Occupational Illness and Infectious Disease - Awareness session for the Construction Sector
The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) is hosting this awareness session to provide an overview of the Ministry of Labour enforcement strategy relating to the Construction Sector Plan 2011 – 2012 on occupational illness and infectious disease. Representatives from the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services (OASIS) will demonstrate toilet and clean-up facilities available to a wide variety of construction projects. Industry experts will be on-hand to answer questions and provide valuable information to safety professionals, owners, constructors, employer and labour representatives. For more information, download the brochure.
IHSA.ca Magazine: Volume 13, Issue 3
The fall edition of our IHSA.ca Magazine features articles on: Safety Talk Head Protection, Struck-by injuries, Eye protection, Job safety analysis (JSA), Taking the edge off falling objects, Nail gun safety, Heavy equipment and struck-by injuries, Waste materials blitz, and more.
2-Minute News: October 2013
With 2-Minute News, you can read the health and safety information on your industry in two minutes or less! It's emailed to subscribers in the middle of each month. This month's articles include:
- IHSA Safety Talk: Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)—Risk Factors
- MOL focuses on waste management in upcoming blitz
- Space still available in IHSA’s free roofing seminars
- Health and Safety Advisory: Hoisting Portable Toilets
- The role of a supervisor—Getting work done through others
- Be on the lookout for pedestrian "texters"
- Elements of a Health and Safety Management System: Hazard Assessment and Control
Health and Safety Advisory: Hoisting Portable Toilets (W451)
On certain construction projects, there may be a need to hoist portable toilets to above-ground locations. Portable toilets can weigh a few hundred pounds when empty and up to several hundred pounds more when full. When hoisting portable toilets from one level to another on high-rise projects, follow the safety tips in this advisory.
Health and Safety Advisory: Boom Extensions (Jibs) Detaching from Mobile Cranes (W452)
Serious workplace injuries have occurred when boom extensions (jibs) commonly found on telescopic boom mobile cranes unexpectedly detached during installation or stowage. To eliminate this hazard, download the advisory and follow the safe work practices.
Health and Safety Expo
The Oshawa Region Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee invites you to attend a mini expo on Nov 14 in Ajax as part of the Durham Regional Health & Safety Event. Everyone is welcome, and it’s free. If you’re a young worker or student ready to experience new options, this expo is definitely for you. Download the brochure for more info.
Brochure developed by: Oshawa Region Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee
Are you ready for GHS?
For 25 years, workplaces across Ontario have followed the requirements set out by WHMIS—Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System—which protects workers from the hazards associated with using or working near controlled substances. Soon, Canada will adopt a new international approach to classifying and communicating hazards associated with controlled products. This new system is called the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
IHSA is offering a free seminar to help employers understand and prepare for the changes to WHMIS that will come in the near future as Canada makes the transition to GHS.
Join IHSA, the Ministry of Labour, and other organizations for this free seminar to learn about GHS and how it will impact your workplace.
Gap Analysis Seminar
How do you really know if your health and safety management system is really working? IHSA knows companies work hard to put safety policies and procedures in place, but it can be difficult to know if they are successful. Join IHSA at an upcoming interactive Gap Analysis seminar where participants will self-assess their level of compliance. Participants receive an evaluation checklist to compile their specific background information and requirements. This event is free of charge. For more information, download the brochure.
Safety Awareness Seminars for the Low-rise Residential Roofing Sector
Residential roofing is one of the most hazardous occupations in Ontario. For roofers, even a small slip can have disastrous consequences. To raise awareness of the need for increased safety initiatives in the Low-rise Residential Roofing Sector, IHSA will be offering a series of 2-hour awareness seminars across the province. For more information, download the brochure.
Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP) training in Windsor
SCIP is a health and safety incentive program for small business that can show you how to reduce your WSIB costs, increase productivity, meet health and safety legislative requirements, and keep your workers safe. In 2013, IHSA is partnering with the WSIB to offer a series of complimentary SCIP training sessions in Windsor Ontario. Upon completion of the program requirements and attendance at all four sessions, you can receive a one-time five per cent rebate on your WSIB contributions. For more info, including dates and locations, download the brochure or visit our SCIP web page.
Safety in the Cone Zone
In the past three years, nine Ontario workers working on or near the roads have been killed on the job in Ontario. One of the biggest risks of working on the roads involves workers being struck by a moving vehicle or large piece of equipment. It is critical that drivers slow down when approaching construction zones or utility worksites.
Lyme disease in Ontario
The MOL is warning outdoor workers in Ontario to be on the lookout for blacklegged ticks. These ticks can bite and infect people with Lyme disease, a serious and potentially fatal disease. People who work outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasslands, are urged to take extra precautions. Visit our Lyme disease web page for helpful information.
MOL Inspection Blitz Schedule
The Ministry of Labour has announced the 2013-2014 inspection blitz schedule. Starting in May, inspectors will focus on new and young workers, as well as excavation projects. There will also be blitzes on falls, construction in public places, waste management, and warehousing in the coming months and early next year. Make sure you and your workers are prepared. Check out the complete schedule for details.
Advisory: Gas Line and Sewer Line Conflicts
Sometimes a natural gas line has inadvertently intersected a sewer service line. If the sewer line becomes blocked and the blockage is cleared using rotating or water jetting equipment, it can damage the gas line and cause a gas leak, fire, or explosion. To avoid this hazard, call Ontario One Call and ask for a free Natural Gas Sewer Safety Inspection. Download the health and safety advisory for more details.
Advisory: Heat Stress and Type 3 Asbestos Operations
In Ontario, asbestos remediation requires full-body protective coveralls, head coverings, and other personal protective equipment such as respirators, gloves, and boots. These types of protective clothing can put workers at increased risk of developing heat-related illnesses. The Insulators Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee, in partnership with IHSA, has developed a Health and Safety Advisory on this issue.
IHSA launches poster campaign
IHSA is launching a new poster campaign to promote safe workplaces in the wake of eight tragic deaths since October 15.
From October 15 through to November 4, eight workers died across the various sectors that IHSA serves.
Although each death was the result of different circumstances, there is one constant—those workers will not be able to keep the promise they made to friends and family to come home safely.
IHSA has designed a new poster underscoring the Keep Your Promise concept. The Keep Your Promise theme illustrates the hardship and tragedy a work-related death leaves for friends and family through the stark imagery of a child who has lost a parent.
Posters will be available as a free download on the ihsa.ca website. Printed copies (17x22 inches) will be made available to those firms that wish to share the message on their worksites.
MSDs and slips and falls are some of the leading causes of lost-time injuries among professional drivers. IHSA’s Mark Skinner recently sat down with Truck News to talk about the issue in the second of a two-part video series.
Ontario passes mandatory “one call” legislation
On June 14, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 8, the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act. The bill makes it mandatory for all owners of underground assets to participate in a province-wide “one call” system. The previous system was voluntary and sometimes required calling 13 different numbers, resulting in numerous accidental strikes to the province's critical infrastructure. The industry-funded non-profit call centre will serve as a single point of contact for all underground utility location services in Ontario.
IHSA training facility coming to Northern Ontario
To better serve our northern clients, IHSA will establish a training facility in Thunder Bay. Located in the Dorion Building of Confederation College, the facility will not only make IHSA’s state-of-the-art training more accessible for workers and employers in the area but also promote a safe-work culture to a new generation of workers in the skilled trades.
Health and Safety Advisory: Roof Openings and Skylights
IHSA, in partnership with the Roofers Trade and the Sheet Metal Trade Labour-Management Health and Safety Committees, has developed an advisory for those working around roof openings and skylights. In recent years, incidents of workers falling through roof openings and skylights have resulted in critical injuries and fatalities. To learn more, download the advisory.
Health and Safety Advisory: Attachments – Quick Couplers
IHSA, in cooperation with the Civil Labour-Management Committee, has developed a health and safety advisory about heavy equipment attachments. If not installed or maintained correctly, tools attached by “quick couplers” instead of traditional “pins” may release unexpectedly and fall, causing near misses, accidents, injuries, and fatalities. To prevent such an incident at your worksite, download the advisory and follow the safe work practices.
IHSA Stakeholders well represented in the North
IHSA continues to make its presence felt in Northern Ontario. We have 16 subject-matter experts in the North who provide training, consulting, and auditing services, and facilitate employer-recognition programs and client outreach initiatives. We provide solutions to address high-risk activities and support the sector-specific needs and requirements of our 11,306 member firms in the North. We have six bipartite Labour-Management Health and Safety Committees in the North and we have developed close relationships with trade associations, distributors, high schools, and colleges in the region.
Ladder Use in Construction Guideline
Workers on construction sites continue to fall from ladders and become critically injured or killed. The Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee (PLMHSC) has prepared a guideline on safe ladder use in construction to assist workplace parties in understanding their obligations under the OHSA and its regulations. The Ministry of Labour views the guideline as a recommended set of industry best practices that may be used as part of an employer’s health and safety program.