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>January 2013

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Respect: Everyone Deserves It

One word that goes a long way in the workplace

Poster image with the following text: Respect. Everyone Deserves It. This is a place of respect for clients, employeesm and visitors. Bullying or any threat of violence will not be tolerated.

Everyone deserves to work in an environment that is respectful and free of bullying, threats, and abuse.

Bullying behaviours and threats of violence affect the overall health of an organization. Display this new CCOHS poster where your employees are likely to interact with visitors, clients, and the public, as a reminder that respect is a two-way street. Everyone deserves to be treated with courtesy.

Download a free PDF or purchase double-sided - English on one side, French on the other - full-color 16" x 25" copies for only $5 each.

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Prevent the Spread

Hygiene habits for a healthier workplace

It's inevitable. You and your co-workers will come down with a bug at some point.

And the workplace can become the perfect environment for viruses and bacteria to spread quickly. Here are eight healthy hygiene habits that you and your colleagues can adopt to help prevent the spread at your workplace.

Keep your distance

Reinforce these healthy habits by displaying this awareness poster throughout your workplace.

More resources for healthy workplaces

Learn Why Mental Health in the Workplace Matters

Free e-course from CCOHS now available

About one in five Canadians experience mental health issues at some point during their working years. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, it is estimated that mental illness costs the Canadian economy more than $50 billion per year in terms of healthcare service use, lost workdays and work disruptions. A healthy Canadian economy - and a healthy workplace - relies on healthy minds.

CCOHS and High Point Wellness Centre have partnered to create a series of e-courses on mental health in the workplace. The first course, Mental Health: Awareness provides an introduction to the complex issue. Learn the difference between mental well-being and mental illness, factors that put people at risk, and the roles of early intervention and promotion of mental well-being at work.

This free 30-minute course provides the foundation for the more detailed courses in the mental health series:

These courses are recommended for employers, managers, supervisors and workers interested in learning about mental health at work. To take this online course, all you need is a computer and Internet access. Learn at your own pace, in your own environment, at your own convenience.

Register for the free awareness course


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Federally Regulated? Learn and Save

Save 25% on featured e-courses for federally regulated workplaces

The Canada Labour Code, Part II ("the Code") governs the health and safety of workers in the federal jurisdiction. Managers and supervisors represent the employer in the workplace and are responsible to carry out the duties of the employer in the work areas that they manage. Understand those responsibilities with the Canada Labour Code Part II: An Overview e-course. You will learn the requirements of the Code and how it is applied, and it serves as a useful starting point for further training on health and safety committees, WHMIS and other occupational health and safety topics.

Buy this course by March 31 and save 25%. You will have 90 days after your purchase to complete it.

You can also save 25% on these other e-courses for federally regulated workplaces:

  • Federal Hazard Prevention Program - Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program (HPP) according to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. This course explains in practical terms the requirements of the HPP in the Regulations, section by section. Examples, checklists and tips will help you get the job done.
  • Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction - This e-course provides a practical introduction to policy and workplace health and safety committees and discusses the roles and responsibilities of a committee and its members. It offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, have it function effectively and how to resolve health and safety concerns. The course will help health and safety committee members and representatives bring the "internal responsibility system" into practice and meet training requirements specified in the Canada Labour Code, Part II.

See all CCOHS e-courses


Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

Podcast offers tips for developing a plan

We don't always know when an emergency will occur; they can happen fast, with little warning. What we do know is that planning ahead and preparing can help you and your organization cope better during and after a major disaster, and minimize the impact on families, workplaces, and the community.

In this podcast, CCOHS offers tips for workplaces when developing an emergency preparedness plan.

Listen to this podcast

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Additional resources on emergency preparedness from CCOHS:

Partner News: AIHce Registration Now Open

Join us in Montreal May 18-23

AIHce 2013

The premier conference for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals is now open for registration. The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, AIHce 2013, takes place May 18-23 in Montreal, QC.

Make an investment in your organization's future. Join more than 5,000 industrial hygiene and safety professionals for six days of education and networking, and come back with the latest information, innovations and technologies.

CCOHS will also be there as an exhibitor and will be bringing back their ever-popular Canadian Night networking event - more details to come in the next issue of Liaison.

Register for AIHce by March 8 and save $210. Learn more and register.


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