says Nurses’ Union
July 07, 2017

Workplace abuse in health care a growing and costly issue, says Nurses’ Union

A new national report documents the dramatic cost of workplace violence suffered by nurses in both human and financial terms.
WHSC Certification Refresher Training secures MOL-approval
July 06, 2017

WHSC Certification Refresher Training secures MOL-approval

The Workers Health and Safety Centre is now approved to deliver all training required by joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members to gain and maintain Certification status.
Ignoring working at height obligations lands employer in jail
June 12, 2017

Ignoring working at height obligations lands employer in jail

An Ontario employer has been sentenced to one day in jail and fined $10,000 for failure to ensure a worker has adequate fall protection.
Report establishes blueprint for violence prevention in health care sector
June 09, 2017

Report establishes blueprint for violence prevention in health care sector

The Ontario government has released a progress report with 23 recommendations designed to reduce workplace violence against nurses and other health care workers in hospitals.
U.S. Court ruling supports public right to know about cell phone risks
June 08, 2017

U.S. Court ruling supports public right to know about cell phone risks

A recent U.S. Court of Appeal ruling upheld a Berkeley, California Ordinance calling on cell phone retailers to clearly display safety information relating to radiation exposure.
Conference to highlight carcinogens in Ontario mining industry
June 02, 2017

Conference to highlight carcinogens in Ontario mining industry

Occupational disease is the leading cause of work-related death in Ontario. Miners in this province are not exempt from this harsh reality.
Compliance dates extended for new GHS WHMIS
June 01, 2017

Compliance dates extended for new GHS WHMIS

The Federal government has delayed compliance dates for suppliers of hazardous products to transition from original WHMIS to the new Globally-harmonized (GHS) WHMIS.
WHSC student scholarship competition: Entry deadline Friday, June 9, 2017
May 31, 2017

WHSC student scholarship competition: Entry deadline Friday, June 9, 2017

Act now to ensure your submission is considered for the annual Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) student scholarship competition.
Ontario’s worker OHS awareness training ineffective, IWH study finds
May 31, 2017

Ontario’s worker OHS awareness training ineffective, IWH study finds

Programs designed to meet Ontario’s mandatory worker health and safety awareness training requirements were recently evaluated by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).
“Systemic” health and safety problems leads to conviction
May 12, 2017

“Systemic” health and safety problems leads to conviction

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) was recently fined $100,000 as a result of a material handling incident in a Brampton store resulting in a serious injury to a worker.
New York to mandate disclosure of chemical ingredients in cleaning products
May 11, 2017

New York to mandate disclosure of chemical ingredients in cleaning products

Manufacturers seeking to sell cleaning products in New York State will soon be required to disclose chemical ingredients to the public.
Remembrance and action — Westray Mine disaster 25 years later
May 09, 2017

Remembrance and action — Westray Mine disaster 25 years later

Workers, their families and representatives gathered today at the Westray Miners Memorial Park in Pictou, Nova Scotia to mourn the tragic deaths of 26 miners.
Proof of enrollment in Working at Heights training required by Ministry
May 04, 2017

Proof of enrollment in Working at Heights training required by Ministry

The deadline to complete approved working at heights training may have been extended, but the time to enrol is now!
WHSC adds new functionality to member web area
May 03, 2017

WHSC adds new functionality to member web area

In a continuing effort to improve communications with our constituents and clients WHSC is launching a new member web area.
Creating safer, healthier work. Demand what works!
April 27, 2017

Creating safer, healthier work. Demand what works!

“Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living” is no empty cliché. With workers’ health and safety, we take nothing for granted.
April 26, Noise Awareness Day, another day to refocus workplace prevention efforts
April 26, 2017

April 26, Noise Awareness Day, another day to refocus workplace prevention efforts

Present in all workplaces to varying degrees, noise is arguably one of the most common occupational and environmental hazards faced by workers.
WHSC adds mandatory JHSC Certification training courses to meet demand
April 12, 2017

WHSC adds mandatory JHSC Certification training courses to meet demand

Register today for Basic Certification Training as an essential first step to meeting new mandatory requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) member certification.
April 28, Day of Mourning event listing now online
April 04, 2017

April 28, Day of Mourning event listing now online

Working people fought long and hard for their right to safe and healthy work. And yet too many still are killed, injured or made ill by hazardous work. We remember them April 28.
MOL extends deadline for last phase of mandatory Working at Heights training
March 31, 2017

MOL extends deadline for last phase of mandatory Working at Heights training

The Ministry of Labour is extending a compliance deadline for the last phase of its mandatory Working at Heights training.
Special Report: Leading U.S. expert questions effectiveness of war on cancer
March 30, 2017

Special Report: Leading U.S. expert questions effectiveness of war on cancer

In the fight to end cancer much of the effort to date has focused on the wrong enemies and used the wrong weapons, says leading US expert Dr. Devra Lee Davis.
Security company fined for non-compliance with violence and harassment orders
March 21, 2017

Security company fined for non-compliance with violence and harassment orders

A company providing security services was recently fined $70,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) relating to workplace violence and harassment.
Smartphone APP assesses indoor air quality
March 15, 2017

Smartphone APP assesses indoor air quality

Are you suffering with dry skin, nausea or asthmatic reactions at work? If so, a new smartphone APP can help identify if poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is the culprit.
Fred Upshaw, WHSC Board member, former OPSEU president dies
March 03, 2017

Fred Upshaw, WHSC Board member, former OPSEU president dies

Brother Fred Upshaw, a tireless advocate for working people has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Fred passed away peacefully at home on March 1 at the age of 81.
Ensuring safe work the focus of WHSC student scholarship competition
March 02, 2017

Ensuring safe work the focus of WHSC student scholarship competition

Criteria for the annual Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) student scholarship competition has just been posted.
WHSC adding Working at Heights courses as April 1st compliance deadline looms
March 01, 2017

WHSC adding Working at Heights courses as April 1st compliance deadline looms

Ontario employers have one month left to ensure construction workers who work at heights complete a mandatory, Ministry of Labour-approved, working at heights training program.
WHSC supports International RSI Day with specially-priced ergonomics training
February 16, 2017

WHSC supports International RSI Day with specially-priced ergonomics training

Register today to ensure your access to deeply-discounted training designed to help guide workplaces towards musculoskeletal pain and disorder prevention.
Amended Ontario Construction Regulations require safer suspended work platforms
January 24, 2017

Amended Ontario Construction Regulations require safer suspended work platforms

Recent changes to regulations governing Ontario construction projects include comprehensive new requirements to ensure the safe design and use of suspended access equipment.
Increased OHS vulnerability linked to higher rates of self-reported injury
January 19, 2017

Increased OHS vulnerability linked to higher rates of self-reported injury

Institute for Work & Health (IWH) recently released a study examining the relationship between occupational health and safety (OHS) vulnerability and work-related injury and illness.
Risk assessments among most recent changes to Ontario Mining Regulations
January 16, 2017

Risk assessments among most recent changes to Ontario Mining Regulations

Mining sector employers have new duties to provide greater protection against specific mining hazards and an obligation to complete workplace risk assessments.
U.S. EPA announces list of chemicals for review and action
December 21, 2016

U.S. EPA announces list of chemicals for review and action

Asbestos and trichloroethylene are among 10 chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is targeting for action following changes to its mandate.
Stressful work factors driving cardiovascular disease epidemic
December 20, 2016

Stressful work factors driving cardiovascular disease epidemic

Precarious work is a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a recently published study.
Canadian government announces asbestos ban
December 19, 2016

Canadian government announces asbestos ban

The federal government has announced a plan to ban asbestos to be fully in effect by 2018 when regulations will be in place.
Campaign seeks to end abuse of call centre workers
December 14, 2016

Campaign seeks to end abuse of call centre workers

Call centre workers across Canada are exposed every day to threats of violence along with racist, sexist and other dehumanizing verbal abuse.
Campaigns build across Canada for asbestos ban
December 12, 2016

Campaigns build across Canada for asbestos ban

More private members bills and an open letter to the Prime Minster are among the latest actions to hold the federal government to its promised ban on asbestos.
New diesel exhaust study supports growing call for action
December 09, 2016

New diesel exhaust study supports growing call for action

Workplace exposure to diesel exhaust (DE) is associated with high rates of fatal lung cancer in miners, according to a recent Australian study.
ILO report examines workplace violence prevention through a gender lens
December 08, 2016

ILO report examines workplace violence prevention through a gender lens

A new report offers insight into research and regulatory approaches to addressing work-related violence and highlights the need for more gender-sensitive solutions.
CCO report includes new information on occupational cancers in Ontario
December 05, 2016

CCO report includes new information on occupational cancers in Ontario

A status report on cancer prevention in Ontario includes for the first time all important information on work-related cancers in the province.
Precarious employment impacts health of working women
November 25, 2016

Precarious employment impacts health of working women

Women trapped in precarious work situations are suffering at work and because of work, according to a Ryerson University report.
New research focuses on radon exposure in Canadian schools
November 22, 2016

New research focuses on radon exposure in Canadian schools

Those working and studying in elementary and secondary schools are among the most exposed to radon and yet many schools are not tested new Canadian research finds.
Federal bill seeks total asbestos ban
November 18, 2016

Federal bill seeks total asbestos ban

Sheri Benson, MP for Saskatoon West hopes her private member’s Bill will prompt the federal government to make good on their promise to ban asbestos.
WHSC 2016 post-secondary scholarship recipients announced
November 10, 2016

WHSC 2016 post-secondary scholarship recipients announced

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has recognized four deserving candidates with post-secondary student scholarships.
Roofing company owner jailed for working at heights-related violations
November 10, 2016

Roofing company owner jailed for working at heights-related violations

The owner of a London-area roofing company was recently sentenced to three days in jail for attempting to deceive Ministry of Labour (MOL) investigators.
Federal workers’ right to impartial workplace violence investigations upheld
November 03, 2016

Federal workers’ right to impartial workplace violence investigations upheld

Employers and workers must both agree those appointed to investigate incidents of workplace violence are competent and impartial, says a federal tribunal.
CCOHS Dick Martin Scholarship—call for entries
October 27, 2016

CCOHS Dick Martin Scholarship—call for entries

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is accepting applications for the 2017 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
WHSC updates essential Basic Certification training ─ Register today!
October 18, 2016

WHSC updates essential Basic Certification training ─ Register today!

Basic Certification training is the all-important first and mandatory step in the process to becoming a certified member. Certified members play critical lead role on joint health and safety committees in Ontario workplaces.
Federal government publishes first phase of asbestos building registry
October 13, 2016

Federal government publishes first phase of asbestos building registry

The federal government has published a partial online inventory of buildings it owns or leases across Canada identifying whether or not they contain asbestos.
Still time to register for important CARWH conference in Toronto
October 12, 2016

Still time to register for important CARWH conference in Toronto

An upcoming conference focused on work and health research will offer a forum for health and safety advocates to connect and learn about significant new findings in the field.
Changing Workplaces Review submission deadline fast approaching
October 11, 2016

Changing Workplaces Review submission deadline fast approaching

There’s still time to comment on a public review of Ontario’s major employment laws, an opportunity to protect the growing ranks of workers employed in precarious work.
WHSC releases new, updated resources on workplace violence and harassment
October 03, 2016

WHSC releases new, updated resources on workplace violence and harassment

Workers Health & Safety Centre has released new resources to help Ontario employers meet expanded duties to address workplace harassment.
Workers assaulted, employer pleads guilty to safety violations
September 23, 2016

Workers assaulted, employer pleads guilty to safety violations

A service agency operating a mental health treatment and support facility was recently fined $125,000 as a result of a workplace violence incident.
WHSC fall 2016 training targets new and expanded legal obligations
September 20, 2016

WHSC fall 2016 training targets new and expanded legal obligations

Register now for training designed to help workplaces comply with recent and significant changes to occupational health and safety training requirements.
Regulation an important driver of workplace chemical substitution, report finds
September 19, 2016

Regulation an important driver of workplace chemical substitution, report finds

The transition to safer workplace chemicals requires both regulatory muscle and adequate resources says a new study of Europe’s model chemical regulation system.
CRE-MSD to host conference on prolonged sitting and standing
September 16, 2016

CRE-MSD to host conference on prolonged sitting and standing

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) invites health and safety advocates to register for an important upcoming conference.
WHSC helps with new WHMIS training requirements
September 12, 2016

WHSC helps with new WHMIS training requirements

Ontario WHMIS laws were amended this summer to change the way hazardous product information is delivered to workers, including new training obligations.
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 Code of Practice to help employers comply with new requirements to address harassment in the workplace.
Jury calls for mandatory hazard training for all construction workers
September 07, 2016

Jury calls for mandatory hazard training for all construction workers

A Coroner’s jury is recommending swift passage of long overdue mandatory training requirements for construction workers.
WHSC 2015/16 Annual Report now available online
August 29, 2016

WHSC 2015/16 Annual Report now available online

A proven and effective training approach helped Workers Health & Safety Centre’s double its training delivery hours in the last fiscal year.
Canadians pay dearly for work-related asbestos exposure
August 25, 2016

Canadians pay dearly for work-related asbestos exposure

Cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by work-related asbestos exposure and diagnosed in 2011 will cost Canadians $1.9 billion.
Workers' right to harassment-free workplace extends to employer run social media
August 18, 2016

Workers' right to harassment-free workplace extends to employer run social media

An arbitrator has ruled the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) must take steps to protect its employees from harassment through TTC-operated social media.
Ontario legislature pays tribute to WHSC founder, Cliff Pilkey
July 05, 2016

Ontario legislature pays tribute to WHSC founder, Cliff Pilkey

Much has been said about Workers Health & Safety Centre founder Clifford Pilkey since his death in 2012 at the age of 90.
Supreme Court ruling may set new standard of evidence for occ disease claims
July 04, 2016

Supreme Court ruling may set new standard of evidence for occ disease claims

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of three British Columbia medical workers seeking compensation benefits for breast cancer they believe resulted from work.
City of Ottawa politicians call for criminal investigations when workers killed
June 28, 2016

City of Ottawa politicians call for criminal investigations when workers killed

Ottawa City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the enforcement of criminal liability laws relating to worker safety and health.
New Provincial law expands Workers Day of Mourning recognition
June 14, 2016

New Provincial law expands Workers Day of Mourning recognition

Rare all party support in the Ontario legislature has led to the passing of a private members Bill requiring flags at public buildings be lowered annually on April 28.
U.S. researchers release landmark study on cell phones and cancer
June 02, 2016

U.S. researchers release landmark study on cell phones and cancer

The U.S. National Toxicology Program has released partial results of a new animal study which finds cell phone radiation poses an increased risk for certain cancers.
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.
Student video emphasizing worker rights recognized by Ontario Minister of Labour
May 31, 2016

Student video emphasizing worker rights recognized by Ontario Minister of Labour

Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn recently paid a visit to an Ottawa student who finished second in a Ministry of Labour (MOL) health and safety video contest.
Ergonomics survey explores workplace MSD prevention needs
May 25, 2016

Ergonomics survey explores workplace MSD prevention needs

Ontario’s health and safety system is asking workplace representatives to complete an ergonomics survey designed to help identify musculoskeletal disorder prevention needs.
Upcoming JHSC Certification training—community classes filling fast
May 20, 2016

Upcoming JHSC Certification training—community classes filling fast

Register now to ensure access to upcoming joint health and safety committee (JHSC) Certification Training scheduled in various communities across Ontario.
APPLY NOW—WHSC student scholarship application deadline fast approaching
May 18, 2016

APPLY NOW—WHSC student scholarship application deadline fast approaching

High school students have until Friday, June 10, 2016 to apply for a Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) 2016 post-secondary scholarship.
Work-related brain injury prevention focus of upcoming Toronto presentation
May 12, 2016

Work-related brain injury prevention focus of upcoming Toronto presentation

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) suffered by workers and reported to compensation systems have risen dramatically of late.
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.
Toronto Hot Docs Festival features film on plight of migrant workers
May 06, 2016

Toronto Hot Docs Festival features film on plight of migrant workers

The plight of migrant farm workers both in Canada and the United States has been well documented in a variety of media over the years.
“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.
Worker death leads to criminal charges for northern mining company
April 22, 2016

Worker death leads to criminal charges for northern mining company

Detour Gold Corporation has been charged with criminal negligence causing death in connection with a worker fatality at its mine site near Cochrane, Ontario.
Work at heights training deadline looms
April 18, 2016

Work at heights training deadline looms

Ontario employers have less than one year to ensure construction workers complete a MOL-approved working at heights training program.
Provincial Bill seeks greater recognition of Workers Day of Mourning
April 14, 2016

Provincial Bill seeks greater recognition of Workers Day of Mourning

A private members Bill requiring flags at public buildings to be lowered in recognition of the Workers Day of Mourning has passed Second Reading with rare all party support.
WHSC secures MOL approval to deliver Certification Part II Training
April 13, 2016

WHSC secures MOL approval to deliver Certification Part II Training

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is one of only a few providers now approved to deliver Certification Part II Training.
Government appears poised to act in response to labour lead anti-asbestos lobby
April 11, 2016

Government appears poised to act in response to labour lead anti-asbestos lobby

CBC news reports that a federal government department intends to ban the use of asbestos-containing materials in new construction and renovations projects.
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.
New Ontario law expands employer duties to address workplace sexual harassment
March 10, 2016

New Ontario law expands employer duties to address workplace sexual harassment

Ontario employers now have a legal duty to create a workplace sexual harassment program and must do so in consultation with worker health and safety representatives.
Workplace visitor death leads to health and safety conviction and fine
March 09, 2016

Workplace visitor death leads to health and safety conviction and fine

A company operating a self-storage facility in North Bay was recently convicted and fined $125,000 in a case involving a visitor killed as a result of a fall.
WHSC approved to deliver new Basic Certification training program
March 03, 2016

WHSC approved to deliver new Basic Certification training program

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) is one of the first training providers to be approved under Ontario’s new Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Standards.
WHSC marks RSI Day with new MSD prevention resources
February 29, 2016

WHSC marks RSI Day with new MSD prevention resources

Looking for new tools to tackle hard to solve workplace musculoskeletal disorders?
WHSC 2016 student scholarship contest targets prevention, avoids blame game
February 18, 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.
Canadian government not yet ready to ban asbestos
February 10, 2016

Canadian government not yet ready to ban asbestos

In response to continued calls to ban the importation and use of asbestos in Canada, the federal government has offered to review the situation.
Duration of occupational sitting linked to increased mortality study finds
February 09, 2016

Duration of occupational sitting linked to increased mortality study finds

A recent Japanese study that tracked workers for 10 years found those who spent the most time sitting on the job had an increased risk of death.
Summary of important occupational cancer symposium released
February 05, 2016

Summary of important occupational cancer symposium released

New research on the magnitude and cost of work-related cancers in Canada fuelled compelling discussions at a recent symposium in Toronto, a summary of which is now available.
IRSST updates best practice guide for nanomaterials in the workplace
February 04, 2016

IRSST updates best practice guide for nanomaterials in the workplace

The IRSST a health and safety research organization based in Montreal, Quebec, has updated their best practices guide on the safe handling of nanomaterials.
REGISTER SOON—limited access available for February Basic Certification Training
February 03, 2016

REGISTER SOON—limited access available for February Basic Certification Training

A few seats remain for Basic Certification Training scheduled in various communities across Ontario this February.
OHCOW clinic opens in Ottawa
February 03, 2016

OHCOW clinic opens in Ottawa

Eastern Ontario workers, their representatives and workplaces will now benefit from the trusted occupational health services others have come to depend upon.
WHSC schedules training to meet new Globally Harmonized WHMIS obligations
February 02, 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.
Sunrise Propane fined over $5 million under health, safety, environmental laws
January 29, 2016

Sunrise Propane fined over $5 million under health, safety, environmental laws

A company and its two directors must pay $5.3 million in fines for a deadly 2008 propane explosion that killed one worker and forced local residents to flee their homes
Fifth Estate to air follow-up program on miners exposed to McIntyre Powder
January 28, 2016

Fifth Estate to air follow-up program on miners exposed to McIntyre Powder

CBC’s Fifth Estate will be airing a follow-up story about miners forced to breathe in aluminum dust to supposedly prevent them from contracting silicosis.
Asbestos-related death on the rise in Canada
January 27, 2016

Asbestos-related death on the rise in Canada

Canadians dying of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused mainly by workplace exposure to asbestos, rose 60 per cent between 2000 and 2012, according to Statistics Canada.
Enhanced and specially-priced WHSC training offered in support of RSI Day
January 26, 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 releases poster highlighting transition to new Globally-harmonized WHMIS
January 22, 2016

WHSC releases poster highlighting transition to new Globally-harmonized WHMIS

Employer obligations relating to hazardous products in Ontario workplaces, including worker training, are in transition.
Recent jail sentence increases demand for mandatory WHSC Supervisor Training
January 21, 2016

Recent jail sentence increases demand for mandatory WHSC Supervisor Training

Failing to satisfy legal obligations designed to help protect workers can have significant implications for supervisors and tragic consequences for workers.
Jail time for workplace asbestos-related convictions
January 20, 2016

Jail time for workplace asbestos-related convictions

A Greater Toronto-Area contractor has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for violations relating to unsafe asbestos removal work.
Prison sentence for manager in 2009 swing stage tragedy
January 12, 2016

Prison sentence for manager in 2009 swing stage tragedy

A project manager who oversaw a swing stage crew that fell 13 stories to their death in 2009 has been sentenced to three-and-a half years in prison.
NIOSH examines safety of industrial robots
January 11, 2016

NIOSH examines safety of industrial robots

In a recently published paper, NIOSH describes the growing complexity of industrial robots and calls for safety standards to help regulate their use.
New Ontario noise regulation to extend coverage for all workers
January 08, 2016

New Ontario noise regulation to extend coverage for all workers

A new noise regulation covering all provincially-regulated Ontario workers will come into force July 1, 2016.
A few seats remain for January JHSC certification training
January 06, 2016

A few seats remain for January JHSC certification training

Register now to ensure access to joint health and safety committee (JHSC) Basic Certification Training in various communities across Ontario this January.
Ontario’s new waste reduction plan may benefit worker health too
January 05, 2016

Ontario’s new waste reduction plan may benefit worker health too

The province’s proposed strategy to divert waste from public landfills may also help remove hazardous materials from workplaces, benefitting both worker and community health.
Amendments to safety regulations expand protection for construction workers
December 22, 2015

Amendments to safety regulations expand protection for construction workers

Recent changes to Ontario health and safety law are designed to strengthen protection for construction workers exposed toxic substances, noise, work at heights and other hazards.
Specially-priced ergonomics training supports 2016 RSI Awareness Day
December 17, 2015

Specially-priced ergonomics training supports 2016 RSI Awareness Day

Register now to ensure access to WHSC ergonomics training for just $20 per participant in support of International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day.
Continued demand for Working at Heights training: WHSC adds winter training
December 09, 2015

Continued demand for Working at Heights training: WHSC adds winter training

Inspectors are taking a zero tolerance approach to violations of the legal requirements for working at heights training, according to the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
OHCOW helps take action on MSDs with new PainPoint App
December 01, 2015

OHCOW helps take action on MSDs with new PainPoint App

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) have introduced a new app to help workers and others identify and prevent work-related musculoskeletal pain.
 Memorial to recognize Italian workers killed over the past century
November 27, 2015

Memorial to recognize Italian workers killed over the past century

A new monument commemorating the lives and deaths of Italian workers killed as a result of work over the past century in Ontario will soon become a reality.
CCOHS accepting applicants for 2015/16 Dick Martin Health and Safety Scholarship
November 25, 2015

CCOHS accepting applicants for 2015/16 Dick Martin Health and Safety Scholarship

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is now accepting applications for the 2015/16 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
Implementing the CSA <i>Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace</i>
November 18, 2015

Implementing the CSA Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released early findings of a project examining implementation of CSA Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace standard.
A few spots remain for December JHSC Certification Training
November 10, 2015

A few spots remain for December JHSC Certification Training

Register today for Basic Certification Training to help build the competence of your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and move closer to legal training compliance.
WHSC continues to meet significant demand for working at heights training
November 09, 2015

WHSC continues to meet significant demand for working at heights training

Having recently exceeded 20,000 registrant bookings for working at heights training, the WHSC continues to make ease of access their number one priority.
New report flags continuing abuse of migrant agriculture workers in Canada
November 06, 2015

New report flags continuing abuse of migrant agriculture workers in Canada

A new report from UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) reveals many of Canada’s more than 45,000 migrant and temporary agriculture workers face discrimination.
WHSC recognizes deserving students with post-secondary scholarships
November 05, 2015

WHSC recognizes deserving students with post-secondary scholarships

The Workers Health and Safety Centre is proud to announce the six successful candidates for the 2015 WHSC post-secondary student scholarships.
City of Toronto staff respond positively to WHSC Working at Heights program
November 03, 2015

City of Toronto staff respond positively to WHSC Working at Heights program

City of Toronto staff who recently participated in Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) Working at Heights training are giving the program a rousing “two thumbs up.”
Ontario proposes expanded protection against workplace harassment
November 02, 2015

Ontario proposes expanded protection against workplace harassment

Proposed changes to Ontario health and safety law would define sexual harassment and add greater employer duties to investigate workplace harassment in all its forms.
Occupational cancer report calls for preventive action now
October 28, 2015

Occupational cancer report calls for preventive action now

Cancer is the biggest killer of workers in most countries, according to a recent report published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
November community-based JHSC Basic Certification training locations set
October 15, 2015

November community-based JHSC Basic Certification training locations set

Register today for Basic Certification Training to help build the competence of your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and move closer to legal training compliance.
Roofing company and owner fined for work at heights violations
October 14, 2015

Roofing company and owner fined for work at heights violations

A Toronto roofing company and its owner were recently convicted and fined a total of $47,000 for repeated working at heights-related violations.
Personal coping not the solution for deadly work-related stress, says new study
October 08, 2015

Personal coping not the solution for deadly work-related stress, says new study

Workplace stressors increase health risks to the same extent as second hand smoke and yet employers are not targeting their prevention, according to a recent study.
Report suggests Federal government actions placing worker health at risk
October 07, 2015

Report suggests Federal government actions placing worker health at risk

A significant reduction in health and safety officers (HSOs) is just one of many issues placing federally-regulated workers in harm’s way, according to a recent report.
New Ontario study finds unionized construction sites are safer
October 02, 2015

New Ontario study finds unionized construction sites are safer

A new Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study confirms the “union safety effect” in Ontario’s construction industry.
New WHMIS obligations…act now with WHSC e-training
September 22, 2015

New WHMIS obligations…act now with WHSC e-training

Register today for WHSC Globally-harmonized WHMIS training to ensure your workplace moves closer to compliance with changing WHMIS obligations.
Specially-priced WHSC training offered in support of Ergonomics Month
September 17, 2015

Specially-priced WHSC training offered in support of Ergonomics Month

Register today to ensure access to WHSC Ergonomic Toolbox training this October for just $20 per participant.
October JHSC Certification Training—classes scheduled and filling fast
September 16, 2015

October JHSC Certification Training—classes scheduled and filling fast

Register today for Basic Certification Training to help build the competence of your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and move closer to legal training compliance.
Chronic exposures to common chemicals increase cancer risk, researchers find
September 14, 2015

Chronic exposures to common chemicals increase cancer risk, researchers find

A recent symposium adds to growing research evidence which suggests low dose environmental exposures to multiple chemicals can contribute to the development of cancer.
WHSC offers extensive fall line-up of working at heights training
September 11, 2015

WHSC offers extensive fall line-up of working at heights training

Ontario’s construction season remains in high gear. So too is the need for life-saving and mandatory working at heights training.
Inspecting workplaces and issuing penalties leads to lower injuries
September 09, 2015

Inspecting workplaces and issuing penalties leads to lower injuries

A systematic review of studies from 1990 through 2013 has determined regulatory health and safety inspections leading to fines or other penalties reduce work-related injuries.
Canada's first monument to farm workers honours crash victims
September 02, 2015

Canada's first monument to farm workers honours crash victims

A new British Columbia monument honours Canadian farm workers and is dedicated to three workers killed when the van that carried them to work overturned and crashed.
REGISTER NOW — A few spots remain for WHSC  September JHSC Certification Training
August 31, 2015

REGISTER NOW — A few spots remain for WHSC September JHSC Certification Training

The WHSC has scheduled Basic Certification Training in communities across Ontario to assist workplaces seeking to comply with extensive JHSC training obligations.
New review shows long working hours raise risk of stroke
August 27, 2015

New review shows long working hours raise risk of stroke

More attention needs to be paid to the vascular health of those working more than a 40 hour work week, a new European study suggests.
Hamilton/Niagara LIUNA Local 837 expanding capacity to deliver WHSC training
August 26, 2015

Hamilton/Niagara LIUNA Local 837 expanding capacity to deliver WHSC training

The WHSC’s blueprint for expanding capacity to deliver working at heights training is based on a philosophy shared by many—that workers learn best from workers.
WHSC 2014/15 Annual Report now available online
August 25, 2015

WHSC 2014/15 Annual Report now available online

Exceeding training targets while gearing up for mandatory working at heights training are among the noted accomplishments in WHSC’s 2014/15 Annual Report, now available online.
NIOSH releases new resource to help combat a significant food industry hazard
August 20, 2015

NIOSH releases new resource to help combat a significant food industry hazard

Uncontrolled worker exposures to the food flavouring chemical, diacetyl, elevates the risk of developing negative health effects, including irreversible lung disease.
WHSC offers specially-priced working at heights training throughout the summer
August 13, 2015

WHSC offers specially-priced working at heights training throughout the summer

Many are taking a break from busy work schedules this summer, but not Workers Health & Safety Centre.
New shift work resource highlights work/life imbalance
August 12, 2015

New shift work resource highlights work/life imbalance

Juggling work, family and community commitments with a day job can be a challenge. Working shifts can make it all the more difficult.
Ontario’s Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment releases interim report
August 11, 2015

Ontario’s Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment releases interim report

To prevent sexual violence and harassment in the workplace the government is proposing, among others things, a number of changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Presentation proposals sought for global ergonomics conference
August 06, 2015

Presentation proposals sought for global ergonomics conference

Toronto’s Institute for Work and Health (IWH) is preparing to host an international conference for the exchange of knowledge related to the prevention of work-related MSDs.
Working at Heights training ready for French audience
August 04, 2015

Working at Heights training ready for French audience

The WHSC has again responded to the significant demand for Working at Heights training — this time with new French-language training materials.
New Sudbury study to examine mental health of miners
July 30, 2015

New Sudbury study to examine mental health of miners

A new research project recently announced at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, in Sudbury will study the mental health of workers in the mining industry.
New Federal law mandates training for health and safety reps
July 15, 2015

New Federal law mandates training for health and safety reps

Recent changes to federal health and safety law add specific employer obligations for the training of workplace health and safety representatives.
2015/16 WHSC training schedule targets compliance while promoting prevention
July 13, 2015

2015/16 WHSC training schedule targets compliance while promoting prevention

Mandatory training obligations for employers have expanded over the past year. Are you prepared for a visit by a Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector?
Government committee warns of health impacts of wireless technology
July 07, 2015

Government committee warns of health impacts of wireless technology

A federal government committee report recommends greater precaution and tougher exposure guidelines to protect Canadians against radiation from wireless devices.
Criminal conviction for manager in Xmas 2009 swing stage collapse tragedy
June 30, 2015

Criminal conviction for manager in Xmas 2009 swing stage collapse tragedy

A project manager who oversaw a swing stage crew that fell to their death on December 24, 2009 has been found guilty on four counts of criminal negligence causing death.
WHO cancer agency evaluates and classifies common herbicide, insecticides
June 29, 2015

WHO cancer agency evaluates and classifies common herbicide, insecticides

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has recently evaluated and classified DDT, lindane and 2,4-D for their ability to cause cancer in humans.
WHSC books 10,000 Working at Heights trainees
June 25, 2015

WHSC books 10,000 Working at Heights trainees

Less than three months since new Working at Heights training legislation has taken effect, the WHSC has booked 10,000 participants into our Ministry-approved program.
Scientists conclude recent criticisms of IARC evaluations unfounded
June 22, 2015

Scientists conclude recent criticisms of IARC evaluations unfounded

A group of international scientists has concluded that recent criticisms of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification process are unfounded.
CSA releases new safety standard for lift trucks
June 19, 2015

CSA releases new safety standard for lift trucks

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released a third edition of their safety standard for lift trucks.
McIntyre Powder Project launches web site
June 17, 2015

McIntyre Powder Project launches web site

A new project to raise awareness and support for workers exposed to McIntyre Powder has launched a website which includes a voluntary worker registry.
Hamilton/Niagara Carpenters on board with WHSC Working at Heights training
June 17, 2015

Hamilton/Niagara Carpenters on board with WHSC Working at Heights training

Clearing hurdles should be a concern for track athletes, not construction trades looking to coordinate mandatory working at heights training for their members.
Manitoba to ease PTSD claims for all covered workers
June 16, 2015

Manitoba to ease PTSD claims for all covered workers

The Manitoba government recently introduced legislation that will provide the broadest workers compensation coverage in Canada for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ontario reviews employment laws in face of changing workplaces
June 16, 2015

Ontario reviews employment laws in face of changing workplaces

Public hearings began in Toronto today as the province reviews its employment laws, an opportunity say many to improve working conditions, especially for those in precarious work.
Barbara Turnbull journalist and former workplace shooting victim dies at age 50
June 15, 2015

Barbara Turnbull journalist and former workplace shooting victim dies at age 50

Toronto Star journalist, and former workplace shooting victim, Barbara Turnbull recently died of complications related to pneumonia.
WHSC facilitates fast compliance with MOL Working at Heights training laws
June 15, 2015

WHSC facilitates fast compliance with MOL Working at Heights training laws

Need quick access to Ministry of Labour approved Working at Heights training? Sign up today for one of the first programs recognized by the Ministry – namely the WHSC program.
IARC marks 50 years of cancer research
June 11, 2015

IARC marks 50 years of cancer research

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is celebrating 50 years of researching preventable exposures to cancer-causing agents.
CAREX and CELA to host webinar on carcinogen exposures
June 08, 2015

CAREX and CELA to host webinar on carcinogen exposures

CAREX Canada & Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) will host a webinar to discuss how carcinogen exposure estimates can be used in legal and advocacy work.
WHSC Working at Heights training opportunities available throughout June
May 28, 2015

WHSC Working at Heights training opportunities available throughout June

At the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) we are working hard to facilitate compliance with new Working at Heights training requirements.
MOL seeks input on proposed changes to suspended access equipment laws
May 26, 2015

MOL seeks input on proposed changes to suspended access equipment laws

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking public input on a proposal to amend requirements related to suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation.
WHSC student scholarship application deadline Friday, June 12
May 22, 2015

WHSC student scholarship application deadline Friday, June 12

High school students seeking a Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) 2015 post-secondary scholarship have just a few weeks left to apply.
A few spots remain for upcoming mandatory JHSC Certification training
May 21, 2015

A few spots remain for upcoming mandatory JHSC Certification training

Register today for Basic Certification Training to help build joint health and safety committee (JHSC) member competence and move closer to legal training compliance.
McIntyre Powder Project seeks justice for exposed miners
May 19, 2015

McIntyre Powder Project seeks justice for exposed miners

A new project hopes to raise awareness and support for miners who were exposed to McIntyre Powder and who may now suffer a work-related neurological disorder.
Nursing Week 2015 a focus for health and safety concerns
May 13, 2015

Nursing Week 2015 a focus for health and safety concerns

More than 60,000 front-line registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses and others are celebrating Nursing Week 2015 this week.
CREOD study looks at new assessment tool to improve JHSC effectiveness
May 12, 2015

CREOD study looks at new assessment tool to improve JHSC effectiveness

Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) recently completed a study of an assessment tool to increase joint health and safety committee (JHSC) effectiveness.
LIUNA/WHSC partner to deliver Working at Heights training and more
May 08, 2015

LIUNA/WHSC partner to deliver Working at Heights training and more

An approved training program, qualified instructors and first-class training facilities equals the capacity to comply with newly mandated working at heights training.
Legislation offers child performers new health and safety protections
May 07, 2015

Legislation offers child performers new health and safety protections

A new law in Ontario will change the obligations of employers who hire children for work in the entertainment industry.
Toronto-area bricklayers and WHSC deliver on new mandatory training needs
May 01, 2015

Toronto-area bricklayers and WHSC deliver on new mandatory training needs

When it comes to working at heights, the health and safety training needs of construction trades are as different as they are similar.
BBS safety practices on job sites linked to underreporting new study finds
April 28, 2015

BBS safety practices on job sites linked to underreporting new study finds

Workers report fewer work injuries and fear reporting them when behaviour-based safety practices include discipline, says a new study.
We Remember - A Day of Mourning Message
April 27, 2015

We Remember - A Day of Mourning Message

On April 28 workers, their union representatives, family, friends and community leaders will gather in communities across Ontario to remember.
WHSC adds new Working at Heights courses and online resources
April 24, 2015

WHSC adds new Working at Heights courses and online resources

Responding to the incredible demand for Working at Heights training the Workers Health & Safety Centre continues to expand our schedule of courses.
April 28—Will you attend a Day of Mourning event in your community?
April 23, 2015

April 28—Will you attend a Day of Mourning event in your community?

Next Tuesday, April 28, workers, their families and others will gather at community events across Ontario to remember those killed as a result of unsafe and unhealthy work.
Impact of endocrine disruptors in Europe costs billions annually, study says
April 22, 2015

Impact of endocrine disruptors in Europe costs billions annually, study says

A new study estimates exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals may cost the European Union more than $150 billion a year—a conservative figure say study authors.
JHSC Certification training—a few spots remain for May
April 20, 2015

JHSC Certification training—a few spots remain for May

The WHSC invites workplaces seeking to comply with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members to register now for Basic Certification training.
Ontario health and safety law accessible through new e-Laws website
April 17, 2015

Ontario health and safety law accessible through new e-Laws website

The Ontario government has launched the new e-Laws website where the public can access official copies of statutes and regulations including the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
Workers’ deaths from elevated platform reveals gap in OHS regulations
April 16, 2015

Workers’ deaths from elevated platform reveals gap in OHS regulations

The deaths of two workers who fell seven storeys when their elevated work platform collapsed highlights the need to update Ontario’s construction safety regulations.
Additional WHSC instructors poised to deliver new <i>Working at Heights</i> program
April 10, 2015

Additional WHSC instructors poised to deliver new Working at Heights program

The ranks of Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC)-qualified instructors ready to deliver the new Working at Heights training program continues to grow.
Survey seeks what information formats work best for you
April 09, 2015

Survey seeks what information formats work best for you

When it comes to the ways we obtain information, the number of choices has exploded.
WHSC supports community Day of Mourning events
April 07, 2015

WHSC supports community Day of Mourning events

On April 28, workers, their families and others will gather at community events across Ontario to remember those killed as a result of unsafe and unhealthy work.
Excessive sitting leads to significant risk to worker health
April 02, 2015

Excessive sitting leads to significant risk to worker health

Sitting for most of the workday can be extremely hazardous to your health—even with regular exercise, according to a study recently published by Toronto researchers.
WHSC adds several new courses to Working at Heights training schedule
April 02, 2015

WHSC adds several new courses to Working at Heights training schedule

Need access to Working at Heights training right away? Live in Barrie or Thunder Bay? Not a problem. WHSC has what you need.
Almost half of Canadian workers feel bullied on the job
April 01, 2015

Almost half of Canadian workers feel bullied on the job

Forty-five percent of Canadian workers report being bullied on the job, according to a 2014 nationwide survey.
WHSC ensures timely access to mandatory <i>Working at Heights</i> Training
March 31, 2015

WHSC ensures timely access to mandatory Working at Heights Training

Worried about missing work or risking work site shut downs because of new requirements for mandatory Working at Heights training? No need for concern.
LEED green building standard considers OHS prevention through design
March 26, 2015

LEED green building standard considers OHS prevention through design

The standard used to certify green buildings may be expanded to consider occupational health and safety hazards throughout the life cycle of a building.
New book by Karen Messing highlights OHS research gaps
March 25, 2015

New book by Karen Messing highlights OHS research gaps

With thirty-five years of health and safety research experience, Dr. Karen Messing says the quality and impact of research is far improved when you involve and talk to workers.
Register today—a few spots remain for April JHSC Certification training
March 23, 2015

Register today—a few spots remain for April JHSC Certification training

The WHSC invites workplaces seeking to comply with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members to register now for Basic Certification training.
Register today for specially-priced WHSC Working at Heights training
March 23, 2015

Register today for specially-priced WHSC Working at Heights training

Responding to immediate demand for quality Working at Heights training, WHSC has begun scheduling training in Ontario communities, at an introductory price.
MOL approves WHSC Working at Heights training
March 17, 2015

MOL approves WHSC Working at Heights training

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has gained official approval from the Ministry of Labour (MOL) to deliver a new mandatory Working at Heights training program.
MOL resource helps clarify who is a supervisor under health and safety law
March 16, 2015

MOL resource helps clarify who is a supervisor under health and safety law

After the employer, supervisors have the greatest legal responsibility for the health and safety of workers. A debate about who is a supervisor, however, continues.
WHSC Working at Heights training gains wider audience
March 13, 2015

WHSC Working at Heights training gains wider audience

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) is now the exclusive provider of working at heights training to thousands of London-area construction workers.
Employer training obligations under MOL microscope—WHSC training can help
March 05, 2015

Employer training obligations under MOL microscope—WHSC training can help

Employer obligations in terms of health and safety training are significant…and growing. And Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors are visiting workplaces to confirm compliance.
Ontario launches public consult on climate change
February 27, 2015

Ontario launches public consult on climate change

Ontarians eager to move the province towards a low carbon economy, including a commitment to good, green jobs, can have their say during recently launched public consultations.
New law designed to reduce assaults on public transit operators
February 27, 2015

New law designed to reduce assaults on public transit operators

People convicted of assaulting public transit operators could face stiffer punishment as a result of recent amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada.
A few seats remain—Mandatory JHSC Certification Training Scheduled in March
February 25, 2015

A few seats remain—Mandatory JHSC Certification Training Scheduled in March

Register today for Basic Certification Training to help build the competence of your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and move closer to legal training compliance.
Smartphone APP helps target workplace stress
January 22, 2015

Smartphone APP helps target workplace stress

Is work stressing you out? A new smartphone APP can help you understand why and provide a starting point for discussions to improve working conditions.
Act now to secure your seat for February mandatory supervisor training
January 20, 2015

Act now to secure your seat for February mandatory supervisor training

Ontario health and safety law requires employers to ensure supervisors complete an awareness training program within one week of beginning work as a supervisor.
Registration deadline fast approaching—February mandatory JHSC training
January 19, 2015

Registration deadline fast approaching—February mandatory JHSC training

Register today for Basic Certification training to help your workplace move closer to complying with joint health and safety committee (JHSC) training obligations.
Company directors jailed as a result of fatal health & safety violations
January 15, 2015

Company directors jailed as a result of fatal health & safety violations

Two directors of a Brampton–based furniture importer have been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to safety violations that resulted in a worker being killed.
WHSC applies for Working at heights training approval
January 12, 2015

WHSC applies for Working at heights training approval

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) submitted its Working at Heights course to the Ministry of Labour for review and approval today.
Ministry of Labour consults on workplace prevention programs
January 08, 2015

Ministry of Labour consults on workplace prevention programs

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking public input to help determine a future framework for workplace health and safety prevention programs in Ontario.
Changes to federal right to refuse provisions cause for concern and confusion
January 06, 2015

Changes to federal right to refuse provisions cause for concern and confusion

A new definition of danger under federal health and safety law is supposed to bring clarity to work refusal situations. It has instead created significant questions and concerns.
Lack of supervisor competency leads to employer guilty plea
December 19, 2014

Lack of supervisor competency leads to employer guilty plea

A Burlington, Ontario company was fined $70,000 for a workplace incident that led to a worker suffering bone fractures, amputation of the tip of one finger and other injuries.
Kick-start 2015 with mandatory Basic Certification training
December 18, 2014

Kick-start 2015 with mandatory Basic Certification training

Register now for January Basic Certification training to ensure your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) gets the essential and mandatory training required by law.
Manufacturer of swing-stage platforms fined $400,000 in deaths of four workers
December 17, 2014

Manufacturer of swing-stage platforms fined $400,000 in deaths of four workers

An Ottawa-based company that supplied the swing stage platform that collapsed on December 24, 2009, resulting in the deaths of four workers has been fined a total of $400,000.
Sexual harassment common in Canadian workplaces
December 17, 2014

Sexual harassment common in Canadian workplaces

More than one million Canadians have been sexually harassed at work in the last 24 months, according to a recent survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI).
MOL consultations respond to Construction Sector  Section 21 Committee
December 17, 2014

MOL consultations respond to Construction Sector Section 21 Committee

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is seeking feedback on three health and safety regulatory proposals for construction workers.
Government regulates mandatory working at heights training
December 15, 2014

Government regulates mandatory working at heights training

New regulatory changes in Ontario require every construction sector worker using fall protection to complete an approved working at heights training course by April 1, 2017.
Upcoming forum to examine links between work and breast cancer
December 08, 2014

Upcoming forum to examine links between work and breast cancer

A Toronto forum will examine workplace exposures that elevate the risk of breast cancer—a disease that will strike one in eight women in their lifetime.
CLC conducts first ever national survey on domestic violence and the workplace
December 03, 2014

CLC conducts first ever national survey on domestic violence and the workplace

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently partnered with the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first ever national survey on domestic violence in the workplace.
MOL seeks public input on proposal to merge GHS with WHMIS
December 01, 2014

MOL seeks public input on proposal to merge GHS with WHMIS

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is seeking input on a proposal to amend WHMIS-related laws to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
MOL proposes an expansion of noise protection to all workers
November 26, 2014

MOL proposes an expansion of noise protection to all workers

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking input on its proposal to extend noise protection laws to all Ontario workers.
Last chance to register – December JHSC Certification Part II Training
November 24, 2014

Last chance to register – December JHSC Certification Part II Training

Register now for Certification Workplace-Specific Hazard Training to ensure your workplace moves closer to complying with joint health and safety committee (JHSC) training obligations.
New report highlights hazards of salon work
November 21, 2014

New report highlights hazards of salon work

Hair and nail salons can expose workers to a daily barrage of chemicals capable of causing serious health effects says a new report.
Seminar highlights blueprint to a carcinogen-free economy
November 17, 2014

Seminar highlights blueprint to a carcinogen-free economy

“The so-called war on cancer is not going so well,” says Dr. David Kriebel, Co-Director, University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.
A few spots remain for final 2014 offering of JHSC Basic Certification Training
November 17, 2014

A few spots remain for final 2014 offering of JHSC Basic Certification Training

The WHSC’s Basic Certification program is an essential first step towards compliance with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members.
Celebrating 25 years—OHCOW conference showcases practical prevention tools
November 13, 2014

Celebrating 25 years—OHCOW conference showcases practical prevention tools

Celebrate the past and look forward to the future—the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) did both in equal measure at a conference marking their twenty-fifth anniversary.
Employers found to suppress work-related injury and illness claims
November 06, 2014

Employers found to suppress work-related injury and illness claims

Suppression of work-related injury and illness claims by employers is a real problem, according to reports prepared for compensation boards in Manitoba and Ontario.
Support for agricultural workers recognized at annual awards dinner
November 06, 2014

Support for agricultural workers recognized at annual awards dinner

A worker activist, his local union president, two legal clinics and a federal MP have been honoured for helping to improve the plight of migrant agricultural workers in Canada.
Last Call to Register—mandatory supervisor training scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3
October 28, 2014

Last Call to Register—mandatory supervisor training scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3

The WHSC has a few spots remaining for newly mandated supervisor health and safety training.
Promising pilot study confirms new method to track occupational cancers
October 27, 2014

Promising pilot study confirms new method to track occupational cancers

Ontario’s Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) recently reported on a promising new method to help assess and monitor factors that give rise to occupational cancer.
Seminar to explore current war on occupational/environmental cancer
October 24, 2014

Seminar to explore current war on occupational/environmental cancer

Researchers believe toxic environmental exposures, including those at work, may be responsible for seven to 19 per cent of all cancers.
Special Report: Elliot Lake Inquiry issues recommendations to help safeguard workers
October 24, 2014

Special Report: Elliot Lake Inquiry issues recommendations to help safeguard workers

The inquiry into an Elliot Lake mall collapse recommends changes which could improve disaster response, bolster the health and safety inspectorate and ultimately improve building safety.
A few spots remain for November JHSC Certification Training
October 22, 2014

A few spots remain for November JHSC Certification Training

The WHSC’s Basic Certification program is an essential first step towards compliance with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members.
Working multiple jobs found to increase injury risk
October 16, 2014

Working multiple jobs found to increase injury risk

Workers who juggle more than one job have a 27 per cent higher rate of work-related injury compared to those holding just one job.
Applications for CCOHS health & safety scholarship now being accepted
October 15, 2014

Applications for CCOHS health & safety scholarship now being accepted

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is accepting applications for the 2014/15 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
Co-op student’s death stresses need for legal protections
October 15, 2014

Co-op student’s death stresses need for legal protections

The recent death of an Ontario high school co-op student has prompted renewed calls for amendments to the province’s laws governing work.
WHSC awards 2014 post-secondary scholarships
October 07, 2014

WHSC awards 2014 post-secondary scholarships

Six Ontario students have been recognized with 2014 Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) post-secondary student scholarships.
Mandatory JHSC Certification Part II training offered in October
October 01, 2014

Mandatory JHSC Certification Part II training offered in October

Register today for workplace-specific Certification Training to ensure your workplace moves closer to complying with joint health and safety committee (JHSC) training obligations.
Toronto community holds forum on rail safety in wake of Lac-Mégantic tragedy
September 26, 2014

Toronto community holds forum on rail safety in wake of Lac-Mégantic tragedy

In the wake of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy citizens from the Junction, a small Toronto community, recently held a forum to voice concerns on rail safety in their neighbourhood.
Cancer burden of diesel exhaust steep for exposed workers
September 24, 2014

Cancer burden of diesel exhaust steep for exposed workers

Almost five per cent of all lung cancers diagnosed in Canadian males each year are attributable to occupational exposure to diesel engine exhaust (DEE).
WHO calls for ban of e-cigarette use indoors
September 23, 2014

WHO calls for ban of e-cigarette use indoors

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to implement tougher rules around electronic cigarettes in a bid to protect public health.
Register today—a few spots remain for October JHSC Basic Cert Training
September 19, 2014

Register today—a few spots remain for October JHSC Basic Cert Training

The WHSC’s Basic Certification program is an essential first step towards compliance with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members.
IWH plenary to introduce new gender, work and health research program
September 05, 2014

IWH plenary to introduce new gender, work and health research program

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is hosting an open plenary to launch a new five-year research program exploring how sex and gender matter in work and health.
WHSC 2014/15 Community Schedule Focused on Growing Training Obligations
August 21, 2014

WHSC 2014/15 Community Schedule Focused on Growing Training Obligations

The WHSC community-based training schedule is designed to assist employers seeking to comply with their extensive health and safety training obligations.
WHSC schedules mandatory supervisor training for September
August 01, 2014

WHSC schedules mandatory supervisor training for September

Ontario health and safety law now requires employers to ensure supervisors complete an awareness training program within one week of beginning work as a supervisor.
Register today—WHSC schedules mandatory JHSC Basic Cert training in September
July 31, 2014

Register today—WHSC schedules mandatory JHSC Basic Cert training in September

The WHSC’s Basic Certification program is an essential first step towards compliance with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members.
OHCOW to host 25th Anniversary Conference
July 24, 2014

OHCOW to host 25th Anniversary Conference

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW) is pleased to announce their 25th Anniversary Conference to be held October 30-31, 2014.
One in four Canadians have experienced workplace harassment
July 21, 2014

One in four Canadians have experienced workplace harassment

Twenty three per cent of Canadians say they have experienced workplace harassment, according to a recent poll commissioned by Queen’s University School of Business.
Tripping hazard leads to worker injury and employer conviction
July 17, 2014

Tripping hazard leads to worker injury and employer conviction

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Ontario) was recently fined $50,000 for failing to address a known tripping hazard that lead to a worker suffering a broken arm.
Fatal Ottawa boiler explosion results in $300,000 fine
July 08, 2014

Fatal Ottawa boiler explosion results in $300,000 fine

Failure to provide health and safety training and a workplace prevention program were the subject of recent fines levied against Public Works and Government Services Canada.
Seeking relief from summer heat and related hazards
July 04, 2014

Seeking relief from summer heat and related hazards

Just a few weeks into summer and dangerously hot temperatures have already led to heat alerts in many Ontario communities.
WHSC releases new training program for chainsaw operators
June 24, 2014

WHSC releases new training program for chainsaw operators

Joining the extensive suite of WHSC operator training programs is the newly released Chainsaw Operator training.
WHSC launches new Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging operator training
June 19, 2014

WHSC launches new Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging operator training

Overheads cranes, hoists and their rigging components are essential to the operation of many industrial workplaces.
New guide offers insights on effective health and safety representation
June 03, 2014

New guide offers insights on effective health and safety representation

Recent research forms the basis for a new resource guide intended to help worker health and safety representatives participate more effectively in the workplace.
Restricting comp claims for chronic mental stress violates Canada’s Charter
May 27, 2014

Restricting comp claims for chronic mental stress violates Canada’s Charter

Affected workers may now be entitled to compensation from Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for work-related chronic mental stress.
WHSC High School Scholarship entry deadline June 13, 2014
May 23, 2014

WHSC High School Scholarship entry deadline June 13, 2014

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) invites high school students to submit an entry for the 14th annual WHSC Student Scholarship Initiative.
Ontario Government Invites Consultation on Changes to Occupational Exposure Regs
April 29, 2014

Ontario Government Invites Consultation on Changes to Occupational Exposure Regs

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to occupational exposure limits (OELs) including a new, “more flexible” process for OEL adoption.
WHSC releases new Training for School Lockdowns
April 29, 2014

WHSC releases new Training for School Lockdowns

With educational institutions increasingly faced with incidents requiring them to initiate lockdowns, having a plan for emergency preparedness and crisis management is vital.
A focus for Day of Mourning — leading OHS indicators
April 25, 2014

A focus for Day of Mourning — leading OHS indicators

On April 28, communities across Ontario will gather to remember workers who have been killed, suffer disease or injury as a result of work.
NNEWH to host talk on how to make nail salons healthier places to work and visit
April 24, 2014

NNEWH to host talk on how to make nail salons healthier places to work and visit

The NNEWH is teaming up with the Central Toronto Community Health Centre to host an informative evening on how to make nail salons healthier places to work and visit.
Feds looking for feedback on proposed amendments to On Board Trains Regulations
April 22, 2014

Feds looking for feedback on proposed amendments to On Board Trains Regulations

The federal government is accepting public comments on proposed regulations to amend the On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.
Federal government tables legislation  for new chemical labelling requirements
April 16, 2014

Federal government tables legislation for new chemical labelling requirements

The Canadian government has introduced Bill C-31 to amend WHMIS-related laws allowing for the implementation of a single global system for sharing chemical hazard information.
WHSC launches new Documenting Health and Safety training program
March 27, 2014

WHSC launches new Documenting Health and Safety training program

It is critical to know how to gather and use information when identifying, tracking and resolving workplace health and safety concerns.
National Day of Mourning, April 28 Complete Ontario event listing now online
March 26, 2014

National Day of Mourning, April 28 Complete Ontario event listing now online

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. Join the thousands of Ontarians who will honour workers killed or suffering injury or disease caused by hazardous working conditions.
Seminar to explore causal link between work-related stress and cancer
March 25, 2014

Seminar to explore causal link between work-related stress and cancer

Psychological stress has recently been listed as a high-priority exposure for review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Ontario Ministry seeks input on Working at Heights Training
March 24, 2014

Ontario Ministry seeks input on Working at Heights Training

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) has launched public consultations on their plans for mandatory working at heights training.
Web-based resources highlight harmful chemicals and safer alternatives
March 19, 2014

Web-based resources highlight harmful chemicals and safer alternatives

A web-based guide developed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) can help workplaces find safer alternatives to harmful chemicals.
Restaurant convicted and fined for failing to comply with MOL orders
March 07, 2014

Restaurant convicted and fined for failing to comply with MOL orders

A Toronto sports bar has been fined $110,000 for failing to comply with health and safety orders, including a requirement to establish a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).
Employer complies with order to provide guard for an armoured car crew
February 28, 2014

Employer complies with order to provide guard for an armoured car crew

Brinks armoured car crews in Peterborough, Ontario will each have a guard—in compliance with a decision by a federal health and safety officer upholding a work refusal.
IARC Report calls for urgent cancer prevention measures
February 04, 2014

IARC Report calls for urgent cancer prevention measures

The world’s leading cancer researchers are calling for swift action and more effective prevention strategies to halt the spiralling cost and impact of cancer.
Webinar series to explore alternatives to harmful chemicals
January 24, 2014

Webinar series to explore alternatives to harmful chemicals

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is hosting a series of webinars offering insight into safer chemical alternatives.
Survey to study impact of domestic violence in the workplace
January 23, 2014

Survey to study impact of domestic violence in the workplace

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and Western University are partners in a unique survey to study the impact of domestic violence on Canadian workers and workplaces.
WHSCtraining: One name, three social media platforms waiting for you to weigh in
January 22, 2014

WHSCtraining: One name, three social media platforms waiting for you to weigh in

Trusted, timely, and relevant sources of information are the hallmark of Workers Health & Safety Centre social media sites.
New study to look at effectiveness of Canada’s Workplace Mental Health Standard
January 17, 2014

New study to look at effectiveness of Canada’s Workplace Mental Health Standard

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (the MHCC) is partnering with 25 companies over the next three years to assess the impact of adopting Canada’s workplace mental health standard.
NIOSH releases new document on controlling worker exposure to nanomaterials
December 20, 2013

NIOSH releases new document on controlling worker exposure to nanomaterials

NIOSH has released a new document discussing approaches and strategies to protect workers from harmful exposure during nanomaterial manufacturing, use, and handling processes.
WHSC e-class offers mandatory supervisor health and safety training
December 20, 2013

WHSC e-class offers mandatory supervisor health and safety training

Want to comply now with Ontario’s new law requiring mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training for supervisors?
Ontario Government to Review Mine Safety
December 18, 2013

Ontario Government to Review Mine Safety

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced they will launch a formal Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review.
Worker killed and supervisor jailed as a result of health and safety violations
December 02, 2013

Worker killed and supervisor jailed as a result of health and safety violations

A Brampton, Ontario-based roofing company was recently fined $50,000 and its supervisor jailed 15 days for violating the Occupational Health & Safety Act (the Act) and killing a worker.
Aging workforce: IWH plenary explores health and safety solutions
November 28, 2013

Aging workforce: IWH plenary explores health and safety solutions

Designing work to fit the needs of an aging workforce will benefit the health and well-being of all workers, says Dr. Harry Shannon of McMaster University’s Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics.
Knowledge activists more effective as health and safety reps, study finds
November 27, 2013

Knowledge activists more effective as health and safety reps, study finds

Worker representatives have more workplace impact when they engage in a variety of activities that build both knowledge and relationships, says a new study.
New worker/supervisor training regulation announced
November 18, 2013

New worker/supervisor training regulation announced

Changes to Ontario health and safety law will require workers and supervisors to complete basic occupational health and safety awareness training.
Coroner's jury calls for certified equipment operator training
November 15, 2013

Coroner's jury calls for certified equipment operator training

A coroner’s inquest jury investigating the death of Windsor construction worker, Takis Escoto, has made six recommendations all directed at the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), including mandatory certified training for heavy equipment operators.
Basic Certification: A few spots remain for December training near you
November 15, 2013

Basic Certification: A few spots remain for December training near you

The WHSC invites workplaces seeking to comply with training obligations for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members to register today for Basic Certification training.
Toronto plenary to look at geographic differences in reported work injuries
November 05, 2013

Toronto plenary to look at geographic differences in reported work injuries

Toronto-based Institute for Work and Health (IWH) is hosting an open plenary exploring work injury variations across Canadian regions and provinces.
IWH issues report on leading indicators
October 31, 2013

IWH issues report on leading indicators

A report by Ontario’s Institute for Work & Health (IWH) supports ongoing efforts to identify and measure workplace risk factors that may help predict and potentially prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
Federal Budget Bill Proposes to Amend Health & Safety Law
October 25, 2013

Federal Budget Bill Proposes to Amend Health & Safety Law

Bill C-4, the federal government’s 302-page budget implementation bill contains several proposed amendments to Canadian occupational health and safety law. Tabled October 22, 2013, the proposed amendments:
Worker participation and unions keys to safer workplaces
October 17, 2013

Worker participation and unions keys to safer workplaces

Direct worker participation makes a big difference in reducing workplace injury rates, according to a fact sheet published by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute.
Toronto plenary to explore health and safety and the aging workforce
October 17, 2013

Toronto plenary to explore health and safety and the aging workforce

Toronto-based Institute for Work and Health (IWH) is hosting an open plenary looking into health and safety-related issues for Canada’s aging workforce.
Construction worker falls to death: MOL issues stop work orders
October 16, 2013

Construction worker falls to death: MOL issues stop work orders

The tragic death of a construction worker has led Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors to shut down a Waterloo construction site until fall protection controls are implemented.
WHSC gets social
October 03, 2013

WHSC gets social

Looking for a little more ‘face time’ with the Workers Health & Safety Centre? You can now follow WHSCtraining on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
MOL calls for action on fall prevention
September 30, 2013

MOL calls for action on fall prevention

Responding to a recent rash of worker deaths as a result of falls, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has stepped up enforcement efforts in the construction sector.
Worker deaths lead to $1,050,000 fine for Vale Canada Limited
September 19, 2013

Worker deaths lead to $1,050,000 fine for Vale Canada Limited

Vale Canada Limited (Vale) has been fined more than $1,000,000 for violating the Occupational Health & Safety Act (the Act) resulting in two miners being killed in June, 2011.
Toxics reduction Tool Kit offers cancer prevention resources for work, home
September 19, 2013

Toxics reduction Tool Kit offers cancer prevention resources for work, home

Toronto residents and workplace representatives have a new tool to help them exercise their ‘right to know’ about cancer-causing chemicals found in their neighbourhoods and workplaces.
Appeal leads to higher fine for swing stage collapse fatalities
September 11, 2013

Appeal leads to higher fine for swing stage collapse fatalities

An Ontario Appeal Court has ruled a $200,000 fine for the 2009 swing stage collapse tragedy “fails to convey the need to deliver a message on the importance of worker safety.”
Sarnia Event to Remember Asbestos Victims
September 06, 2013

Sarnia Event to Remember Asbestos Victims

Exposure to asbestos continues to be the single largest killer of workers in Ontario.
Toronto ChemTRAC toxics reduction grants available
August 21, 2013

Toronto ChemTRAC toxics reduction grants available

The City of Toronto is again offering grants from $1,000 to $25,000 for projects that promote the reduction of toxic chemicals in the community.
Toronto ChemTRAC report helps target cancer prevention, toxics reduction
August 14, 2013

Toronto ChemTRAC report helps target cancer prevention, toxics reduction

Cancer prevention, toxics reduction, air quality studies and helping at risk communities are among the stated priorities in Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) 2013 ChemTRAC Report.
St. Catharines Petitions for Welland Canal Workers Memorial
May 14, 2013

St. Catharines Petitions for Welland Canal Workers Memorial

A local St. Catharines, Ontario newspaper is seeking signatures for their online petition to build a Welland Canal Workers Memorial.
Work-related injuries, illnesses and death are alarmingly underreported
April 26, 2013

Work-related injuries, illnesses and death are alarmingly underreported

Thousands of injuries, illnesses and deaths go unreported by employers, supervisors or workers even though reporting is mandated by law.
A Day of Mourning Message from Dave Killham, Executive Director, WHSC
April 25, 2013

A Day of Mourning Message from Dave Killham, Executive Director, WHSC

“Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living.” On April 28, International Day of Mourning, this slogan will echo worldwide.
New MOL Document Highlights Employer Obligations Relating to Patient Handling
April 17, 2013

New MOL Document Highlights Employer Obligations Relating to Patient Handling

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most prevalent injury among health care workers. And many of these disorders are suffered by workers who lift, transfer and reposition patients.
WHEN Hosts Spring Film Series: Get Your Green On!
April 11, 2013

WHEN Hosts Spring Film Series: Get Your Green On!

The Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) is hosting Get Your Green On! a spring film series at the Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Ave.).
Association of Canadian Ergonomists invites research proposals
March 22, 2013

Association of Canadian Ergonomists invites research proposals

The Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC) of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) is accepting research proposals on certain topics of current interest to OERC for 2013.
United Nations Report on Endocrine Disruptors Highlights Significant Disease Risk
March 06, 2013

United Nations Report on Endocrine Disruptors Highlights Significant Disease Risk

The disease risk caused by endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be significantly underestimated, according to a report recently published by the WHO and the UNEP.
Supervisor competency to remain a target for MOL construction blitzes
February 22, 2013

Supervisor competency to remain a target for MOL construction blitzes

A recent Ministry of Labour (MOL) report raises serious concerns for worker safety, supervisor competency and employer compliance in the construction sector.
New Canadian Standard Focuses on Workplace Mental Health
February 20, 2013

New Canadian Standard Focuses on Workplace Mental Health

A new workplace mental health standard offers a process and tools the authors say will help create and sustain psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.
New Resource Focuses on Stress and Mental Injury Prevention
November 29, 2012

New Resource Focuses on Stress and Mental Injury Prevention

More than one in four Canadian workers say their daily lives are highly stressful (2011 Statistics Canada report). More than 60 per cent of those “stressed” report work as the main problem.
Public Works pleads guilty for failing to provide health and safety training
November 28, 2012

Public Works pleads guilty for failing to provide health and safety training

The federal Public Works department has pleaded guilty to three of eight charges laid against them for labour code violations following an explosion at an Ottawa boiler plant.
OCRC receives million dollar grant to study burden of occupational cancer
November 27, 2012

OCRC receives million dollar grant to study burden of occupational cancer

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) will receive a one million dollar grant to examine the human and economic impact of workplace exposure to carcinogens.
Remembering WHSC Founder Clifford Pilkey
November 21, 2012

Remembering WHSC Founder Clifford Pilkey

That unmistakable voice — booming and authoritative — speaking out for working people resounds still especially among those connected with the (WHSC).
Asbestos disease symposium builds community of concern and action
October 16, 2012

Asbestos disease symposium builds community of concern and action

Some 500 Ontario workers will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer this year. Many more will suffer in silence, unaware that decade’s old exposures are robbing them of their health.
Gas and dash worker death prompts new hotline, calls for protective laws
October 03, 2012

Gas and dash worker death prompts new hotline, calls for protective laws

The death of a Toronto gas station attendant has prompted a province-wide awareness campaign and a private member’s bill seeking greater legal protection for vulnerable workers.
IARC Reclassifies Diesel Engine Exhaust as Carcinogenic to Humans
September 27, 2012

IARC Reclassifies Diesel Engine Exhaust as Carcinogenic to Humans

Diesel engine exhaust has long been considered a significant threat to worker and public health. However, it’s now officially considered a human carcinogen.
Workplace bullying increases worker desire to quit
September 25, 2012

Workplace bullying increases worker desire to quit

Nurses who are bullied and those who witness bullying report a similarly high desire to quit, according to a study conducted by University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers.
Quebec action triggers federal reversal on asbestos
September 20, 2012

Quebec action triggers federal reversal on asbestos

Quebec’s Premier-elect, Pauline Marois, has announced her government will cancel a $58 million loan guarantee to the owners of Jeffrey mine, the province’s last working asbestos mine.
Study confirms higher injury risk for new workers persists over time
September 19, 2012

Study confirms higher injury risk for new workers persists over time

For nearly a century, studies have consistently shown that newly hired workers are more likely to be injured than those with longer job tenures.
Shift work raises risk of heart attacks and strokes
August 19, 2012

Shift work raises risk of heart attacks and strokes

Working shifts increases the risk of suffering a major vascular event, including a stroke and heart attack, according to a new study led by Canadian researchers.
WHSC Courses Accredited for Water Works Operators
July 03, 2012

WHSC Courses Accredited for Water Works Operators

The Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO) has recently accredited six Workers Health & Safety Centre training courses.
Metron Construction pleads guilty to criminal charge in scaffolding deaths
June 25, 2012

Metron Construction pleads guilty to criminal charge in scaffolding deaths

Metron Construction has pleaded guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing death in connection with a 2009 scaffolding incident that killed four workers.
Finding relief from heat, humidity and ultraviolet radiation
June 19, 2012

Finding relief from heat, humidity and ultraviolet radiation

For many, the arrival of summer is cause for celebration. For others, including workers and employers, it can be cause for concern.