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

Katie Gaulton
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Hot Topic - Summer Safety

Source: www.getprepared.gc.ca

Summer is a time for family road trips, outdoor fun in the sun and hopefully, lots of great weather.

Here are some simple reminders to prepare for safe summer days:

Stay Cool In The Heat: Keep cool and hydrated and minimize your time in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drink plenty of water, find shade, visit cool buildings, slow down, bathe in cool water and wear light-coloured clothing.

Avoid The Bugs - And Their Bite: Avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Keep in mind that ticks are often found along trail edges, mostly in wooded areas or tall grass. Light-coloured clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks most easily.

Keep Food Fresh: Chilling food properly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness. Leftovers should be chilled prompltly, but remember to throw them away if they have been out at room temperature for more than two (2) hours. Keep the fridge at 4 degrees C (40 degrees F) or below and use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature.

Stay Safe On The Roads: Canada has nearly 900,000 kilometres of road - enough to circle the globe 22 times! Remember to buckle up and focus on the road!

Connect With Care: Don't mention going away on vacation in your social networking status updates. You may also want to delete messages from friends who mention thse things to avoid the possibility of someone robbing your home while you're away.

To view more tips, visit www.getprepared.gc.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