What’s new and changing for workplace health and safety in 2021

Monday, December 14, 2020

Upcoming events and latest pandemic resources

Clipboard, hardhat, gloves and safety vestWith the global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest occupational health and safety news and resources, and to plan for the year ahead.

Highlights of 2020

On March 11, 2020, occupational health and safety was on everyone’s mind as the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. The annual mining safety conference in Sudbury quickly became a virtual event and more than 600 attended three keynote classic presentations from April 21 to 23.

Most organizations, including WSN, pivoted to expand virtual and online offerings of popular health and safety courses and created the unique and informal COVID-19 Conversations webinars in an effort to help employers and workers adjust to the changes happening in society.

As demand for PPE soared, businesses quickly pivoted, and the following news and resources became available.

In November 2020, Ontario launched workplace education and enforcement campaigns to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep workers safe.

What’s new and changing for 2021

The biggest occupational health and safety change in Ontario for 2021 is the continuing adaptability of businesses, the government, and the public, to changing requirements necessary to keep everyone safe. With announcements of vaccines available in select areas on December 15, 2020, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program enters its second year, and is the perfect opportunity for organizations to translate their pandemic preparedness activities into potential premium rebates and health and safety recognition, in addition to keeping workers safe.

Important 2021 workplace health and safety dates 

Save the dates and mark your 2021 calendar in advance to help make Ontario workplaces safer and keep yourself in the know – here’s a roundup of upcoming workplace health and safety events.


Mark your calendar and commit to a safe and healthy 2021


Jan. 2: Join or update your workplace Health and Safety Excellence program and earn rewards

Jan 20: Symposium: Battery Electric Vehicle Safety in Mines - Virtual

Jan 22: CROSH-CON 2021 - Student OHS research showcase

Jan 27: Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series – Dementia in our workplaces



Feb 3-Mar 31: Ontario mining inspection blitz: Electric battery vehicles and mobile diesel equipment maintenance in mines

Feb 29: Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day + Free webinar from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers



Mar 24: Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series – PIVOT: One year of COVID-19



Apr 14: Mining Health and Safety Conference - Virtual

Apr 26: International Noise Awareness Day

Apr 28: Day of Mourning 

Apr-May: Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy



May 3-9: Mental Health Week



Jun 1-3: Canadian Mining Expo - Timmins - visit WSN booth

Jun 16: Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series – Happiness and Leadership



Sep 19-22: World Congress on Health and Safety at Work - Toronto

Sep 22: Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series – Neck up safety: Mental health



Oct: Healthy Workplace Month + weekly Wednesday Feed Your Brain Lunch and Learn Series session

Oct: Global Ergonomics Month 

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day

Oct 18-22: Small Business Week



Safe and happy holidays!