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February 2016 | Issue #69

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Ontario Announces New PTSD Strategy For First Responders

Ontario is putting in place a number of new initiatives to help prevent or mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders.

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Occupational Disease In Mines

Workers may be at risk for occupational diseases due to physical, chemical, or biological exposures in underground and surface mines. These hazards can result in workers experiencing serious injuries, long-term health effects, and even death. Read more about how to protect workers from these hazards in the ministry’s newest fact sheet.

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Protecting Child Performers

Ontario’s Protecting Child Performers Act, 2015 came into force on February 5, 2016. The legislation aims to promote the best interests, protection and well-being of paid child performers working in the live and recorded entertainment industries.

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Sanitation On Construction Sites Video

Clean-up and toilet facilities are probably the last place you would look for hazards on construction sites. Inadequate facilities are a major cause of the spread of diseases to construction workers and their families. Watch a new video about how to protect workers from the hazards of poor hygiene and the spread of infectious diseases on construction sites.

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New Standards For JHSC Training Programs And Providers

For Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) certification training programs and training providers to be approved, specific criteria must be met. Just a reminder that new standards for the approval of these programs and providers come into effect on March 1. Meanwhile, JHSC members trained under the 1996 standards and not already certified must send confirmation of their Part 2 training by April 30.

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Blitz Results: Material Handling

Workers can be seriously injured, or even killed, as a result of hazards involving material handling. From September 14 to October 23, 2015, the ministry conducted an enforcement blitz at industrial workplaces in Ontario. Learn what inspectors found.

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Ontario Opens New Clinic For Work-Related Injuries In Ottawa

Ontario has opened a new Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Ottawa to help treat and reduce workplace injuries and diseases.

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Telescopic Handlers

A telescopic handler, or a telehandler, is mobile equipment that looks similar to a power elevated work platform, a forklift or a mobile crane. Learn what requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Construction Regulations pertain to the use of such equipment.

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De-rating Of Mobile Cranes

As mobile cranes age, they may reach a point where their useful life may be extended by making physical modifications to permanently reduce their lifting capacity. In this case, the Ministry of Labour will accept a crane’s de-rating – subject to certain conditions.

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Did you know that repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are among the most common types of worker injuries? These injuries mainly affect muscles, nerves and tendons. Take part in International RSI Awareness Day on February 29, and learn more about how you can prevent RSI at your workplace!

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