Location Health & Safety Representatives
A Location Health & Safety Representative (LHSR) has been secured for each work location.
Please note, the name of the LHSR will be posted in each respective work location.
Team A: North Street
Team A: Shore Crescent
Team A: Suncoast Drive West
Team B: Oxford Street
Team B: South Street
Team C: McDonald Street
Team C: Palmerston Street
Team C: 267 Suncoast Drive
Team D: Britannia Road
Team D: Picton Street East
Clinton: 15 Rattenbury St.
Hot Topic - Healthy Minds
Mental health is a state of well-being in which you understand your own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and are able to make a contribution to your community.
Both your physical and mental health are the result of a complex interplay between many individual and environmental factors, including:
- family history of illness and disease/genetics
- lifestyle and health behaviours (e.g., smoking, exercise, substance use)
- levels of personal and workplace stress
- exposure to toxins
- exposure to trauma
- personal life circumstances and history
- access to supports (e.g., timely healthcare, social supports)
- coping skills
When the demands placed on someone exceed their resources and coping abilities, your mental health will be negatively affected. Examples: Economic hardship, unemployment, underemployment and poverty also have the potential to harm mental health.
While there is growing awareness of the role that the workplace plays in affecting our mental wellness, workers can also take steps towards promoting their own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress - a process referred to as mental fitness.
By actively practicing mental fitness, we can elevate our health and work performance, while effectively managing varying levels of stress.
Here are some ways to practice mental fitness:
- SCHEDULE "me-time" daily.
- REWARD yourself.
- PLAY to your strengths.
- ASK for and OFFER help.
- DE-STRESS your diet.
- PRESS pause once in a while - downtime is good.
- GET regular physical activity.
- SET goals and stay on target with a journal.
- PRACTICE relaxation techniques and get enough sleep.
- CHOOSE a positive attitude.
To view more tips, visit www.ccohs.ca.
LifeWorks - Employee Assistance Program
LifeWorks is available 24/7 with confidential support and resources to help you manage issues related to work, life and everything in between.
These services are available to all employees. Speak to your Supervisor or Administrative Coordinator to receive a LifeWorks card and login information.
Everyone should be able to work without fear of violence or harassment, in a safe and healthy workplace.
Changes to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act - effective June 15, 2010 - strengthen protections for workers from workplace violence and address workplace harassment. They apply to all workplaces to which the Act currently applies.
Defining workplace violence:
- The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker.
- An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
- A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
Rights and Responsibilities:
Everyone in a workplace has a role to play in ensuring it is safe, healthy and free of violence and harassment. Workers have the same rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for violence prevention as they do for other hazards in a workplace. They must report potential workplace hazards to employers.
Telling your Employer:
Workers should report threats or incidents of workplace violence to the employer.
For more information on Workplace Violence visit:
* the Ministry of Labour's website at: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs
* Ontario Health and Safety Association website at: www.healthandsafetyontario.ca