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Health and Safety Community

Ontario’s Prevention System is made up of the WSIB, the Ministry of Labour (MOL), Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations (HSAs), the Workers Health & Safety Centre and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

Ministry of Labour

Ontario's Ministry of Labour sets, communicates and enforces a series of workplace standards including health and safety, labour relations, and employment standards. The Ministry also provides information and assistance to help workplaces understand and meet these standards.

Health and Safety Associations

Ontario’s four Safe Workplace Associations provide health and safety expertise and best practices; innovative and cost-effective solutions; sector-specific products, services and information; and advice and training.

Workplace Safety North (WSN) comprises the former Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association, Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association and the Pulp & Paper Health and Safety Association.

Tel: 705-474-7233 (Outside Ontario)

Toll-free: 1-888-730-7821 (Ontario only)

www.workplacesafetynorth.ca

Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) is made up of the former Education Safety Association of Ontario, Municipal Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare.

Tel: 416-250-2131

Toll-free: 1-877-250-7444

www.pshsa.ca

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) comprises the former Construction Safety Association of Ontario, Electrical & Utilities Safety Association and the Transportation Health & Safety Association of Ontario.

Tel: 905-625-0100

Toll-free:1-800-263-5024

www.ihsa.ca

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) comprises the former Farm Safety Association, the Industrial Accident Prevention Association and the Ontario Service Safety Alliance.

Tel: 905-614-1400

Toll-free:1-877-494-9777

www.wsps.ca

Medical Clinics and Training Centre

Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC)

Ontario employers have legal obligations to provide a wide range of occupational health and safety training to workers and supervisors. The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has programs to help them meet these legal obligations.

Tel: 416-441-1939

Toll-free: 1-888-869-7950

www.whsc.on.ca

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of doctor, nurses, occupational hygienists, ergonomists, researchers, and administrators, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) provides comprehensive occupational health services and information.

Tel: 416-510-8713

Toll-free: 1-877-817-0336

www.ohcow.on.ca

Other associations and organizations

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
A valuable resource and a partner in providing health and safety information for small businesses.

Institute for Work & Health (IWH)
Established in 1990 by the WSIB, the IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization with the goal of finding ways to prevent workplace disability, improve treatment, and encourage return to work.

Safe Communities
Parachute's Designated Safe Communities make injury prevention and safety promotion a top community priority, with the goal of creating safer places where citizens can live, work and play.

Threads of Life
A workplace tragedy family support association helping families affected by workplace fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease.

Passport to Safety
A youth health and safety test and transcript program that verifies youth have a basic understanding of what they need to know to protect them from injury at work.

My Safe Work/Our Youth at Work
The Our Youth at Work Foundation is the not-for-profit organization behind this website. Started by Rob Ellis, the foundation's initiatives include creating public service announcements, giving presentations to schools, corporations and community groups.

Association of Canadian Ergonomists
The website for the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE), formerly the Human Factors Association of Canada, contains information about ergonomics and ergonomists throughout Canada, as well as links to international ergonomics societies.

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
A partner in North American Health and Safety Week.

Canadian Standards Association International (CSA)
CSA is a not-for-profit, non-statutory, voluntary membership association engaged in standards development and certification activities.

Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute (IRSST)
The IRSST's scientific activities are concentrated in seven research fields: accidents, chemical substances and biological agents, musculoskeletal disorders, noise and vibration, protective equipment, occupational rehabilitation, safety of industrial tools, machines and processes.

Ontario Kinesiology Association
The Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA) is an incorporated not-for-profit association that exists to promote and protect the profession of kinesiology (the science of human movement). On the OKA's website you will find information regarding kinesiology and the role of a certified kinesiologist in the workplace.

The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is an independent, self-governing, national institute. The Institute focuses exclusively on radiation safety in the workplace, in the environment and in homes and schools.

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