Workers Health & Safety Centre

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WHSC Lockout program overhauled
February 05, 2018

WHSC Lockout program overhauled

The WHSC three-hour Lockout program has been revamped to enrich the learning process, add new resources and ensure the most current legislation is captured.
New 2017 CSA standard on Fall Arresters and Vertical Lifelines remains voluntary—for now
November 24, 2017

New 2017 CSA standard on Fall Arresters and Vertical Lifelines remains voluntary—for now

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) released a new version of the Standard on Fall Arresters and Vertical Lifelines this past summer, however it remains a voluntary practice.
Critical info about coaching and evaluating Working at Heights training demos
November 22, 2017

Critical info about coaching and evaluating Working at Heights training demos

Every Working at Heights participant must show they can correctly put on.
Revisions to JHSC Basic Certification Training keep participants current
September 19, 2017

Revisions to JHSC Basic Certification Training keep participants current

The WHSC Basic Certification program has been revised to incorporate the new noise regulation, injury/disease reporting tools and updates to case studies.
A closer look at WHSC’s new Certification Refresher program
August 22, 2017

A closer look at WHSC’s new Certification Refresher program

The WHSC is now approved to deliver all training required by JHSC members to gain and maintain Certification status, including Certification Refresher training.
WHSC releases new combined Construction/Industrial Forklift Operator training
July 21, 2017

WHSC releases new combined Construction/Industrial Forklift Operator training

The Workers Health and Safety Centre now offers a single forklift training program designed for operators of various forklifts used in the construction sector.
WHSC releases Version 6 of Working at Heights training program
May 10, 2017

WHSC releases Version 6 of Working at Heights training program

The Workers Health and Safety Centre has recently revised our Ministry of Labour (MOL)-approved Working at Heights training program.
The Working at Heights training rush is on – your help is needed now!
February 28, 2017

The Working at Heights training rush is on – your help is needed now!

We need your immediate help – and in fact, the help of every WHSC instructor qualified to deliver Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Working at Heights training.
Fall protection in powered elevating work platforms (PEWP)
January 19, 2017

Fall protection in powered elevating work platforms (PEWP)

Powered Elevating Work Platforms include boom lifts and scissor lifts from which work can be done at height. PEWPs have a high centre of balance when a worker is on the platform and tipping accidents have resulted in deaths. The risk of tipping increases when moving over uneven ground.
WHSC Releases Basic Certification Version 11.0
October 18, 2016

WHSC Releases Basic Certification Version 11.0

Revisions to WHSC Basic Certification incorporate legislative changes and respond to instructors’ feedback to improve training and assist in successful delivery of the program.
Updated WHSC Workplace Violence and Harassment training – What’s Changed
October 17, 2016

Updated WHSC Workplace Violence and Harassment training – What’s Changed

The Workers Health & Safety Centre’s, Workplace Violence and Harassment hazard training module was recently revised in light of Bill 132.
Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator Version 4.0
October 05, 2016

Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator Version 4.0

The Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator training program is a revision of the Workers Health & Safety Centre Elevating Work Platform Operator program
New Combined Skid Steer & Mini Excavator Operator Training
September 29, 2016

New Combined Skid Steer & Mini Excavator Operator Training

The Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) has developed a new two day program designed to help workers understand safety aspects of operating skid steers and mini excavators.
Understanding Codes of Practice
September 20, 2016

Understanding Codes of Practice

The Minister of Labour has approved “A Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.”
WHSC Mini Excavator Operator training undergoes overhaul
September 13, 2016

WHSC Mini Excavator Operator training undergoes overhaul

Ontario health and safety law requires workers who operate mobile equipment, including mini excavators, to be competent.
Still time to register! WHSC Training Conference (June 24 & 25, Toronto, ON)
June 20, 2016

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

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

WHSC Conference aims to confront threats to quality worker training

Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) training as our movement knows and values is under significant threat.
WHSC creating review tools to support instructors
May 17, 2016

WHSC creating review tools to support instructors

Do session plans for WHSC training programs help safeguard worker health and safety? You bet — but only if followed!
Registration Opens for WHSC Worker Training Conference
May 13, 2016

Registration Opens for WHSC Worker Training Conference

Strategies and techniques to secure the highest quality training possible for workers and their representatives will be the focus of an upcoming WHSC Conference.
WHSC to host conference focused on strategies and techniques for quality worker training
May 05, 2016

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

Delivering the highest quality occupational health and safety training to workers and their representatives remains the WHSC’s number one priority. In our current context however ensuring continued access to this training is not without its challenges.
Clarification on Changes to Table 1 of the Bio/Chem Agents Regulation
March 16, 2016

Clarification on Changes to Table 1 of the Bio/Chem Agents Regulation

In late 2010 there were amendments to the Regulation 833, Control of Exposure to Biological and Chemical Agents, that were not well communicated by the Ministry of Labour.
Federal Committees and Representatives Training Program is Now Updated
December 14, 2015

Federal Committees and Representatives Training Program is Now Updated

This Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) 12-hour training program is intended to support the essential work of federal health and safety committee members and representatives.
 WHSC Releases Revised <i>Working at Heights</i> Program
November 25, 2015

WHSC Releases Revised Working at Heights Program

Thanks to the feedback from instructors, participants and union representatives, WHSC’s Working at Heights program has been recently improved.
Help us get WHSC training to workers
March 02, 2015

Help us get WHSC training to workers

As a WHSC-qualified Instructor you know Ontario employers are legally charged with the greatest responsibility for workplace health and safety.
WHSC launches new propane operator program
January 07, 2015

WHSC launches new propane operator program

This new Propane for CH-O2 ROT program is designed give participants the skills and knowledge they need to operate construction propane torches and heaters up to 400,000 BTU/h.
Still time for WHSC Instructors to take advantage of special free registration to OHCOW Conference
October 01, 2014

Still time for WHSC Instructors to take advantage of special free registration to OHCOW Conference

A few spots remain for the exceptional offer, but time is running out.
Special Free Registration to OHCOW Conference for WHSC Instructors
September 22, 2014

Special Free Registration to OHCOW Conference for WHSC Instructors

To mark their 25th anniversary, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is hosting a special educational conference in Toronto, October 30th and 31st.
WHSC releases Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging and Refresher Versions 1.0
May 27, 2014

WHSC releases Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging and Refresher Versions 1.0

The WHSC has developed two new training programs for operators of cranes hoists and rigging equipment.
WHSC Stress in the Workplace Updated to Version 2.0
May 05, 2014

WHSC Stress in the Workplace Updated to Version 2.0

This WHSC three-hour Certification Hazard-Specific module was completely rewritten to include updated information, highlight key points, and provide more engaging activities.
Version 3.0 of WHSC <i>Compressed Gas</i> program is now available for booking
May 02, 2014

Version 3.0 of WHSC Compressed Gas program is now available for booking

WHSC has recently released a new, extensively revised version of Compressed Gas.
Lockdown: A Crisis Response ─ a new WHSC program release
April 08, 2014

Lockdown: A Crisis Response ─ a new WHSC program release

This three-hour training program is developed in response to incidents of random violence in schools, colleges, and universities.
WHSC updates <i>Walking and Working Surfaces</i> to Version 3.0
March 31, 2014

WHSC updates Walking and Working Surfaces to Version 3.0

This three-hour training program addresses hazards that cause injuries when workers slip, trip or fall while walking and working on the same level, or from a height.
WHSC releases new Documenting Health and Safety training program
March 27, 2014

WHSC releases new Documenting Health and Safety training program

Documenting Health and Safety is a new three-hour training program from the WHSC.
WHSC develops new Chainsaw Operator Training Program
March 24, 2014

WHSC develops new Chainsaw Operator Training Program

Chain Saw Operator is a new WHSC training program designed to equip participants with an understanding of chainsaw features, applicable legislation, hazards, and control measures.
Occupational Health and Safety Training and Awareness Regulation
January 09, 2014

Occupational Health and Safety Training and Awareness Regulation

On Thursday November 14th, the Government of Ontario filed the “Occupational Health and Safety Training and Awareness” regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Regulatory failure lead to Sunrise explosion
October 09, 2013

Regulatory failure lead to Sunrise explosion

The 2008 dramatic and deadly explosion at the Sunrise Propane facility in northwest Toronto has led to convictions against the company....
Ontario Court dismisses appeal of “unforeseeable” accident
September 17, 2013

Ontario Court dismisses appeal of “unforeseeable” accident

An Ontario Superior Court Justice has dismissed an appeal by Tembec Inc. in which the company argued the trial judge had wrongly believed a dangerous situation was foreseeable.
Supreme Court rejects random alcohol testing
September 10, 2013

Supreme Court rejects random alcohol testing

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a ruling that could make it harder for employers to unilaterally impose mandatory, random alcohol tests – in the name of safety.
Version 4.0 of WHSC Noise Module turns up the volume on noise hazards
March 21, 2013

Version 4.0 of WHSC Noise Module turns up the volume on noise hazards

This long-standing WHSC module benefits from an extensive overhaul – emphasis on extensive.
OLRB reinstates worker fired in work refusal reprisal
February 25, 2013

OLRB reinstates worker fired in work refusal reprisal

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled in favour of a worker who was fired in a reprisal for staging a health and safety work refusal.
Appeal Court rules on fatal/critical reporting requirements
February 22, 2013

Appeal Court rules on fatal/critical reporting requirements

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision requiring an employer, Blue Mountain Resorts, to report the death of a non-worker on its premises to the MOL.
Ontario court decision gives big boost to BBS
February 21, 2013

Ontario court decision gives big boost to BBS

A recent Ontario court decision has given a boost to behavioral-based advocates. The decision sets aside a previous conviction for failing to....in a worker’s injuries.
WHSC releases Elevating Work Platforms Operator Training
January 30, 2013

WHSC releases Elevating Work Platforms Operator Training

Elevating work platforms are equipment designed to allow workers to work safely at heights.
WHSC revises <i>Level II Law – Provincial</i>
November 06, 2012

WHSC revises Level II Law – Provincial

Changes to the WHSC 30-hour Level II Law training program reflect recent legislative amendments to Ontario health and safety law and evolving interpretation of the law.
New WHSC <i>Patient Handling</i> module available
November 05, 2012

New WHSC Patient Handling module available

Handling patients is a significant hazard to workers in the health care sector.
WHSC releases new mini excavator program for worker operators
November 02, 2012

WHSC releases new mini excavator program for worker operators

The newly released WHSC Mini Excavator Operator program is the latest offering in a comprehensive suite of vehicle and mobile equipment training programs for worker operators.
 Ruling out competitive disadvantage OLRB dismissed suspension application
November 01, 2012

Ruling out competitive disadvantage OLRB dismissed suspension application

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has dismissed an application by Steam Whistle Brewing to suspend orders relating to delivery of large beer kegs to bars and restaurants.
WHSC Overhauls Appeals (Provincial) Program
September 13, 2012

WHSC Overhauls Appeals (Provincial) Program

The Workers Health & Safety Centre’s Appeals-Provincial Program (Version 2.0) has undergone a major overhaul.
WHSC releases <i>Welding Hazards</i> Version 3.0
August 30, 2012

WHSC releases Welding Hazards Version 3.0

The Workers Health & Safety Centre has revised the Welding Hazards training program to include the following core elements.
OLRB dismisses application to suspend orders in infection control case
August 24, 2012

OLRB dismisses application to suspend orders in infection control case

On July 6, 2012, the Ontario Labour Relations Board dismissed an application from ACCQcorp, a sleep disorder clinic in Waterloo, to suspend orders...
WHSC clarifies educational techniques
August 23, 2012

WHSC clarifies educational techniques

As part of our recent revisions to the WHSC’s Instructor Training program, our program development department has reviewed the educational techniques used across our programs.
From <i>Machine Guarding</i> to <i>Moving Machine Parts</i>
August 13, 2012

From Machine Guarding to Moving Machine Parts

Exposed machine parts can maim and kill workers. Their control remains a serious issue in Ontario workplaces.
Updates to WHSC <i>Fall Protection</i> training go beyond standard devices
August 01, 2012

Updates to WHSC Fall Protection training go beyond standard devices

The WHSC has recently updated the Fall Protection training program. This is a four-hour program designed for the construction sector.
New WHSC training addresses industrial safety hazards
July 31, 2012

New WHSC training addresses industrial safety hazards

Industrial workers in machine shops or other small manufacturing plants are exposed to a multitude of safety hazards.
Level II Law Courses – to ship with Act/Code and Regulations
July 24, 2012

Level II Law Courses – to ship with Act/Code and Regulations

Going forward, the WHSC will ship a copy the Act or Code and applicable regulations, for each participant.
Steering clear of hazards with WHSC new Skid Steer Safety Training
May 17, 2012

Steering clear of hazards with WHSC new Skid Steer Safety Training

Skid steers lend themselves to applications in many sectors including construction, farming and manufacturing. They can also pose serious occupational health and safety concerns.
WHSC updates <i>Hazards of Mould Program</i> with new Ontario guidelines
May 16, 2012

WHSC updates Hazards of Mould Program with new Ontario guidelines

The WHSC has updated their Hazards of Mould training program to include the 2010 Mould Abatement Guidelines published by the Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO).
Version 2.0 of  <i>Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition</i> program available
May 11, 2012

Version 2.0 of Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition program available

WHSC program developers updated this important program to reflect the consolidation of confined space regulations....
Errata – Basic Certification Version 7
May 10, 2012

Errata – Basic Certification Version 7

Worksheet 1 of module 12 (Hazard Assessment) of Basic Certification allows participants to practice and demonstrate their knowledge of how to....
WHSC releases <i>Regulations for Construction Projects</i> Version 3
May 08, 2012

WHSC releases Regulations for Construction Projects Version 3

This three-hour program, intended for workers and worker representatives in the construction sector, orients participants to the construction sector regulations...
Court rules independent contractors count as “regularly employed” workers
May 07, 2012

Court rules independent contractors count as “regularly employed” workers

An important Ontario Court of Appeal ruling has far-reaching implications for determining whether a workplace must establish a JHSC or ....
WHSC updates Confined Spaces CHS Module
May 04, 2012

WHSC updates Confined Spaces CHS Module

The WHSC has released Version 5.0 of this popular, three-hour Certification hazard-specific training module.
Engineering reports must state “not likely to endanger a worker”, OLRB rules
May 03, 2012

Engineering reports must state “not likely to endanger a worker”, OLRB rules

Reports produced by professional engineers for employers must specifically state if the equipment, machinery or device is not likely to endanger a worker.
OLRB rules  “No Lift” policy covers EMS workers in non-emergency situations
April 26, 2012

OLRB rules “No Lift” policy covers EMS workers in non-emergency situations

When an infirm resident at the Oak Park LaSalle private retirement home in Windsor couldn’t move from her chair to bed, supervisors at the home were left with a problem.
Office Work Environment module shift focus to light noise and ergonomics
April 20, 2012

Office Work Environment module shift focus to light noise and ergonomics

The Office Work Environment training program is one of the modules in the Office and Professional Sector Stream.
Feedback prompts revisions to <i>Workplace Violence and Harassment</i> module
March 23, 2012

Feedback prompts revisions to Workplace Violence and Harassment module

The WHSC last revised their workplace Violence and Harassment training program in July 2010, in response to related Bill 168 amendments to the OHSA.
Defining
July 27, 2011

Defining "Notification Requirements Under the Act"

Sections 51, 52 and 53 set out the requirements for employers to advise the union, the JHSC or H&S representative and the MOL of workplace incidents.
WHSC releases Version 4.0 of Hazards of Personal Protective Equipment
July 27, 2011

WHSC releases Version 4.0 of Hazards of Personal Protective Equipment

The WHSC recognizes that while the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not normally the first line of defense against workplace hazards.
WHSC begins change-over of instructor manual format
May 24, 2011

WHSC begins change-over of instructor manual format

Work has begun on a change-over of all bound instructor manuals to our loose-leafed, three-hole punched format ready to be inserted into a binder.
Revising the WHSC Supervisors’ Training Program
May 05, 2011

Revising the WHSC Supervisors’ Training Program

Supervisors play a critical role in the workplace because they have the authority to oversee the work of others.
Amended Confined Spaces and Sectors Regulations
April 21, 2011

Amended Confined Spaces and Sectors Regulations

On April 16 the Ontario gazette reported that the Ontario cabinet passed several new regulations changing confined spaces requirements.
Basic Certification, Version 7.0 to be released March 21st
March 01, 2011

Basic Certification, Version 7.0 to be released March 21st

WHSC last made significant changes to this legally mandated training program for certified members of joint health safety committees.
WHSC updates Rough Terrain Forklifts Training Module
March 01, 2011

WHSC updates Rough Terrain Forklifts Training Module

This significantly revised program focuses on the specific training needs of Rough Terrain Forklift (RTFL Class 7) operators in the construction sector and related trades.
New WHSC Fall Protection program for construction workers
February 08, 2011

New WHSC Fall Protection program for construction workers

Fueled by the December 24, 2009 fall-related incident where four construction workers were killed and another seriously injured....
WHSC Electrical Hazards Module undergoes extensive changes
February 07, 2011

WHSC Electrical Hazards Module undergoes extensive changes

As electricity is present in every workplace, the need to recognize, assess, and control related hazardous exposures is significant.
Defining
January 25, 2011

Defining "Officially Induced Error"

A previous e-Notes discussing strict liability offenses noted, once a breach of health and safety law is proven, with minor exceptions, a defendant’s only defence is due diligence.
Defining
January 12, 2011

Defining "Strict Liability Offense”

Many instructors have been asked whether an employer’s intent is relevant in health and safety prosecutions. The short answer is “no.”
Conveyor Systems — moving from Version 2.0 to 3.0 of this popular program
October 19, 2010

Conveyor Systems — moving from Version 2.0 to 3.0 of this popular program

Often called the workhorses of bulk material handling systems, conveyor systems can be found in a variety of industries.
Basic Certification — WHSC program receives critical updates and improvements
July 13, 2010

Basic Certification — WHSC program receives critical updates and improvements

WHSC staff are stocking our shelves with the newly released Basic Certification training program, Version 6.0.
WHSC revamps <i>Workplace Violence</i>  program
July 12, 2010

WHSC revamps Workplace Violence  program

By now you should have received word the WHSC has revamped our existing Workplace Violence program now entitled, Workplace Violence and Harassment.
WHSC <i>Instructor Notes</i> moves to electronic format
July 09, 2010

WHSC Instructor Notes moves to electronic format

The WHSC is dedicated to supplying timely and relevant information to our instructors and constituency.