Violence and Harassment Law Comes Into Effect

Violence and harassment can hurt the personal well-being of workers. These actions can also have financial consequences for employers. On June 15, 2010, employers must comply with a new law that will better protect workers from workplace violence and address harassment.

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Beat the Heat!

After two cool and wet summers, Ontario is set to experience its warmest summer in years, says one prominent Canadian climatologist. Workers could find conditions more difficult to work this summer. Learn how to take precautions to protect yourself and other workers from the risks of heat stress.

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Ministry Launches Online Severance Pay Tool

Employers and employees have told us that they want more web-based resources to help them understand their obligations and entitlements under the Employment Standards Act. And so we've listened. We've created a new online severance tool to help employers and employees determine if an individual is entitled to severance pay, and if so, the amount owing.

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Fall Hazards Blitz

In mid-January, the ministry launched a 90-day blitz focused on fall hazards at construction projects. You can now read the report, which provides an overview of compliance trends discovered during the campaign.

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Expert Advisory Panel

Minister of Labour Peter Fonseca has appointed an expert advisory panel to review the province's workplace health and safety system. The panel will report back in the fall. We want you to be involved. Read the consultation paper and find out how you can provide input to the panel.

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ALERTS

ALERT: FRL Fall Protection System

Falls are a significant cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. The use of proper fall protection equipment is critical to protect the health and safety of workers. The ministry has issued an alert about the Class Frontal-Fixed Rail (FRL) Ladder Fall Protection System.

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UPDATED ALERT: Best practices for suspended platforms

In January, the ministry issued a hazard alert on the fundamental procedures for suspended platforms. This alert focused on the safe use, maintenance and inspection of suspended work platforms. The Ministry has updated it to include a section on best practices for the design, maintenance, inspection and testing of suspended platforms, citing Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.

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