Worksite Safety Compliance Centre August Report


Worksite Safety Compliance Centre August Report

Steve Weir August 16, 2017

Worksite Safety Compliance Centre - August Report

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Ticks
All provinces are experiencing a larger than usual tick infestation. Here are a few tips on how to try and protect yourself.
-Wear light coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible for example a hat, long shirt, long pants, with legs tucked in socks or boots
-Use bug spray that contains the chemical DEET or lcaridin to repel ticks and reapply as frequently as directed.
-Check yourself for ticks after leaving woods or grassy area where ticks live. Individuals should seek medical attention if you have been bitten by a tick and have symptoms of Lyme disease develop.

Symptoms include:
-a round, red rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite, known as a “bull’s eye rash”
-flu-like symptoms: tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints and fever.

Heat Stress
Hot weather is a workplace hazard, like all hazards employers must have a plan to use the hierarchy of controls (eliminate, substitute, engineer, administration, PPE) to analyse the dangers associated with working in the heat.
 
Here are a few tips that employers can implement:
-Changing the work location to cooler shaded areas on extreme heat days.
-Creating a cooling station where workers can rest
-Allowing workers to adapt to the temperature, allowing breaks when needed.
-Scheduling more physically demanding jobs for cooler times of the day.
-Provide plenty of cool drinking water for the job site. 

Changes to WHMIS
Health Canada Announced on May 19th, 2017 that the WHMIS transition deadline has been extended for manufacturing and importers to comply with the WHMIS 2015 new regulation.

The deadline of June 1st, 2017 has been delayed by one (1) year to June 1, 2018. The second deadline of June 1, 2018 has been delayed by three (3) months September 1, 2018.

Below is a chart that reflects the new dates and the requirements for the transition.

Phase 1
Feb 11, 2015 – May 31, 2018: All chemical manufacturers and distributors may sell hazardous products with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets

Phase 2
June 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2018: Chemical manufacturers must sell hazardous products with WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets, while distributors and employers may still receive or use hazardous products with WHMIS 1988 labels and safety data sheets or the new ones until this date.

Phase 3
Sept 1, 2018 – Nov 30, 2018: The time during which chemical manufacturers and distributors must sell hazardous products with WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets; while employers can transition products with old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets into compliance with the new system.

Completion
December 1, 2018: By this date, the new WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets must fully be transitioned from WHMIS 1988.
 
Updates - Ontario
Ontario is conducting their regular construction blitz’s these are the upcoming focus of the inspection and dates:
-Supervisor awareness accountability - June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017
-Residential Projects - September 1 ,2017 – November 30, 2017

The Ministry of Labour conducts these blitz’s and initiatives to:
-raise awareness of hazards
-increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations

Fines and stop work orders can be issued during these visits so its important to ensure your construction sites are complaint with all requirements needed. To view the full yearly blitz schedule, you can visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/workplace-inspection-blitzes-and-initiatives
 
Updates - Manitoba
Manitoba is currently reviewing their workplace Safety and Health Act. The public will be able to provide submissions for council’s consideration from May 1st – July 31st, 2017. All public submissions will be posted online at www.maintoba.ca/labour/safety
 
Updates - Alberta
Alberta’s workplace legislation has passed on June 7th, to ensure workplaces are fair, modern, and family friendly. Bill 27: The fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act.
- Ensuring parents of critically ill or injured children can take off to care for their family without fear of losing their job.
- Allowing Albertans, the time they need to care for themselves if they’re dealing with short-term illness or domestic violence, or mourning loss of a loved one.
- Lowering the threshold for maternity leave providing for the extension of partenal leave to allow greater flexibility for working families.

Updates - BC
Board of Directors approves amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Penalty Amounts Policy D12-196-6 – effective July 4, 2017 (Approved on June 28, 2017)

This approval is regarding the penalty amounts for individuals who WorkSafeBC may impose an administrative penalty (“OHS Penalty”) on an employer for failure to comply with Part 3 of the Act and the Regulation, and under certain other conditions.

Policy D12-196-1 and related policies identify when WorkSafeBC will consider an OHS Penalty.
Section 196(3) provides that WorkSafeBC must not impose an administrative penalty where the employer establishes that it exercised due diligence.

To read more on the penalty amounts and charges for repeat offenders please visit to review the Prevention Manual:
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/law-policy/prevention-manual-previous-amendments/update-package-2017-4-prevention-manual-june-2017?lang=en
 
If you are interested in learning more about The Worksite Safety Compliance Centre or to register for courses, please visit https://baeumler.online-training.ca/

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