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23
Apr
The Morale-Boosting Effect of Competent Supervisor Training

The Morale-Boosting Effect of Competent Supervisor Training

Studies prove supervisors have a significant impact on worker productivity. A Gallup study found that 70% of team engagement can be attributed directly to the quality of the team’s supervisor. Another study states a worker’s productivity can rise by as much as 50% merely by moving them from an average supervisor to a highly competent supervisor. Simply said, a good manager promotes good engagement, but an excellent manager provides excellent engagement. So how do companies find these great supervisors? Are they rare professionals that must be lured to your organization?...

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19
Feb
Expected Regulatory Changes to Ontario's Toxics Reduction Act

Expected Regulatory Changes to Ontario's Toxics Reduction Act

On December 6, 2018, the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. In 2018, the Ontario PC party ran a campaign on cutting red tape and “Making Ontario Open for Business”–even venturing as far as introducing a bill with the same slogan, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act. As part of the campaign pledges,...

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13
Feb
New Cannabis Policy Set to Go into Effect

New Cannabis Policy Set to Go into Effect

Effective March 1, 2019, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Policy 17-01-10 Cannabis for Medical Purposes (Policy) will take effect. WSIB did not have any specific policy addressing cannabis prior to the release of 17-01-10, allowing for the use and cost of medical cannabis on a case-by-case basis under Section 33 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA). WSIA provides that a worker who sustains an injury is entitled to such health care as may be necessary, appropriate and sufficient as a result of the injury....

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11
Feb
New Office Ergonomics Application Standards for the Workplace

New Office Ergonomics Application Standards for the Workplace

The NEW CSA Z412-17 Office Ergonomics Application Standard for Workplace Ergonomics is in effect and represents the first significant update since 2000.   The new standard has adopted the process for conducting an ergonomic review as part of any office design or redesign and include recommendations on ergonomic processes and steps to apply ergonomics to the workplace. This has been...

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7
Feb
ECA Approvals, Updating Your ESDM Is an Annual Requirement in Ontario

ECA Approvals, Updating Your ESDM Is an Annual Requirement in Ontario

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has recently emboldened their enforcement efforts for some requirements included in O. Reg. 419/05. This regulation requires facilities to develop and maintain Emission Summary, and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) reports that capture all sources of air emissions. It’s common practice...

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31
May
Legislative Updates - May 2018

Legislative Updates - May 2018

Federal Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

Federal Occupational Health & Safety Hazardous Products Regulations Section 4.4.1 has been added Section 4.5 has been replaced April 4, 2018....

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22
May
NPRI Deadline Approaching

NPRI Deadline Approaching

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is our nation’s legislated, publicly‐accessible inventory of pollutants released (to air, water and land), disposed of and sent for recycling by industrial and other facilities across the country. The NPRI was established in 1992 by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Since then Ontario has introduced two pieces of legislation that extend the obligations of this...

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17
May
Legislative Updates - April 2018

Legislative Updates - April 2018

Federal Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

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13
Apr
Evidence for Office Rest Breaks

Evidence for Office Rest Breaks

I was recently out with a client who asked me to comment on a new initiative a supervisor had implemented in the office area of an industrial production plant. The supervisor felt that the workers were not getting enough done, chatting too much, running around the office more than getting the needed work done at their desks, etc. The supervisor...

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10
Apr
STOP “Cookie-Cutter” Office Ergonomics

STOP “Cookie-Cutter” Office Ergonomics

Many employers and workers explore ways to reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries in the office workspace. Whether reacting to injuries, pain, discomfort, etc. or proactively trying to prevent these consequences from developing, commendable efforts for the safety of workers occur. These adaptations to office workstations can include internal resources or external 3rd party office ergonomics providers who far too...

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