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Have That Talk: Promote Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

The Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard has been available now for four years.  Some workplaces dove in, adopted the Standard and created a comprehensive implementation plan very early on.  Other workplaces are taking small, progressive steps forward.  Regardless of how fast or slow your organization is moving on this issue, a key [...]

Reconsider Your Workplace Wellness Approach

It is tempting to consider workplace wellness from the perspective of what your employees can do themselves to improve their health…from eating better to getting more exercise and sleep.  The research is clear, however, that to make a lasting impact on a workplace’s bottom line, employers need to look at the environment they are creating [...]

Reduce Sedentary Behaviour at Work

A previous post addressed the need to encourage employees to be more active (see: Encourage Employees to Increase Their Physical Activity at Work) but the movement to address sedentary lifestyles is gaining traction.  Here is an interesting blog post on Cubicle Culture.  And a neighbouring health unit has adapted a tool kit for workplaces that [...]

Assess Your Employees’ Vulnerability to OHS Risks

The Institute for Work and Health has developed a tool called the OHS Vulnerability Measure Guide .  If you want to get a handle on health and safety risks in your workplace, this tool will help you identify the issues.  It includes a survey that can be completed by employees and covers four main categories: [...]

Understand the Code of Practice – Workplace Harassment

On September 8th, the Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act comes into effect.  If you are not already familiar with what is required, visit the MOL website to get all the details. Source:  Peterborough Public Health

Understand the Link Between Shiftwork and Injuries

Did you know that shiftwork is on the rise? Or that shiftwork is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes? And that it is considered a probable carcinogen?  Or, finally, that shiftworkers are twice as likely to get injured on the job? The Institute for Work and Health, based in Toronto, has done a lot [...]

Share Summer Safety Tips with Employees

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a five minute podcast sharing tips on how to be sun smart and injury free during the summer.  Consider sharing this link with employees so they can apply these tips both at work and at play.  Some of these tips can be supported by you through [...]

Anytime: On-line Ergonomic e-Learning for Office Workers

The Institute for Work and Health has developed an ergonomic resource that employees can access.  The resource is called,  eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers.  There are nine interactive modules and the whole course takes about 90 minutes to complete. The resource is available in three formats including a free, on-line version.  For more details, [...]

Understand the Definition of Supervisor under the OHSA

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has produced a document defining who a supervisor is as it relates to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Click here to get a copy of the PDF. Source: Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Get the Message Out about WHMIS

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has WHMIS pictograms.  There are free, downloadble PDFs or you can purchase copies.  Visit their site for more details. Source: Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Stay On Top of New Health and Safety Legislation

New legislation is being proposed often that has an impact on the health and safety of employees.  In an effort to make tracking these developments easier, one of the health and safety organizations in Ontario, the Public Services Health and Safety Association has created this on-line tool.  The tool provides the following information: bill number, [...]

Learn more about Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Bill 168 in Ontario was introduced a few years ago and it requires all workplaces to address the issues of violence and harassment.  An impetus for this bill was the death of a nurse in Windsor at the hands of her former intimate partner.   It is important, as an employer, to be aware of [...]

Design Your Workspaces to Encourage Activity

In today’s brain-based economy, many employees are spending large parts of their day sitting in front of computers, in meetings or in their cars.  Recent news headlines are proclaiming that these prolonged periods of sitting are dangerous to our health—even if we do walk to work or visit a gym routinely.  There’s a movement afoot [...]

Be “Tick Smart”: Prevent Lyme Disease

Have outdoor workers?  Get ready for the warmer weather by getting “tick smart.” Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick.  They are usually found low to the ground or settled on tall grasses and bushes where they will wait until [...]

Stay Informed of New Developments in Health and Safety

With new developments and regulations introduced regularly, it is important to stay informed about what you need to do as an employer.  The Ontario Ministry of Labour has a subscription service to three electronic publications: “What’s New,” “Health & Safety at Work Today,” and “Live Safe! Work Smart!” (geared to teachers and educators).  For more [...]

Protecting Young and Vulnerable Workers

The Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) has a number of resources to guide employers.  Here are a few of the key links (to access these links, click on the title of this post to be taken to its specific page): PSHSA page on Young Workers Fast fact: Young Worker Orientation New Worker Health [...]

Health and Safety Information for Small Businesses

The Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) has a number of links that may be of interest to small business owners.  Here are a few of the key links (to access these links, click on the title of this post to be taken to its specific page): Small Business: PSHSA website Small Business booklet Small Business [...]

Sun Safety Outdoor Workers Program

The Canadian Dermatology Association has created a number of resources directed to employers with outdoor workers.  This program includes free downloadable resources like a poster, fact sheets and template.  For a price, you can purchase a manual, DVD and other resources.  For more details, visit: http://www.dermatology.ca/programs-resources/programs/current-programs/outdoor-workers-program/ Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Make Sure Employees Stay Hydrated This Summer

In the heat and humidity, it’s easy to get dehydrated quickly.  Be sure to have water available and accessible to your employees.  Here are some tips from EatRight Ontario about staying hydrated. Source: Peterborough Public Health

Be Aware of Environmental Sensitivities

You may encounter employees who have sensitivities to scents or chemicals.  Such a sensitivity is considered a medical condition and is protected under the Human Rights Code.  To learn more about the legal issues and how to accommodate employees, check out these links: Canadian Human Rights Commission – legal perspective Accommodating Employees with Environmental Sensitivities [...]

Be Bug Smart

Be Bug Smart… Mosquitoes and ticks are in our area. Protect your outdoor workers and other employees enjoying the outdoors from insect bites that can transmit illnesses like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.  Share this advice with them: Wear long sleeves, long pants, sock and shoes (tuck pants into socks) when going into forested areas; [...]

Create a Sun Safe Workplace Environment

While the sun safety advice below is geared to individuals, some of these suggestions can be adapted by your workplace: Purchase SPF 30 sun screen on sale. Consider using a spray, if applying a lotion is not appealing to you and slather it on 20 minutes before going outdoors and every two hours thereafter.  The workplace [...]

Develop a Sun Safety Policy

A workplace policy on sun safety/UV radiation protection should include the following: sun safety awareness, education and training; the use of sun screen with  SPF 30 and ensuring that workers apply it correctly 20 ;minutes before going outdoors and reapplying it at least every two hours the expectations that the outdoor workers are to wear [...]

Apply the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) at Work

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a national health-based index developed by Federal and Provincial governments in consultation with health professionals to communicate the health risk posed by local air pollution conditions. While the tool is designed for everyone, it has particular relevance to workplaces with outdoor workers.  The tool is designed to help people protect their health by [...]

Substances and Shiftwork

Shiftwork wreaks havoc on employees’ circadian rhythms and, as a result, employees may rely on certain substances to either help them stay awake or go to sleep.  It can be dangerous to the employees using the substances as well as their co-workers. Be sure to educate your employees about the dangers.  To help you get started, here [...]

Heat Safety Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed a mobile phone app that helps workers identify the risk factor for heat exposure.  The app calculates a heat index, your risk level and provides suggestions for protective measures.  You can find more information about this new app at:  http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html.  Please note:  Since the app was designed in the U.S., temperature is [...]

Educate Your Employees about the Dangers of Tanning

In July 2009, the World Health Organization categorized tanning equipment as a known carcinogen, as dangerous to health as smoking and asbestos.  Exposure to UV radiation from indoor tanning beds before 35 years of age increases the possibility of developing melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, by 75%. This is especially alarming since [...]

Help Everyone Breather Easier – Create a Scent-Free Policy

Some of your employees may have asthma, allergies or chemical sensitivities and exposure to scents may result in health issues that interrupt their work.  In order to have “clean” air in your work environment, consider using scent-free cleaning products and establishing a scent-free policy.  Having a chronic medical condition such as asthma is considered a disability with [...]

Be Bug and Sun Smart during Outdoor Summer Activities

Here are some tips to consider when your employees are outdoors this summer while at work, at the beach, biking, golfing, playing sports, swimming, boating, hiking or camping. Whether you are a participant or spectator you need to protect yourself. Be Sun Smart… Avoid sun exposure between 11am  and 4pm when the sun rays are the [...]

Immunizations for Employees Travelling Abroad

Do you have employees planning to travel abroad–for business or for pleasure?  In addition to arranging for travel insurance, medical insurance, and securing and protecting their money, your employees also need to think about immunizations.  Have they asked:  “What have we done to prevent exposure to serious diseases we may be at risk for in the country or countries where we [...]

Making Your Workplace Sun Safe

Produced by an American firm, Klein Buendel, the Sun Safe Worksite Guide contains practical information on providing a sun safe work environment and promoting sun safe habits.  It also includes information on creating  worksite policies along with an assessment tool and handouts.  Here is the 20 page guide:  Sun Safe Worksite Guide Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Exercises for Employees Who Stand

For some employees such as teachers, cashiers, hair stylists, cooks, assembly line workers, servers and bartenders, standing is a big part of their work day.  In order to reduce injuries, consider sharing this handout, Exercises for Employees Who Stand which was created by Jasmine Isaac, Kinesiologist with Wellness Works Professionals in Peterborough. Source:  Wellness Works Professionals, Peterborough

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer can effect anyone but outdoor workers are especially vulnerable.  Remind employees to take precautions by applying sun screen, wearing long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses when possible and seeking shade breaks.  Support employees by providing them with sun screen and shade tents, umbrellas or canopies. http://www.healthchoices.ca/Article/tabid/90/Default.aspx?artID=62 Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

UV Protection and Heat Stress: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES WEB-RESOURCES Ultraviolet Radiation in the Workplace (Ontario  Ministry of Labour) http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/uvradiation/index.php Ultraviolet Radiation from the Sun (Ontario Ministry of Labour) http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/alerts/a01.php Sun Protection and Outdoor Workers http://www.projecthealth.ca/files/upload/ADMIN-_643320-v4-WHH_OCT_09-2_SUN_PROTECTION.pdf NIOSH Fast Facts:  Protecting Yourself from Sun Exposure http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-116/pdfs/2010-116.pdf Skin Cancer Symptoms and Treatment (with video) http://www.healthchoices.ca/Article/tabid/90/Default.aspx?artID=62 Heat Stress http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heatstress.php

TB Tests for New Employees

Require that all new hires are tested for tuberculosis prior to beginning work.  Special attention should be paid to newly immigrated employees that arrive in Canada from countries that are at high-risk for TB exposure. Source:  Brant County Health Unit

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Encourage Employees to Rid Themselves—and Their Clothing—of Workplace Chemicals

Employees who work with potentially harmful or infectious substances are advised to shower and change their clothing prior to leaving the workplace.  If no shower or locker facilities are available, employees should transport their soiled clothing in plastic bags, making sure that the clothes do not come in contact with any other garments. Source: Brant [...]

Provide Employees with Personal Protective Equipment

Occupational carcinogens can enter the body through one or more routes, including inhalation, ingestion with food, absorption through the skin, or direct exposure to the skin.  Therefore, it is important that employees wear personal protective equipment such as goggles, gowns, and gloves when they come in contact with harmful or infectious substances at work.  As [...]

Consider Offering On-Site Massage Therapy

Some workplaces arrange for a massage therapist to visit their workplace once a week or once a month.  Employees sign up in advance.  If possible, cover the cost.  If that isn’t possible, consider subsidizing the cost.  Encouraging employees to get massages prior to a problem developing will help prevent injuries and positively affect the workplace bottom line.  [...]

“Thank You for Reporting Your Injuries”

Proper recordkeeping when it comes to workplace injuries is essential for identifying and reducing workplace hazards.  The trick is to create a work environment where employees feel that they can report their injuries without fear of reprisal or embarrassment—whether it comes from coworkers or managers.  Take measures to assure employees that injury reporting is necessary [...]

Listen Carefully to Employees’ Accounts of Workplace Hazards

Actively encourage employees to share their concerns regarding workplace hazards, injuries, and physically demanding tasks.  If staff members can rest assured that you, as an employer, value their input and experiences and will act upon them, more employees will share their thoughts.  These employee contributions may prove invaluable towards identifying, assessing, and controlling injury risk [...]

Seek Feedback from Employees

Listen carefully to employees’ concerns regarding tense, uncomfortable, or hostile relationships at work.  This input may help supervisors, human resources personnel, or EAP staff diffuse the situation before it becomes critical.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit

Include Breaks and Rotations in Workplace Regulations

For employees who perform repetitive or forceful tasks, breaks and rotations may prevent strains, injuries, and illnesses that result from work.  Consider creating job rotation or exercise programs for employees in these types of positions.  Be sure to include guidelines for breaks and rotations in workplace policies.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit

Feature Interactive Displays or Bulletin Boards in High-Traffic Areas

Colorful and attractive displays on nutrition and heathy eating easily draw the attention of employees.  Create posters or bulletin boards that advertise healthier  meal choices, healthy tips for food preparation, and favourite healthy recipes.  The same strategy can be used for many other topics including being active, being smoke free, responsible drinking, reducing stress, shiftwork, [...]

Encourage Employees to Exercise—Even When Sitting at Their Desks

Host a seminar on “Deskercise,” a series of stretching exercises that employees can call upon while working to reduce the strain caused by sitting and typing for extended periods of time.  Some examples include neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, stomach squeezes, hip twisters, wrist curls and yawning.  Challenge employees to keep a log of how many [...]

Flu Shot, Anyone?

Host a seminar and distribute printed material on the benefits of receiving the flu vaccine.  As an employer, you may even want to consider hosting a flu vaccine clinic in the workplace.  You can also post the schedule for community clinics available.  For more information about influenza, visit the Peterborough County-City Health Unit website  Source: Brant County [...]

Stress the Importance of Thorough Handwashing

You might want to consider posting flyers around the workplace on proper handwashing steps, especially in washrooms and above sinks.  Employees might also benefit from a brief seminar on handwashing and infection control. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Infection Control & Pandemic Planning: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES Peterborough Public Library                                              (705) 745-5560 Peterborough County City Health Unit                           (705) 743-1000   WEB-BASED RESOURCES Peterborough County City Health Unit (Infection Control) http://www.pcchu.ca/IC/IC-home.html Peterborough County-City Health Unit (Pandemic Planning for Organizations and Workplaces) http://www.pcchu.ca/Pandemic/PP-plans.html Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca Public Health Agency of Ontario: Disease Prevention and Control Guidelines http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/dpg-eng.php Community & Hospital Infection [...]

An Infectious Event (Kit)

Educate employees about the importance of proper hand washing to help prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases.  Employers can order a “Germ Glow” kit to host a demonstration on how easily germs are passed along from person to person.  Kits usually include “germ glow” powder and oil, with an ultra violet [...]

Puzzling “Injuries” (Kit)

Creative, hands-on activities regarding workplace injuries and injury prevention are hard to come by.  Luckily, wellness coordinators can use a variety of simple puzzles—crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia games—that effectively teach employees the core concepts of injury prevention.  Boost employee participation in puzzles and other activities by offering prizes for those who successfully complete [...]

Material Safety Data Sheets are a Must

These documents list the ingredients contained within workplace chemicals and describe proper handling procedures for each substance.  As an employer, make sure to familiarize yourself and your employees with these documents and the hazards associated with using each chemical. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Provide Clean Facilities for Handwashing

Make sure that employees have access to facilities and supplies with which they can wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.  It’s important that support staff keep these facilities clean and operational according to the highest standards. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Create and Implement a Dangerous/Infectious Materials Policy

Such a policy should clearly explain what managers and staff should do if they identify or come in contact with bodily fluids, spoiled foods, or other infectious materials in the workplace.  The policy should emphasize strategies that employees can use to prevent infection and reduce the incidence of infectious materials. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Coming Down with Something? Get Some Rest—Away from the Workplace

Encourage employees to take a “sick day” and stay at home when they’re feeling ill.  This will help prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses from one employee to another, reducing the total number of sick employees and the amount of lost work time.  Additionally, consider encouraging employees who are parents to stay at [...]

Make Your Workplace Suitable for Late Night Work

Ergonomic supports like adequate lighting, ventilation, and a comfortable rest area help ensure that employees stay alert and productive around the clock. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Workplace Cleaning Practices

Ensure that cleaning contracts include specific requirements when it comes to products and techniques used for maximum removal of germs. In most cases, using detergents and water is very adequate. Include employees’ work areas, computer keyboards, phones, door knobs, switches, and other hard surfaces where germs can be left by human contact and live for [...]

Coming Down with Something? Get Some Rest—Away from the Workplace.

Encourage employees to take a “sick day” and stay at home when they’re feeling ill.  This will help prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses from one employee to another, reducing the total number of sick employees and the amount of lost work time.  Additionally, consider encouraging employees who double as parents to stay [...]

Motor Vehicle Safety: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES Peterborough Police Services                                 (705) 876-1122 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)                           1-888-596-3800 Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board    (705) 742-9773          Student Transportation                                   (705) 743-0166          Student Transportation Services of              Central Ontario (STSCO)                              (705) 748-5500 Peterborough Victoria Northumberland &          Clarington Separate School Board               (705) 748-4861 City of Peterborough Transportation Services (705) 745-0525 Active and Safe [...]

Host a Defensive Driving Course

Defensive Driving Courses assist employees in recognizing and controlling hazards associated with driving.  Support defensive driver training programs for employees by offering courses or subsidies for employees and families members to receive instruction on safe driving. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Develop Company Rules for the Road

Develop and implement a policy regarding driving on company property which provides details on parking, accepted speed, conduct, etc.  Include clear policies on alcohol and drug use in accordance with federal and provincial law. If an employee has a motor vehicle collision while under the influence, your company could be held liable. Source: Brant County [...]

Keep Vehicle Maintenance Records on File

Implement policies that require proper record-keeping on company-owned vehicles.  Each vehicle’s record should detail past maintenance, the date on which maintenance took place, parts that have been replaced or repaired, and incidences and collisions in which the vehicle has been involved. Source: Brant County Health Unit

License and Registration, Please

Ensure that employees who drive as part of their work duties have a valid and appropriate driver’s license for the class of vehicle they drive. You may want to keep a photocopy of employees’ driver’s licenses in their personal files.   Source: Brant County Health Unit

Enact a Time Limit on Driving

Set a maximum on the number of hours your employees can drive in a day, and make sure there are rest breaks taken during this time.  This will ensure that employees who drive do not become overly fatigued or desensitized to the hazards of the road and, thus, are better able to drive safely. Source: [...]

Check the Stats

By regularly reviewing workplace accident statistics, employers can implement recommendations that reduce or eliminate motor vehicle hazards on company property.  These recommendations may also help inform company policy on driving, motor vehicles, and accident response. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Post Adequate Road Signage on Company Property

Clearly marked speed limits, stop signs, yield signs, mirrors in blind spots, and designated crosswalks play an integral role in promoting motor vehicle safety on company property. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Get It Delivered

Prevent employees from having to drive more than is necessary.  If possible, have supplies and other materials delivered to the workplace.  This results in less driving, lowered risk of motor vehicle collisions, and more savings. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Is Your Parking Lot Driver-Friendly?

Perform regular inspections of the company parking lot to ensure hazards are eliminated and safety is promoted.  A safe and driver-friendly parking lot usually has sufficient lighting, clearly marked entrances and exits, and specific areas for delivery trucks and other specialty vehicles. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Provide Regular Maintenance on Company Vehicles

Employees can rest assured that the company vehicle they drive is in safe and proper operating condition.  As an added measure, develop a reporting system so that employees can report concerns regarding vehicles with mechanical problems. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Material Safety Data Sheets

These documents list the ingredients contained within workplace chemicals and describe proper handling procedures for each substance.  As an employer, make sure to familiarize yourself and your employees with these documents and the hazards associated with using each chemical. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Listen Carefully to Employee Accounts of Workplace Hazards

Actively encourage employees to share their concerns regarding workplace hazards, injuries, and physically demanding tasks.  If staff members can rest assured that you, as an employer, value their input and experiences and will act upon them, more employees will share their thoughts.  These employee contributions may prove invaluable towards identifying, assessing, and controlling injury risk [...]

Host Seminar and Training Sessions on Workplace Hazards

Host sessions that inform employees about workplace hazards and risk factors that might contribute to injuries at work.  Add to the discussion by unveiling methods by which managers and staff can reduce these hazards.  After all, employees who are familiar with workplace risk factors are more prepared to prevent injuries from happening in the first [...]

Injury Prevention Training

Offer training opportunities to update or review a variety of injury prevention topics, such as proper lifting techniques, selecting footwear that provide adequate support and grip, or other proper ergonomic work practices. Source: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Comprehensive Back Health Policy

Consider developing or, if already in place, enhancing your workplace’s back health policy. No matter what kind of work is done (sitting, standing or more physical labour), supporting employees’ back health will help reduce the risk of work-related injuries. Topics to consider include: lifting policy, training opportunities for employees, ergonomic assessment of workstations, elimination of [...]

Include Breaks and Rotations in Workplace Regulations

For employees who perform repetitive or forceful tasks, breaks and rotations may prevent strains, injuries, and illnesses that result from work. Consider creating job rotation or exercise programs for employees in these types of positions. Be sure to include guidelines for breaks and rotations in workplace policies.   Source: Brant County Health Unit  

Conduct PDAs on Physically Demanding Tasks

Consider conducting a Physical Demand Analysis (PDA) on every physically demanding task in order to identify hazards, enhance ergonomic factors related to the job, and prevent potential injuries.  Incorporate results and recommendations from PDA’s in workplace policy and the creation of job descriptions. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Musculoskeletal Disorders 101

Host a seminar that educates employees on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), the causes of these injuries, their impact on workers, and strategies to reduce their occurrence.  Invite employees to share their experiences with MSD’s that resulted from work.  Then, call on employees to share their thoughts on MSD risk factors in the workplace.  Listen closely to [...]

Violence & Harassment: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service        (705) 876-1122 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)                                               1-888-310-1122 Canadian Mental Health Association Peterborough          (705) 748-6711   WEB-BASED RESOURCES  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety  http://www.ccohs.ca  Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence http://www.workplaceviolence.ca Canada Safety Council: Bullying in the Workplace http://safety-council.org/workplace-safety/bullying-in-the-workplace Canadian Mental Health Association Peterborough http://www.peterborough.cmha.on.ca Ontario Psychological Association  http://www.psych.on.ca/index.asp [...]

Have a Quiet Room

Everybody needs a little space.  Using available resources and facilities, create a quiet room where employees can go to relax and unwind throughout the day.  Furnish the room with comfortable chairs or couches and calming decor.  Provide a tape recorder with relaxation music as a fixture in the room or on a sign out basis.  [...]

Consider Offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee assistance programs are here to help.  Make sure that your staff has access to an Employee Assistance Program that can provide employees with counselling and additional tips for dealing with interpersonal conflicts.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit

Violence and Harassment: Helpful Resources

To learn more about Bill 168, visit:  Bill 168 http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2181   Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law (Ministry of Labour) http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/wpvh/index.php   What Employers Need to Know (Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario) http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pdf/wvps_guide.pdf   Preventing Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment, Fact Sheet #2 http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pdf/fs_workplaceviolence.pdf

Violence and Harassment – Bill 168

The Ontario government passed Bill 168 late last year amending the Occupational Health and Safety Act, making it mandatory that all workplaces create and implement policies and plans to address violence and harassment.  This law came into effect on June 15. Briefly, the Bill requires that employers assess the risk of violence in their workplace [...]