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Just the Facts: UPDATED Summary Offence Ticketing (SOTs) – January 2013
Workload Tracking Form
Are you aware that the Provincial Government has changed the way that safety legislation is enforced in Saskatchewan?
The Government has implemented these changes effective January 1, 2013 with a six month transitional period for the Government to introduce this ticketing system to employers and workers across the province. With these changes, you could be subject to a large fine if proper safety protocols or procedures are not followed in your workplace. The fine for workers will be $250.00 for the first offence. For Supervisors the fine is $400.00. (To date we have not been informed of the exact amount of fine increases for second or repeat offenders). The only way to fight a ticket is through the costly court system…at your own expense!
The government has scheduled several information sessions. Find the schedule on our website www.seiuwest.ca and phone them to register as soon as possible for the information session nearest you.
Occupational Health and Safety Committee Members must be paid by their employer to attend this training.
The Union is cautioning all members to continue to very carefully follow all safety requirements.
• Wear required personal protective equipment (gowns, gloves, masks, proper footwear);
• Use patient lifts and follow TLR;
• Follow all safety rules, procedures and protocols;
• Comply with any orders of the Occupational Health and Safety Officer or Division;
• Provide any requested information to the Occupational Health and Safety Branch; and
• Cooperate and do not obstruct an Occupation Health and Safety Officer in any way.
An IMPORTANT Message to all IN-SCOPE SUPERVISORS:
If you are responsible to supervise others, you may be issued a ticket in addition to the worker. Also, the Government has determined that Supervisor fines are higher than worker fines because of the added level of responsibility attached to your supervisory role. Supervisors will be fined $400.00 for “failing to ensure workers comply with the Act and Regulations”. This could mean everything from ensuring all workers under your direct supervision follow the Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) program, to ensuring all workers use personal protective equipment etc.
(Employer fines range in price from $400 to $1000.00 for their offences, however, it appears that they will not be issued SOT’s for failing to ensure workers comply with the Act and Regulations…. even though they have control of the workplace – OHS SOT List of Fines).
WHAT IS SEIU-WEST DOING?
SEIU-West has sent our submission to the Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety asking him to reconsider this punitive measure. A copy of this is posted on our website: visit www.seiuwest.ca and review the Worker Safety Committee page. We have met with representatives of the OHS Division and further shared our concerns about the negative effect that SOT’s will have in the workplace. We have also asked your employer to partner with us so as to ensure that all workers receive clear communication. We have asked for the appropriate contact information for all SEIU-West representatives on Occupational Health and Safety Committees to facilitate greater communication with the membership. We will continue to lobby the government on your behalf to remove these punitive tickets.
We will be launching a member engagement campaign shortly on The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) which will again raise the objection to these tickets and other regressive Labour Laws. Stay tuned to our web-site for details www.seiuwest.ca.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
• Write, call or email the Minister and tell him this is unfair. Tell him that workers and supervisors should not be bear the personal blame and cost of unsafe staffing levels and a lack of resources in the form of equipment and training. Contact your MLA as well.
Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety
Mr. Don Morgan (MLA, Saskatoon Southeast)
Phone: 955-4755 (Constituency Office) or
call collect @ 787-5353 (Legislative Assembly)
Email: email@example.com and Cc firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES!
• Never lift a patient alone or violate TLR. If there are unsafe staffing levels, advise your Manager that you require assistance as soon as possible. Please complete a Workload Tracking Form and return it to your local union office. Most importantly, continue to report all injuries and incidents as usual.
• Support each other when taking the time to do your job safely. Call the Member Resource Centre (MRC) 1.888.999.7348 (1.888.999.SEIU) immediately if you receive any negative feedback from management or co-workers for taking the necessary time to do your job according to safety procedures.
All workers have:
• The right to know the safety hazards at work – the precautions needed to reduce or eliminate the hazards – all safety training; and
• The right to participate in the day to day detection, evaluation and reduction of workplace hazards – on your committee, as elected by your peers or appointed by your trade union; and
• The right to refuse unsafe or unusually dangerous work without fear of repercussions.
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