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  • Content last reviewed: January 2014

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Construction

Construction projects should be safe workplaces. Workers, supervisors and employers are all responsible for safety. Construction site safety is everyone’s responsibility.

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Emergency Preparedness

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Fall Hazards

Falls from heights and same-level falls result in a significant number of worker injuries.

Workers are at risk of falling in any workplace.

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Farming Operations

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Flu

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Health and Community Care

Health and Community Care includes workplaces such as hospitals, long-term care homes, homes for residential care, nursing services, supported group living residences and independent support residences (group homes), treatment clinics and specialized services, laboratories, and professional offices and agencies.

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Health and Safety Training

A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Learn more about the regulation, training requirements, and our free suite of training resources.

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Heat Stress

Heat stress can happen when hot, humid conditions and physical activity overcomes your body’s natural cooling system. You might suffer cramps and fainting, or even serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can kill quickly.

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Joint Health and Safety Certification Training

Does the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) require your workplace to have a Joint Health and Safety Committee? If so, the OHSA generally requires that at least two members — one representing the employer and one representing workers - be “certified” members of the committee.

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Lifting Equipment

Workplaces that operate lifting devices, including forklifts and personnel lifts, may expose workers to potentially serious physical hazards.

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Manufacturing

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Mobile Equipment

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Musculoskeletal Disorders / Ergonomics

Every day we use our muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints to lift, carry, sit, stand, walk, move and work in a variety of ways. However, sometimes these tasks or the way we do them can put too much demand on our bodies, causing pain and discomfort. In addition, it may lead to a more serious injury called a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

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Occupational Exposure Limits

Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) restrict the amount and length of time a worker is exposed to airborne concentrations of hazardous biological or chemical agents.

There are OELs for over 725 substances set out in Regulation 833 Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents and O. Reg 490/09 Designated Substances under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Occupational Health Hazards and Illnesses

Occupational illness normally develops over a period of time because of workplace conditions. Such conditions might include exposure to disease-causing bacteria and viruses, for example, or to chemicals or dust.

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Performance Industry (Live, Film, TV, Children)

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Prevention

We are ALL responsible — employers, supervisors and workers — for preventing workplace illness and injury. Get involved now! Your search for workplace health and safety information starts right here...

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Radiation Hazards and Protection

The Radiation Protection Service (RPS) is administered under the direction of the ministry. It is Ontario’s primary source of expertise on all matters concerning exposure to radiation, whether regarding nuclear facilities or veterinary dental X-ray machine installation.

All ministry resources on radiation – including alerts, guidelines and reports – can now be found in one convenient location.

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Storage and Material Handling

Workplaces with racking and storage facilities may contain potentially serious hazards. The improper use, selection and installation, or maintenance of racking and storage systems may put workers at risk of injury.

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Temporary Help Agencies

Temporary help agencies provide employees to client businesses that require staff on temporary assignments. This could be for short-term jobs that last for a few days or weeks, or long-term assignments that can last for several months or years.

Learn about the rights and rules that apply to assignment employees, temporary help agencies, and clients of temporary help agencies.

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Working at Heights

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Workplace Violence And Workplace Harassment

Everyone should be able to work in a safe and healthy workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out roles and responsibilities of workplace parties to address with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment, including developing and implementing policies and programs and providing information and instruction on these.

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Young Workers

Every day in Ontario, an average of nearly 50 young workers under age 25 are injured or killed on the job.

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