Webinar: 5 Essential Steps for Managing Safety to Win Contracts in Construction

Demonstrating that you have comprehensive commitment to safety isn’t just a nice to have in the construction business, it’s imperative. More and more construction projects are actually requiring contractors to show that they have a safety management system in place to protect workers, ensure compliance and reduce risk. Without it, you just can’t win those contracts.

What’s important to know is that ensuring you have those systems in place isn’t as challenging as you might think! In this FREE 30-minute webinar, Intelex construction solution expert Tomas Kuras covers what it means to implement a safety management system for your business and how your company will benefit.

Watch this webinar and learn how to:

  • Identify the essential components of a safety system.
  • Assess the investment and timelines that are involved with implementing a safety system.
  • Calculate the potential savings to your business when utilizing a safety system that streamlines the management

Workers’ Compensation – The Small Picture: what’s your claims nightmare?

This is the second in a three-part blog series on the relationship between workplace culture and the costs associated with occupational injury and illness.

If you have been involved in workers’ compensation claims with your organization, I am pretty sure you have at least one horror story. Unfortunately it isn’t the just the horror story that needs attention.  A couple of years ago I was working with a medium-sized Ontario manufacturer and was reviewing their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) New Experimental Experience Rating (NEER) quarterly statements and was asking questions regarding all their lost-time claims. Few were outstanding in terms of costs or duration but as I went through them, one stood out as we discussed the circumstances.

The employee was a long-term worker with over seventeen years of uninterrupted service and an excellent work record. She had a couple of health care-only claims but this one was … Read more...

Prevention, training central to Ontario OHS reforms

Ontario is poised to dramatically rework how it manages occupational health and safety.

Earlier this month Bill 160 was amended by the province’s standing committee on social policy and is now headed to the provincial legislature for a third reading and vote, meaning it could be law by as early as June. The proposed bill flows from the work of an expert panel formed in the wake of a string of workplace-related deaths across the province.

Focused on training and prevention, some of the bill’s key elements are as follows:

  • Training standards: The bill would call upon the Minister of Labour to set training program standards and ‘approve’ compliant organizations accordingly.
  • Training provider: In addition to minimum standards for training programs, those who administer training would also be required to achieve “approved training provider” status, though those certified under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act would be automatically approved.
  • Prevention