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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
November 2018 | Français

Infographic: Working in the Cold

Working in the cold can not only be hazardous to your health, but also potentially life-threatening. Cold injuries range from chillblain, trench foot and frostbite to hypothermia, which is a medical emergency. In order to work safely, the numerous risks posed by frigid temperatures, wind chill and wetness need to be counterbalanced by various measures, including controlled exposure, education and training, and proper insulation.

Share this infographic which summarizes the major challenges and dangers of cold environments, the symptoms to watch out for, and what employers can do to protect their workers.

Working in the Cold infographics. What employers should do?

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More resources on working in the cold from CCOHS

Zooming in on Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a broad name given to a wide range of technologies and materials that create or use particles of an extremely small size. These nanomaterials can be both naturally occurring and man-made, and workers can be exposed during manufacturing and by use of many consumer products.

Gain an understanding of nanotechnology to help identify and safely control sources and products containing nanomaterials in your workplace. Developed in partnership with Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), this free 30-minute awareness e-course discusses nanomaterials that may be found in Canadian workplaces, the potential health hazards they present, and how workers can be protected.

WHMIS 2015 e-course collage

By December 1, 2018, all suppliers and employers will be required to be in compliance  with WHMIS 2015.

Don't Miss These Speakers at the Upcoming Forum

CCOHS Forum 2019. March 5-6. Winnipeg, MB

The world of work is experiencing rapid, constant change, bringing with it new and emerging health and safety challenges. The stage is set for March 5-6, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where CCOHS’ sixth Forum will deliver two days of inspiration, innovations and discussion featuring an exciting roster of world-class speakers.

You will explore and understand how the changing workforce, the changing workplace, and the changing nature of work have already impacted us and the way we work, and discuss ideas and solutions on how we can all keep pace, keep well, and keep safe.

Speakers include:

  • Futurist Nikolas BadmintonExternal link to Nicolas Badminton personal website on artificial intelligence and how the world of work will change
  • Darby Allen, Fort McMurray’s Fire Chief (Ret.), on leadership
  • Nora Spinks CEO, the Vanier Institute of the Family, on the availability and effectiveness of workplace supports for Canadian caregivers
  • Dr. Lionel Laroche on navigating workplace diversity
  • Brenda Henry, Manager, EHS Services, Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, on the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard
  • Steve Tizzard on building a mentally healthy, peer to peer support program on the Hibernia Platform
  • Wolfgang Zimmermann, Executive Director, National Institute of Disability Management and Research, on accommodating and inclusive workplaces
  • Todd Irick, occupational hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, on nanotechnology and health

The conference fee includes two full days of sessions, networking, and lunches. Register by November 30 to save $100.

Learn more and register now

Updated Transportation of Dangerous Goods Courses

All Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) e-courses from CCOHS have now been updated to include the SOR/2017-253 TDG regulatory amendmentExternal link to Government of Canada website.

These courses are continuously reviewed and updated to meet all of Transport Canada's training requirements under the TDG Act and Regulations, for all persons who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods.

Choose from four courses to meet your specific needs:

  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods: A complete 8-module course designed for managers, supervisors, TDG coordinators, and those who have responsibilities for determining the training requirements for employees who will be handling dangerous goods. This 8 module course is optional for workers and others who need to know about and perform duties relating to TDG.
  • TDG for Consignors/Consignees: Intended for employees who work for shippers and receivers and perform duties relating to TDG.
  • TDG for Carriers: Intended for employees who transport dangerous goods, which may include loading and unloading shipments.
  • TDG - An Overview: Designed for managers and supervisors, employees and others who need to know about TDG, but are not responsible for TDG activities.

Learn more | See all e-courses from CCOHS

Health and Safety Committees Guidebook

Back in stock. Newly updated Health and Safety Committees Guidebook.

Write and Win

Tell the students in your life about the Dick Martin Scholarship. This award is open to students enrolled in an occupational health and safety course or program in an accredited Canadian college or university, leading to a certificate, diploma or degree.

There are two $3,000 scholarships available, plus $500 will be given to each winner’s academic institution. To apply for the scholarship, post-secondary students are invited to submit a 1,200-word essay on one of two topics related to occupational health and safety: a prevention essay on workplace violence, or a technical essay on an existing or emerging hazard or risk of their choice. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2019.

Learn more and apply