Ontario Reviews Elevator Laws

Government Seeks Input to Help Improve Elevator Safety and Availability July 2, 2020 10:00 A.M. Ministry of Government and Consumer Services TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching consultations in an effort to improve elevator safety, performance, and availability in multi-storey buildings. The province is seeking input on proposed regulatory changes under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. These new rules would help to ensure that elevators are well-maintained...

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Premier Ford Praises Ontario Spirit on Canada Day

July 1, 2020 9:00 A.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to mark Canada Day: “As we celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, I want to reflect on a year that has been unlike any other, one of the darkest periods in Ontario’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic touched everyone in the province, creating personal and financial hardship and resulting in losses far greater than anyone could have imagined. As a country, as a...

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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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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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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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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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Threads of Life presentation leaves a deep impression on workers

No job is worth dying for. That’s the message C.K. DesGrosseilliers wanted workers to take back to the job with them following a recent injury prevention presentation at the nearly completed, twin-high-rise project at Eglinton Ave. and Don Mills Rd. DesGrosseilliers, a volunteer speaker with Threads of Life – a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease as well as preventing such...

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Working with Asbestos: What You Need to Know

The Ministry of Labour’s latest video shows what you need to know when working near asbestos. Asbestos kills more workers than any other occupational hazard, including traumatic deaths in construction. All workplace parties, including workers, have a shared responsibility in reducing the risk of exposure. Owners, employers and constructors must ensure workers are safe on the job and are not exposed to asbestos, this includes following the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the...

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