Advisory Occupational Health and Safety Sales Calls

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first_imgThe Department of Labour and Workforce Development is receiving calls from concerned business owners who were contacted by a company selling occupational health and safety training. The vendor suggested that people must be retrained about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) because the province’s laws and regulations had changed. This is false information. No changes have been made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations that would require employers to retrain their staff. “Training that raises awareness about occupational health and safety is good but business owners must carefully consider any sales pitch for Occupational Health and Safety services, as they would for any other goods or services,” said Jim LeBlanc, executive director of the department’s Occupational Health and Safety division. Occupational Health and Safety service providers who provide potential clients with inaccurate information could be fined. Business owners who have concerns about the sales practices of any company can contact the Competition Bureau of Canada at 1-800-348-5358 (toll-free in Canada), 1-800-642-3844 (TTY, for hearing-impaired only), fax 819-997-0324 or visit the Bureau’s website: www.competitionbureau.gc.ca .last_img

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