Canadian Safety Reporter

February 2017

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 www.safety-reporter.com February 2017 WORKER WINS APPEAL FOR CHRONIC PAIN BENEFITS Workplace injury initially believed healed but worker developed headaches and neck pain from the trauma pg. 5 DISABILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS: CHALLENGES TURNED OPPORTUNITIES pg. 3 Formalization and integration key elements of an effective disability management program for an organization WORKER CAN'T PROVE PERMANENT IMPAIRMENT FROM SECOND ACCIDENT Medical reports couldn't distinguish effects of earlier accident from more recent one pg. 6 INSIDE Safety changes ahead in Ontario What employers need to know about what's new and what's coming in safety regulations BY MELISSA CAMPEAU IF CHANGE IS the only con- stant in life, that's true of em- ployee safety regulations, as well. With one big change just final- ized in Ontario, and one more seemingly just around the corner for the province, employers will need to prepare to ensure policies and programs are in place, prac- tices are up to date and resources are set aside to cover the costs. "Certainly from the Ontario perspective, the biggest news of the last year was Bill 132 com- ing through the pipelines and amending the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to provide greater protections for workplace harassment," says Adrian Jakibchuk, Associate with Littler LLP, in Toronto. As of Sept. 8, the bill required Former smoker gets benefits for lung cancer History of smoking didn't mean occupational asbestos exposure didn't contribute to his lung cancer BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN APPEALS tribunal has overturned a previous denial of work- ers' compensation benefits for a worker who developed lung cancer after years of exposure to asbestos at work. The worker worked in an electrical motor shop from 1976 to 1982, where he took motors apart and handed them to electricians for building or repair. The electric motors used asbestos as insulation in- NEWS BRIEF NEW GLOBAL WHIMIS STANDARDS ADOPTED IN CANADA A relatively straightforward — but no less important than changes to occupational health and safety legislation — change impacting workers' health and safety is Can- ada's adoption of the new global standard for WHIMIS and the iden- tification of hazardous materials. As of February 2015, Canada adopted the new standards. On- tario did the same in July of 2016. "For most employers, if you're not a manufacturer of chemicals or hazardous materials, the main thing to be aware of is now you're going to have an obligation to train employees not only on the old WHI- MIS 1988 labels and safety data sheets, but also on the new 2015 labels and safety data sheets." "By Dec. 1 of 2018 we're no longer supposed to see the old WHIMIS labeling and safety data sheets," says Jakibchuk. "Every- thing is to be replaced with the new 2015 versions and employers are not to have in their inventories hazardous materials with the old labeling and safety data sheets." For more on changes in health and safety legislation in Ontario, please see the article "Safety changes ahead" in this issue. Some > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/Zerbor Asbestos > pg. 2

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