The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced the first grants to be awarded under its Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program. Under that program, the province hopes to fund programs and initiatives designed to prevent workplace injuries and improve overall occupational health and safety in provincial workplaces.
The new program is aligned with Ontario’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy, and the funding is directed at workplaces with a significant need to improve health and safety outcomes. Since the program launched in September 2014 with an open call for initiatives, the Ministry received 85 applications for funding. After a thorough three-step review process, they chose 12 applicants to receive support for innovative OH&S initiatives. Among them include:
- Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc. received funding for their project, which hopes to encourage more colleges and universities to incorporate health and safety education into their core curricula.
- Our Youth at Work Association received a grant for their Safety Momentum for Vulnerable Workers initiative, which will use seminars and presentations to ensure that young workers better understand the importance of occupational health and safety.
- The Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission received funding for a project to help employers in the Thunder Bay area to better understand their role they play in health and safety and to help them create and implement occupational health and safety programs.
- Career Education Council Guelph Wellington Dufferin were awarded funding for an awareness and training program to create awareness of the importance of occupational health and safety in the workplace among youth, teachers, parents and families, including the development of a new safety app for students to use on their phones.
- The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support received funding for their Threads of Life project, which provides support to families dealing with a life altering workplace injury, disease or fatality.
- Community Living Prince Edward received funding to support a program to provide Musculoskeletal Disorder Injury Prevention Training for Developmental Service Workers, which will deal with the lifting hazardfor aging, part-time and new employees.
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety received funding for an inquiry service, in which anyone in Ontario will have the ability to ask questions and receive accurate and reliable information regarding occupational health and safety.