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December 2014
A holiday message from Workplace Safety North
President and CEO Candys Ballanger-Michaud wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday season  

With the year quickly drawing to a close, I look back upon 2014 and recall a year that was filled with many unforgettable events, both inspiring and saddening. The holidays provide us with an opportunity to put these events in perspective, and remind us to keep our loved ones near. As I have said before, our vision of "every worker home safe and healthy" has extra special...

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Results of 2014 member survey  


The results of Workplace Safety North's 2014 survey of member firms indicate client loyalty and satisfaction are at extremely high levels. The online survey showed 96 per cent of respondents, mainly from Ontario's mining, forestry, and paper, printing and... 


Working at Heights safety training and staff update

WSN VP Paul Andre working with MOL Prevention Office


Workplace Safety North is pleased to announce WSN Vice President of Prevention, Paul Andre, will be working directly with the Ministry of Labour Prevention Office providing strategic advice and support in the formation of the Health and Safety Training...


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Extending noise protection requirements

Public comments due by Dec. 29, 2014 


The Ministry of Labour is proposing to extend noise protection requirements to all Ontario workplaces under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that are not currently covered by noise requirements in the regulations for Industrial...


Northern Ontario Safety Group shares
in $2.1 million rebate

Workplace Safety North (WSN) is pleased to report the Northern Ontario Safety Group will share a $2.1 million rebate on Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums for the 2013 program year. In 2013, workplace injury statistics for the group...
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HAZARD ALERT: Beware the chicot danger zone
December a dangerous month for falling, rotted trees
On December 13, 2011, an experienced 68-year-old skidder operator finished clearing a trail, and as he exited the skidder, a birch chicot fell and fatally struck him. Exactly one year and one week later, on December 20, 2012, a skidder operator was...
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Atikokan generating station operational with biomass fuel



Ontario is now home to North America's largest power plant fuelled completely by biomass. The Atikokan Generating Station conversion is complete and the station is now generating...


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WSN brings together safety community for two mining symposiums in November

WSN hosted two back-to-back symposiums for the mining industry this November: Health of a Miner and Pedestrian-Vehicle Interaction. The symposiums both took place in Sudbury and allowed for members of Ontario's mining industry, academia...
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New Ontario Mine Rescue Officer announced
Denis Leduc based at Hemlo Mine Rescue Station in Marathon  


Workplace Safety North welcomes Denis Leduc as the new Ontario Mine Rescue Officer for the Hemlo Mine Rescue Station at the Williams Mine in Marathon, ON. Leduc comes to the organization with more than 25 years mining experience including 20 years...


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Pulp and paper safety forum in Thunder Bay
Northern Ontario firms share best practices

Last month in Thunder Bay, health and safety managers and Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members from pulp and paper firms in Northern Ontario along with Workplace Safety North (WSN) staff participated in a one-day pulp and paper...
Domtar wins two pulp and paper awards
Environmental Strategy of the Year and Innovative Printing 
and Writing Campaign of the Year
Canadian Office Products Association

Domtar Corporation accepted the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award and the Innovative Printing and Writing Campaign of...

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