Health & Safety

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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: Shore Crescent

Kathy Wettlaufer

Team A: Suncoast Drive West

Gayle Fisher

Team B: Oxford Street

Kasey Crawford

Team B: South Street

Tia Brown

Team C: Palmerston Street

Marcia Dykstra

Team C: North Street

Audrey Patterson

Team C: 267 Suncoast Drive

Brian Chambers

Team D: Britannia Road

Bethany Mc Rae

Team D: Picton Street East

Loretta Boucher

Clinton: 15 Rattenbury St.

Darlene Hunking

Employer Representative

Lynne Armstrong

Employer Representative

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Hot Topic - Habits for Mental Fitness

Source: www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/walking.html

  • Get Regular Physical Activity
  • De-Stress Your Diet
  • Ask For and Offer help
  • Practice Relaxation Techniques

Get Regular Physical Activity: Walking, Still Our Best Medicine.

Regular walking has a direct impact on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, by reducing the risk of coronary disease and stroke, lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels in blood, increasing bone density, preventing osteoporosis and managing the negative effects of osteoarthritiis, and easing back pain. Walking also benefits our general well-being. If you walk at least a few times a week for about 30 minutes or longer, you can greatly improve yoru cardiorespiratory fitness and function.  Becoming a regular walker leads to:

  • Stronger bones.
  • Better range of motion and flexibility.
  • Improved capability to control body weight - Walking for 30 minutes covers a distance of 2.0 to 2.5 km and burns about 125 calories. This amount may not seem like much, but if you walked five days a week, within one year you would burn over 32,000 calories, which would burn off more than 5 kg of fat.
  • Improved mental health - Walking, particularly when walking with good company and in pleasant surroundings, reduces depression and anxiety. Walkers tend to be good sleepers.
  • Faster recovery from illness - Gentle walking is often prescribed for people suffering from a variety of medical conditions. Initially, you may be able to walk only a short distance at a slow pace, but if you persist you will soon be able to increase your distance and speed up your recovery.

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.

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Workplace Violence

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.

Resources:
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