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June 2014
Predicting collisions: Do you have the telltale signs of a bad driver?
Motor vehicle incidents account for 38 per cent of all worker traumatic fatalities in Ontario 

If you knew certain driving habits could predict your likelihood of being involved in a collision, would you change them? Motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) are the leading cause of occupational injury and death in Ontario, accounting for more than 38 per cent of all worker traumatic fatalities. While most of us are good, safe drivers, the greatest danger comes from a small...

Less than 1 month: Will you be ready when Ministry of Labour starts enforcing new law?
Check out free government e-learning that takes about an hour
to complete and includes certificate of completion
If you require additional help or information regarding this new regulation, please contact your local WSN consultant-trainer...
Safety lesson during Career Exploration Day 

WSN Ergonomist Sabrina Francescut educates northern Ontario students about basic health and safety on the job  


Last month at Marathon High School,  the inaugural launch of Trades and Technology Career Exploration Day was filled to overflowing with about 125 middle school students enjoying... 


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VIDEO: Erase the Hazard - Motor vehicle incidents 

Informative 1-min. video can be used in conjunction with
formal and on-the-job training


If you're an employee driving from site to site, travelling to meetings or even going out for a coffee run, you're an occupational driver. Driving is the greatest risk we face each day...
black bearFatal black bear attack a safety reminder 
for outdoor workers
Ontario is bear country - learn from these hair-raising videos
Despite her co-workers' attempts to drive the animal off, an outdoor worker was mauled to death by a black bear last month in Alberta. With this recent fatal attack, Ontario workers need...

Resolute Wood Products Aftermath of BC sawmill shooting: 

How to identify risk factors for workplace violence


Last month in British Columbia, two sawmill workers were fatally shot and two more injured by a former employee. Most of us tend to think that violence in the workplace happens elsewhere, usually in big cities, not small towns like Nanaimo. It's only in...  

mine hoist
Ministry of Labour inspection blitz results:
Locking and tagging in mine hoisting plants


In January and February 2014, mining inspectors and engineers conducted an enforcement blitz checking that mines were protecting workers from possible hazards involving locking and tagging on mine hoisting equipment. Mine hoisting plants...


Mine rescue volunteer in full gear
Spring edition of Link Line mine rescue newsletter 
Australia provides risk assessment expertise; plus new e-book versions of training handbooks available in English and Spanish
"We have a responsibility to deploy mines rescue teams with appropriate controls for the environment they are entering, and for the job they are being asked to do," says Steve Tonegato...
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WSN article featured in Canadian HR Reporter 
Ontario mining industry undertakes health and safety review

Many people don't realize the role the mining industry has played in influencing health and safety legislation. Much of the language in Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) regarding worker, supervisor and employer duties was largely...

WSIB heat stress awareness poster
When is it too hot to work?
Dealing with heat stress: Free downloadable guides, plans, tools  
Typically by June, southern Ontario begins to experience temperature and humidity levels that affect workers in workplaces where heat-generating equipment is present; for example, large plants such as corrugating, printing, or where...
Workers pose with safety award
Kapuskasing newsprint mill wins safety award
Workers' achievement of safety milestone receives special recognition from Tembec CEO 
Last month, the Kapuskasing newsprint mill received a safety award from their CEO, James Lopez. Tembec awards a special green flag to business groups that meet or exceed safety...
Technical drawing of shoe test
Your input needed: New CSA standard
for overshoe toe protectors
Public review of CSA Z334 draft open until July 16

As part of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) safety footwear standard, the technical committee has released a draft standard for over-the-toe shoe protectors, and is looking for...

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