February 2013

Health and Safety

MOL inspection blitz targets violence and harassment in health care facilities — WHSC training and resources focus on prevention solutions

It is vital that all companies have an effective policy in place regarding violence and harassment in the workplace.
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an inspection blitz in the health care sector to enforce laws designed to help protect workers from the risk of violence, harassment and bullying.

Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know

With the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s focus on ensuring all companies have an effective violence and harassment policy in place; it is vital to ensure your businesses policy is up to date and protecting your employees. This article can help to provide you with strategies and guidelines on how to effectively develop a policy for your workplace.

Get out ahead of MOL mandated health and safety supervisor training — Register now for WHSC supervisor health and safety e-class training

The Ontario Ministry of Labour are proposing to introduce mandatory training requirements for all Ontario supervisors this summer. Are you ready to comply with all legal requirements including minimum training content and written proof of training completion? The Ministry of Labour is offering online e-learning classes for Health and Safety training to help businesses stay compliant with their regulations under the Health and Safety Act. Register here.

New national standard for workplace psychological health and safety released

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) just released its new national Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation. Access it for free here.

Guide to Critical Injury/Illness/Accident/Exposure Investigation

This document was developed by the Ontario Nurses’ Association to help joint health and safety committees and representatives to accurately respond to injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Section 9 (31) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states, “the members of a committee who represent workers shall designate one or more such members to investigate cases where a worker is killed or critically injured at a workplace from any cause and one of those members may, subject to subsection 51 (2), inspect the place where the accident occurred and any machine, device or thing, and shall report his or her findings to a Director and to the committee.”

Human Resources

6 in 10 Canadians planning to contribute to retirement in 2013: CIBC

The number of Canadians that contribute towards long term planning and saving is on the rise. Employers need to consider employee spending and saving trends when developing staff incentives and establishing long term savings plans.

Nearly 22,000 jobs lost in January: StatsCan

The unemployment rates have hit a four-year low of 7% after Canada eliminated almost 22,000 jobs in January. This is the lowest recorded unemployment rate since 6.8% in December 2008.

Five HR technology trends for 2013 -- and three critical action items

With more eyes on HR technology than ever before, we asked experts what trends users could expect to see in the coming year. We also compiled a list of three action items to help HR managers start 2013 off right.

4 Social HR Predictions for 2013

When looking at building your business into 2013, you must  consider all aspects of Human Resources and the human capital that you have in the workplace. This article addresses some of the social trends that should be considered for the future of business. Social HR has the ability to transform your employees and your workplace increasing productivity, motivation and results.

Handling HR for Small Business

Management was once defined as “getting things done through people.” Today’s best managers see their work instead as “getting things done by developing people.” However, supporting staff development while juggling the operations of a small or medium-sized business can be a challenge. You face a learning curve, so your information sources must be reliable.

Tattoos in triage and ink in intensive OK'd at Ottawa hospital

Tattoos will no longer be taboo for staff at The Ottawa Hospital after an arbitrator threw out a dress-code regulation which required body ink and piercings to be covered up.

Don't make this common HR mistake

Small business owners and senior managers often ask for my advice on employee management issues in the workplace. While the kinds of issues they face vary wildly across businesses and industries, there’s usually a common denominator; they all want advice in advance of having had a face-to-face meeting with the subordinate in question.

Industry Updates

Newfoundland college begins training in mental first aid

The College of the North Atlantic announced on Jan. 22 that it has received $15,000 though the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to certify four staff members as instructors for mental health first aid training. The program, from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), teaches participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help and guide a person towards appropriate professional help, according to information from the MHCC website.

Obamacare could increase the cost of Canadian healthcare

By and large, I think most Canadians feel that President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms — aka Obamacare — are a positive step for the United States.

After all, it provides health care insurance to 44 million Americans who currently don't have it.

Unfortunately, according to a new report by the Fraser Institute, Obamacare might have negative consequences for our healthcare system in Canada.

How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system?

The survey results show wide variation in how Canada’s provincial health systems perform. Internationally, even the best performing regions in Canada rank below top performing countries in most categories.

A key finding of the survey is that the adoption of electronic medical records has more than doubled nationally since 2006, with over half (57%) of primary care physicians now using computerized patient charts. However, this number varies widely across provinces (from 26% in New Brunswick to 74% in Alberta), and overall we still rank second last among the 10 countries surveyed.


Recent Product Recalls / Updates Released by the Ministry

New statins labeling update: Risk of increased blood sugar levels and diabetes January 2013

One Lot of Infants' Little Remedies for Fevers Recalled January 2013

Arbonne Men's Facial Moisturizer Recalled Due to Contamination January 2013

Cough & Cold Products Recalled Due to Defective Caps: May Cause Serious Harm to Children January 2013

Health Canada to review safety of drug Diane-35 January 2013