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Message from the Chief Prevention Officer:

Every year, workers are killed or injured as a result of workplace Motor Vehicle Incidents

Motor Vehicle Incidents (MVIs) are one of the top three causes of fatalities at Ontario workplaces and winter driving in particular can be hazardous for those who are unprepared.

Workers lose their lives due to MVIs while on the job in such sectors as electrical/utilities, construction, mining and transportation.

These incidents are preventable — all workers and employers should exercise every pre-cautionary measure to ensure safety while on the roads and to prevent future incidents. Employers should also ensure that workers are adequately trained for driving in inclement weather.

Safety tips for driving safely in the winter:

  • Know the law and the rules of the road.
  • Know your equipment — how to control your vehicle and where blind spots are.
  • Minimize hazards by inspecting your vehicle and setting controls before travelling.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand in case your car stalls out in the cold.
  • Practice driving in the winter:
    • During daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
    • Steer into a skid.
    • Consider longer stopping distances on ice.
  • Avoid fatigue — stop every few hours if possible.
  • Ensure your expected time of arrival and route are known if traveling in remote areas.

Information to help protect you is available from the Ministry of Labour and its workplace partners.

To report unsafe work practices, please contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-202-0008.


Planning for Workplace Emergencies

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Having an emergency action plan is key to preventing a disorganized evacuation or emergency response that could result in confusion, injury, and property damage.

Federal regulations require that almost every business develop an emergency action plan. An emergency action plan covers designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety.

Emergency Action Plan Key Elements: 

  • Means of reporting emergencies
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Procedures for employees who remain to operate critical operations before evacuating
  • Procedures to account for all employees
  • Rescue and medical duties
  • Names and job titles of persons who can be contacted for more information

Your emergency action plan should be tailored to your worksite and include information about all potential sources of emergencies. Keep a copy of your emergency action plan in a convenient location where employees can get to it, or provide all employees a copy. (If you have 10 or fewer employees, you may communicate your plan orally.)

You can use the online Emergency Action Plan Expert System, available from the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), to help you create a simple emergency action plan for your company. According to OSHA, this basic plan will be adequate for the needs of many small and medium-sized entities, but may not be adequate for large establishments or those with more significant hazards.

Note that the OSHA Expert System only provides information based on federal OSHA Emergency Action Plan requirements. If you are covered by a state OSHA plan, you may need to contact your local state OSHA office. Our section on Planning for Workplace Emergencies includes additional information and tips for protecting your employees and business during a disaster.

Source: Tom Ceconi, ( June 19, 2014