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Health and safety news for forestry, mining, paper, printing and converting sectors
July-August 2015
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Top 6 occupational health and safety resources for businesses with 
fewer than 50 employees

From April 1 of this year to March 31, 2016, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors are visiting new small businesses with fewer than 50 workers in industrial workplaces. They're checking to see that workplaces are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations, and that they have a functioning Internal Responsibility System. "There are quite a few health and safety programs available to business, so it's important to know...
Safety Group program extended through 2016 

Northern Ontario Safety Group share in $2.1 million rebate  


For business owners, the Northern Ontario Safety Group is one of the most effective workplace health and safety resources in Ontario. By joining a safety group, companies learn from each other's experiences in implementing injury and illness... 


Broken utility cover-hazard alert
HAZARD ALERT: Worker dies when utility cover breaks under weight of equipment
Ministry of Labour

Recently in Ontario a worker died and another was critically injured while operating a mobile elevated work platform over a utility service cover for telephone cable vault embedded in concrete...
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VIDEO: Forestry health and safety centennial
From the vault: WSN 90th anniversary video from legacy organization Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association


On February 4, 1915, The Lumberman's Safety Association was granted its charter. Thus began 100 years of continuous delivery of health and safety products and services to Ontario's forest...


Infographic 041 corrugated boxes sector INFOGRAPHIC: Health and safety snapshot of Ontario workers in corrugated box industry sector


Of the more than 6,000 Ontarians who work full-time in the production of corrugated boxes, the majority of lost-time injuries - injuries severe enough to cause a worker to lose time from work - are from contacts with objects or equipment, according to 2014...  

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Celebrating 100 years of health and safety in forestry, pulp and paper industries
Register now for Sept. 24-25 conference in Thunder Bay
Ontario is celebrating 100 years of forestry, pulp and paper health and safety at a special two-day conference in Thunder Bay on September 24 to 25 at the Valhalla Inn. The history of the...
mining workers New Ministry of Labour mining guidelines
Government issues guides for surface, underground mines

This summer, the Ontario Ministry of Labour issued three new mining guidelines on safe and reliable braking systems on vehicles, requirements and hazards involving tire and wheel assemblies, and the sampling of diesel particulate matter. The purpose of...
Mine rescue volunteers
Vale West tops in mine rescue

Mine rescue volunteers from Vale West Mines were crowned with gold hard hats by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 66th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Thunder Bay, June 11 and 12. The Vale West team consisted of: Captain Kevin Duff...


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