Ontario released their workplace inspection blitz schedule which goes from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Workplaces will not receive any heads up beyond the outline listed in the document. The focus is on industries with a history of increased risks including construction, logistics, mining, among others. To comply companies must adhere to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA).
While a visit from a Ministry of Labour inspector can happen at random, all businesses should ensure that they are properly prepared. They can do this by reviewing the blitz schedule (included in attached PDF below) and by keeping in mind the following tips:
- Review specific provisions of the OHSA and the ESA that may apply to the blitz’s area of focus. Businesses need to meet the minimum legal requirements under these regulations in order to pass an inspection.
- Review the Ministry of Labour's material on inspection blitzes.
- Discuss compliance strategies with joint health and safety committee representatives.
- Make any required documentation available to the inspector. In the event of an inspection, supervisors, managers, and health and safety representatives should be available if the inspector has any questions.
Read the entire Compliance Bulletin here:
written by Tobi McLeod
Aging is a natural part of the life cycle in all living things. In the animal kingdom the elders of the pack or herd have a specific place of respect within the group.
In the human world, the elders are treated very differently from culture to culture. Many cultures highly respect their elders and ensure they are cared for within the family nucleus until their last breath. In Western culture there is a battle going on. The elders themselves are not willing to accept getting older and the important role they play in the future of the younger generations.
We resist and fight against the aging process. We live in denial about aging in the hopes that this isn’t really happening to us. Not me! No way!
If we are not suffering from any underlying medical issues we may notice things such as: hair loss for men, new unexplained facial hair for ladies, the new ache you have in your hip or knee, gray hair creeping in, a few more wrinkles, you get the idea.
We have to stop viewing old age as a problem – as if it were an incurable disease. It cannot be ‘solved” by spending billions of dollars on plastic surgery in a vain attempt to mask the visible signs of aging. There are billions being spent annually on research to extend the life span itself, along with more money than ever before spent on nursing homes and retirement homes as a way to isolate those who don’t want to conform and continue in denial about aging.
A new concept of thinking about aging called “Conscious Aging” includes a new way of looking at the experience of aging in its entirety. In ancient cultures there was acceptance that life has a beginning, middle, and an end. The concept of “Conscious Aging” returns us to that way of thinking or belief. To recognize and accept the aging process, a natural part of the life cycle for all creatures on this planet, and discontinue the cultural obsession with the Fountain of Youth and learn to respect the need for wisdom. The goal is to change the view of aging to something that should not be feared, but rather embraced. The societal attitude towards aging is at one of its lowest points in history. Instead of spending billions of dollars to ward off the evil of aging, the money should be spent on finding ways to improve the quality of life of the aging population.
Everything in existence has an expiry date; from the label on the package of food, our clothing gets worn out, our cars only last so many years, to our lives. The only question is: How are you going to expire and what do you want to do until you do?
Most of us live in fear of aging which, ironically, speeds up the aging process. The stress this fear creates actually increases the chance of wrinkles, grey hair, along with a multitude of health problems. It begins to rob our lives of meaning at a time when we should be living our lives to the fullest.
The fear of aging and the denial associated with it has a cost. We go through our lives psychologically and spiritually incomplete. We fear memory loss as one of the things to decline in old age. In the same way our fear of physically aging can increase our physical signs of aging, the same can be said about the fear of memory loss. The more we fear it, the more it can create actual memory decline. It is human nature to fear the unknown. For centuries the fear of the unknown, of what will happen to us after our existence here on Earth, has forced us to focus on the fear and not the actual act of living. The animal kingdom lives in the present moment; humans struggle to even be present at times.
We can not alter nature. We invest billions into research on ways to extend life and defy death for as long as possible. Our attempt to add a few more years to the human life span is exhausting, expensive and in the end a meaningless venture. We add stress to our existence by not being able to accept the natural process of aging. Instead of living longer, maybe we are just dying longer.
The best way to combat the aging process would be to start really living your life. Embrace the daily things that occur, enjoy the time spent with family, friends, and co-workers. Do something every day that makes you smile. Go for a walk. Eat everything in moderation. Watch a flock of birds interact. Learn something new to stimulate your memory, read, do crosswords, or take an adult educational class. Your brain is a muscle and it requires exercise too!
We are only here for a short time so get out there and enjoy every moment of it!
Mind yourself and your mental health.