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Free e-Learning for Nova Scotia Workers

Over 60 workplace health and safety courses available

Government of Nova Scotia website - Free E-Learning Service

As part of its new workplace safety strategy, the Government of Nova Scotia has partnered with CCOHS to provide Nova Scotia citizens free access to CCOHS' online workplace health and safety courses.

Nova Scotians will be able to choose from more than 60 free e-learning courses spanning topics such as: confined space management, hazard identification, assessment & control, ladder safety, manual materials handling, emergency response planning and stress in the workplace.

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

"CCOHS applauds the steps undertaken by the Government of Nova Scotia and the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia in fostering a culture of worker safety and prevention in their province," said CCOHS President and CEO Steve Horvath.

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GHS/WHMIS SDS: Mix with Caution

Prepare for the transition with resources from CCOHS

GHS/WHMIS SDS: Mix with Caution poster

For some time now, Health Canada has had an administrative policy to accept the GHS 16-heading Safety Data Sheet (SDS) - as long as WHMIS content requirements are met.

CCOHS has created a new GHS/WHMIS SDS: Mix With Caution poster, designed to educate, train, and inform chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and employers and employees of industries where chemical products are used.

This bilingual poster (English on one side and French on the other) illustrates how the 50+ information items required by the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) slot into the GHS Safety Data Sheet format, and identifies other potential compliance issues. Cautions and helpful tips are highlighted.

Measuring 34"x 27", this full-colour poster is printed double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other.

Please note that this poster compares current requirements of the Canadian Controlled Products Regulations and the Hazardous Products Act to the GHS "purple" book minimum information specifications for the SDS.

Learn more about this poster

More GHS resources from CCOHS:

GHS Update - Podcast

Lorraine Davison, Manager of Chemical Services at CCOHS, discusses updates to GHS and what Canadian workplaces can do to prepare.

WHMIS After GHS For Employers - Webinar

Employers, what does GHS mean to you? In this 45-minute recorded webinar, Sandy Bello from CCOHS provides a quick overview of GHS as it relates to WHMIS, identifies what's new, what's changed, what's stayed the same and important timelines. Plus learn about pictograms, signal words, hazard statements and precautionary statements.

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Videos to Work By

Watch the It's Your Job Video Contest entries

Go to external HRSDC site for Video Contest information

The videos have been made by students and young adults all across the country, and the judges will soon make their decision. The national It's Your Job video contest gave high school students and those under 25 years of age a creative opportunity to highlight workplace safety, rights and responsibilities.

Who will take the national top prizes in each category and go on to represent Canada in a 2014 international workplace video contest? The winners will be announced later this month, but you can watch all the videos that have made the cut so far, including the videos that were voted "Fan Favourites", via the YouTube contest page.

Watch the videos

Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

Save on new e-courses from CCOHS

Mental Health: e-Course Package - save 25%

The World Health Organization defines positive mental health as "a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. In the workplace there can be no health without mental health."

Creating healthy workplaces has become increasingly urgent, as stress levels continue to rise and the awareness of the human economic costs of mental illness has grown.

CCOHS offers your organization a package of e-courses to help employers, managers, supervisors, and workers understand mental health issues in the workplace.

This specially priced package includes the following e-courses:

Each e-course has a different focus - personal mental fitness, organizational health, recognizing signs and symptoms (and providing solutions), and communication strategies. By taking the full series, you will gain a comprehensive understanding about mental health in the workplace and learn what you can do for yourself, the organization, and individuals who may have mental health issues.

By purchasing the package, you save over 20% off the individual course price. And if you purchase by June 30, 2013, you'll save an additional 25%. This discount also applies if you buy any of the mental health e-courses individually.

Learn more about the Mental Health e-Course Package

Steps for Life

Go to Steps for Life external website

On May 5th, the CCOHS Heart and Soles team once again slipped on their sensible shoes, picked up their friends and family members, and grabbed their dogs' leashes to participate in the Steps for Life 5 KM Walk, which helped kick off NAOSH's Safety and Health Week 2013. The Hamilton event was one of 30 that took place in communities all across Canada.

Steps for Life is the major fundraising initiative for Threads of Life, a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease.


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