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STATEMENT BY CHIEF PREVENTION OFFICER, GEORGE GRITZIOTIS

Issued: April 30, 2015
"For employers that don't comply, the ministry will apply the full force of the law."

In the last few weeks there has been a number of accidents related to working at heights. Year after year, falls are the leading cause of deaths and injuries in the Ontario Construction Industry.

On April 30, the Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis released a very concise and pointed statement that Industrial Safety Trainers supports. Read more here.

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EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2015 - MANDATORY WORKING AT HEIGHTS CERTIFICATION TRAINING

As of April 1st, 2015 there is a new standard of training for workers in construction who are working at heights. The large number of fatalities due to falls in construction is the reason for the development of this new standard. The new Working at Heights program must be delivered by an approved training provider. This new standard is superior to the previous standard of training. This new program goes into more detail about the kinds of fall protection equipment that is available, how to use this equipment and more time is spent on proper tie off procedures. The course must be delivered by experts in training and fall prevention as a benefit for those participants taking the course. Read More

Is IST approved to teach this new program? Update - Although Industrial Safety Trainers has been teaching this program to meet the Ministry of Labour standard of training since May 2014, we are still in the process of having our program approved by the MOL. We anticipate that we will have our approval status by mid May 2015.

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LET THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR YOUR TRAINING

Yes, that is correct! Employers can apply for a grant to cover their safety training costs. Employment Ontario in tandem with Canada's Economic Action Plan, has a program called Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJC). This program is designed to provide direct financial support to small, medium and large employers of up to $10,000 per participant for training costs. A number of our clients are taking advantage of this program, and you should too!

Click here for more information.

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FORKLIFT STANDARDS HAVE CHANGED

The CSA standard for forklifts has changed and now employers do not have to conduct 18 month driving evaluations.

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Forklift Safety Training

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NEW DEFINITION OF A WORKER UNDER THE OHSA

The government has just announced, effective immediately, that the formal definition of a worker, under the Ontario Health and Safety Act and Regulations (OHSA) has changed.

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ASK ACTIVE CANADIAN EMERGENCY TRAINING INC.

For more than 22 years Active Canadian Emergency Training Inc. (ACET) has been preparing workplace first aiders to confidently respond to first aid, and cardiac emergencies. As the first aid training partner for Industrial Safety Trainers, we asked ACET General Manager, Andrew Outinen to address some of the common questions workplaces have when it comes to first aid training and defibrillation.

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NEW: COMPLIANCE DATE FOR MANDATORY WORKER AND SUPERVISOR TRAINING IN ONTARIO

Have you heard the news? As of July 1, 2014 new mandatory training for workers and supervisors will be enforced by the Ministry of Labour.

Industry Specific Safety Training

Click here to read more!

Is your business struggling with how to achieve compliance? To assist you, Industrial Safety Trainers has developed a training solution that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Ministry of Labour.

Click here for a course description of our worker training course.

Click here for a course description of our supervisor training course.

We also offer public training dates running in various cities across Ontario.

Click here for our schedule of public sessions, or call us at 1-800-219-8660 to reserve your seat.

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MINISTRY OF LABOUR 2014-2015 SAFETY BLITZ

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has published the 2014 - 2015 inspection blitz schedule under the Safe at Work Ontario initiative. These inspection blitzes are triggered by sector-specific hazards and characteristics stemming from the Safe at Work Ontario enforcement strategy.

Please click here for the 2014-2015 Blitz Schedule

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