Health & Safety

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Location Health & Safety Representatives

A Location Health & Safety Representative (LHSR) has been secured for each work location.
Please note, the name of the LHSR will be posted in each respective work location.

Team A: Isaac Street

Audrey Patterson

Team A: Shore Crescent

Kathy Wettlaufer

Team A: Suncoast Drive West

Gayle Fisher

Team B: Oxford Street

Kim Weese

Team B: South Street

Cheryl Souch

Team C: McDonald Street

Sandra Thom

Team C: Palmerston Street

Marcia Dykstra

Team C: 267 Suncoast Drive

Brian Chambers

Team D: Britannia Road

Melanie Thackeray

Team D: Picton Street East

Loretta Boucher

Clinton: 15 Rattenbury St.

Darlene Hunking

Employer Representative

Lynne Armstrong

Employer Representative

Katie Gaulton
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Hot Topic - Sun Safety at Work

Source: https://www.ccohs.ca/newsletters/hsreport/issues/2016/05/ezine.html#hsreport-partners

National Project Addresses Sun Safety at Work

Approximately 1.5 million workers in Canada are exposed to the sun on the job. Sun exposure is a serious – and largely preventable – occupational hazard. Sun Safety at Work Canada is a national project funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer that aims to develop a sun safety program for outdoor workers that will address both skin cancer and heat stress prevention, and can be implemented by individual workplaces.

Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer and can cause other health issues including sunburn, skin damage, cataracts, eye damage, and heat stress.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the country. About 67% of outdoor workers spend two or more hours a day working in the sun so it may not be surprising that they have a 2.5-3.5 times greater risk of developing skin cancer than indoor workers.  The occupations with the largest number of workers exposed to sun include construction, farming, and building care and maintenance. In 2014, as many as 7,000 skin cancers were attributed to work-related sun exposure.

The risk of heat stress for outdoor workers continues to be a serious concern, with heat stroke being the most deadly form of heat stress. Both skin cancer and heat stress are largely preventable. And while elimination and substitution of the sun are not possible, there are a number of strategies workplaces can use to reduce the risk of overexposure to the sun for outdoor workers.

Piloting Sun Safety Programs

The Sun Safety at Work Canada project involves implementing sun safety interventions at 16 worksites in three regions across Canada. The workplaces are focused on the development and implementation of tailored sun safety programs, which include best practices and resources to protect outdoor workers from occupational sun exposure. The information and lessons learned from the pilot phase will be shared and inform the rest of the project.

Supporting Workplaces across Canada to Implement Sun Safety Programs

The project is developing a comprehensive website that will launch in late summer 2016 and house a range of resources for occupational health and safety practitioners, supervisors, and workers. It is intended that the website and resources will enable workplaces throughout Canada to implement effective, customized and sustainable sun safety policies and practices that can help protect workers from skin cancer and other health issues related to sun exposure.

About The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. This partnership includes Ryerson University, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and CAREX Canada. The Partnership works with cancer experts, charitable organizations, governments, cancer agencies, national health organizations, patients, survivors and others to implement Canada’s cancer control strategy.

Additional Resources:

LifeWorks - Employee Assistance Program

LifeWorks is available 24/7 with confidential support and resources to help you manage issues related to work, life and everything in between.

These services are available to all employees. Speak to your Supervisor or Administrative Coordinator to receive a LifeWorks card and login information.

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Workplace Violence

Everyone should be able to work without fear of violence or harassment, in a safe and healthy workplace.

Changes to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act - effective June 15, 2010 - strengthen protections for workers from workplace violence and address workplace harassment. They apply to all workplaces to which the Act currently applies.

Defining workplace violence:

  • The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker.
  • An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
  • A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Rights and Responsibilities:
Everyone in a workplace has a role to play in ensuring it is safe, healthy and free of violence and harassment. Workers have the same rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for violence prevention as they do for other hazards in a workplace. They must report potential workplace hazards to employers.

Telling your Employer:
Workers should report threats or incidents of workplace violence to the employer.

Resources:
For more information on Workplace Violence visit:
* the Ministry of Labour's website at: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs
* Ontario Health and Safety Association website at: www.healthandsafetyontario.ca