What is the WHMIS Deadline?
QUESTION: I know there is WHMIS deadline coming up, can you tell what this means?
Our staff took online WHMIS training two years ago, is there anything else I need to do? ~ Bill
In terms of training, like WHMIS 1988 your employees need a review at least annually. When I say ‘at least annually’ this means that as new or newly labelled products come into the workplace, employers must ensure that employees are trained on the intended use, first aid measures, personal protective equipment, exposure limits and handling/storage of each product. This could be going over the Safety Data Sheet and the label as a safety talk and take the review course annually.
If your staff have only taken the WHMIS on-line course two years ago, they will need to take the WHMIS 2015 course and a review of all the hazardous products that are present at their workplace. The depth of the review of the hazardous products will depend on whether the staff handle the products or are just in close proximity to the products. An understanding of what your staff work with or near is paramount in protecting them from injury or illness.
We're introducing a new feature to our website, open to anyone who has a questions related to virtually anything related to safety whether that involves training, regulations, equipment, procedures, the OHSA.... Submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and our resident expert Amanda from All Safety Consulting will provide you with the answers you need.
Hi Amanda - I own a landscaping company, and some of the equipment we use, like backpack blowers can get pretty loud. I want to make sure we protect the hearing of our employees, what steps could you recommend to make sure we doing everything right. ~ Ted W.
Hi Ted ~ I'm glad you asked that question! First you need to determine the db levels of the equipment. There is an app available from iTunes that you can download, Decibel X: dB, dBA Noise Meter. You can also rent or buy a dB meters or have a professional come out and perform the testing for you. Either way it is crucial to measure the dB for each piece of equipment. Backpack blowers are especially harmful and require two sets of protection.
If you ever unsure, for example after renting or buying a new piece of equipment, and cannot find information from the manufacturer then the best course of action is the make sure the workers hearing is protected to the highest level. The could require double hearing protect (plugs and muffs). There is also ear-fit (hearing protection) testing. This is a device that tests the effectiveness of hearing protection base on db exposure.
The WSIB claims for noise induced hearing loss is at its highest ever. When hiring new workers it is in the best interest of the employer to request a hearing test, then the employer has a bench mark. Have the employee go through ear-fit hearing protection testing to ensure they are fully protected and document the results. If in the future that employee has a noise induced hearing loss claim your company would be protected from any responsibility. Usually this type of claim goes to the workers last employer. If the last employer shows proof that it didn’t happen while the employee worked for them then WSIB goes to the next employer and so on.
Fall is here again and with that comes a seasonal increase in the spread of colds, flu and viral infections. In fact, as I write this, I have two staff off sick and three family members suffering at home with the same viral infection that is spreading through Kingston.
As an employer, there is nothing quite as nerve wracking as someone calling in sick. Worse is the accompanying thought of germs having already been spread by that employee throughout the workplace...potentially leading to the temporary loss of an entire workforce for days. It can be a nightmare scenario for small business and their clients when it is imperative to meet deadlines to keep the cash flowing and complete projects on time. I worry about this, and I know I'm not alone. Sick workers have a real impact on productivity and to a lesser degree staff morale as other workers attempt to keep up with an increased workload.
Instead of feeling helpless though, it is better to don those protective gloves and start preparing to prevent or minimize the occurrence of colds, flus and other nasty viruses at work this fall and winter.
Mandatory Working at Heights training came into effect on April 1, 2015. The Chief Prevention Officer of the Ministry of Labour has outlined the requirements for this training and it is mandatory that your WAH training be refreshed every three years. (WAHR)
Returning and new clients also have the option of booking a private training session for groups of 6 or more. Contact us to discuss arrangements and group discounts for 10-12 students.
ASBESTOS WORKER 1 &2
We're proud to introduce our full day course for workers involved with Type 1 & Type 2 asbestos work. Topics covered include identification, health risks, ACM's (asbestos containing materials), equipment, and O.Reg 278/05. During the practical portion, students will learn how to properly construct an enclosure. Respirator fitting is also provided. Call us for details.
BOOK 7: TEMPORARY CONDITIONS
To meet local demand we have developed Book 7 training. Our full day course provides students with instruction on the guidelines outlined in Book 7: Temporary Conditions including roles and responsibilities, practices and procedures, legislation, positioning and communicating with the motoring public and work crews to keep staff and the general public safe at all times in work zones. Call us for details.
CVOR: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPERATOR'S REGISTRATION
We are proud to announce that Dwain Smith has recently joined the Safety Guys team. Dwain brings over 30 years experience with the Ministry of Transportation and provides CVOR training as well as assistance with CVOR audits. Our 6 hour course will be available in early December, 2017. Call us for details.
This is a course we have been wanting to offer for a long time, but proper skid steer training requires land disturbance. We are very fortunate to have an awesome landlord who has agreed to let us use the empty property around our Kingston location to run the practical sessions crucial to implementing effective skid steer training.
Skid steers are a versatile machine useful in landscaping, farming and constructions, but they are also very dangerous. Our experienced trainers will show you how to become a safer operator through theory training that covers the regulations and operating principals and hands-on practical training that will provide students with experience on track and wheel base loaders. Two courses have been added for April and May. Register here.