Canadian Safety Reporter

November 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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Sign language ruled not significant cause of teacher's repetitive strain injury Teacher for the deaf developed symptoms after 3 years of using sign language BY JEFFREY R. SMITH A TEACHER at an Ontario school for the deaf who claimed her con- stant use of sign language at work contributed to a repetitive strain injury in her arm and neck has had her claim rejected for lack of medical evidence linking her work and her injury. The 34-year-old worker was a teacher at a school for the deaf starting in 2008. On April 27, 2011, the worker began feeling pain Stressing over worker's compensation benefits in Ontario New Ontario legislation expanding benefits eligibility to include more mental health injuries in 2018 BY JOEL SMITH PREVENTING WORKPLACE harassment and managing its impact on workers and the workplace as a whole has been a key focus of several signifi- cant pieces of recent Ontario legislation. In March 2016, Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016, re- ceived Royal Assent. Bill 132 in- cluded significant amendments to the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that strengthened employees' protections against workplace Safety Reporter Canadian November 2017 FALSIFIED POST-INCIDENT DRUG TEST WORSE THAN HAVING MARIJUANA AT WORK Marijuana in worker's system not evidence of impairment but dishonesty in trying to falsify test results was just cause pg. 3 WSIB'S HANDLING OF WORKER'S CASE DISCRIMINATORY pg. 5 Delays, communication restrictions, and confusing information exacerbated worker's anxiety and other psychological disorders WORKER'S PREVIOUS BACK INJURIES LED TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITION Latest accident would not have caused disc hernation on its own; employer granted 90% relief from costs pg. 6 INSIDE NEWS BRIEF Treating > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/Yuganov Konstantin Teacher's > pg. 2 PM #40065782 BC GUIDES PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY Richmond, B.C. – WorkSafeBC has produced a new safety resource for constructing pipelines in the province. The Pipeline Construction In- spection Guide is aimed at help- ing employers, owners and workers understand the key health and safety requirements for pipeline construction operations. Alongside a glossary of terms, the guide lays out WorkSafeBC's regulatory jurisdiction over pipe- lines and the specific obligations under that framework for owners, employers, prime contractors, sup- pliers, supervisors, and workers, as well as the relevant sections of the B.C. Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The guide also outlines the personal protective equipment necessary for workers on pipeline construction projects and require- ments for emergency response and first aid. Each phase of con- struction carries a particular set of health and safety considerations, broken down in overviews for pre- construction and construction ac- tivities. This resource is available in PDF form or in printed infoflip for- mat ordered on

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