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  • IHSA Safety Talk: Confined spaces—Physical hazards
  • A new tool for faster, easier COR® auditing
  • COR® 2020-certified firms can now apply for recognition and financial rewards through the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers (SOSE) program
  • Latest podcast episode focuses on the Fleet Safety Council
  • Product spotlight: Handbook for Construction Traffic Control Persons (B016)
  • IHSA, WSN, and MLITSD host webinar on roles and responsibilities for training signing authorities
  • Happy holidays from IHSA

IHSA Safety Talk: Confined spaces—Physical hazards

In addition to dangerous atmospheres, confined spaces such as tanks, vats, vessels, hoppers, and bins can present physical hazards. Some of these hazards involve greater risk inside a confined space than outside.

Read the Confined spaces—Physical hazards safety talk.

An IHSA safety talk is a hands-on way to remind workers that health and safety are important on the job. Each talk takes about five minutes and can help workers recognize and control hazards on the project.

Visit our Safety Talks page to see dozens of topical safety talks for your industry.

A new tool for faster, easier COR® auditing

IHSA is transitioning to a new tool for COR® auditing and data management. As of January 1, 2023, all COR® audits must be conducted using AuditSoft, a powerful app that streamlines your auditing workflow, automates administrative tasks, and makes it easy to compile, electronically submit, and track your audit report.

Many health and safety organizations across Canada already rely on AuditSoft. Users report time savings of up to 50 per cent, compared to auditing with paper-based tools, spreadsheets, and PDF documents.

Click here to learn more about conducting your next COR® audit with AuditSoft.

COR® 2020-certified firms can now apply for recognition and financial rewards through the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers (SOSE) program

Implementing COR® is a big achievement for any company. The occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard is proven to help make workplaces safer. Now, it can also help businesses earn recognition and financial rewards.

As part of the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers (SOSE) program, a voluntary initiative administered by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development (MLITSD), firms that implement an accredited OHSMS standard are eligible to apply for formal recognition by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)—and then potential rebates from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

IHSA’s COR® 2020 is among the small number of OHSMS standards to be accredited by the CPO.

Read the communique.

Latest podcast episode focuses on the Fleet Safety Council

A new episode of the IHSA Safety Podcast talks about the Ontario Fleet Safety Council. IHSA’s Charlie Charalambous and Fleet Safety Council member Donna Bisch discuss the benefits of the Council and how to join its eight chapters (Cambridge, Durham, Ottawa, Hamilton/Niagara, Sudbury, Windsor, London, and Toronto) across Ontario. This network is open to all individuals interested in promoting safety in the transportation industry.

Listen to the episode

Product spotlight: Handbook for Construction Traffic Control Persons (B016)

Traffic control persons (TCPs) must be given adequate written and oral instructions regarding their duties. This pocket-sized handbook is designed to help supervisors and employers meet this requirement. Provide one to each TCP on site along with the pocket-sized Traffic Control Hand Signals Card (V006).

Topics include:

  • Objectives and requirements of a TCP
  • Preparation and checklists
  • Equipment needed
  • Where to stand
  • How to signal
  • Safety tips
  • Rights and regulations.

This version reflects the changes in the April 2022 edition of the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 – Temporary Conditions.

Order a copy or download Handbook for Construction Traffic Control Persons (B016).

IHSA, WSN, and MLITSD host webinar on roles and responsibilities for training signing authorities

You are invited to attend a webinar to learn about roles and responsibilities for training signing authorities on Thursday, January 26, from 10 am to noon, jointly hosted by Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), Workplace Safety North (WSN), and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).

Employees in specific industries are legally required to take MLITSD Training, Colleges, and Universities (TCU) modular classroom training programs. The Ministry sets competency requirements for these programs, and provincial health and safety associations are responsible for developing and delivering them to you.

The Signing Authority is the person designated by the employer and authorized by the Ministry who will be accountable and responsible for the quality of training, the maintenance of training records, and determining the competency of company workers for modular accreditation or certification.

Join the conversation as health and safety professionals discuss lessons learned, best practices, and challenges conducting audits.

Register for the webinar.

Happy holidays from IHSA

The board and staff of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Please take a few minutes to take a look at our holiday message.

IHSA’s offices and training facilities will be closed from the close of business on December 23, 2022 and will reopen on January 3, 2023.

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