Facility Forum - Summer 2016 - (Page 9)

WHAT'S HAPPENING Industry Watch The ORFA continues to monitor a variety of topics that have or may impact the recreation facilities industry. The following topics are currently being monitored for member awareness. Should members have additional input to these or other emerging topics please contact Terry Piche, ORFA Technical Director at tpiche@orfa.com or Graham Nesbitt, ORFA Co-ordinator, Training and Development at gnesbitt@orfa.com Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitz Announced (2016-17) This year, the ministry is coordinating the proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedules for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program. Coordinating the schedules highlights the importance the ministry places on protecting workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and enhancing employers' awareness of their responsibilities. Findings are generally reported soon after completion. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if there are longlasting improvements in compliance and fewer injuries and fewer contraventions of employment standards. Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector. Occupational health and safety inspectors conduct proactive blitzes and initiatives on sector-specific hazards; these are also designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with the OHSA. Similarly, employment standards officers visit employers to verify compliance with core ESA standards, such as the Employment Standards Poster requirements, wage statements, unauthorized deductions, and record keeping, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, public holidays and vacation with pay. They focus particularly on sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations, where vulnerable workers are employed and where an increasing number of Ontarians are working. Provincial Blitzes Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date Young Workers Employment Standards Food Services, Retail Trade, Construction and other sectors known to employ young workers May 2, 2016 - June 30, 2016 Falls Health and Safety Industrial May 16, 2016 - July 15, 2016 New and Young Workers Health and Safety Industrial July 18, 2016 - September 2, 2016 Chemical Handling Health and Safety Industrial September 19, 2016 - October 31, 2016 Province-wide workplace inspection blitzes: 2016-2017 Eastern Employment Standards Fitness Centres Bill 132 will amend various existing statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. For employers, important changes will stem from Bill 132's proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act October 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016 (the "OHSA"), which include modifying the current definition of "workplace harassment" and imposing additional obligations on employers concerning their workplace harassment policies, programs and investigations. FACILITY FORUM | 9

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

Industry Watch
Arena Lighting – The Here and Now!
The Cemeterian
Understanding the Highway Traffic Act – Demerit Points
Effective Emergency Planning
Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires
Risk Management
Poor Aquatic Maintenance
Pool Fouling
Member Profile
ORFA’s Top 10 Recreational Supervisory Failures
Health & Safety (PSHSA)
Shutting Down the Refrigeration Plant for the Summer Season
Energy Savings Inside Your Refrigeration System
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

Facility Forum - Summer 2016