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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

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

Infographic: Safe Driving

Get tips on how to drive safely, all year round

For many Canadians, driving is a regular work day activity - either via a commute or as a necessary component of the job. Unfortunately, over 10,000 people each year are seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.

Fatigue and uncontrollable and sudden-changing weather conditions are just a few of the factors that can make driving conditions risky.

Plan your route. Check the weather. Buckle up. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you. Our latest infographic highlights tips to drive and arrive, with safety in mind:

  • Regular vehicle inspections
  • Winter driving considerations
  • Elements of a survival kit for your car
  • What to do if you get stranded in the cold

View the Driving Safety infographic

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Read our fact sheet on winter driving

Safe Driving collage

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Free WHMIS After GHS for Workers e-Course Released

Developed in partnership with Health Canada

Free WHMIS After GHS for Workers e-Course

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 a new e-course from CCOHS and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada. The course is being offered free of charge to the first 100,000 participants, for up to one year.

The course content will educate workers with 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

See more free courses on GHS from CCOHS and Health Canada

Teaching Tools for Safety

Save on health and safety resources for the classroom

CCOHS' Health and Safety Teaching Tools make it easy for teachers to educate students about what they need to know in order to stay healthy and safe when they enter the workforce.

The comprehensive kit, with a printed binder of 200+ slides, handouts, activities and tests, a companion CD of accompanying slides, and online access to all the resources, is available now for $179, a savings of $20. Enter Promo Code 20bundle during checkout. You'll also receive four bonus health and safety posters on workers' rights, chemical safety, young workers, and respect in the workplace.

The online-only version is also on sale. Get $10 off the $99 price by using Promo Code Teach2014 during purchase.

Offers expire on December 12, 2014.

New Website Coming Soon

Our website has come a long way since its debut on the World Wide Web back in September 1994. Over the years, it has steadily evolved to become a cornerstone of the service we provide to Canadians. We have expanded our offerings, adapted with technology, and made more information available over the years, so that workplaces can access the tools and resources they need to stay healthy and safe. There comes a time, however, when a tidy-up is in order. So we are excited to announce that we are revamping our website to serve you even better. This winter look for a new look and feel, so you can find what you need faster, from your desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Call for Entries: Dick Martin Scholarship Award

Health and safety students in Canadian universities and colleges, apply now

It's that time! Tell the health and safety student in your life about the Dick Martin Scholarship. This national award is open to students enrolled in an occupational health and safety course or program in an accredited college or university in Canada, leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree.

To apply for the award, students need to submit a 1000 -1200 word essay on one of two topics related to workplace health and safety. Essays will be judged on the intellectual content, the practical and theoretical value, and the presentation and style.

Two scholarships worth $3000 each will be awarded to one university student and one college student. In addition, $500 awards will be given to the winning students' academic institutions. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2015.

Take Action on Workplace Stress

Free recorded webinar offers tools to help

Is work stressing your employees out? If so, they're not alone. In Canada, over a quarter of working adults report feeling highly stressed at work. Factors such as excessive demands, lack of control, insecure job arrangements, inadequate resources and support, and workplace bullying and harassment can all take their toll on the well-being of workers.

Our free recorded Taking Action on Workplace Stress webinar takes a closer look at ways to identify and measure these psychosocial hazards, and outlines mental injury prevention tools and resources to help your organization take action on workplace stress. Health and safety professionals and committee members, managers, supervisors, employers, and anyone interested in a better understanding of workplace stress, will find this session useful.

CCOHS Member Spotlight

Meet Encompass Safety

As part of our ongoing series highlighting the CCOHS Membership Program, we introduce you to a Platinum-level member, Encompass Safety Inc., based in Calgary, AB.

Encompass Safety external website

Describe your organization.

Encompass Safety offers a full range of HSSE personnel, culture development and courses designed to help any company with their personnel development, company safety policies, and standards. Our areas of expertise range from oil and gas to construction and civil earthworks.

Why did you decide to become a CCOHS Member?

Encompass Safety is not just about the basics; we offer advanced safety programs so no matter what level our clients' HSSE program is at, we can take them to the next level. We continually update our courses and training in order to help our clients improve their safety culture and keep their team safe, so our CCOHS Member discount comes in handy.

Tell us about your health and safety initiatives and programs.

We offer the following training services to our clients:

  • Driver evaluations
  • Site inspections
  • Safety blitz units
  • Traffic control units (radar equipped)
  • Safety presentations and speakers
  • OTR safety inspections
  • WHMIS & TDG training
  • HOS & log book training
  • Shop & office monthly safety reviews
  • Safety meetings organization
  • Journey management setup
  • Log book auditing
  • WCB investigations
  • Incident investigations
  • OH&S training
  • BBO program development and monitoring
  • Onsite HSSE coaches and techs
  • Leadership programs for all levels

Learn more about how to become a CCOHS Member and the many benefits of enrollment

Featured e-Courses: Electrical Hazards

Electrical Hazards e-course

This course describes the basics of electricity and how to recognize electrical hazards and covers different types of preventive devices such as fuses and circuit breakers. It is intended for managers, supervisors and workers who are not formally qualified to work with electrical equipment and energized parts.

See all e-courses from CCOHS

What's Popular

Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards

Get all the legislation and standards you need in one convenient online location. For a limited time, save 15% off a national subscription using Promo Code Oshleg15. Offer expires November 30, 2014.

Cold Weather Workers Safety Guide

Cold weather safety tips, plus information about outdoor conditions and machinery and equipment use.

Get the Upper Hand on Germs

Display this poster outlining the four steps to wash your hands of germs.


Save on Posters, Pins and More

Get the word out about health and safety with our catalogue of posters, pins, fast fact cards, and stickers. Eye-catching and written in clear and simple language, these tools are great ways to raise awareness at your workplace.

For a limited time, enjoy 10% off by entering Promo Code Awareness during checkout, or mentioning the code when placing an order by phone. Minimum order quantities apply.

Offer expires November 30, 2014.


Listen and Learn

Every month, we release new podcasts on current and emerging health and safety topics. Simply download these episodes to your computer or MP3 player and listen to them at your own convenience.

Managing Workplace Stress

John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist at the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers discusses how to manage workplace stress and shares prevention strategies.

Safe Work Environments: What Workplaces Need to Know

Gerry Culina talks about the four things an organization needs to keep top of mind when creating and maintaining a safe work environment.