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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
May 2018 | Français

Infographic: Working in the Heat

Working in the Heat Infographic

Whether it’s a foundry, a bustling restaurant kitchen, or outdoors in the summer months, a hot environment can overwhelm a body’s ability to deal with heat, leading to a variety of illnesses. Whenever possible, employers should take measures to protect workers by avoiding heavy exertion tasks, extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity.

This infographic outlines control measures to reduce the effects of heat, along with the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how employers, workers, and supervisors can take action. .

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More resources on working in the heat

Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Although other types of violence tend to receive more media attention, workplace bullying is significant and can affect many people. CCOHS has released a new video-based course to help support workplaces.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the effects of bullying in the workplace, on the organization and on its workers
  • Recognize the signs of bullying and why it happens
  • Identify the roles of the employers, managers, supervisors and employees in recognizing and preventing bullying
  • Use tools to assist the victim, co-workers, supervisors and the employer to recognize, assess and control bullying in the workplace

Caregiver Safety: Client Lifting

Reduce the risk of injury by taking the proper ergonomic approach

Caregivers and healthcare workers who must lift patients as part of their jobs face increased risk of injuries. The physical stresses and exertion involved in caring for clients has caused rising numbers of back injuries and other musculoskeletal problems. While the safest lift is no lift – using lifting equipment or devices whenever possible – there are some good practices to adopt if manual lifting is required.

Distribute these new fast fact cards to reinforce the importance of taking the proper ergonomic approach to reduce the risk of injury for both the caregiver and the client.

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Meet our new President and CEO Anne Tennier

Picture of Anne Tennier

Born and educated in Quebec and New Brunswick, CCOHS President and CEO Anne Tennier is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Alberta and one of a handful of Certified Environmental Professionals in the food and beverage industry in Canada. She brings a wealth of leadership and experience in environmental, health and safety management, community engagement, and government relations. Anne's already hit the ground running at CCOHS, speaking at the national NAOSH Week launch in Victoria, attending Day of Mourning ceremonies in Hamilton, and engaging with occupational health and safety leaders throughout the country.

"I’ve been a CCOHS client, having used the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation Service extensively during my environmental career. What I wasn’t privy to was the sense of pride, dedication and commitment that the staff all have for occupational health and safety, and as the leader of this organization I’m truly blessed. My goal is to support and promote CCOHS in any way I can, that we may continue to significantly and positively impact the lives of workers in Canada."

Workers' Basic Rights in Canada

Across Canada there are laws in place to protect workers on the job. This occupational health and safety legislation outlines three important rights to all workers to ensure they have the knowledge they need to be safe on the job and the freedom to participate in health and safety activities in their workplace. These rights are:

  • The right to know what hazards are present in the workplace
  • The right to participate in keeping your workplace health and safe
  • The right to refuse work that you believe to be dangerous to yourself or your co-workers

Download and display this free poster throughout your workplace so your employees are aware of their rights, and to demonstrate your commitment to their health and safety at work.

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Read our fact sheet on basic responsibilities

Download Workers' Basic Rights in Canada poster as PDF document

Save the Date for Forum 2019

Plans are underway for the next national CCOHS Forum to be held March 5-6, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Forum is a two-day national event that will bring together leaders, change makers, and subject experts representing government, labour, and workplaces, to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues.

Podcast: Avoiding Harm on the Farm

Farming is a way of life for many Canadian families - and one of the most hazardous occupations. In this podcast episode, we share tips on how to work safely with tractors and other farming equipment.

Listen to the podcast

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