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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
January 2014 | Fran├žais

Tell Us What You Think - And You Could Win

It's time for the Liaison Readership Survey. This is our annual check-up to see what you like, and what you don't. How can we improve our efforts to make this newsletter more useful for you?

You could win a Kobo eReader! Take the survey by February 14 in order to be eligible to win.

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Ontario Workplaces, will you be Ready in July?

Help your workers in Ontario learn about working safely

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.

Under the new Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation of the OHSA, which comes into force on July 1, 2014, all employers in Ontario must ensure that their workers complete a basic health and safety awareness training program. The new Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers e-course from CCOHS meets this requirement.

In 60 minutes, workers will learn about their rights and responsibilities while on the job in Ontario, the internal responsibility system, and what the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires from workers, supervisors and employers. Common workplace hazards are also introduced, such as repetitive movements; slips, trips and falls; working near vehicles; using or working near machinery; and workplace violence.

Case studies, quizzes and a final exam help to measure and encourage learning. Upon finishing the course, participants will be able to print a Certificate of Completion. With the purchase of a multi-seat account, employers are able to track and demonstrate that their workers have successfully completed the course.

Learn more about this e-course

Day of Mourning: Remember, Reflect, Resolve, Prevent

New awareness tools available from CCOHS

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is a time to remember and reflect on lives lost in the workplace. It is also a time to resolve to prevent future tragedies.

Show your support and raise awareness of this important day by distributing this poster throughout your workplace. The design can be seen in two ways - as a teardrop to mourn workplace loss, illness and tragedy, and as a flame to symbolize the ongoing journey towards safe and healthy workplaces.

This poster is printed double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other. Matching Day of Mourning pins and stickers are also available to help commemorate this National Day. To ensure that you receive your materials in time, please place orders by March 31.

SPECIAL OFFER: Place your order by March 14, 2014, and save 15%. Use Promo Code DOMJ2014 during online checkout or mention it when calling 1-800-668-4284.

You can also show your support online. Add a Day of Mourning badge to your Facebook or Twitter profile photo, and swap in a Day of Mourning cover photo to your Facebook page.

Learn more about the National Day of Mourning

Webpage where you can download Day of Mourning (Tear/Flame) poster from

Infographic: Mental Health in the Canadian Workplace

Why it matters and what you can do

Mental Health in the Canadian Workplace infographic

Select the image to view it at full-size.

At some point in our lives, all Canadians are likely to be affected by a mental illness, whether it's through a family member, a friend, a colleague, or through personal experience. And many people face these mental health issues during their working years. Promoting mental well-being at work makes good business sense.

Get the big picture about the state of workplace mental health in Canada, including tips for both employers and workers on how to improve psychological health and safety at the job, in our latest infographic.

Position for Safety and Comfort

Don't be a slouch when it comes to sitting properly at work

Position for Safety and Comfort poster. Don't be a slouch when it comes to sitting properly at work.

Although sitting requires less physical effort than standing or walking, it puts stress on the lumbar area. Over time, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle combined with a job that requires sitting can lead to various health problems, including musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Learning and practicing how to sit properly can reduce stress and strain on your muscles, tendons, and skeletal system. Display this poster to help guide workers on how to position themselves for safety and comfort, and to thereby reduce the risk of developing MSDs in the workplace.

This poster is printed double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other. Purchase full color 16"x25" prints for only $6.

Learn more about this poster

Need to Understand GHS Classification and Labelling?

Recorded, practical webinars guide you step-by-step

CCOHS has developed a package of practical webinars to help you understand the potential impacts of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) on the classification of substances and mixtures and supplier labels for workplace products.

Understand how substances and mixtures are classified, with guidance on how to assign GHS classifications to products, and learn how to create supplier labels that are compliant with the GHS.

This specially priced package includes the following recorded webinar sessions, each approximately 60 minutes in length:

By purchasing the package, you save over 33% off the individual webinar price.

Learn more about these webinars

GHS Classification and Labelling Webinars Package

Don't Let Safety Slip

Raise awareness of slips and trips in the workplace

Don't Let Safety Slip poster

More than 42,000 Canadians are injured in work-related falls each year, representing about 17% of lost-time injuries across the country. Surprisingly, around 66% of falls happen on the same level, caused by slips and trips.

Help take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls at work, by displaying this awareness poster packed with practical tips throughout your workplace. Make sure to wear proper footwear, practice good housekeeping, check your flooring, and watch out for potential hazards to reduce the risk of injuries.

Purchase double-sided - English on one side, French on the other - full-color 16" x 25" copies for only $6 each.

Learn more about this poster

Featured e-Course Series

Mental Health in the Workplace

CCOHS offers your organization a series of e-courses focused on mental health and stress in the workplace:

Special Offer: Save 25% if you purchase by February 28, 2014.

Learn more about our mental health e-courses

See all e-courses from CCOHS

Classroom Courses

The following dates and locations have been added to our classroom course calendar.

Health & Safety for Managers and Supervisors in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction

Vancouver, BC
Feb. 13

Calgary, AB
March 13

Ottawa, ON
May 12

Halifax, NS
June 5

Saskatoon, SK
June 19

Client Corner

Become a CCOHS Member

Do you purchase CCOHS products and services for your organization? If so, you may benefit from becoming a CCOHS Member.

When you enroll in the CCOHS Membership Program, you not only strengthen your commitment to workplace health and safety but you enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • Special rates and discounts on CCOHS products and services
  • Tools and resources to promote workplace health and safety within your organization
  • Select CCOHS posters and publications
  • Networking opportunities through the CCOHS Forum
  • For Platinum members, recognition in this newsletter
  • Access to a growing OHS community

Learn more about the CCOHS Membership Program