Programs Section

February 1, 2010
Both employers and unions had agreed that all cases - including discipline cases and appeals against health and safety officers’ directions - should be appealed first to the Appeals Officer and then to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). That would have let easily resolvable issues be dealt with without the quasi-judicial procedure of the CIRB. A more formal process is still necessary to deal with any remaining impartially and effectively.
February 1, 2010
Did you know that no employer can punish workers for exercising their rights under the Code? This includes dismissal, suspension, lay-off, demotiton, financial or other penalty or witholding wages. This is covered in Section 147 of Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations (s.147). The section also protects workers from threats or actual disciplinary action for providing information to a health and safety officer or anyone working on related things (s.147(b)).
January 29, 2010
Also called cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), repetitive trauma, repetitive injury, RSIs refer to a range of disabling injuries of the soft tissues, usually of the hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders, back and legs. The different terms indicate that such injuries involve repetition, and that they can also be caused by force, rapid movement, excessive strain, uncomfortable positioning of limbs or being in a constrained position over long periods.

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