Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines

Province Takes Critical Steps to Help Businesses Adapt to New Environment April 30, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO ― The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and...

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Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

April 28, 2020 9:00 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement regarding the National Day of Mourning: “Today, we observe the National Day of Mourning to honour those who have died, been injured or become ill in the course of their work. As Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, I’m asking everyone in Ontario to take a...

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How BC construction sites are keeping their workers safe from the coronavirus

For over a week now, construction work, firms, and trades across British Columbia have been given the all clear from the provincial health officer to remain operational, as they have been classified as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, this means all types of construction projects in the province can continue. Over the latter half of March, construction contractors have had to quickly adapt to changing mandated health policies for their work sites, but the...

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Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020 1:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites: “The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We...

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Exposure at work – COVID-19

“Under existing OHSA regulation, if a worker gets COVID-19 from an exposure at work, the employer has to report this as an occupational illness to the Ministry. Under OHSA if an employer is advised by the worker or on behalf of the worker that a worker has an occupational illness or that a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the employer is required to notify the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in writing within four...

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COVID-19 PRESENTS MAJOR CHALLENGES AS HEALTH EXPERTS ATTEMPT TO SLOW ITS SPREAD

Everyone is closely watching and monitoring the novel COVID-19 outbreak. However, keeping tabs on the latest developments in the ever-evolving battle to contain it can be quite unnerving. Every hour on the hour there’s an endless stream of breaking news about the virus’ impact in Canada , and across the globe. Health officials are routinely updating the public on new presumptive and confirmed cases; to date, the virus has infected more than 145,000 people worldwide and more than 5,400...

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Glencore Canada Corporation fined $110,000 After Workers Injured

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Glencore Canada Corporation, Toronto ON. Location of Workplace: Falconbridge, ON. Description of Offence: failure to ensure that a rail car had been depressurized before the transfer line was disconnected, resulting in an uncontrolled spray of 98 percent sulphuric acid, contrary to s. 56(b) of Ontario Regulation 854/90, Mines and Mining Plants, thereby contravening s. 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health...

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Coronavirus FAQ: what it is, how it spreads and who to call

BY DILSHAD BURMAN, CityNews The novel coronavirus strain we have come to know as COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the globe. While top experts say the risk to Canadians remains low, residents are on edge as new cases are diagnosed every day, including those contracted via human-to-human transmission. The government is providing daily updates on cases and how Canada is responding, but questions still abound about how the virus is transmitted, what the symptoms are and who to call...

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Businesses ramp up COVID-19 precautions amid workplace cases

By Tara Deschamps TORONTO — Businesses are significantly ramping up their efforts to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus, after a string of cases cropped up at Canadian workplaces in recent days. Thursday morning brought news that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions was asking its approximately 360 employees to “telework” after a staff member in its Ottawa office was sent for testing for the virus known as COVID-19. Days before, a Kinross Gold employee...

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Ball Construction, Inc., Fined $55,000 After Two Workers Injured

March 5, 2020 3:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Ball Construction Inc., 5 Shirley Ave., Kitchener, ON. Location of Workplace: 530 Manitou Dr., Kitchener, ON. Description of Offence: On July 18, 2018, Ball Construction Inc. failed, as a constructor, to ensure the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.1(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out at the project. Date of Offence: July 18, 2018. Date of...

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