Repair Shop owner criminally charged for health & safety infractions

Repair shop owner criminally charged for health & safety infractions. The following article is a prime example of why having a “safety first” mentality is critical in the automotive repair industry.  Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt or killed.  Owners, supervisors and managers must understand that in addition to personal responsibility and liability under […]

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Being Prepared for MOL Blitzes

Compliance management is a fact of life when running a business, and being proactive can mean the difference between a good day at the dealership or a stop work order that could disrupt the business significantly. Dealerships and Service Centres have a wide variety of legislative obligations at both the Federal and Provincial level.  The most commonly known legislative […]

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Health & Safety and the Criminal Code

Health & Safety and the Criminal Code of Canada. Did you know that your Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities are not only required through provincial legislation, but also under the Criminal Code of Canada? Back in 2004 the following section was added to the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 217.1 to the Criminal Code which […]

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Is your automotive lift training up to date?

When was the last time you gave your staff automotive lift training?  Are your inspections up to date?  Have all of your staff, not just technicians who perform duties around your lifts been properly trained (we all know parts, service and sales staff end up in the garage every once in a while….)? Hoisting thousands of pounds of […]

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New Changes to Ontario’s ESA

New changes to Ontario’s ESA  (Employment Standards Act, 2000) come into effect today (May 20th, 2015) that will help workers across the province better understand their rights in the workplace. Starting today, the law will require employers to provide employees with a copy of the province’s employment standards poster, as well as continuing to post […]

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Dealership workplace inspections

Are you keeping on top of your dealership workplace inspections? Workplace inspections might not always be front of mind when operating a busy dealership, but they are required by law and more importantly, ensure that your staff and customers operate in a safe environment by keeping you on top of any hazards and preventative maintenance issues. […]

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Can a Dealer Principal really go to jail?

Can a Dealer Principal really go to jail? You might not know this but under the Criminal Code of Canada Bill C-45 a Dealer Principal could receive criminal charges for health & safety violations.  Under Health and Safety legislation in extreme cases company directors can not only be charged with severe financial penalties, but they can also be charged […]

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Health and Safety is no joke

Managing Health and Safety at your dealership is no joke.  There are a vast array of safety hazards that are present in and around the dealership, body shop, or service station. Every year thousands of workers are injured in Canada, and as they say, there is no such thing as an accident.  Injuries are preventable and […]

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