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Resources from the Public Services Health & Safety Association

Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is conducting safety inspections at Family Health Teams as part of a health care sector enforcement initiative. The goal of these inspections is ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA). The three priority areas of focus are for these inspections are internal responsibility systems, workplace violence, and needle safety.

AFHTO has partnered with the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) to provide our members with the tools and resources below. We have been working with PSHSA to develop more tools and resources to help you understand and meet your obligations under OSHA.

PSHSA is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and works with Ontario’s Public and Broader Public Sector employers and workers, providing training, consulting and resources to reduce workplace risks and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

2018-19 Inspection Blitzes

The MOL began its 2018-19 inspection blitzes on April 1, 2018. You can see the schedule here.

For Healthcare Organizations

  • Internal responsibility system – workplace violence prevention
    • Phase 1: Compliance support and education | April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
    • Phase 2: Enforcement campaign | July 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
  • Health care high hazards | April 1 – June 30, 2018
    • For Primary Care, the MOL defines Healthcare High Hazards as internal responsibility system, workplace violence, and needle safety
    • The Healthcare High Hazards initiative is a 3-month extension of the 2017-18 initiative

Relevant Cross-sector Initiatives

New resources from the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) (March 2018)

Workplace Health & Safety Webinars

PSHSA holds regular webinars to help employers navigate challenging workplace health and safety issues. Watch this page to see what’s coming up or access past webinars.

Cannabis in the Workplace

PSHSA is working with Ontario employers, supervisors and workers to provide information on cannabis and applicable legislation. Some of the areas we are assisting with are around accommodation and suggested control measures for the workplace. PSHSA has partnered with McMillan LLP a leading business law firm serving public, private and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and internationally. As the use of medical marijuana in Ontario continues to increase, employers will need to make changing and updating workplace policies a leading priority.

Mental Health in the Workplace: Resources and prevention strategies to manage psychological health & safety in the workplace

Recently issues like workplace mental health, workplace violence (WPV) as well as managing aggressive responsive behaviors are fast becoming major issues for Canadian employers. The effects of all are costly to both the worker and organization.

  • Beyond Silence is a new evidence-based, 2-day workplace mental health training program customized for healthcare workers. Registration fee is $150.00.
    • Mississauga: May 24-25, 2018
    • Sudbury: June 4-5, 2018
    • Locations and dates TBD: September, October

Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Assessment Tool: This interactive tool was developed to help JHSCs evaluate and improve their effectiveness (requires Adobe Flash Player)


New resources from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) (March 2018)

  • Rate Framework: The WSIB is introducing a new model to set premium rates. It comes into effect on January 1, 2020.  This page provides information and updates about the rate framework while WSIB transitions to the new model.
  • Compass: Use this to find Ontario workplace health and safety statistics. You can search by business name, business type, and/or business size.

Resources from AFHTO


Partnered resources from the PSHSA

Prevention of Workplace Violence is a priority indicator for the 2018 Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) from HQO.

The resources on this page will help you address this indicator in your QIP. See also HQO’s guidance document (LINK and report on how teams addressed this question last year (LINK: ).

See this page for more resources to help you with this year’s QIP (LINK: