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July IEC Updates

July 25, 2023/By: Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

2023 Cultural Survey

The Safety Partnership’s Cultural Survey aims to gauge worker perceptions and evaluate the health & safety culture in the Sarnia-Lambton region. Periodically administered since 2012, the survey tracks changes over time and assesses the impact of regional safety initiatives, with the goal of cultivating an injury-free culture.

By completing the survey, area workers can provide valuable insight into local safety practices. The survey results will help the Safety Partnership develop training, practices, and standardizations, and enable local building trades, contractors, and owner-clients (plants) to create more effective safety programs.

When completing the survey, remember to select the answer that best reflects your thoughts for each question. Additionally, if you have any additional feedback or comments regarding health and safety practices in the Sarnia-Lambton region, please include them in the appropriate section of the survey.

The survey consists of 74 questions and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will contribute to fostering a safer work culture in Sarnia-Lambton.

Local industrial workers are encouraged to complete the survey by CLICKING HERE. Survey closes September 30, 2023.


Red Cross Certified First Aid Training to be added to IEC Course Offerings

The IEC is pleased to bring back two Red Cross certified first aid courses beginning August 22, 2023.

  • Emergency First Aid & CPR is a blended half-day course offering lifesaving first aid and CPR skills for the workplace or home.
  • Standard First Aid & CPR is a blended one-day comprehensive course offering first aid and CPR skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home.

Both courses meet legislative requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and include the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.

Registration for first aid courses is available online at For more information or questions, please contact BASES at [email protected] or 519-383-1222.


Changes to Naloxone Workplace Requirements

Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are pain-relieving drugs prescribed by doctors, however they are often used recreationally. Examples of commonly used opioids include morphine, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, and hydromorphone. While opioids can be helpful for managing pain under medical supervision, opioid addiction and overdose are significant problems in Ontario.

Effective June 1, 2023, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) has mandated the availability of naloxone in certain workplaces to address the risk of opioid overdose among employees. These requirements do not affect how an employer chooses to address impairment from drugs or alcohol that may pose safety risks in the workplace.

Employers are obligated to provide a naloxone kit when they become aware, or should reasonably be aware, of the following situations:

  • There is a potential for a worker to experience an opioid overdose
  • There is a risk of a worker overdosing while on the employer’s premises where they perform their duties
  • The worker who poses the risk is employed by the employer

If all of the above scenarios are present, employers must comply with the OHSA regulations and provide naloxone in the workplace. However, if any of these scenarios are not applicable, the employer is not required to provide naloxone under the OHSA guidelines.

For more information about naloxone use, training, and workplace requirements, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website –


2023 Q1 TRIR Summary