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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
September 2014 | Français

Infographic: Slips, Trips & Falls

Get tips on how to prevent these falls in the workplace

In Canada over 42,000 workers get injured annually due to fall accidents. The majority of these falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips.

Learn more about the common causes of slips and trips and get practical tips for both employers and workers to prevent these falls, in our latest infographic:

  • use appropriate flooring material
  • practice good housekeeping habits
  • select and wear proper footwear
  • conduct regular inspections

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Slips, Trips & Falls collage

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Stay Compliant. Stay Safe.

Non-compliance can affect more than just the bottom line

Across Canada each province, territory and the federal government are responsible for enforcing their own individual set of occupational health and safety laws. Each jurisdiction employs inspectors who visit workplaces to ensure companies are complying with occupational health and safety rules. Non-compliance can result in fines, legal fees, lost employee hours, as well as have a negative impact on both your company's bottom line and reputation.

Navigating the complexities of health and safety legislation can be difficult. CCOHS is here to support your efforts in keeping your employees safe while meeting your health and safety responsibilities.

Now is a great time to take a look at our resources and take advantage of our limited time special offers.

A Commitment to Hope, Health, and Safety

CCOHS and The Salvation Army partner up to deliver national health and safety training

As one of the world's largest providers of social services, The Salvation Army is present in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries globally. The Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

Over the past several years, The Salvation Army has been working towards a national strategy to offer integrated approaches in recognition of the costly and complex health and safety issues facing its local ministry units. As a national, large non-profit organization, the Army faces challenges in its health and safety program to ensure that all staff members receive training and education in a cost-effective, standardized approach in both English and French.

As part of this national strategy, the Salvation Army's senior management team decided to partner with CCOHS a year ago to offer e-learning to all of its operations.

"The dedicated and diverse work force that supports all these critical needs for the vulnerable must be healthy and safe in all we do in the communities that we serve," said Beverly Cooey, Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation Manager at The Salvation Army. "CCOHS e-courses give our staff the knowledge and awareness to conduct themselves in a safe manner, fully understanding their health and safety rights and obligations."

A special landing page, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, allows staff and volunteers instant access to the entire suite of (over 90 and counting) CCOHS e-courses. This flexibility is critical to an organization where members work in remote, rural and urban locations, around the clock - most facilities operate 24/7 - and in a wide variety of roles, including clergy, retail clerks, case workers, nurses, and camp directors.

While some courses are mandatory, users are encouraged to increase their health and safety knowledge by taking additional courses. Upon successful completion of each course, learners receive a certificate which they can submit to their supervisors and managers for their records. To date, more than 1600 people have used over 3000 course seats.

Cooey wants The Salvation Army to be a health and safety leader in the not-for-profit sector, and offering e-learning to its entire staff helps the organization get closer to that goal. "I recommend CCOHS' e-courses as a very user friendly, cost effective, professional education and awareness system for any small or large size business in Canada."

Salvation Army

Focusing on Manual Materials Handling and PPE

Download these new posters for your workplace

CCOHS has developed two posters to help organizations promote awareness of these two issues at their workplace:

Manual Materials Handling

Manual materials handling (MMH) involves lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, pulling or holding, and is the most common cause of occupational fatigue and low back pain. Display this poster filled with tips to help remind workers of how to lift and handle materials properly and safely.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be considered as the last level of protection when all other methods are not available or possible. Display this poster to promote awareness of PPE and when it should be considered and used to perform workplace tasks.

Did you know that CCOHS offers 30 posters in total, all available as free downloads?.

See all posters

Personal Protective Equipment poster

Featured e-Courses

Ontario's new awareness training regulation came into effect July 1. CCOHS e-courses, priced at only $15 each, can help you meet these requirements.

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers - featured e-course's webpage

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers

This course explains your rights and responsibilities as a worker on the job in Ontario, and what the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires from workers, supervisors and employers.

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors

This course explains your role and duties as a supervisor regarding health and safety at the workplace, why it is important to know what Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations require, and outlines how to recognize, assess, control and evaluate hazards to keep your workers safe.

See all e-courses from CCOHS

OH&S Events

  • Canadian Industrial Emergency Conference & Expo

    Hamilton, ON
    September 24 - 25
  • WorkSafeNB's 34th Annual Health &Safety Conference

    Saint John, NB
    October 1 - 3
  • 2014 USW National Policy Conference and Next Generation Conference

    Vancouver, BC
    October 6 - 8
  • 7th International Symposium: Safety and Health in Agriculture and Rural Populations

    Saskatoon, SK
    October 19 - 22
  • Le Grand Rendez-Vous en Santé et Sécurité du Travail 2014

    Montréal, QC
    November 12 - 13

Complete Events Listing


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.

Preventing Health Risks Associated with Shiftwork

Dr. Robert Whiting from CCOHS discusses various health risks associated with shiftwork and how they can be minimized.

Addressing Work-Related Stress

Learn about the causes of a stressful workplace, and get helpful tips on how workers can avoid or minimize stress, and what employers can do to address this important issue.