Fatality Notice: IHSA has learned of two separate fatalities this week: One involved a millwright and the other a utility employee. One workplace fatality in any year is one too many, regardless of the sector, industry, or occupation. Please pause all work for a safety moment and re-establish a commitment to the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Tools and Resources

Construction Health & Safety Manual Downloads

The Construction Health and Safety Manual is our most comprehensive health and safety guide. It's a must-have for every construction worker and helps you recognize and protect yourself against health and safety hazards. Visit the Construction Health and Safety Manuals web page to download each individual chapter from the manual.

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Road Safety Solutions

Motor-vehicle incidents (MVIs) are the leading cause of traumatic workplace fatalities in Ontario. If you have employees who drive for work, whether it is a commercial vehicle, company vehicle, or personal vehicle, you need to manage the risks associated with driving. The Road Safety Solutions Web resources are designed to help employers understand their obligations when it comes to road safety and how to implement effective and practical prevention strategies. The tools that are available are free and easy to use and are designed to support an employer who doesn’t know where to start when it comes to managing road safety or an employer who already has an effective program in place but wants to add a little more to complement their efforts.

The road safety solutions web page includes free customizable policies, procedures, safety talks, YouTube videos, tip sheets, posters, and a new e-learning option for IHSA’s Preventing Work-Related Motor Vehicle Incidents course which will break down specialized road safety practices and processes into manageable steps that employers can implement at their workplaces.

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Service Sector Health & Safety Web Tool

This tool is dedicated to the health and safety of those involved in the service, repair, and retrofit industries. It provides information on responsibilities, liabilities, hazards, and proper procedures that relate to both purchasers of services and the contractors and workers who provide those services.

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Policy and Program Templates

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires every workplace with more than five employees to have a written health & safety policy and a program to implement that policy. There are certain key elements that form the basis of a successful health & safety program.

IHSA has collected some helpful resources, such as sample templates, checklists, and forms, that address these key elements. These resources will help you establish a good foundation for writing and implementing a health & safety policy and program or identifying any areas where changes are needed to your current program.

Whether you're developing a new health & safety program or improving on your existing one, select the document that applies to your workplace or type of work and modify it to suit your company's requirements.

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IHSA's online Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations section is currently being updated. For the latest in Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations changes and ammendments, visit www.ontario.ca/laws or click on the More Details button.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense for protecting workers. Health and safety hazards should be eliminated at the source (if possible) through engineering controls. The second line of defense should involve intervention along the path, which means adjusting the work procedure and/or using mechanical devices to minimize the exposure of workers to occupational health or safety hazards.

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Responsibilities of Workplace Parties

When it comes to health and safety, one of the first things to consider is who is going to be responsible for what. Setting out the various responsibilities will make developing, implementing, and operating your company's health and safety program a lot easier.

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Returning to Work

Return to work is the process or strategy of safely returning employees to the workplace in a timely manner. The goal is to return the worker to their pre-injury position through complete cooperation of employee and employer.

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Safe Work Practices /Safe Job Procedures

Companies should establish safe work practices/safe job procedures for addressing significant hazards or for dealing with circumstances that may present other significant risks/liabilities for the company. They should reflect your company's approach to controlling hazards.

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Statistics and Records

Maintaining current health and safety statistics in a central location is a major part of a good health and safety program. Many policies, procedures, notices, statements, and reports are necessary to fulfill legal and health and safety program requirements. Companies need to establish a system to record and review statistics in order to recognize hazard trends and monitor the success of their health and safety program.

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Statistics and Research

IHSA provides detailed injury performance data and occupational disease data for its membership. For injury performance, we also provide data specific to each of the rate groups we serve. This information can help you understand the types of injuries and illnesses that workers in your industry or sector are experiencing. It can also help you determine where your health and safety resources will be the most effective.

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Safety Talks

A safety talk is a hands-on way to remind workers that health and safety are important on the job. Each talk takes about five minutes and can help workers recognize and control hazards on the project.

Visit the safety talks web page to download each of the individual safety talks, as well as a safety talk report form to keep a record of each talk delivered.

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Tool and Equipment Maintenance

All tools, equipment, and vehicles must be properly maintained so that workers are not endangered. Construction regulations require inspections of vehicles, tools, machines, and equipment before use.

Preventive maintenance is the systematic care and protection of tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles in order to keep them in a safe, usable condition, that limits downtime and extends productivity.

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Training, Orientation and Communications

Construction employers should have systems in place to ensure that workers and supervisors are adequately trained and have received proper orientation. A system is also needed to effectively communicate health and safety information to employees.

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Inspection Checklist

Companies need to maintain a robust inspection program to make sure the workplace is safe and clear of hazards. Your program must be up-to-date and cover off all areas of the workplace. Inspections are an opportune time to identify existing hazards and to spot potential hazards that may develop.

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WHMIS and Occupational Health

Occupational health programs are primarily concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of work-related health hazards that may cause sickness, compromised well being, or discomfort. The effects of exposure to health hazards may be serious and immediate or cause long-term problems.

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Workplace Inspections

Inspecting construction sites to ensure that appropriate controls are in place is another key element of an effective health and safety program. Informal inspections should be done by all supervisors whenever they are out on site. Formal documented inspections must be done weekly by supervisors and monthly by Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) or Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members.

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