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DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, January 07, 2013

Safety News From Around The World

The following are summaries of safety news stories, with links to the stories, from locations outside the U.S.  If you have new, or know of an important news story, please send it to duralabelpro@gmail.com.


Canadian Town Cited In Firefighter's Death

The Canadian Ministry of Labour charged the township in connection with the December 27th death of 21-year-old Paul Nelson, a firefighter on the volunteer department. Mr. Nelson was killed when the fire truck he was driving slid off an icy road.  The story is reported in the North Bay Nipssing news.

The article reports that some of the charges were for failing to take all precautions reasonable for the protection of a worker; and failing to ensure that a worker was adequately trained, experienced and competent to safely drive a pumper truck in winter conditions.

Read the complete story here.

Read an analysis in the Fire Law bog.


Ontario Government Proposes New Mandatory Safety Training

The Ontario Ministry of Labour proposes to introduce new regulatory requirements that would require employers to ensure that all workers and supervisors complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs.

The new requirements would take effect on January 1, 2014 and will require the following training:

Worker Awareness
  • Rights and responsibilities of workers and supervisors under the OHSA
  • Roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees
  • Roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and Health and Safety partners
  • Hazard recognition
  • The right to be informed of hazards
  • Reference to an employer’s obligations to provide information and instruction to workers about controlled products as required under OSHA Regulation 860 (WHMIS)
  • Latency and illness related to occupational disease
Supervisor Awareness
  • Rights and responsibilities of workers and supervisors under the OHSA
  • Roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees
  • Roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and Health and Safety partners
  • Recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of hazards
  • Where resources and assistance are available
Read the Ontario Ministry of Labour Announcement



Related Past Posts:
World Safety News - December 31st.
World Safety News - December 12th

World Safety News - November 3rd


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