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To truly ensure the health and safety of our workers, prevention is key. CCOHS' latest resources - from safety tools for new and young workers to information on due diligence - can help you put the focus on health and safety at your organization.

Get Started on Safe Footing

Safety guide for new workers now available

For various reasons, new workers are especially vulnerable to workplace health and safety injuries and illnesses. The Orientation for New Workers guide from CCOHS is geared towards workers of any age who are new to the organization, all young workers under the age of 25, and people who have transferred from another department within the organization.

New workers will learn about potential hazards that they may encounter in the workplace and how they can help protect themselves and their co-workers.

The guide offers examples and practice scenarios. While this guide is meant to be used by all workers, not all situations discussed will apply to all workers or workplaces. During job-specific training, employers should highlight which parts of the guide apply.

Learn more about the Orientation for New Workers guide

Make Due Diligence an Everyday Practice

Understand the basics in this new e-course

Due diligence is an important obligation for everyone in the workplace to understand and live up to. The term itself is commonly used when discussing matters with safety, environmental, financial or other legal obligations. In an occupational health and safety context, due diligence describes the employer's duty to take all reasonable care, under the particular circumstances, to prevent injuries and illnesses.

In the new Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety e-course, you will learn about the legal significance of due diligence while also exploring the four main factors that determine the level of action required to achieve it. You'll also explore best practices to help you develop a safety culture that supports the achievement of due diligence for the safety and the protection of the people that work at and visit your workplace.

As with all CCOHS e-courses, all you need is a computer with Internet access. Learn at your own pace, in your own environment, at your own convenience.

Learn more about this e-course

Shifting to Safety

Listen and learn with our latest podcasts

Check out our latest podcasts:

Simply download these podcast files to your computer or MP3 player and listen to them at your own convenience. Check out our latest segments:

Improving the Lives of Shift Workers - Shiftwork is a reality for about 25 percent of the North American working population. Many workers find that shiftwork disrupts their family and personal life and leads to health problems including chronic fatigue and gastrointestinal disorders. Get tips on how you can take steps to ease the various health effects of shiftwork.

Workplace Injuries: A Personal Story- Bill Bowman, a victim of a workplace injury, shares his personal story and how he and his family were impacted by the tragedy. Bill also describes the work of Threads of Life, an organization that provides support to families affected by workplace tragedies.

Violence and Harassment in the Workplace- Jessie Callaghan from CCOHS outlines ways to protect your employees, tips for prevention and discusses the new requirements under Ontario Bill 168.

Working Alone- Get tips on how to stay safe when working on your own.

See all podcasts from CCOHS


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Prepare for Changes to WHMIS After GHS

Understand the requirements with this new guide

The 41-page publication, WHMIS After GHS: Preparing for Change, provides an overview of the anticipated changes to the WHMIS system after GHS principles are adopted. While exact details of the revised legislation will not be known until it is published in the Canada Gazette II, sufficient information is known to encourage workplaces to begin preparing for changes. This overview covers the basics of classification, safety data sheets, symbols and pictograms, labels, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.

The guide is recommended for suppliers, employers, workers and labour representatives, as well as health and safety committee members and health and safety representatives. It is written in language suitable for those familiar with the workplace, but are not necessarily health and safety experts.

As new information becomes available, the publication will be updated as required.

Learn more about WHMIS After GHS: Preparing for Change

Get in the Zone About Young Worker Safety

Tap into information and tools from CCOHS

As summer approaches, students' thoughts shift from final exams to first jobs. Help the young workers in your life get the information and tools they need to venture into the work world on safe footing, with the Young Workers Zone from CCOHS.

This website has the answers to questions that young workers commonly have about their first job. Plus there are tips for parents and teachers to help spread awareness of workplace safety. Employers who hire or plan to hire young workers will also find useful resources written with young workers' safety in mind, to help promote understanding of job hazards.

Check out the Young Workers Zone

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