Ontario Increasing Workplace Safety Inspections

Businesses in Ontario should prepare for a workplace safety blitz. Between October 1 and December 27, 2019, inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour will be performing safety inspections across the province, focusing on the health care, mining, and construction sectors.  

Inspectors will be focusing on musculoskeletal injury and respiratory illnesses. Musculoskeletal injuries, such as tendonitis, back pain, and carpal tunnel, are among the most frequently occurring workplace injuries on all worksites in Ontario. They are common injuries for workers who engage in heavy physical labour, including repetitive actions and heavy lifting in awkward positions, and can damage joints, soft tissue, ligaments, and bones. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), they also account for more than one-third of all lost-time injury claims in the province. In 2017, that meant approximately 19,000 claims that cost WSIB $72 million and resulted in a cumulative 462,000 days of lost work time. Inspectors will be looking to ensure … Read more...

Intelex Community | OSHA

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week we ask can workplace injuries really be predicted? or is this just to complex for real life. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with our members.

  • Can workplace injuries really be predicted? or is this just to complex for real life!

  • OSHA Penalties Adjusted as of August 2016 share by Sarah Fuller
  • CRSP Exam Prep Workshop with member Alan Quilley

  • Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills – Rule

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Webinar: How to Manage Inspections and Optimize your Business with Mobile Technology

Learn how to effectively manage inspections, enabling you to mitigate operational risk, proactively manage your safety program and build a true safety culture for your organization.

Add to that, an update on Intelex EverSync, and you will learn how to leverage mobile technology to manage your inspections, complete with notifications, corrective and preventive action and task management capabilities on the go and even work off-line.

This FREE 30-minute webinar, will cover the following topics:

  • Seamlessly managing and scheduling inspections.
  • Integrating all inspection types into a flexible one-stop solution.
  • Leveraging technology to proactively assign responsibilities and notifications.
  • Delivering results, findings and corrective actions quickly and efficiently.
  • Ensuring ISO compliance.
  • Driving overall efficiencies to your inspections with mobile technology.

Watch a preview below or click here to watch the full webinar.

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Webinar: Safety Simplified: Oil & Gas Onsite Inspections

In the Oil & Gas industry, it’s far easier to explain the importance of workplace safety than it is to ensure that safety. You need to protect your workers and the public throughout the entire lifecycle of your project, while complying with the relevant regulations. Onsite observations are a critical piece of this puzzle, especially when you know how to capitalize on the information you gather in your onsite inspections.

Discover the critical steps to conducting highly effective onsite observations, and learn how to successfully employ the Behavior Based Safety (BBS) approach for your inspections in this FREE 30 minute webinar: Safety Simplified: Oil & Gas Onsite Inspections. Hosted by Intelex’s Steve Buffett, this webinar showcases how safety has never been simpler!

Key topics covered include:

  • Behavior based strategies for ensuring that you ace your next audit.
  • How to get consistent, reliable data from on-sites conducted by multiple inspectors across
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Canada’s National Exhibition (CNE) Food Safety: Post-Cronut Burger

It’s that time of year again – summer is rolling to an end, the office is deserted, and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is open for business. Established more than 135 years ago, the CNE annual fair is known for its agricultural innovations, classic (and perhaps a bit rusty) rides and more recently, its unique and unlikely hybrid food.

With this food craze, the CNE has offered up novelty food items such as deep fried Mars bars and Nutella fries. Last year’s most notorious offerings were the bacon and peanut butter milkshake and of course, the infamous cronut burger. Now while you might think the cronut burger, a half-croissant half-donut bun with a beef patty smeared with maple bacon jam, is well-known for its interesting ingredients, think again.

The cronut burger gained its infamy after sending hundreds to the hospital with food poisoning in August 2013. While thankfully there were … Read more...

NIOSH Offers Black Lung Screenings, EPA Proposes Largest Cleanup Yet, Tips for Employers with an Aging Workforce and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NIOSH offers free black lung tests to coal miners
  • FRA proposes minimum crew size
  • Hazardous industries in Winnipeg face annual inspections
  • Largest cleanup in EPA history proposed
  • Study finds back pain is the #1 ergonomic issue worldwide
  • Tips for employers faced with an aging workforce

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NIOSH’s Video “Faces of Black Lung.” View it here.
  • Largest Proposed Cleanup in EPA History. Read it here.
  • NIOSH’s Publication “Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for
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EPA proposed rule for Clean Water Act, Occupational Health and Safety peace officers, Jetpacks as fall protection PPE, and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • EPA proposed rule for Clean Water Act
  • Railroads provide support for employees who witness traumatic accidents
  • Alberta crowns first 10 Occupational Health and Safety peace officers
  • OSHA beauty alliance to eliminate hazardous chemicals
  • Hong Kong DOL increases inspections after fatal falls
  • Jetpacks as fall protection PPE

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • EPA proposed rule to clarify Clean Water Act. Read it here.
  • Final rule: railroads support employees who witness traumatic accidents. Read it here.
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US Labor Department’s OSHA exposes safety and health hazards at construction sites through no-notice incident prevention campaign

This release has been reposted from www.dol.gov.

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has concluded its 2012 “Construction Incident Prevention Initiative,” during which it issued 243 citations and assessed a total of $658,862 in proposed fines to companies on construction sites throughout the agency’s Philadelphia Region.

The four-month campaign included 545 no-notice inspections focused on falls, trenches and silica exposure. Fifty-nine percent of the inspections revealed violations, some of the most common of which are failing to use fall protection when working on roofs, ensure that scaffolds are constructed safely and protect trenches from collapse.

“This alarmingly high number of violations underscores the need for employers in the construction industry to make a stronger commitment to workplace safety and health,” said MaryAnn Garrahan, OSHA’s regional administrator in Philadelphia. “Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable … Read more...

Western Psych investigation, another OSHA imposter, whistleblower ADR pilot program and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA’s conclusions from its investigation into the tragic rampage at Western Psych earlier this year.
  • Another fraudulent OSHA employee tries to fine a business. (No, it’s not the one from last week.)
  • A new alternative dispute resolution pilot program launched by OSHA, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program! 

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