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.
The MOL began its 2018-19 inspection blitzes on April 1, 2018. You can see the schedule here.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/documents/qi/qip/guidance-workplace-violence-en.pdf) and report on how teams addressed this question last year (LINK:http://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/documents/qi/qip/workplace-violence-report-en.pdf ).
See this page for more resources to help you with this year’s QIP (LINK: http://www.afhto.ca/members-only/measure-and-quality-improve/help-for-your-2018-qips/)