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Author Archive - Beyond Rewards Inc

Beyond Rewards is a boutique firm offering a full suite of Human Resource, Safety, Workplace investigations, Accessibility Standards and Risk Management solutions, online training programs and customized face to face training for our clients. Several exceptional expert consultants led by Lynne Bard, HBa, CHRP, CES, President/Senior Consultant, will be blogging regularly on First Reference Talks on behalf of Beyond Rewards Inc. Read more here.

Pandemic planning in the workplace

It is important to ensure that your organization is prepared for potential threats through pandemic planning. In doing so, the protection of your employees is ensured when a potential threat arises. Pandemics are the spreading of a new disease; without proper planning a pandemic can affect multiple employees and increase safety risks.

 

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Bullying in the workplace

Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could “mentally” hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate a particular person or group of people.

 

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Ontario new health and safety legislation 2020

Two regulations under OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) come to effect January 1, 2020. These changes are only in the Ontario legislation. The first regulation Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents (Reg 883/90), and the second Designated Substances (Reg 490/09).

 

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2020 influenza

Flu season generally runs from October to April each year. The Flu is a respiratory (i.e., nose, throat, and lung) infection that can be caused by a variety of viruses. For most people, the Flu lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Ensure that your workplace is prepared for this flu season to ensure the protection of your workers.

 

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What does the legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada mean for workplaces?

With Cannabis being originally legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018, a year later on the same date, Cannabis edibles have been legalized in Canada. The legalization of Cannabis edibles in Canada permit edibles to be sold and consumed effective October 17, 2019.

 

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Boosting safety performance in the workplace

Safety program implementation is crucial within the workplace, but without the ongoing cooperation of employees to uphold safety performance, safety hazards become a greater risk.

 

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New accessibility legislation: The Accessible Canada Act

On June 21st, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received royal assent. This new federal accessibility legislation in Canada aims to achieve the goal of a barrier-free Canada by the year 2040.

 

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Preventing Impairment in the Workplace

How can you prevent impairment in the workplace with cannabis usage on the rise due to its legalization?

 

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Biohazard control in your workplace

Workplaces have a responsibility to identify hazards in the workplace. A hazard is any situation, condition or thing that may be dangerous to the safety or health of workers.

 

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Do you have a fit for duty program in your workplace?

To be committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, customers and other members of the public, a Fit for Duty program is necessary for prevention, protection and rehabilitation (if necessary).

 

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Critical work injuries – Ensure its prevention

Without the proper safe work practices, safety policies are ineffective to protect workers in the workplace.

 

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Human rights – Your duty as an employer

In 2017, 66% of all human rights claims were employment-related. Employers have the duty to be compliant with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

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Health and safety: It’s not just physical

Employers have the duty to protect their workers and provide a healthy and safe work environment. Health & safety is about both physical and mental health.

 

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Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Necessary for the lives of your workers

This past September, a paving contractor was fined $325,000 for a workplace fatality that occurred due to not properly complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Compliance with the Act includes following proper policies and procedures and ensuring your employees are trained on safety issues.

 

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Protect your employees this winter season

As an employer, you have a duty to protect your employees from slips and falls on your premises.

 

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