Canadian Safety Reporter

March 2015

Focuses on occupational health and safety issues at a strategic level. Designed for employers, HR managers and OHS professionals, it features news, case studies on best practices and practical tips to ensure the safest possible working environment.

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Safety Reporter Canadian March 2015 Right-to-work refusals impacted by federal labour code changes BY JEREMY WARNING AND LORETTA BOUWMEESTER KEY AMENDMENTS TO the Canada Labour Code came into eff ect on Oct. 31. e amend- ments change the defi nition of "danger" and impose greater ob- ligations for workplace parties when an employee exercises the right to refuse dangerous work. Prior to the most recent change, the code defi ned dan- ger as "any existing or poten- tial hazard or condition or any current or future activity that could reasonably be expected to cause injury or illness to a person NEWS BRIEF Greater > pg. 8 APPLE A DAY... Remote workers can use all the support they can get when it comes to making better nutrition choices on the job pg. 2 PROTECTING PRIVATE HEALTH RECORDS pg. 6 Are we seeing more breaches of privacy at health-care institutions? And why do staff do it? We provide some answers. VISION CARE There are all kinds of workplace hazards that can damage the eye, such as dust, radiation or bodily fl uids. Safety equipment that's properly used can help. pg. 3 INSIDE FATAL FIRE AT QUEBEC NURSING HOME MADE WORSE BY DELAYS, STAFFING: CORONER A 2014 fi re that killed 32 people at a Quebec nursing home was made worse by inadequate staffi ng, de- lays by rescuers and a section of the building that failed to meet provincial codes, a coroner's report said. Cyrille Delage's report was based on the testimony of more than 50 witnesses at hearings into the fi re at the Residence du Havre home in L'Isle-Verte. Part of the home did not "satisfy the legal norms and regulations" required for physically dependent residents, Delage wrote.There were not enough staff members, and they were not adequately trained to help residents in an emergency. The report also pointed to lengthy delays before fi refi ghters arrived and requested help from neighbor- ing municipalities. "It was the combination of all these factors, during the winter on top of that, that led to the result we knew," the coroner wrote. Delage also called for automatic sprinklers, as well as better train- ing for staff and heat-and-smoke detectors connected to a central alarm. Credit: Rebecca Cook (Reuters) Gamification > pg. 4 Fiat Chrysler assembly workers work on partially assembled minivans at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 9. Young workers, and workers new to the job, are much more likely to be injured. BY LIZ BERNIER THE STATISTICS PAINT a pret- ty clear, and ugly, picture: Teen- agers are twice as likely as older workers to be injured on the job, and workers in their fi rst four weeks on the job are four times more likely to be injured. at's according to the Insti- tute for Work and Health and the Ontario Ministry of Labour, but there's a broad research base to support the fact young work- ers — particularly when new to a job — are extremely vulnerable to accidents or injuries. "Statistics are pretty clear that Newer techniques needed to engage young workers in safety Handing over a safety orientation binder isn't nearly enough

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