Occupational health and safety: 2015 in review

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Don’t miss this look back at the year’s most popular news stories

Mine rescue volunteer training for rescue from heightsIn 2015, Ontario occupational health and safety specialists saw many changes and updates to workplace safety training, including the new mandatory Working at Heights safety training for those working on construction projects, plus an updated website safeplanting.com for Ontario tree planter. The Ontario forestry, pulp and paper industry celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of its health and safety association. The small business program Safe Workplace Ontario released an updated reference manual, which incorporates new health and safety legislation.

The following is an overview of 2015 health and safety news, with an emphasis on Ontario mining, forestry, paper, printing and converting industrial sectors.

January

Working at Heights safety training mandatory in 2015 under Construction Projects Regulation
Legislation effective April 1 

Taming the deadliest professions of the Ontario wilderness
1915-2015: 100 years of health and safety in Ontario’s forestry, and pulp and paper industries

Working safely with propane
Legislation requires re-certification every three years
 
February
 
New Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training programs
Training updated specifically for printing and converting, pulp and paper
 
What to expect from new Working at Heights training legislation
24% decrease in fall injuries in first 16 months for Newfoundland and Labrador
 
March
 
New tools to help businesses improve occupational health and safety performance
Ontario companies participate in leading indicators research project
 
Updated online health and safety training for tree planters
SafePlanting.com helps rookie and veteran planters understand hazards
 
Mill Yard Traffic Management Plan
New leading practices – free download
 
April
 
It’s here! April 1 deadline for Ontario’s new mandatory Working at Heights safety training
Applies to all workers undertaking construction projects...
 
Top 8 health and safety orders affecting new and young workers
Ensure your workplace is safe and passes inspection
 
Updated Safe Workplace Ontario certification program with new 2015 resource manual
Includes two new standards to meet current legislation
 
May

Thumbnail of infographicINFOGRAPHIC: Occupational health and safety snapshot for Ontario loggers
Infographic shows contact with objects, equipment top list of injuries

INFOGRAPHIC: Health and safety snapshot of Ontario printing, platemaking and bindery workers
Musculoskeletal disorders top the list of workplace injuries
 
Photo recap: Mining health and safety conference
300 attend sold-out annual event in Sudbury
 
June
 
Top 7 significant changes to federal WHMIS law
One international system for chemical classification and labelling
 
New director announced for Ontario mining sector
Former paramedic, miner appointed to health and safety association
 
Vale West Mines tops in mine rescue
Overall winners of the 66th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Thunder Bay

July-August
 
Top 6 occupational health and safety resources for businesses with fewer than 50 employees
From April 1 of this year to March 31, 2016, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors are visiting new small businesses
 
INFOGRAPHIC: Health and safety snapshot of Ontario workers in corrugated box industry sector
Majority of lost-time injuries from contacts with objects or equipment

New Ministry of Labour mining guidelines
Government issues guides for surface, underground mines
 
September
 
New rules of the road in effect September 1
Tougher penalties for distracted driving; new rules to protect cyclists, tow truck drivers...
 
Safety Group program extended through 2016
Northern Ontario Safety Group shares in $2.1 million rebate
 
Health and safety excellence in Ontario workplaces recognized
Three Ontario companies receive highest provincial honour
 
October
 
New health and safety e-learning courses now available
WSN joins forces with Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Cover of 100th anniversary program for Ontario forestry health and safety
Photo recap: Safety centennial conference
Ontario forestry, pulp and paper health and safety association turns 100
 
Ontario Mine Rescue goes to university
Mining engineering students take Introductory Mine Rescue Course for Students

November

Key changes to Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training
New health and safety training law March 1, 2016
 
Preparing to welcome the world
Ontario Mine Rescue to host international competition
 
World’s deepest base metal mine wins health and safety award
Second trophy for Kidd Operations, a Glencore company
 
Mississauga paper converting company wins health and safety award
ACCO Brands Canada celebrates recognition
 
Logging company wins two health and safety awards
Fleming’s Trucking and Logging celebrates double win

December
 
How occupational health and safety in Ontario changed over the past 6 years
Interview with Bill Shaver, founding chair of Workplace Safety North
 
Public consultation on amendments to mining health and safety regulations
Legislative changes recommended by Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review

Retirement notes from the underground
Alex Gryska on the evolution of the Ontario mine rescue program from 1975 to 2015

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