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HEALTH & SAFETy Health and Safety in Parks and Recreation - emerging issues and Trends  By Jeff Pajot In today's organizations, strong leaders recognize that solid health and safety performance drives business results. They realize the importance of developing a strong culture of health and safety in their organizations, and of integrating prevention measures into business strategies, processes and performance measures. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations set out clear requirements for creating a safe and healthy physical work environment. Effective Leaders go beyond just meeting their legal obligations, and seek instead to meet the spirit of the law-knowing that organizational performance depends on healthy, safe and engaged employees. Staying on top of emerging issues and trends, and understanding new regulations and legislature is paramount in building a culture of prevention. The Top Workplace Injuries in Recreation in Ontario in 2014 were * Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) - 30% * Slips, Trips and Falls - 25% * Contact with/Struck by - 23% * Exposures - 7% The number one injury in recreation is musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). MSD are soft-tissue injures such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendinitis, lowback injury, cartilage damage from wear and tear, nerve damage from overuse, etc. Some common examples of MSD are low-back muscle strain, shoulder rotator cuff damage, cartilage damage in knees, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Overall, the recreation sector is facing a number of factors which are contributing to the challenges of prevention: an aging workforce, growing workloads, shrinking budgets, and increasing demands for service. These changes include requirements that need to be implemented related to legislation, such as working at heights prevention, mandatory health and safety awareness training and compliance with the OHSA. The negative impacts on your workers from workplace injuries include: * Pain and suffering * Income reduction and an uncertain future * Impact on families, friends and the community The end result, and the reality, is so much more than just the human cost of death, injury and the emotional cost. The average compensation cost (direct cost) of a claim for 2010 is estimated at over $28,000. (Source: http://www.prevent-it.ca/) The indirect costs for a workplace injury could total three to 10 times that amount. These include: * Lost productivity and lost revenue * WSIB Surcharges * Ministry of Labour fines * Cost of replacing injured worker * Cost of training new worker * Administrative costs to manage the  accident investigation, injury recovery, claims management, return to work, etc. It is important to stay current and understand the emerging health and safety issues that recreation employers and workers are facing in today's workplaces. Some of these are: * Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) * Fatigue * Occupational Disease * Mental Health * Construction/Contractor Safety Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Since MSD represent 40 percent of all lost time injuries in Ontario, they are likely among the top three injuries in your 32 | ontario recreation FacilitieS aSSociation recreation department. The risk of injury to MSD can be high if proper controls are not put into place. Municipalities and recreation departments should implement an MSD prevention program which is a multifaceted management system to prevent MSD. MSD won't kill you, but it can be painful and physically debilitating for years and create high costs to the employer. Fatigue - understanding the Impact of Fatigue on Work Fatigue is the state of feeling weary or sleepy resulting from insufficient sleep, prolonged mental or physical work, or extended periods of stress or anxiety. A fatigued worker's risk of accident is 70  percent greater than other nonfatigued workers. This risk of accident is even more likely for snorers, with sleepiness on the job, and for those with chronic insomnia. Researchers are also finding that fatigue greatly impacts the health and wellness of the workforce. In fact, several studies have found that fatigue places people at increased risk of becoming obese, developing diabetes, developing breast cancer, and developing hypertension. (Source: Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2012) Fatigue risk assessments help organizations understand the risk that fatigue is posing and to actively address it in the workplace. Occupational Disease Occupational Disease includes exposures to chemicals, noise, vibration, heat/ cold, and asbestos over a long period of time, causing long-term health affects. Public works, recreation, and building maintenance workers are exposed to various chemicals such as paints, water/ http://www.prevent-it.ca/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2016

CAO’s Message
Industry Watch
Rink on the Roof
ORFA Professional Development Pillars
A World without Grass
Asset Management for Public Facilities
Risk Management
Modernization of Safe Food and Water Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Health & Safety
An Amazing Transformation
Member Profile
Hockey Injury Lawsuit Dismissed
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

Facility Forum - Spring 2016