eNewsletter for Ontario Teachers • June 2014
National celebrity judges, including Jim Caruk and Carson Arthur from HGTV, Marc Kielburger from Free the Children, actress Mag Ruffman, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety CEO Steve Horvath, injured worker Jonathan Plante and parents of young workers who lost their lives at work Paul Kells, Rob Ellis and Shirley Hickman, reviewed winning secondary school videos from across the country and chose Canada’s winners. Cash prizes will be awarded by the coordinating body for deputy ministers of labour from across Canada, CAALL, who sponsored the national contest. Congratulations!
Winner: Ben Croskery, John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa
This video won second place in Ontario, earning both the student and the school $750 in May. For having the top secondary school video in Canada, the school and the student will both receive an additional $2000.
Winners: Pranay Noel and Martin Czachor, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga
This video tied for first place in Ontario, earning both the student team and their school $1000. For having Canada’s second place secondary school video, both the team and their school will receive an additional $1500.
The videos produced by our talented secondary school students are available for your use at ontario.ca/videocontest.
Check the ontario.ca/videocontest website in September for the 2014/15 contest details and entry forms. Your students could be next year’s winners!
The Ministry of Labour has posted a hazard alert to raise awareness about the potential for serious injuries that could result from the use of powered folding partitions.
These partitions are commonly used to separate areas, including in school gymnasiums, community centers, and conference rooms in hotels, convention centers or any other workplace space that may be partitioned.
Powered folding partitions are designed to stop when fully extended against the wall or fully retracted. The movement of these partitions is often controlled from a switch located on one side of the partition, which restricts the operator’s ability to see the leading edge of the moving partition.
Since only one side of the partition is visible from the control panel, a “blind spot” can prevent an operator from seeing another person who could be crushed. The crushing forces of the moving partitions may be great enough to cause severe injury and even death.
More information is available on the Ministry of Labour website.
A 2014/15 twelve page Live Safe! Work Smart! resource package for teachers, that includes links to videos, e-learning tools, posters, guest speakers and more, was released last month at the OCEA and OCTE conferences to appreciative audiences of teachers. Get yours at www.livesafeworksmart.net.
Young workers should be aware of their workplace rights as they start their summer jobs. Here are a few signs to watch for:
Learn more: ontario.ca/employmentstandards
Read more in the January 2014 edition of this newsletter.
From September 9, 2013, to October 31, 2013, Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors conducted an enforcement initiative to promote health and safety in the Ontario education sector. The ministry focused on schools with woodworking shops, science labs, technological education labs and other kinds of shops (e.g., auto body, construction and manufacturing).
MOL Inspectors visited private schools and also revisited some public and Catholic schools that had been visited during a similar education initiative conducted from September 2011 to June 2012. (View results of the 2011/12 initiative.)
Inspectors checked on compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations.
The goals were to:
Results of the initiative are available on the Ministry of Labour website.
Ministry of Labour resource website for teachers