Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

June 1st deadline for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards

May 22, 2018

2018 Canada's Safest Employers

These awards recognize companies from all across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. The awards boasts 10 industry-specific categories, ranging from hospitality to mining and natural resources. Companies are judged on a wide range of occupational health and safety elements, including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives. 

If your workplace is a leader in health and safety, nominate them today!

Nomination deadline is June 1, 2018

FREE CCOHS Online JWHS Committee and Representatives Training

May 22, 2018

Employers will be required to have a committee or representative to address health and safety concerns in the workplace as of June 1, 2018. Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives learn about their roles and responsibilities.

This course will help employers meet their requirements to ensure committee members and representatives have adequate training. Participants will receive a two hour credit. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion. You can register here: https://www.ccohs.ca/distributors/alberta/

Most workplace injuries go unreported in Alberta: survey

April 30, 2018
CBC News - Sarah Rieger 

A poll of 2,000 workers suggests that nearly 70 per cent of disabling workplace injuries in Alberta go unreported, according to a new report released by the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute Friday.

The survey's data suggests there may have been more than 170,000 injuries serious enough to require time off or modified work in 2016, but just 45,000 were reported.

"Workers typically don't report injuries for two reasons. The first is they don't think the injury is serious enough to warrant reporting. And the other is they fear their employers will retaliate against them for claiming the injury," said Bob Barnetson, a professor of labour relations at Athabasca University and co-author of the institute's report.

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Nova Scotia getting creative with sentencing

April 17, 2018
Canadian Occupational Safety Mag - Amanda Skilliker

Nova Scotia is one of the few provinces that allows for creative sentencing for safety violations and it is seeing success with this approach, according to the government’s special prosecutor for occupational health and safety, Alex Keaveny.

“We have one of the broadest set of powers that judges have to sentence under our OHS act,” he said, speaking at the Safety Services Nova Scotia workplace health and safety conference in Halifax on April 9. “Many provinces have no creative sentencing ability or very limited. We have a very broad one and we use that. We try to be as creative as possible. We really want the sentence to have an impact.”

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