February 7, 2017
APCM Ontario Regulation AODA 429/07 send New Amendments Ontario Reg 165, New Accessibility, Ergonomics and AODA New Amendments compliance requirements are now law and mandatory - call to set up compliance meetings to reduce the risk of fines for non-compliance. APCM will offer on-line working at heights training starting April 15, 2017 which is mandatory. Working at heights training is also available onsite starting April 15, 2017. Mandatory fall arrest training is also available on-line 24/7 - mandatory sexual harassment training requirements available 24/7 on-line which meets the MOL requirements and is mandatory.
It is still winter, snow and ice can cause workplace injuries, ensure that snow and ice is removed from sidewalks, parking lots and entrances to all buildings.
It is a requirement in Ontario by the MOL mandatory under Section (11)
- A floor or other surface used by any worker shall,
(a) be kept free of,
(ii) hazards, and
(iii) accumulations of refuse, snow or ice and
(b) not have any finish or protective material used on it that is likely to make the surface slippery. R.0.1990, Reg 851, S 11.
APCM can also provide health and safety manuals with the necessary procedures to ensure the workplace is in compliance with the legal requirements set out by Governments across Canada. Call 905-891-3474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call one of our health and safety representatives and ask to have free advice, and ask one of our resource people any question related tot he Ministry of Labour Industrial Construction Acts and Regulations.
IDEAS FOR PREVENTING HEAT STRESS
Heat stress can happen to us all
Hot temperatures combined with factors such as high humidity, hard physical work, loss of body fluids, fatigue or some medical conditions can put stress on the body’s cooling system. When this happens it can lead to a heat related illness or disability or even death.
Who’s at risk?
Heat stress can happen to anybody, even the young and fit, and heat exposure may occur in all kinds of workplaces. Industrial furnaces, bakeries, smelters, foundries and worksites with heavy equipment are significant sources of heat inside workplaces. For outdoor workers, direct sunlight is the main source of heat. In mines, geothermal gradients and equipment can contribute to exposure.
Controlling Heat Stress
Acclimatization – You should take a week or two to get used to the heat and allow your body to adjust. This is called "acclimatization". Be aware that if you are away from work for a week you may need to re-adjust to the heat.
Engineering Controls – Air-cooling systems, fans and insulating and reflective barriers around furnaces and machinery can help to reduce heat exposure and control workplace temperatures and humidity.
Administrative Controls – Ensure that there are appropriate monitoring and control strategies in place and be ready to take appropriate action for hot days and hot workplaces. To prevent heat stress, increase the frequency and the length of rest breaks and slow down the pace of work.
Don’t underestimate the hazards of heat stress. When it’s hot you need to drink a lot of fluids, dress appropriately and recognize the signs of heat stress. If heat exposure is an issue in your workplace you need to develop and implement policies to prevent heat-related illnesses.