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Training Expiry What Courses expire and when?

No Set Expiry

The majority of courses you will take do not have a set expiry date – but it is expected that the content be reviewed on an annual basis in-house, specific to your own hazards and needs. However if you have not used the skills learned in a period of time then due diligence suggests that you re-take the course to ensure the information is fresh and clear in your mind.

Examples of courses without an expiry date are WHMIS/GHS, Bill 168, Fall Protection, etc.


Set Expiry

There are a few courses where a set expiry term has been mandated:

  • Working at Heights (Construction): 3 years
  • Lift Truck: 3 years
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods: 3 years
  • First Aid: 3 years


How can ICSS help?

ICSS tracks all training and will send updates prior to your training expiring to the Health and Safety contact for your company. In the month prior to your training expiring the contact will receive a notice and information regarding upcoming courses or booking training.

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Cannabis Legalization

 October 17th, 2018 Cannabis has become legal in Canada

Workplace Questions to ask yourself about Cannabis Legalization...

  • Have you prepared your workplace?
  • Do you have a policy in place or  have updated existing ones?
  • Have your front-line Supervisors been trained?

If not... Industrial & Construction Safety Solutions can help!

Contact us today for more information or take our online cannabis in the workplace course by clicking here

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Top 10 OHS Violations for 2017 as per MOL

Top 10 OHS Violations for 2017 as per MOL

  1. Workplace violence and harassment (11,662 violations)

  2. Fall protection (9,658)

  3. Lack of personal protective equipment (8,318)

  4. Improper access and egress (6,472)

  5. Health and safety representative and JHSC (6,239)

  6. Administrative (6,007)

  7. Basic OHS awareness training (5,232)

  8. Improper use/maintenance of ladders / scaffolding (4,846)

  9. Lack of machine/equipment guarding (4,276)

  10. Housekeeping/work surfaces

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Ontario evaluating working at heights training program

Ontario evaluating working at heights training program

11 construction workers have died this year from falls on the job

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Ontario's Ministry of Labour is reviewing effectiveness of work at heights training for the construction industry. REUTERS/Mark Blinch


Ontario is evaluating the effectiveness of the mandatory working at heights training standards to help prevent fall accidents and fatalities at construction sites. Falls from heights are the number 1 cause of traumatic fatalities of construction workers in Ontario. Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 40 workers died in incidents on the job. Eleven of those fatalities were due to falls.

“Falls continue to be a leading cause of critical injuries and fatalities of construction workers in Ontario. By ensuring that these training standards are effective, we will reduce fatal incidents at work by making sure workers receive high-quality, consistent training for this high-hazard activity,” said Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn.

In Ontario, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the chief prevention officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training standards allow for “high quality and consistent training” for learners, and include a practical component on the appropriate use of fall protective equipment, the MOL said. In order to continue ensuring the safety of workers, the government needs to assess the effectiveness of the training and make improvements to the standards where necessary.

After the review is complete, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will review the results of the evaluation to determine whether any changes to improve the effectiveness of the WAH training initiative are needed.

Ontario is investing $595,000 to assess the effectiveness of the working at heights training standards.

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Ontario proposing to triple maximum OHSA fine to $1.5 million

Ontario proposing to triple maximum OHSA fine to $1.5 million

Fine against supervisors, directors could be quadrupled to $100,000

Dec 6, 2017


The Ontario government has introduced legislation to triple the maximum fine under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) against corporations to $1.5 million per charge, and quadruple the maximum fine against individual persons — such as workers, supervisors or directors — to $100,000 per charge.

The proposed amendments are, one might say, buried in Schedule 30 to Bill 177 that would implement certain “budget measures." Perhaps for that reason, they have received very little attention. The bill is called, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017.

The bill received second reading on Nov. 30 and has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

The bill would also change the limitation period for laying charges under the OHSA, which is currently one year.

The new limitation period would be the later of one year or “the day upon which an inspector becomes aware of the alleged offence.”

That seems to mean that for accidents that employers are not required to report to the Ministry of Labour, the limitation period would continue running until the MOL finds out about the accident, which could be years later when an inspector drops in for an inspection of the workplace.

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Occupational Exposure Limit (OELs) Updates

Occupational Exposure Limit (OELs) Updates

Effective January 1, 2018, Regulation 833 and O. Reg. 490/09 are amended by (O. Reg. 287/17) and (O. Reg. 288/17) to reflect the adoption of new or revised occupational exposure limits (OELs) or listings for 21 chemical substances based on recommendations by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). These changes were included in the Ministry’s 2016 consultation “Proposed Changes Affecting the Control of Hazardous Substances under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.” An overview of these changes is given below:

  • Addition of specific listings for 4 substances in regulation: Cyanogen bromide, Ethyl isocyanate, Peracetic acid and Phenyl isocyanate.
  • Revisions to exposure limits or listings for 17 substances currently regulated: Acetone, Atrazine, Barium sulfate, 1-Bromopropane, Ethylidene norbornene, Lithium hydride, Methomyl, Methyl formate, Methyl isocyanate, Naphthalene, Nickel carbonyl, Oxalic Acid, Pentachlorophenol, Pentane, and Trichloroacetic acid, 1,2,3 – Trichloropropane, and Triethylamine.

In addition to the changes noted above, effective January 1, 2018, the Ministry has moved forward with the adoption of proposals that were the subject of earlier consultations. These changes include the adoption of a more protective OEL for the substance beryllium, the adoption of the ACGIH method for addressing exposures to the aliphatic hydrocarbon gases (C1 – C4), and changing the minimum oxygen content in section 138(1) of Regulation 851 – Industrial Establishments from 18% to 19.5% as set out in (O. Reg. 289/17).

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New Employment Sign

There is a new Employment Standards Poster to be posted in all workplaces.

Copies can be downloaded HERE

Hard copies can also be ordered from the MOL

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MOL Prosecutions

Ministry of Labour prosecutions

Workplaces and workplace parties that violate Ontario’s employment and workplace health and safety laws could face convictions, fines – or even jail time. Readers can visit the ministry’s website to read court bulletins on some of these convictions. In the past several weeks, some of the convictions include:

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Minimum Wage Increase on Oct 1

Ontario is increasing the general minimum wage to $11.60 on October 1. This latest rate is the result of changes to legislation that was passed in 2014 to tie annual minimum wage increases to the province’s Consumer Price Index. Ontario recently introduced legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019. Annual adjustments to the minimum wage based on the rate of inflation would resume in October 2019. 


Read more at the MOL website HERE

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Working at Heights Vs. Fall Protection

I work at heights, What do I Need to Take?

At ICSS we offer both an MOL approved Working at Heights course and a fall protection course - so what's the difference and what do you need to be taking?

I Work in Construction...

You need to take Working at Heights (full day training). This is the course mandated by the MOL, there's some info from them below:

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) requires employers to ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program if they may use specified methods of fall protection. The working at heights training requirements apply to the employers of workers on construction projects who are required by O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects Regulation) to use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • travel restraint system
  • fall restricting system
  • fall arrest system
  • safety net
  • work belt
  • safety belt

This training requirement is in addition to existing training requirements for workers who use fall protection systems on construction projects, as set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg.213/91).


I work in another workplace...

You are looking for fall protection training (1/2 day course). Again some info from the MOL site is below...

Workers do not have to complete CPO-approved working at heights training if they work at workplaces that are not covered by the Construction Projects Regulation.

Further stakeholder consultations and proposals for regulatory amendments would be required if the Ministry of Labour were to extend the new mandatory working at heights training to other sectors beyond construction.

Whether a particular activity is considered to be maintenance or construction will continue to be determined on a case-by-case basis, subject to specific workplace conditions and an initial assessment of the situation.

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Genie Recall

Redmond, WA – Genie Industries, a manufacturer of lifting and material handling equipment, on July 21 issued a safety recall for certain aerial lifts, stating that the platforms may drop because of premature wear of the upper wear pads.

The organization discovered that weld debris in the boom tubes could trigger early corrosion of the pads.

The potentially affected devices have the following serial numbers:

  • SX15015H-101 to 161
  • SX15016H-162 to 228
  • SX150H-500 to 501
  • SX18014-101 to 196
  • SX18015-197 to 313
  • SX18016-314 to 317
  • SX18016H-318 to 360
  • SX180H-600 TO 602

Users with these devices are directed to order a replacement wear pad kit through the Genie website. For SX150 models, the kit product number is 1280093GT. For SX180 models, the kit product number is 1280092GT.

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MOL June Report

JUNE MOL REPORT: The Ministry of Labour’s Provincial Co-ordinator reported the following to the
Provincial Labour-Management Committee: There were no fatalities in the construction industry in June
2017.Overall however, year to date fatalities total 7 compared to 5 last year. There were 22 critical injuries
in June 2017, comprised of 10 in single family residential, 1 in road building, 1 in commercial, 2 in
institutional, 4 in multi-residential and 1 in sewer and water main. The majority of the critical injuries
continue to be resultant from falls.
The Provincial Co-ordinator also provided some insights into the Ministry’s Supervisor Awareness and
Accountability blitz at the half way point. The blitz is designed to raise awareness of a supervisor’s
responsibility under the OHSA and to hold them accountable. Supervisors are their employers
representatives on construction projects and their responsibilities include occupational health and safety.
Employers should review and continue to invest in supervisors knowledge, training and experience in
relation to their work

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