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2-Minute News | December 2017

· IHSA Safety Talk: Work-related driving

· Accreditation standard comment deadline extended

· Join your local Fleet Safety Council chapter

· CSA Group releases health and safety code for suspended equipment operations

· Happy holidays from IHSA

IHSA Safety Talk: Work-related driving
The holidays are almost upon us. Santa will be making his way from the North Pole soon, so we hope his safety training is up-to-date and the elves are invited to regular safety meetings. That’s why IHSA has provided this work-related driving safety talk.

Work-related driving is defined as “driving activities undertaken by staff in the course of their work.” If workers drive as part of their work, employers have the same duty to protect them from this hazard as from any other workplace hazard. This applies even if workers are using their own vehicles.

So hope Santa reads this and shares it with his reindeer!

Read the IHSA Safety Talk on Work-related driving.

Accreditation standard comment deadline extended
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has extended the deadline for comment on the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Accreditation Standard and supporting consultation paper consultation to January 26, 2018.

The documents are available for review on the MOL website.

Join your local Fleet Safety Council chapter
The Fleet Safety Council is an association of driver trainers and safety professionals working to promote safety within the transportation, transport, bus, and coach industries.

The council encourages the improvement of driver behavior through increased awareness and training. Working with government agencies and private organizations, the council strives for a uniform system of safety requirements for drivers in Ontario.

There are eight chapters across Ontario. Visit the Fleet Safety Council website for details on your local chapter.

CSA Group releases health and safety code for suspended equipment operations
The CSA Group has released the latest edition of Z91-17: Health and Safety Code for Suspended Equipment Operations.

This is the sixth edition of CSA Z91. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2002 under the same title and the 1990, 1980, 1959, and 1949 editions published under the title Safety Code for Window Cleaning Operations.

Key changes in this edition include the following.

· Updated requirements for davits

· Clarification of requirements for portable equipment

· Updated training requirements

· Updated figures throughout the document to enhance readability

· Requirements for rigging over building guards (particularly glass railings)

· Inclusion of a new informative annex on the relationship between this Standard and rope access.

To learn more visit the CSA website.

Happy holidays from IHSA
The board and staff of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. The IHSA offices and training facilities will be closed from the end of business on December 22, 2017 and will re-open on January 2, 2018.

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