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Who Should Pay for Personal Protective Equipment?

Is the employer or the worker responsible for paying for Personal Protective Equipment?

Unfortunately the OHS law in Ontario is not clear on who should pay for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

OHS law requires the employer to ensure workers wear and use PPE. In some circumstances, the law and OHS regulations requires the employer to provide PPE. The OHS law does not make reference to the responsibility for payment.

For an employer who wants control over the safety standard of equipment being used in their workplace, it makes sense to cover the cost of most PPE. 

In some industries such as construction and trades, workers tend to supply their own tools, equipment and PPE. In a small company, workers may be required to purchase their own protective equipment, either directly from the employer or from a list of suppliers. Large companies and unionized workplaces often specify which PPE will be supplied by the employer and which PPE must be supplied by the worker. For expensive and specialized protective equipment the employer typically covers the cost.

Protective Equipment Cost Practices

  • Workers are usually responsible for the cost of safety footwear and clothing. 
  • Employers typically cover the cost of other PPE required in their workplace. 

 

angry employees

How to Deal With Negative Employees

In a workplace not everybody has the spirit and joy of Mary Poppins or a constant smile like Mickey Mouse. Yes, these are fictional characters and in reality no one is ever always in a great mood. However, for the most part, at work people tend to lean towards happiness and positivity. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? People who are perpetually negative, with a constant cloud of disapproval and hostility hanging over them?

Unfortunately, they also exist. And that type of an attitude can have a lasting effect in the workplace. They’re not always easy to pick out of a crowd, but they can do their fair share of damage over time.  Negative employees like this tend to fall under the radar and don’t make the big mistakes that call attention to themselves. They are typically good at their jobs so don’t get called out on their negative behaviour.

If you’re not sure, here are a few telltale signs of an unhappy or negative employee. They  include employees who:

  • are always finding things to complain about, or over emphasize a co-workers mistake;
  • are gossipers and turn fellow employees against each other;
  • talk behind co-workers’ backs, or
  • undermine authority with criticism that’s not obvious, so is rarely corrected.

The first step to dealing with a bad attitude is for the manager to identify the actions of negative people , then make it clear that those actions will not be tolerated. If the individual is a good performer this can be difficult. But the bottom line is you cannot let one individual cripple the whole team’s morale.

Understand the Problem

The first step is to take a closer look at the employee’s behaviour to understand what’s causing it. Maybe they are not happy with their job, or are not being challenged enough. Perhaps they are having issues in their personal life. Whatever it may be, talk with them and ask them how they are doing – not just at work but at home too.  If you find there’s a reason for why they’re acting the way they are, offer solutions to help.

Provide Constructive Feedback

In many cases, toxic employees don’t know the effect they have on others. That’s why it’s important to give honest and direct feedback. Explain the negative behaviour and its effects using specific examples. And talk about the kind of behaviour you would rather see by telling them what you expect them to change. Aim for clearly defined, measurable goals by creating an improvement plan with the employee. This will give them a chance to change their attitude and have a more positive impact on people.

Explain the Consequences

While developing a plan, make sure the consequences of continuing with a bad attitude are clear. Let that employee know what they stand to lose if the behaviour continues. This is not a threat of getting fired, but let them know that privileges that they care for could be taken away or modified as a result. This could be a bonus or the ability to work from home. Whatever it is, most people will be more likely to change their attitude if they know that it comes at a cost.

Here are a few additional tips. Don’t get distracted and always document everything. Have a clear plan and a paper trail of the actions taken. This is extremely important and will serve you well when issues like this are escalated.

 

 

 

Health & Safety Coordinator

Health & Safety Coordinator

Fusion Career Services has a new opportunity for a Health & Safety Coordinator. The client is an industry leader and one of the top plastic manufacturers. 

The role – Health & Safety Coordinator

Reporting to the EHS Manager and working closely with the Operations Management team, the position is responsible for supporting the Health and Safety Management System and OHS initiatives at the plant level.

The Candidate:

  • Assist EHS manager with development, implementation and maintenance of EHS policies and procedures;
  • Conduct regular inspections to identify environmental and safety compliance issues,
  • MSDS management and updates for all locations
  • Trending and tracking incidents and accidents in excel
  • WSIB claims management including return to work coordination
  • Conduct safety orientation training for new employees
  • Manage contractor safety program
  • Participate with the JHSC’s and complete meeting minutes
  • Recommend corrective actions and best management practices to safety deficiencies; and
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a safety role, with at least 2 years manufacturing experience
  • Post secondary safety degree or diploma
  • Strong knowledge of OHSA and WSIB a must
  • Have a full comprehension of WSIB claims management

To find our more about this opportunity read the full description by clicking here Health & Safety Coordinator

Contact Sabrina at sabrinaq@fusioncareer.com or call her at 1866-976-9891 if interested. Do you know someone who might be a great fit for this position? Share this job posting – Health & Safety Coordinator

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5 Reasons it's time to find a new job

5 Reasons it’s time to find a new job

We’ve all had the same thought cross our minds one time or another while working. “Is it time to find a new a job?” We all have our reasons for feeling that way. There is always going to be frustrations at work. But sometimes it can build up and it is time to find a new opportunity. Here are 5 reasons it’s time to find a new job:

  1. You’re Disengaged/Unhappy: You are at a point where coming into work is another job on it’s own. You are unhappy with the work you are doing. You find it to be monotonous, and not interesting. Nothing excites you about your job anymore and your managers/colleagues can feel it.
  2. Constantly Complaining: You always find yourself talking negatively about all aspects of your job. Your work, your managers, your colleagues and even your clients frustrate you. You don’t have one nice thing to say about any of them. 
  3. No Growth: You have climbed the latter and have reached the top. There is no more room to grow and you find yourself feeling stagnant. 
  4. Overworked/Undervalued: You are a top performer. You know it, your managers know it but you are not being compensated appropriately. You are constantly over-performing, delivering and satisfying your job requirements. However, you don’t feel recognized, appreciated or valued.
  5. Compensation/Incentives at an all time low: You are making under market salary for the work you do. You find there are no incentives for the hard work. You feel as though you have earned the right for better compensation.

If you can relate to three or more reasons on this list then it’s time to start looking for a new job. Nothing is more unproductive than feeling stagnant, unhappy and undervalued. It doesn’t help anyone by you sticking around. Take it with a grain of salt and begin your search. Now there is always an exception to the rule, and if you feel you can make an honest change in your attitude and address the issues with your employer then stick it out and make it work!

Industrial Electrician – Brampton Area

Industrial Electrician – Brampton Area

Fusion Career Services has a new opportunity for an Industrial Electrician. The client is an industry leader and one of the top plastic manufacturers. 

The role – Industrial Electrician

The Industrial Electrician will be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading and troubleshooting production equipment according to work orders.

The Candidate:

  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting electronic system faults  
  • Tuning equipment and ensuring that adequate controls and safety measures are functional  
  • Carrying out electrical maintenance procedures  
  • Repairing and replacing parts as required by the company’s preventative maintenance program  
  • Ensuring that replacement parts are on order to minimize downtime
  • Possess either Industrial Electrician (442A) 
  • 5 or more years’ experience as an electrician
  • Strong knowledge of PLC specifically Allen Bradley
  • Strong communication skills in both written and spoken English

To find our more about this opportunity read the full description by click here Industrial Electrician – Brampton Area.

Contact Manraj at manrajs@fusioncareer.com or call her at 1866-976-9891 ext.1003 if interested. Do you know someone who might be a great fit for this position? Share this job posting – Industrial Electrician

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When Job Searching don't put all your eggs in one basket

When job searching don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

When job searching don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Job searching is a difficult task. You have to find suitable roles to apply for, send your resume and wait on the response. A common trend amongst job seekers is too fall off the job search wagon once you start interviewing with a potential employer. This can be detrimental to landing a new role and here’s why:

Putting all your eggs in one basket can reap one of two results. It’s very simple, either you get the job or your don’t. Job searching takes a lot of energy and when you are unsuccessful it can really set you back. You feel disappointed, discouraged and unmotivated to move forward. It takes a toll on your confidence. Whereas, if you are steadily applying to a number of jobs, and going on multiple interviews with other companies chances are you will be more successful. Above the success rate you won’t feel as bad when a company does reject you in the process.

Additionally, employers don’t put all their eggs in one basket. They typically interview a whole range of candidates before deciding to go forward with one. Why shouldn’t you the candidate do the same thing. Have a whole range of potential employers to interview with and pick the one that is the best fit. You may end up in multiple offer situation and create options for yourself. Not only is this a confidence booster but it will really put you in a positive space during the job searching process.

When you find yourself in job search mode make sure you are constantly putting yourself out there. Investing time, energy and emotion into one potential employer will only set you back if it doesn’t work out. Moral of the story put your eggs in multiple baskets and see which one works out best!