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July 2016 | Issue #74

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Animated Video Highlights New Tips And Gratuities Rules

New rules around the handling of tips and other gratuities in the workplace are now in force. These rules affect employers and employees covered by the Employment Standards Act in workplaces where tips and gratuities are received – such as at bars, restaurants, hair and nail salons, catering firms and taxis. Watch a new animated video to learn about these new rules.

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Ontario Improving Occupational Health And Safety Outcomes

Ontario is providing $4.38 million to support research and innovation projects that will improve occupational health and safety in the province. Each year, the ministry funds innovation projects and collaborative partnerships through the Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP). It also invests in occupational health and safety research projects selected through the Research Opportunities Program (ROP).

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Suspended Access Equipment

Ontario has made amendments to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment. They include a requirement to notify the ministry before using such equipment for the first time, requirements for roof and site-specific work plans, and training requirements for workers. The amendments also include enhanced design, inspection, maintenance and technical requirements for such equipment. The amendments will come into force January 1, 2017.

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Protecting Outdoor Workers

It’s summer and many Ontarians are welcoming the warmer days. But working outdoors also presents many hazards. Working where it is hot puts stress on your body’s cooling system. Do you know the signs of heat stress? Workers who work in certain areas are also at risk for tick bites and Lyme disease; mosquito bites and the West Nile Virus; and serious skin reactions and permanent scarring from hazardous plants.

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Ontario Changes WHMIS Requirements

As of July 1, 2016, Ontario has amended its WHMIS requirements to adopt new global standards for classifying hazardous workplace chemicals and for providing information on labels and safety data sheets.

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New And Young Workers Inspection Blitz

Young workers in Ontario continue to be injured. Ontario has launched a seven-week blitz to ensure the safety of young people while working at their summer jobs. From July 18 to Sept. 2, an enforcement blitz is targeting industrial workplaces where new and young workers are employed. Inspectors are checking that employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Winners Announced For National Health And Safety Video Contest

The Ministry of Labour’s “It’s Your Job” contest asks secondary school students to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely. Ontario’s top video then moved on to the national contest to compete with winners from other Canadian provinces and territories. A group of Ontario students from Markham have placed second in the national “It’s Your Job” contest. Congratulations! Watch the videos, and share with your workplaces!

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Bring Safety Home Awareness Campaign Launches

Parents and others play a vital role in ensuring young people know about their rights at work. Our health and safety system partners have launched BringSafetyHome.com, a new website targeting parents, relatives, coaches, teachers and other support networks as part of a campaign to make work safer for Ontario’s youth.

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