Employee vs. Contractor: How Far Does Your Responsibility Go?

The lines between employer and employee can get blurry, so what does that mean for your responsibility to their safety?

We have a responsibility to Subcontractors

The modern workplace isn’t always fixed to a single location, and often isn’t even a single organization. The role of Contractors and Subcontractors has grown considerably, with highly-skilled professional occupying roles on a contract-based part-time or provisional basis. Are they employees, or just employed?

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5 Ways to Jumpstart A Safety Meeting

If Your Safety Meetings Need Energy, These Hooks Can Help

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If you want a successful safety meeting, it’s important to get the attention of your staff early.  The best way to engage an audience is to show them how your topic relates to themselves.  When you’re talking about safety, the best way to get buy-in is to show your staff the repercussions of bad practices.

These 5 hooks can help get your next safety meeting off to a great start.

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5 Steps for Improving Your Hazard Assessments

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There were 977 workplace-related fatalities in Canada in 2012, the most recent year for official statistics from Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada. And with the criminal code in Canada revised to make companies or individuals criminally liable for not taking safety precautions, it is more important than ever to be aware of hazards in the workplace and to be scrupulous about hazard assessments.

Don’t risk unnecessary prosecution – here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your workplace hazard assessment is as comprehensive as possible. 

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5 Safety Tips for Retailers Working Alone

If Your Retail Staff Are Working Alone, Here Are Some Safety Tips That Could Save Their Lives

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Retail workers when they are working alone are classified under the work alone definition set by the Canadian government. Unlike typical retail workers, they face a unique and increased set of safety hazards that typical retail workers do not experience, including accidents without immediate aid, and being subjected to threats or even violence. The Canadian government regulates working alone positions, and several provinces stipulate that employers must conduct check-ins at pre-specified intervals for these employees. Even still, there are certain precautions these workers can take that can ensure their safety.

Here are 5 safety tips for retail employees that can help mitigate the risks they face when working alone and may even save their life:

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Responding to Emergencies in the Workplace

Tips that will help you respond effectively when your employees need help

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When it comes time to respond during an emergency, knowing what steps to take can be crucial. If an emergency happens in the workplace, it could be your responsibility to provide help. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can help your employees during an emergency.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Safety Training

These small things can go a long way to improving your next safety training

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You’re tasked with hosting safety training, and you know that you have a lot to consider. You have limited time and resources, and you’re not sure how many attendees to expect. Do you have a plan?
The best way to make sure that your training is effective is to plan a structured meeting. Here are some steps to creating a successful meeting from start to finish.

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