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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
March 2016 | Fran├žais

Challenging the Changing World of Work

Dialogue was plentiful, ideas were shared, connections were made. Another Forum is in the books, and the fifth edition of this national conversation on workplace health and safety was the most successful yet.

The Changing World of Work brought together a wide spectrum of experts, employers, workers, labour and government representatives to Vancouver on February 29 and March 1 to learn about emerging issues, share best practices and brainstorm solutions.

Click on the infographic below to see highlights from Forum, and look for another update in the coming months on how CCOHS will be continuing the conversation and expanding the outcomes.

Forum 2016

Last Chance to Take Free WHMIS 2015 e-Course

WHMIS 2015 e-Course

Time is running out. Learn about WHMIS after its alignment with GHS, an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets, in an e-course from CCOHS and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada.

Until March 31, 2016, you can take the WHMIS 2015 for Workers e-course for free. As of April 1 there will be a $10 fee.

The course educates workers on the new WHMIS system and how it will be used in workplaces, helping to protect themselves and their co-workers from hazardous products. It is suitable for workers in organizations of all sizes, in industries and occupations where hazardous products are found.

Employers who want to track that their workers have successfully completed the e-course can purchase a multi-user account with automated tracking.

Learn more about this course

Fast Facts Cards Quickly Get the Message Out

CCOHS has developed two new fast fact cards to help you get the message about health and safety out even faster. These information cards are printed double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other, on sturdy card stock with a UV coating for added durability.

Aging Workforce in Canada Fast Facts Card

Aging Workforce in Canada Fast Facts Card webpage

The Canadian workforce is aging. In five years, nearly one in four workers could be aged 55 years or over. Share these cards illustrating what workplaces can do to ensure that aging workers stay healthy and safe on the job - keeping in mind that a well-designed, well-organized workplace benefits everyone, regardless of age.

Hazard Control Fast Facts Card

Hazard Control Fast Facts Card webpage

A hazard control program can protect workers and reduce the occurrence of accidents, illnesses and injuries. It can also help to demonstrate due diligence, improve employee morale, and reduce overall operational costs. Share this card that illustrates the elements of a hazard control program, the hierarchy of controls, and the importance of monitoring and reviewing control systems to protect and keep workers safe.

Clearance Sale on Posters

Poster Inventory Clearance

Get the word out about important health and safety messages by displaying eye-catching, full-colour CCOHS posters throughout your workplace. For a limited time, enjoy 60% off a great selection of some of our most popular posters.

Sale ends April 29, 2016 or while supplies last.

See all CCOHS posters on sale

Know the Health, Safety and Environmental Laws: Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards product page

Free Webinar on Emotional Intelligence

Free Webinar on Emotional Intelligence webpage.

Ramp up your Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week plans with a free webinar on emotional intelligence Tuesday, May 3 at 1:00 PM EDT.

From a definition by Dr. Reuven Bar-On, emotional intelligence is "an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies, and skills that influence our ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures." Through practical examples, certified experiential psychotherapist and emotional intelligence coach Sue Freeman outlines what emotional intelligence means for personal and professional growth, developing successful teams, and satisfying clients.

Can't make it to the live session? Register anyway so you can be e-mailed a link to the recorded session that you can watch on-demand at a later time.

Reserve your seat now

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning webpage.

The numbers reflect why this day is still needed. 919 workplace deaths were recorded in the country in 2014, up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day. In the 20 year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 918 deaths per year).

Officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, the National Day of Mourning sees the flag on Parliament Hill flying at half mast. Meanwhile, we will pause, remember those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace and resolve to prevent future tragedies.

Organizations can show their support by displaying a Day of Mourning poster and distributing stickers and commemorative pins. We encourage you to place your order by March 31 to ensure that you receive your materials on time.

You can also show your support online, by adding in a Day of Mourning cover photo to your Facebook page or profile.

Learn more about the National Day of Mourning

Featured e-Course: Stress in the Workplace

Numerous studies and surveys all have come to the same conclusion: stress in the workplace impacts workers and the organizations for which they work. Too much job stress harms health, safety and well-being.

This course introduces participants to the complex issue of stress in the workplace, including what workplace stress is, its causes and negative impacts.

Workers and managers alike will learn to identify signs of workplace stress, as well as measures to prevent, eliminate or reduce stress in the workplace.

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Updated to meet the latest Canadian and US requirements, CANWrite makes it easy for you to produce a WHMIS 2015 and HCS 2012 compliant SDS in the same document.

MSDS Management Service

Did you know that we offer an online service that puts all of your safety data sheets in one convenient location? We do all the work to maintain its currency so you stay compliant, and there are no hidden fees.

CCOHS Membership

As a CCOHS Member, you receive a discount on our products and services, valuable health and safety resources, and the opportunity to demonstrate your organization's commitment to workplace wellness, health and safety.


Participatory Ergonomics with Troy Winters

Troy Winters, Senior Officer for Health and Safety at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) shares his perspective on participatory ergonomics and how it can contribute to a healthier workplace.

Size Matters: Work Space Requirements for Office Work

For those who work in an office, the workstation or workspace is where they sit, think, work, meet and, depending on the nature of the job, spend many of their waking hours. CCOHS explores several factors to consider when designing or planning a workspace.


Focus on Safety to Win

Got a high school student in your life? Let them know about the Focus on Safety Youth Video contest, and they could win great prizes, just for creating a short video that illustrates the importance of working safely on the job.

Each province and territory will hold its own contest with their own entry deadline. Winners then move onto the Canadian finals for a chance at $2,000 and a trip to the NAOSH Week ceremonies in Ottawa in May.