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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
May 2017 | Fran├žais

WHMIS Online Courses Now $10

WHMIS 1988/2015

WHMIS has changed and a multi-year transition period is now in effect where both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 systems may be used. Employers still need to ensure that all hazardous products are properly labelled, make up-to-date safety data sheets available to workers, implement appropriate control measures, and provide worker education and training. To assist workplaces with the transition, CCOHS offers a suite of WHMIS 1988 and 2015 e-courses, priced at $10 per seat.

Courses include:

View the complete list of WHMIS e-courses

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CANWrite - SDS Authoring Tool

Manufacturers and importers, June 1 is near. Are you ready for WHMIS 2015?

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Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Mental health is recognized as an integral part of a healthy workplace. Supportive workplaces promote the total health and well-being of their employees and offer protection from psychological harm. Register for our free webinar on Thursday, May 11, 1-145 pm EDT, to get an overview of the tools and resources your organization needs to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program.

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.

Learn more and register

Infographic: Driven to Distraction

Infographic: Driven to Distraction

For many drivers, operating a car or truck may seem second nature, whether it's for personal or work use. However, no matter what the level of experience or comfort, driving requires your full attention. With the popularity of cell phones, texting, talking and e-mailing on the go are increasingly becoming factors in collisions.

Share this infographic that highlights the importance of minimizing distractions, along with helpful tips for both drivers and employers to keep the focus squarely on the road.

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Read our fact sheet on distracted driving


North American Occupational Safety and Healthy Week - May 7 - 13, 2017

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Musculoskeletal Disorders Fast Facts Card

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The traditional view of workplace health and safety now includes a comprehensive approach that incorporates the total well-being and mental health of employees, also referred to as psychological health and safety.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can happen in any workplace where workers need to repeatedly bend, straighten, grip, hold, twist, clench and reach. Over time, these common actions, combined with other risk factors such as awkward postures and forceful movements, can affect the muscles, tendons and nerves, resulting in pain, weakness, aches, tingling and numbness. Share these handy cards throughout your workplace to raise awareness of musculoskeletal disorders and to encourage early reporting of symptoms. We also offer an infographic for sharing online.

Distribute these compact cards to reinforce that when it comes to a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, there are many factors that organizations need to consider. We also offer an infographic for sharing online.

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Know Your Rights

Workers' Basic Rights in Canada bookmark

Across Canada there are laws in place to protect workers on the job. This occupational health and safety legislation outlines three important rights to all workers to ensure they have the knowledge they need to be safe on the job and the freedom to participate in health and safety activities in their workplace.

These rights are:

  • The right to know what hazards are present in the workplace;
  • The right to participate in keeping your workplace health and safe; and
  • The right to refuse work that you believe to be dangerous to yourself or your co-workers.

Distribute these bookmarks to to increase worker awareness of the rights they have on the job.

Read our fact sheet on basic responsibilities

Understanding Workplace Concussions

Concussions can occur anywhere, including the workplace. Statistics reveal that there has been an increase in the number of time loss claims for work-related concussions. This podcast provides tips and information to help understand concussions and manage them in the workplace.

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