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CERTIFICATION
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Determining Significant Hazards at Work, A Guide for Employers and JHSCs (617 KB)
This resource guide reviews the legal requirement of Certification Training Part Two, plus leads you through the hazard identification and assessment process using IAPA's Workplace Hazard Assessment Form. It also helps you to determine significant hazards and identify training needs; directs you to next steps after you complete your assessment; and includes various forms and resources.
Publication Date: March 2006

Machinery/Equipment Inventory Form (528 KB)
This form can now be used electronically to identify incident information, cause analysis, controls, costs and action plans.
Publication date: October 2007

Workplace Hazard Assessment Form (98 KB)
A workplace hazard assessment is conducted by examining the workplace and other sources of information for hazards that may affect a workers health and safety. This form can help you conduct effective hazard assessments.
Publication Date: February 2006


FORMS
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Machinery/Equipment Inventory Form (528 KB)
This form can now be used electronically to identify incident information, cause analysis, controls, costs and action plans.
Publication date: October 2007

Physical Demands Analysis (1,398 KB)
A physical demands analysis (PDA) is a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate the physical, cognitive and environmental demands of the essential and non-essential tasks of a job.
Publication date: October 2009

Workplace Hazard Assessment Form (98 KB)
A workplace hazard assessment is conducted by examining the workplace and other sources of information for hazards that may affect a worker's health and safety. Use this form to help you conduct effective hazard assessments and record the results.
Publication Date: February 2006


HEALTH & SAFETY HAZARDS

Fire Safety
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Bonding and Grounding Illustrations (1,684 KB)
Review this collection of 23 illustrations to help you assess your bonding and grounding and confirmation systems and determine whether you need to make improvements.
Publication Date: June 2007


General Working Conditions
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Heat Stress Awareness Toolkit - Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario
Developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO). This resource contains a guide, assessment tool, and poster to assist in the early identification of heat stress. Included are summaries of causes, symptoms and treatment of heat-related stress, a five-step approach to using the Humidex, and specific actions for managing and controlling heat stress.

Heat Stress Fastfacts (599 KB)
This Fastfacts document explains heat stress and how to control it. It includes a chart of heat related conditions and their signs and symptoms, cause, treatment and prevention.
Publication Date: May 2007

Humidex Based Heat Response Plan (55 KB)
The Humidex Based Heat Response Plan, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario’s (OHSCO) Heat Stress Awareness Committee translates the wet bulb globe temperatures found in the 2007 American Conference of Governmental Hygienists (ACGIH) Heat Stress TLV® (Threshold Limit Value®) into a Humidex reading.
Publication Date: May 2007

Preventing Slips/Falls and Loss of Balance in Industrial Workplaces (529 KB PDF)
Anyone can fall at work. One in five lost time injuries involve falls. Eighty people are injured every day by falling at work - that’s one every twenty minutes.
Publication Date: January 2007

Ventilation (384 KB)
Ventilation is a primary engineering control available to reduce the concentration of gases, dusts, vapours, smoke, and fumes in the air.
Publication Date: March 2006


Hazard Control Systems
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Safety Signs and Colour at Work (497 KB)
Learn how to effectively use signs and colour in your workplace to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and other losses. Plus, find out about the latest CSA and ANSI standards.
Publication Date: May 2007

Hazard Sources
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Abrasive Grinding Wheels (454 KB)
The risk of serious injury, material damage and other losses when using grinding wheels is high. Turn to this guideline for practical information on how to properly store, handle, mount, use and maintain grinding wheels. Inspection checklist included.
Publication Date: October 2007

Asbestos - Frequently Asked Questions (610 KB)
A new regulation respecting asbestos on construction projects and in building and repair operations came into effect on November 1, 2005. This FAQ document will help you understand what some of the changes to the regulation are and how your workplace may be impacted.
Publication Date: July 2008

Ladders (1,048 KB)
This guideline discusses safe use of both straight ladders and step ladders, what should be included in a training program, proper maintenance and relevant legislation. An inspection checklist is also provided.
Publication Date: May 2008

Ladders - Ontario Ministry of Labour Guidance
Produced by Specialized Professional Services of the Occupational Health and Safety Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, this series of resources on various types of ladders will provide ergonomic guidance regarding their proper use in industrial workplaces.


Program Development
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Glossary of Occupational Health and Safety Terms (863 KB)
This glossary is designed for joint health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives and others with workplace health and safety responsibilities. It provides easy to understand definitions of common workplace health and safety terms. The glossary does not attempt to provide strict legal or technical definitions.
Publication Date: May 2007


JOINT HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
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Determining Significant Hazards at Work, A Guide for Employers and JHSCs (617 KB)
This resource guide reviews the legal requirement of Certification Training Part Two, plus leads you through the hazard identification and assessment process using IAPA's Workplace Hazard Assessment Form. It also helps you to determine significant hazards and identify training needs; directs you to next steps after you complete your assessment; and includes various forms and resources.
Publication Date: March 2006


LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE

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Confined Space - Frequently Asked Questions (613 KB)
The confined space requirements in the existing Industrial, Construction, Health
Care and Mining Regulations have changed. The Ministry of Labour has updated
the requirements by amending each of the sector specific regulations.
Publication Date: May 2008

Contractor Safety - Frequently Asked Questions (568 KB)
A person or company that is hired by another employer to perform temporary work is a contractor. The work is specific and carried out for a defined period of time. Your company should have a defined policy for managing contractor safety. This FAQ will help guide you as you develop your policy.
Publication Date: June 2007


SAFETY RULES
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IAPA has developed a comprehensive set of Safety Rules to provide a framework for ensuring positive standards of behaviour for all staff in your organization. Safety Rules have been translated into 19 languages:
Publication Date: May 2008

Additional Languages
File sizes are between 100-400 KB for each download below.
Publication Date: March 2006

Workplace Health & Well-Being

HEALTHY WORKPLACES, GENERAL

The Business Case for a Healthy Workplace (1,878 KB)
While there are ethical reasons for creating healthy workplaces, many employers still look for business reasons to support these moral and ethical reasons. This report outlines these business reasons.
Publication Date: July 2008

Creating Healthy Workplaces (722 KB)
This document shows that there are excellent legal and economic reasons to strive for a healthy workplace, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It does take some awareness, commitment and persistence on the part of employers and employees, but the outcomes in terms of worker health, job satisfaction, employee morale, and the company’s productivity and bottom line, make it well worth the effort for all workplace parties.
Publication Date: March 2006

Psychosocial Risk Management: What Every Business Manager Should Know (292 KB)
This short article explains what a "psychosocial" workplace risk is, how it can affect worker health and safety, and how you can reduce these risks in your workplace.
Publication Date: October 2007

Stress and Satisfaction Offset Score (SSOS): A Self-Assessment (177 KB)
Prolonged stress is always unhealthy and can contribute to workers being injured on the job. This self-assessment stress and satisfaction offset score will provide some guidance whether your job contributes to unhealthy levels of stress.
Publication Date: April 2008

Work-Life Balance: A Strategic Business Issue! (270 KB)
Work-life balance is something in which we are all personally interested. But it is much more than that. This short article explains why it is a serious business issue that needs to be addressed in a strategic way. It's not just about being "nice" to employees -- it's about staying in business!
Publication Date: October 2007


ASTHMA

Asthma is a common lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It can affect your ability to work and your overall quality of life. When asthma is not managed well, it can even threaten your life. These guides, developed jointly with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. and IAPA will help you to understand the significance of the problem, what asthma and work-related asthma are, how to recognize work-related asthma, what workplaces can do to prevent work-related asthma including safe work practices.

These resources have been designed to help employers and workers in your industries:

  • Recognize work-related asthma
  • Put in place general strategies that both workers and employers can use to help prevent work-related asthma and
  • Know when, where and how to get professional help

Asthma in the Automotive Parts Manufacturing and Foam Expanded Plastics Industries
Work-related asthma is a serious occupational health problem and is the most common chronic occupational lung disease in industrialized countries. It can result in disability and job loss if it is not recognized and treated early enough. Agents in the automotive and plastic and foam industries have been known to trigger or aggravate asthma. These agents include isocyanates, aliphatic amines, acid anhydrides, metal dust and fumes, and metal-working fluids.

Asthma in Bakeries
About 10% of all bakers suffer from work-related asthma, commonly referred to as "baker's asthma" because it is so widespread.

  • Booklet (308 KB) Publication Date: June 2006
    Notice June 17: This document is under review and is not currently available for download.
  • Fact Sheet (116 KB) Publication Date: June 2006

Asthma in Higher Risk Industries
Work-related asthma is caused or made worse by an agent that a person comes in contact with at work. These workplace agents generally take the form of dusts, fumes, gases and vapours and are classified as being either sensitizers or irritants. These agents get released into the workplace air and when they are inhaled, they can lead to an asthmatic response.

Asthma from Metal-Working Fluids and Metal Dusts and Fumes
If you work with metals (cutting, grinding, soldering, welding, boring, drilling, milling and/or turning metal) and metal-working fluids you are potentially at risk for developing work-related asthma or hypersensitivity pneumonitis which is a lung disease with flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, shortness of breath and a deep cough.

  • Booklet (444 KB) Publication Date: May 2008
    Notice June 17: This document is under review and is not currently available for download.
  • Fact Sheet (118 KB) Publication Date: May 2008


INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Business Pandemic Preparedness - Sample Checklist (62 KB)
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care estimates that during the next pandemic about 8,000 Ontarians will die, but the number could be as high as 20,000. Is your business prepared for a pandemic? Use this sample checklist to assess your readiness.
Publication Date: December 2006

Colds and the Flu - Frequently Asked Questions (111 KB)
Is influenza the same as a bad cold? How do colds and the flu spread? Should I get the flu vaccine? Find out the answers to these and eight other commonly asked questions in this FAQ document.
Publication Date: June 2006


STRESS

Mental Health at Work ... From Defining to Solving the Problem (3 booklets)
The Université Laval's Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) have developed an information kit for work-related mental health problems. Entitled "Mental Health at Work ... From Defining to Solving the Problem," this unique kit in Canada will allow workers and organizations to deal better with this problem, which is the main reason for the increase in work absenteeism.


WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

OHSCO Workplace Violence Prevention Series
Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System Partners, including the workplace safety associations, Ministry of Labour and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, have developed resource material for firms to better prepare for the new workplace violence and harassment program requirements coming into effect June 15th, 2010. These resources include a document outlining the steps employers need to know to develop and implement a program and a toolkit to assist workplaces with their risk assessments for the workplace violence portion of the new requirements.


ERGONOMICS

Lighting at Work (886 KB)
Proper lighting at work can contribute to enhanced employee health and safety, increased productivity, and improved quality. To find out how to assess and improve the lighting in your workplace, turn to this practical guideline. Includes a lighting assessment checklist.
Publication Date: May 2008

Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention
The guideline, resource manual, and toolbox were developed in partnership with the members of OHSCO, which is comprised of the Ministry of Labour (MOL), the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the health and safety associations (HSAs) including IAPA. The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) also assisted in its development.

Physical Demands Analysis (1,398 KB)
A physical demands analysis (PDA) is a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate the physical, cognitive and environmental demands of the essential and non-essential tasks of a job.
Publication date: October 2009

The Psychosocial Side of RSIs (93 KB)
Since psychosocial risk factors are known contributors to repetitive strain injury and other musculoskeletal disorders, you can't afford to ignore them. Here's a look at some real examples that IAPA member firms have resolved by ergonomic solutions that address both physical and psychosocial risks .
Publication Date: November 2003

Safe Lifting and Carrying (2,901 KB)
There's a proper technique to avoid overexertion injuries. This guide provides step-by-step instructions and illustrations that show how to safely lift and carry the types of loads commonly found at work.
Publication Date: May 2008