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March 2014

Your opinion matters: WSN workplace health and safety survey

Help improve health and safety in Ontario workplaces

Since you already know the importance of a strong workplace safety culture, your opinion about the services and products that help make that happen is extremely important. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey - you'll be helping to shape and improve the future of health and safety in Ontario workplaces. Thanks in advance!


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How to prepare for MOL mandatory health and safety awareness training deadline

Time is running out for July 1 deadline - is your organization ready for Ministry of Labour inspectors?  


 As of July 1, 2014, all workplaces in Ontario covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act must ensure their workers... 


Health and safety primer for small business
Free download from WSN 

Growing up, most of us were taught that it was always better to be safe than sorry. And now, as a business owner or senior manager, you carry that same attitude into your workplace. You want prospective clients and employees to know that you run a...


Special workplace safety news supplement
in Toronto Star

Article by George Gritziotis, plus interviews with WSN staff


Protecting workers in Ontario's most dangerous industries: In recent years, experts within the mining, forestry, and construction industries have been working hard to improve...


VIDEO: 5-Point Safety System 

Informative 15-min. video describes effective safety program 


The 5-Point Safety System is one of the most effective and widely-recognized safety programs in Ontario mining. This video outlines each of the steps in the 5-Point Safety System, discusses the role that conditions, attitudes, and methods play in...

Forestry safety review forums seek input

Mark your calendar: Coming soon to a community near you!  

Do you work in Ontario's conventional logging industry? Then Workplace Safety North (WSN) wants to talk to you. This spring, WSN is hosting a series of industry forums across Ontario to gain feedback from cutters and cable skidder operators with regard
HAZARD ALERT: Support heavy machinery attachments when servicing
Hydraulics can fail - even in zero energy state
A worker and a maintenance contractor were in the process of changing a broken topper knife on a delimber. The machine was placed on level ground, booms extended slightly, mobile grab...
UPDATE: Mining Health and Safety Review
Ministry of Labour


Ontario is conducting a comprehensive, one-year mining health, safety and prevention review led by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer. The review will examine a number of topics to help ensure an even stronger and safer mining sector, with the CPO...


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MOL Blitz Results: Mine Ground Control
Ministry of Labour


In October and November 2013, mining inspectors and engineers conducted an enforcement blitz to check for ground control hazards in excavated rock areas in underground mines across Ontario. Ground control generally involves a variety of...


HAZARD ALERT: Wheel rim assembly failures

Incidents often happen during maintenance


In May 2005, a crane operator was fatally injured when a tire exploded as he was walking nearby. He had just finished his shift and was going towards two co-workers to offer assistance with a tire they were installing on a crane. When the tire exploded, a...


New printing sector-specific training for JHSC
Mark your calendar: Training pilot for Certification Part Two scheduled March 19 to 20 in Vaughan

Ontario's printing sector health and safety association, Workplace Safety North, in conjunction with the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association, is presenting new sector-specific health and safety training as part of the mandatory Joint Health and Safety ...


HAZARD ALERT: Work safely around guardrails
Provide written safe work procedures to each worker
A machine tender was found pinned in the ingoing nip point of a press. He died from massive crush injuries. There was no witness to this incident. At the time of the incident the paper machine was about to start up following a paper break. The presses...


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