On Tuesday, May 7th, HR pros facilitated a free webinar on Occupational Health and Safety for Business Owners.
Here is what some of the participants had to say:
- Was simple to follow and understand
- Speaker was very clear and gave great examples
- Good time of day and concise presentation
- Excellent. Very well presented, much details and examples
- I liked that it was clear and to the point and hit most topics that employers and employees need to know.
- I liked the real life examples that happened in the community
- Polls and interactions were contextual and added value.
To view a recording of the webinar, please follow the link: Webinar: Occupational Health and Safety for Business Owners.
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSHW)
The first week of each May is set aside, North American-wide, to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on occupational health and safety. NAOSHW brings awareness to the importance of preventing injury and illness – in the workplace, at home and in the community.
In 2009, 32 Nova Scotians died and 7,200 were hurt while on the job.
“We want workplace health and safety to be forever on the minds of each and every person.” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “Any workplace death or injury is one too many,” said Ms. More.
NAOSHW was first launched in June 1997, marked by an agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Using the Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Week (COHW) as the foundation, NAOSHW became a landmark cornerstone of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
NAOSHW is an excellent opportunity to reiterate legislated safety policy and programming including:
- your Corporate Safety Statement
- the function and composition of your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHS)
- the importance of accident / incident / near miss reporting and your Accident Investigation program
- your Workplace Hazardous Materials System program
- your Housekeeping Inspection Program
- your Prevention of Violence in the Workplace program
For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and how to protect yourself at work everyday, visit the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety
Should you require assistance understanding your employer obligations around health and safety programming please contact Sylvain at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Historically in Nova Scotia, there were six (6) boards that heard employee concerns; Labour Relations Board/Construction Industry Panel, the Civil Service Employee Relations Board, the Highway Workers’ Employee Relations Board, the Correctional Facilities Employee Relations Board, the Labour Standards Tribunal and the Occupational Health and Safety Appeal Panel. Which board heard which complaints depended upon the industry sector from which the employee originated and/or the nature of the complaint (labour v safety).
The NS government is proposing new legislation, the Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, which would consolidate these six (6) boards into a single board. This new board would be known as the Labour Relations and Employment Board (LREB).
At first glance, the LREB appears to be a good idea… Moving forward there will be a single board for complaints to be heard. It is believed that this single board will result in a level of consistency around procedure. It is also believed that this single board will reduce the likelihood of multiple boards hearing the same complaint from the same employee.
For those close to labour relations this consolidation is not without its worries, however…
Moving forward, with a combined LREB, there is no guarantee that an industry- or issue-specific SME (subject matter expert) will be assigned to the complaint. The question then becomes whether the board member will be familiar with the nuances or operational needs of the employer or the legislation that guides the industry sector. If the board member is not an industry SME, what of the added burden now thrust upon employers to educate board members on these nuances and needs versus the time that instead should be spent on arguing the merits of the case. Further, board members are professionals who are, comparatively, not necessarily well paid for their time on the board. Consequently, it has to be asked what will be their tolerance to the time and efforts required to educate them to understand the nature of the employer’s business.
What does this mean for employers? Employers should be wary. Now more than ever employers are going to require clear personnel and safety policies. If employers don’t have clear personnel policies they might very well find themselves in front of board members who are unfamiliar with the nuances and needs of their operations and the legislation guiding the industry sector.
The discussion paper is available on the Department of Labour and Workforce Development at http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/unionworkplaces/ConsultationLREB.asp .
The deadline for public consultation has been extended to 8th October.
A reception was held at the Halifax Club last night to welcome Wayne Adams as Senior Consultant with HR pros. Friends and family packed the room to mark the occasion.
Sylvain, Tanya, Wayne
The addition of Wayne Adams is a significant development for HR pros as we enter our third year of operations. Wayne’s credentials are outstanding and we are both elated that Wayne agreed to join HR pros. His expertise and knowledge will allow us to provide an enhanced level of services to our clients throughout the Maritimes.
Details of Wayne’s achievements can be found on the page about us.