|Update September 16: Illnesses including MERS CoV etc|
Ontario - September 16, 2015
Recent infectious disease alerts have been issued from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. The alerts include information on MERS-CoV. Please read the alerts, including directions for health-care workers.
|Ebola Virus Disease Information|
Ontario - September 10, 2015
Information related to Ebola Virus Disease is found below including directives for health-care workers, Joint Health and Safety Committee information, external links, and much more.
|ONA wins: Crown drops charges laid against two RNs employed at GTA hospital|
Ontario - August 14, 2015
The Ontario Nurses' Association is pleased to report that the Crown has dropped charges laid against two nurses employed at a large GTA hospital. In August 2014, two ONA members at the hospital were charged with violating the Occupational Health & Safety Act based on allegations related to whether they were wearing appropriate footwear and other equipment. Those charges were withdrawn this week because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
|Attend the 2015 WDLC Health and Safety Conference!|
Ontario - July 17, 2015
Registration is now open for the Windsor and District Labour Council's H&S Conference, October 16 and 17.
|June 1 is Injured Workers' Day |
Ontario - May 20, 2015
It's time to stand up and speak out for those who have been injured or made ill while working.
|Register Now: Health and Safety Caucus - Taking Action Against Violence|
Ontario - May 14, 2015
Registration is now open for the ONA Health and Safety Caucus - Taking Action Against Violence.
|April 28 is the National Day of Mourning: Remember the dead and protect the living|
Ontario - April 09, 2015
Join us on April 28 as we honour those who have died, been injured or made ill from their work, while calling for improved health & safety standards and enforcement to protect workers.
|Check out the Ontario Hospital Association's Workplace Violence: Prevention and Intervention Conference|
Ontario - February 19, 2015
The goal of this conference, taking place March 27 in Toronto, is to raise awareness of workplace violence and discuss effective ways of furthering prevention initiatives.
|International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day|
Ontario - February 13, 2015
February 28, 2015 will be the 16th Annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention.
|Jan. 13 forum examines links between work and breast cancer - all invited|
Toronto - December 09, 2014
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, a forum examining the link between work and breast cancer will be held in Toronto. Sponsored in part by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, the event will create awareness and encourage workers to voice concerns and share their experiences.
|National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women |
Canada - December 03, 2014
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. ONA joins with individuals and organizations across Canada in mourning women and girls who have been victims of violence. Together we will continue working towards a better, safer future for all women.
|Listen now: Ebola-Preparedness Teleconference audio|
Ontario - October 23, 2014
Thank you for joining us for our Ebola-Preparedness Teleconference. Listen now to the audio recording.
|Complete a national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers|
- June 03, 2014
The Canadian Labour Congress and the University of Western Ontario launched the first-ever national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. All workers in Canada over the age of 15 are invited to fill out a 10 –30 minute online survey to help us learn more about this important issue
|June 1 is Injured Workers' Day|
Ontario - May 27, 2014
The Ontario Nurses' Association stands with individuals and organizations across Ontario to honour those who have been injured or died on the job.
|ONA presents at Mining Health and Safety Review|
- May 22, 2014
On May 13, the Ontario Nurses' Association made a presentation to Ontario's Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review at its London session. The Chair of the Panel, Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis, has signaled his attention to make changes as soon as possible to improve mine safety and said if anything beneficial is learned from his review, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will look at applying the learnings to all other areas.
|Wear white on May 12 for the Global Nurses United Day of Action|
Ontario - May 05, 2014
Wear white on May 12 and show solidarity with nurses around the world speaking up for safer staffing and patient care.
|Register now for the CROSH Conference May 7 and 8|
Sudbury - April 23, 2014
Registration is now open for the annual Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) conference on May 7 and 8 in Sudbury. Mental health in the workplace is the conference's focus.
|Day of Mourning 2014|
Ontario - April 10, 2014
On April 28, the Ontario Nurses' Association joins with thousands of Ontarians to honour workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work.
|Register now for the Health and Safety Caucus: Driving your workplace health & safety agenda|
Ontario - April 07, 2014
Registration is now open for the Spring Health and Safety Caucus. Learn how you can make health and safety changes happen in your workplace.
|Measles: What you need to know about the recent cases|
Ontario - April 02, 2014
The Associate Medical Officer of Health in Hamilton has issued a medical advisory related to an investigation of a second case of measles linked to the recent travel-related case reported in the news this week. The advisory contains information on the exposure sites and direction to continue precautions with patients who have respiratory symptoms.
|Feb. 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day|
Toronto - February 20, 2014
February 28, 2014 will be the 15th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention.
|Read important info about H7N9 Avian Influenza|
Toronto - February 07, 2014
Read important information regarding the Avian Influenza A H7N9, including guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King.
|Register for WHSC training: ergonomics principles and/or supervisor training|
Toronto - January 21, 2014
Sign up now for a Workers' Health and Safety Centre course. Great deal! Register for the Workers Health and Safety Centre Ergonomics Principles full-day course for only $20 per participant. The course is offered on February 28, RSI Awareness Day. Supervisor Training is offered on Feb. 5.
|Workers need to be fit-tested for new 3M 9210+ and 1870+ respirators|
Ontario - November 19, 2013
At the end of this year, 3M will cease making the 9210 and 1870 respirators although they will be available for a time as distribution depletes their stock. Workers need to be fit-tested for the 3M 9210+ and 1870+ respirators even if you have been fit-tested on the old 9210 and 1870.
|Novel Coronavirus (MeRS Cov) - Update Nov. 5|
Toronto - November 05, 2013
November 5: The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) released the following: Tools for Preparedness: Triage, Screening and Patient Management of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infections in Acute Care Settings
|Labour inspectors looking for recycling and waste hazards in blitz |
Ontario - October 28, 2013
In November and December, Ministry of Labour inspectors are looking for recycling and waste hazards in health care workplaces. In particular, inspectors are looking at exposures to drugs that may cause harmful effects, potential for injury from sharp objects that are not properly disposed of and poor work practices involving the lifting and manual handling of waste bags and containers that could lead to MSDs.
|Sign up for a FREE Webinar on Oct. 25: Prepare for the hazardous drugs and waste management blitz|
Ontario - October 21, 2013
Register for a FREE Ministry of Labour/Public Services Health and Safety Association webinar on protecting workers who may be exposed to hazardous drugs or to equipment contaminated with waste materials.
|Labour inspectors looking for musculoskeletal disorders|
Ontario - September 04, 2013
Ministry of Labour Inspectors are visiting health care workplaces in September and October and are checking for hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
|April 28 is the Day of Mourning|
Toronto - April 17, 2013
Ontario will join more than 100 countries in marking April 28 as the day to commemorate workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work.
|Register now for your Regional Health and Safety Caucus|
Ontario - April 04, 2013
Registration for the 2013 Regional Health and Safety Caucus is now open. The theme is Health and Safety Activism... Building Knowledge and Capacity for Progress.
|Sign up for the annual RSI-PLUS Awareness Day on Feb. 28|
Sudbury - February 15, 2013
Register now for the OHCOW annual RSI-PLUS Awareness Day to be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Sudbury's Cambrian College eDome. Find out more details here!
|New national standard for workplace psychological health and safety released|
Toronto - January 30, 2013
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) just released its new national Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation. Access it for free here.
|Your one-stop shop to prepare for the Feb/March workplace violence blitz|
Toronto - January 23, 2013
Ministry of Labour inspectors will be visiting health-care workplaces in February and March and will look at workplace violence and harassment prevention. ONA's health and safety specialists have put together the helpful information below to help you be prepared.
|Register Now: PSHSA offers training sessions for health-care workplaces|
Toronto - January 22, 2013
The Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) is now offering education sessions for health-care workplaces that aim to reduce worker injuries and illnesses.
|Excellent training opportunities offered by the Workers Health and Safety Centre|
Toronto - January 22, 2013
The Workers Health and Safety Centre has released its comprehensive training calendar from February to June, 2013. Among the many courses addresses: ergonomics, WHMIS, workplace stress, workplace violence and much more. Download your calendar today.
|Don't use respiratory masks manufactured by Guangzhou Weini Technology|
Toronto - December 10, 2012
Health Canada has issued this important notice regarding respiratory masks manufactured by Guangzhou Weini Technology (GWT). The notice states, in part, that NIOSH has recinded the N95 NIOSH certification of all GWT respiratory masks. Health care staff should not be using or promoting these masks.
|Attend an injured workers' rally on Dec. 14|
Toronto - November 28, 2012
Show your support for injured workers and attend a rally on December 14 at 11 a.m. at the Ministry of Labour, 400 University Avenue in Toronto. Let's show the Ministry of Labour that we support injured workers!
|Attend a free OHS community symposium at Laurentian University|
Sudbury - November 12, 2012
The Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health is holding a FREE community symposium on Thursday, December 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Taking place at Laurentian University, you will hear about recent research results from CROSH researchers and you can participate in a discussion about future research priorities.
|FREE webinar: Protect your back!|
Toronto - October 18, 2012
The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is hosting a free webinar about protecting your back at work. Co-led by OHCOW ergonomists Trevor Schell and Dwayne Fuchs, the webinar will focus on evaluating a minimum lift program and maintaining a healthy back.
|Attend a symposium about the health effects of shift work on Nov. 6|
Toronto - September 26, 2012
Register now for a Nov. 6 symposium about workplace practices to mitigate the health effects of shift work. The goal of this symposium is to extend previous discussions of injuries and illness related to shift work, to promising interventions for prevention.
|Sign up for Oct. 10 conference that will help launch the mental injuries toolkit|
Toronto - September 13, 2012
A mental injuries toolkit will be launched October 10 at a day-long conference co-sponsored by ONA and hosted at Sudbury’s Cambrian College E-dome. ONA member Pamela Mancuso and ONA staff person Tricia Sadoway are featured presenters at the conference.
|It's the Law: Prevention Poster must be hung up in your workplace|
Toronto - September 10, 2012
Beginning October 1, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be visiting workplaces to ensure that the Ministry's prevention poster is hung up. The poster is a summary of workers' health and safety rights and the responsibilities of employers and supervisors.
|Hold the Date: Mental Injuries Toolkit Conference|
Toronto - July 25, 2012
Stress from work is on the rise. As such, a toolkit that will provide information and tools for health and safety activites to help combat psychosocial hazards is being developed. The launch of the toolkit is October 10. Find out more details here.
|June 1 is Injured Workers' Day|
Toronto - May 28, 2012
Twenty-nine years ago, more than 3,000 injured workers, family members and supporters met at Queen's Park to protest changes to the workers' compensation act. The compensation legislation that was subsequently passed included important recommendations from injured workers. To mark this special day, June 1 was declared Injured Workers' Day. Join workers, labour and the community at a rally on June 1 at 11 a.m. at Queen's Park to commemorate it.
|Register now for the spring Health & Safety Caucus|
Toronto - May 10, 2012
Registration is now open for the spring Health and Safety Caucus in conjunction with the Area Coordinators Conferences (ACC). The theme for this year's caucus is Evidence and Solidarity...The Keys to Real Health and Safety Action. Register today!
|Attend a conference on the epidemic of medical errors on June 4|
Toronto - May 03, 2012
The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is sponsoring a conference entitled, "Conference on the Epidemic of Medical Errors & Hospital Acquired Infections in the US and Canada: The Systemic Causes," and you're invited to attend.
|April 28 is the Day of Mourning|
Ontario - April 24, 2012
The Day of Mourning is April 28, a day to commemmorate workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work. The Ontario Nurses' Association urges you to join workers in your community to reflect during this important day and to call for more action to prevent tragedies in our workplaces.
|Attend the Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector|
Vancouver - March 29, 2012
Considerable attention in addressing violence in health care have been achieved from service and organizational perspectives. The Third International Conference on Violence in Health Sector, will take place in Vancouver from October 24 to 26, 2012. In addition to raising awareness, the conference will provide a platform to share ideas with an emphasis on best practice research.
|Health and safety/JHSC reps: Complete an important survey|
Toronto - March 22, 2012
The Labour OHCOW Academic Collaborative is an affiliation of independent researchers that are trying to improve our health and safety at work. The researchers are conducting a survey of unionized and non-unionized worker representatives to find out what makes representation effective. If you are a worker health and safety representative/Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) member, please complete an important survey.
|Register for a free ONA-sponsored RSI Awareness Day event on Feb. 29|
Toronto - February 27, 2012
February 29, 2011 will be the 13th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. This year, ONA is a proud sponsor of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) annual RSIPLUS Awareness Day event broadcast from the eDome at Sudbury’s Cambrian College.
|Ministry of Labour Orders for Posting on the ONA Website|
Toronto - January 09, 2012
The Health & Safety section of the ONA website is under renovation. We plan to post tools and information that will help you in your efforts to make our workplaces safe and healthy.One of our goals is to freely share Ministry of Labour enforcement measures around the province. To do that, we need your help. When the Ministry of Labour visits your workplace and leaves a report (with or without orders), please scan and e-mail that report to email@example.com.
|Sign up for a Jan. 18 webinar on preventing musculoskeletal disorders|
Toronto - December 08, 2011
The Ministry of Labour will be conducting a blitz on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in February, 2012. Find out how you can prepare for this blitz ~ sign up for a January 18 webinar that will give you the information you need to prepare for inspection!
|National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 2011|
Toronto - December 05, 2011
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is remembering the 14 women who were killed at École polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989 and the thousands who have been killed since then.
|Attend an injured workers' demonstration on December 9|
Toronto - December 05, 2011
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups has organized its 20th Annual Christmas Demonstration on Friday, December 9 at 11 a.m. Come show your support to injured workers! The demonstration will be held at Ministry of Labour offices at 400 University Avenue in Toronto. ONA members will be there to lend their support!
|Minister of Labour’s Section 21 Committee finalizes Guidance Note: Application of Hazard Control Principles including the Precautionary Principle to Infectious Agents|
Toronto - November 28, 2011
A new Guidance Note called, Application of Hazard Control Principles, including the Precautionary Principle to Infectious Agents, is now available. Download this important document.
|Inspectors check for infection prevention & control in health-care workplaces|
Toronto - November 08, 2011
Ministry of Labour inspectors will check for hazards affecting infection prevention and control in health-care workplaces during November. They will visit hospitals, long-term care homes and community health centres.
|Attend a conference on the "epidemic of medical errors" in June 2012|
Toronto - October 06, 2011
The Ontario Council of Healthcare Unions (OCHU) is sponsoring a conference on "Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital-Acquired Infections in the United States and Canada: Systemic and Social Causes" at the University of Toronto, June 4, 2012. The conference is intended to organize a social movement and raise awareness of what is missing in the current debate on medical errors.
|WSIB rebates and surcharges for hospitals and long-term care facilities, 2008-2010|
Toronto - October 06, 2011
The Ontario Nurses' Association has obtained information about which Ontario long-term care facilities and hospitals have paid surcharges to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and which have received rebates.
|Sign up for the Institute for Work & Health e-Alert|
Toronto - September 28, 2011
Sign up for the Institute for Work & Health free e-alert to keep up-to-date on research coming out of the Institute. The free quarterly newsletter covers issues -- including musculoskeletal disorders, return to work and workers' compensation benefits -- that affect our members.
|Sign up for a health and safety workshop or webinar|
Hamilton and London - September 12, 2011
Please sign up for a health and safety event to enhance your occupational health and safety knowledge and help reduce injuries in your workplace. There are three events for health-care professionals.
|Register now for webinar on C. Difficile|
Toronto - July 29, 2011
A webinar on C. Difficile and best practices on infection prevention and control will take place on August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The webinar costs $30 and is presented in part by the Public Services Health and Safety Association.
|Workers Health and Safety Centre fall training schedule now online|
Toronto - June 08, 2011
The fall 2011 Workers Health and Safety Centre's community-based training schedule is now available. Be sure to visit the WHSC website to find resources and important information about health and safety.
|June 1 is Injured Workers' Day|
Toronto - May 31, 2011
June 1 is the 28th Annual Injured Workers' Day. Attend one of several events that are being held across the province to speak out about workers' compensation and other important issues injured workers face.
|Send a message to make workplaces safer and healthier for registered nurses|
Toronto - April 12, 2011
It took some tragic events and Justice Campbell’s SARS report to convince the government that health care needs special health and safety attention. In honour of our fallen colleagues, and in tribute to Justice Campbell, we ask that you please join us to urge the Ontario government to stay the course on health and safety.
|Video: How Ministry of Labour inspectors conduct an audit|
Toronto - April 06, 2011
April 6 - This video -- produced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour -- shows what Ministry of Labour inspectors look for to ensure that workplaces infection prevention and control programs comply with occupational health and safety standards.
|April 28 Day of Mourning: Participate in your community|
Toronto - April 05, 2011
April 28 is the Day of Mourning, a day to remember workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work. Find out how you can participate in activities to remember and to call for action to eliminate workplace hazards.
|Subsidized MSD, slip/trip/fall & community care tool training available in March|
Toronto - March 11, 2011
The Public Services Health & Safety Association is offering selected training this month for $25 per participant. The training starts on Monday, March 21. Register now because the sessions are filling up quickly.
|International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day 2011|
Toronto - February 28, 2011
February 28, 2011 is the 12th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. Please spread the word about the valuable activities around the province that are being planned to help build awareness and develop strategies to eliminate RSIs in our workplaces.
|Loading dock safety focus of enforcement blitz in health care sector|
Toronto - February 02, 2011
The Government of Ontario has launched a heightened enforcement focus related to hazards in shipping and receiving areas, including loading docks. Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit industrial and health care workplaces in February 2011.
|Two new Section 21 Committee Guidance Notes|
Toronto - November 19, 2010
The Minister of Labour’s Section 21 Committee has finalized two additional Guidance Notes: Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Education and Training and Safety-Engineered Medical Sharps (SEMS).
|WHSC Fall training schedule|
Toronto - October 09, 2010
The health and safety landscape in Ontario is changing. Training offered by the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) this fall will shed light on these changes and help your workplace comply with existing and evolving legislated training and other occupational health and safety standards.
|Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Health & Safety and WCB Conference|
Toronto - September 27, 2010
The Ontario Federation of Labour is sponsoring an exciting joint Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation conference on November 25 to 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.
|2010 Health Care Program MSD Heightened Enforcement Campaign|
Toronto - September 20, 2010
The Ministry of Labour has announced a Musculoskeletal (MSD) Heightened Enforcement Campaign for the health care sector. The campaign will be carried out starting September 15 and ending November 15, 2010.
|Safe at Work Ontario Today - Issue #4|
Toronto - July 28, 2010
The summer 2010 issue of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Safe At Work Ontario TODAY newsletter is available online.
|New workplace violence and harassment prevention legislation takes effect today|
Toronto - June 15, 2010
ONA’s persistent efforts to end workplace violence have paid off in the form of significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Learn about the new legislation that takes effect today.
|27th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day|
Toronto - May 27, 2010
June 1, 2010 is the 27th anniversary of the day when more than 3,000 injured workers, their families and supporters converged on Queen’s Park to protest unjust changes to the compensation act. They won and we’re going to celebrate by rallying and petitioning to improve compensation for injured workers in Ontario.
|ONA President writes to Health Minister about pandemic planning issues|
Toronto - May 17, 2010
The recent H1N1 outbreak and response taught us that while the province is better prepared than it was during SARS, there is still a long way to go. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, recently wrote to the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), about what went right and what went wrong.
|WHSC to host special presentations on new workplace violence and harassment law|
Toronto - May 01, 2010
After years of lobbying and campaigning by the labour movement and others, we now have a new law to help address workplace violence and harassment. Want to know if your employer is in compliance? The Workers Health & Safety Centre will make special presentations on the new legislation in 13 cities across the province between May 3 and May 14, 2010.
|An afternoon with asbestos expert Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi, May 14|
Toronto - April 23, 2010
Dr. Joshi will be sharing his vast clinical experiences in identifying asbestos related occupational diseases and answering questions. This event is presented by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Toronto Clinic and there is no cost to register.
|IHN: Information for Health Care Professionals – Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Update - Volume 7, Issue 2|
Toronto - April 14, 2010
An Important Health Notice (IHN) regarding the H1N1 flu virus has been posted to the section of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website that is maintained for health care professionals. The Provincial Status level has been changed from Enhanced to Recovery, resulting in the deactivation of pH1N1 response activities.
|Hospital Fined $10,000 After Workers Became Ill|
Burlington - December 16, 2009
Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Corporation, Burlington, was fined $10,000 on December 8, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after workers became ill.
|CAMH Fined $70,000 After Workers Assaulted|
Toronto - August 13, 2009
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in Toronto, was fined $70,000 today for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after workers were assaulted.
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