About Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Established over 100 years ago, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has a proven history of helping Ontario employers make their workplaces safer.

As Ontario's largest and longest-serving health and safety association, WSPS (and before 2010, the three organizations that came together to form it) has long advocated for legislative change to protect workers. This advocacy can be traced back to a number of pieces of legislation that were passed throughout the 1900s to spell out the duties of employers in different sectors, to protect workers. For example:

  • 1968: The First Employment Standards Act was established.
  • 1978: Ontario passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S Act) enshrining the three key rights of workers in law.

Incredible strides in workplace health and safety have taken place since 1917. Since then, WSPS has been an active agent of change as a provider of innovative, impactful solutions, and has acted as an advocate on behalf of their member firms.

Since 2002, Lost-time injury rates in Ontario have declined across the three sectors:

  • Agriculture by 48%
  • Manufacturing by 68%
  • Services by 59%

Today, WSPS serves 171,000 member firms representing four million employees throughout Ontario. While their name has changed over the years, their commitment to eliminating all work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among Ontario workers has not.

WSPS has evolved in how they serve as a health and safety association for Ontarians, and they will continue to evolve. What remains constant is their unwavering commitment to helping build and expand a successful, growing, and vibrant health and safety system that truly reflects the needs of workplaces across Ontario.

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Looking for additional resources, and templates? Use the QR code below to link to WSPS' Small Business Centre.

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WSPS Articles

6 ways to protect employees from wildfire smoke

Masks alone won’t protect all at-risk employees from the alarming health effects linked to wildfire smoke. Find out what else you can do.

Gender identity and gender expression: what does an inclusive workplace look like?

Employers have a legal and social responsibility to respect gender rights and provide a safe workplace. Discover what this looks like in action.

6 expert tips to support people after a traumatic workplace event

Sometimes the unthinkable happens. When it does, organizations need to be ready to support employees and their mental health. Find out how to be prepared.

Protect your eyes on the job: tips for choosing the right sunglasses

Choosing the right pair of sunglasses isn’t just about looking good. Find out how the sun can damage our eyes and what to do about it.

Is low risk perception a problem in your workplace?

When people don’t fully appreciate the risks involved in a task, they are less likely to follow health and safety protocols. Change that mindset with these tips.

Naloxone kits and addictions in the workplace: balancing privacy with responsibility

As of June 1st, the OHSA will require that naloxone be available in some workplaces in case a worker has an opioid overdose. Naloxone is one aspect of managing addictions at work. Find out what else employers can do.

***Click on this link Naloxone Training - Free Online | WSPS to sign up for a 30 minute free E-course to learn about an opioid overdose, how to administer naloxone and acquaint the worker with any hazards related to the administration of naloxone. The training includes a discussion on opioid related deaths, overdose, and addiction.

8 tips for managing age-related changes in workers

Hold on to the many talents older workers bring to the workplace with strong, flexible health and safety programs that set everyone up for success.

New survey shows safety is critical in attracting and retaining top talent

If you’re struggling to attract and retain talent, take a proactive approach to health, safety, and mental well-being. That is the lesson learned from WSPS’ recent Health and Safety Leadership Survey.

4 tips to protect young workers – and your business – this summer

Set up your newly hired young workers – and your business – for success this summer, with these training tips from WSPS’ Ayden Robertson.

Investigating non-critical injuries: tips to overcome 4 common challenges

Although vital to improving your safety program, non-critical incident investigations are getting less attention from supervisors. Find out why and what to do.

Why encouraging vacations can increase productivity and job satisfaction

Vacation is an important part of healthy workplaces. Find out why and learn how to leverage the benefits of workforce that takes vacation.

4 biggest safety challenges of last-mile delivery and solutions

Last-mile delivery is the most challenging phase of the fulfilment cycle. Here’s a look at some last-mile delivery safety challenges and practical solutions that don't compromise safety.

What to do when domestic violence enters your workplace

The workplace plays a vital role in protecting against further abuse and ensuring the safety of all employees.

16 tips to strengthen your emergency response plan

A catastrophic emergency like the Ohio train derailment is unpredictable. Workplaces need to be ready for anything and everything.

Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers: Get recognized and receive rebates

WSPS has achieved SOSE recognition. Find out how you can too and get the public and financial rewards that come with it.

Food manufacturing workers identify lockout/tagout as top risk they face

WSPS brought industry insiders to the table to share insights and real-world data. See the findings.

Stop slips, trips and falls with these expert tips

Slips, trips, and falls are still among the most common types of workplace injuries. Find out how to prevent them.

Don’t do what the tech giants did. Follow these 6 tips for more compassionate layoffs   

A respectful approach to layoffs will reduce psychological harm to those affected and those left behind and reduce negative impacts for the employer.

How to reduce manufacturing injuries: new study sheds light on causes and solutions     

There’s a disconnect between how workers and managers view health and safety, say researchers. Bridging that gap is key to reducing injuries. 

De-escalating high-stress situations at work: four stages of aggression; four responses 

No matter who is displaying the aggressive behavior – a customer, client, contractor, co-worker, or supervisor – knowing when and how to respond will keep everyone safe.

Go beyond generic WHMIS with workplace-specific training. Is your organization compliant?    

Employers are responsible for providing workplace specific WHMIS training. But what does that mean?

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