The Ontario Fabricare Association is open to all fabricare professionals in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. Our mission is to foster and encourage professionalism, ethical conduct and ongoing development within the fabricare industry in our province.
Our industry depends on a strong association to represent their concerns to government and insure that the industry portrays a good image to the public. 2017 was a year of strong growth and we conducted a very good conference and symposium for our membership and the industry.
We are planning a larger two-day conference in October, 2018 in partnership with a number of American companies at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Yorkdale) in Toronto.
Only OFA Allied Trades members who are members from the beginning of 2018 will be able to provide Table Top displays at the conference. We will be providing more information about the conference as it is available.
With the changes in wage rules, you may need to update yourself on how to figure holiday pay for your employees. This link takes you to the relevant section of the regulation.
OFA asked the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for clarification of the WSIB classifications used for dry cleaning plants and depots. The letter linked below (PDF format) gives you the information you need to understand what classification each of your locations receives.
The links below take you to the checklists the enforcement officers are using when they do inspections to verify compliance with the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations. Please familiarize yourself with the checklist and adhere to the regulation to avoid fines and other forms of censure.
OFA member Clark McDaniel has plenty to smile about with the publicity his company received recently from the Guelph Mercury. (Story by Jessica Lovell, posted July 3, 2017.)
From left, Williams & McDaniel CEO Clark McDaniel, director of operations Zeljka Budjinski, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie and Federation of Rental-housing of Ontario president Jim Murphy were on hand Thursday to celebrate Williams & McDaniel Property Management's participation in the Living Green Together environmental program. - Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell
If you are looking for cars or trucks, you can receive a discount from Policaro Automotive Family in Brampton, ON. This company can supply you with cars and trucks for your company, family and employees. Details here.
Two fliers full of offers for you, from business cards and door hangers to brochure printing, gift packaging, and more. Check out the savings! www.nebs.ca. Files are linked below.
The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, gave the opening address at our OFA Conference 2016 on June 16. The conference was a great success, and we expect further meetings with the Minister and cooperation between our association and the government on issues that concern us both.
From the meeting, left to right: Rob McConnell, Brad Maxwell, The Honourable Glen Murray, Sidney Chelsky.
-- Prohibit employers from trying to prevent workers reporting workplace injury or illness to the WSIB by making it an offence to do so.
-- Increase maximum corporate penalties from $100,000 to $500,000 for conviction of an offence under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act such as knowingly providing a false or misleading statement to the Board or willfully failing to inform the Board of a material change in circumstance in connection with an obligation of the employer under the Act within 10 days of the change.
-- In addition, if an employee is injured OFF the job, the employer must accommodate the employee to the point of undue hardship for the business upon the employee's return to work. (This is human rights legislation.)
Check with your legal counsel if you have questions about how you are handling employee injuries on or off the job.
OFA posts the Fair Claims procedure and information for customer convenience on this website, and now also has it posted in French. Click to view or refer a customer to the Guide. (Click here for French).
An excellent bulletin about customer service and how you can improve your company's interactions with customers. Used here with permission from Ian Harris of South Africa. Click here to read it as a PDF file.
A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014. the training is done on an individual basis.
Please visit the website http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/ to begin your training.
This is required by all individuals and subject to audit inspection by the ministry of labour.
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