Proposed Working at Heights Standard

Update from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

New training provider standard augments the proposed Working at Heights standard
The Ministry of Labour has begun consulting on a regulatory proposal to make training standards for working at heights mandatory, with public consultations running from March 10 to April 24. Concurrent consultations are also underway on a training provider standard that would outline requirements for providers who wish to deliver approved working at heights training programs.  

The new standards are aimed at establishing consistent and high quality training and propose to make both the training program and provider standards mandatory for the construction sector as well as workplaces with construction activity – and in the future may also apply to other sectors.

To have your voice heard, I encourage you to visit the Ministry of Labour website during the consultation period to review and provide comments online or consider attending a consultation sessions in person. 

Be a trend-setter at Partners in Prevention 2014 Conference and Trade Show
Statistics on high hazard injuries have not changed in years. From motor vehicle accidents to musculoskeletal disorders, falls from heights to machine guarding – the numbers remain stagnant.  At this year’s Partners in Prevention 2014 Conference and Trade Show, Canada’s largest health and safety event, corporate leaders will hear what the front runners are doing to change the pattern and set new trends. 

As part of the View from the Top, a panel of leading CEOs share how they moved their organization’s health and safety programs from a corporate liability to a corporate asset.  Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis, sets out the vision, goals and priorities of Ontario’s new Integrated Health and Safety Strategy. The personal stories shared by featured key note speakers - including former NHL Player, Sheldon Kennedy; CFL Legend, Michael “Pinball” Clemons; and renown innovator Tom Wujec, help to inspire health and safety leaders.

Mark your calendars for Partners in Prevention 2014 and save up to $100 if you register before March 31st and up to $50 if you register before April 15. 

The answer is workers’ rights.   The question is what do Labour Relations, the Employment Standards Act, Pay Equity and the Occupational Health and Safety Act have in common?

To ensure vulnerable workers know their workplace rights, the Ministry of Labour has launched an advertising campaign pointing workers to the workplace rights website.  Recognizing that a large portion of vulnerable workers are new to Canada, the information has also been made available in 27 languages and offers information on  the right to be treated fairly on the job, work in a safe and healthy environment and be trained appropriately on workplace hazards.

2014 Minerva Education Award of Honour awarded
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Minerva Education Award of Honour which recognizes individuals from academia, government, industry and Health and Safety Associations for their contributions to advance health and safety education in post-secondary teaching institutions. This year’s winners are Vic Pakalnis, P.Eng., President & CEO of Mirarco Mining Innovation at Laurentian University, Ontario and Dr. Anis Haque, P.Eng., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Alberta.

WSPS is proud to be numbered among the key sponsors which also include the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Imperial Oil Limited, General Motors of Canada, Du Pont Canada, Nova Chemicals, Bruce Power, Shell Canada, CF Industries, BASF, Chemtrade Logistics, Lanxess, Erco Worldwide, H.L. Blachford, Canada Post, Trimac, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Mitacs, Mirarco and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

Minerva Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Management as a core curricula in business and engineering programs in colleges and universities. Minerva recognizes that SHE Management is a fundamental cornerstone of an effective corporate safety culture that contributes to corporate effectiveness, productivity and profitability.

Elizabeth S. H. Mills, President & CEO
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