Respiratory Protection Program

As of June 2019 there have been changes to Ontario's Regulation  833: CONTROL OF EXPOSURE TO BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL AGENTS and related  Regulation 490/09: DESIGNATED SUBSTANCES.  

Companies are required to have a respiratory protection program and where applicable, medical surveillance program, i.e. X-rays and lung function testing.   The program should ensure that employees are able to safely wear fitted respiratory protection, with a clear rationale for the selection process.

The steps are:

  1. Audit and Needs Assessment*
  2. Appropriate equipment is obtained
  3. Fit testing is done**
  4. Training on hazards and equipment use specific to the organization


Workplace Safety & Wellness Solutions can provide a service to train, fit test, and supply required equipment in 1 day for up to approximately 80 people for a single respirator.

*In some cases additional Industrial Hygienist assessment may be required.

**Workplace Safety & Wellness Solutions does only quantitative fit testing for the highest level of accuracy.

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Deciding on a strategy for managing your RTW program

Most Human Resources staff struggle with the lack of time to perform the administrative paperwork tasks involved in disability management, let alone the diligent attention needed for return-to-work efforts with their employees. Add complexity such as knowing technical and legal requirements (i.e. WSIB) and then many companies, WRONGLY, jump to the solution of contracting out all activities to sometimes multiple third parties at great expense. 

There is a time and place to contract out to specialists, but this should only be with the 1-5% of your most difficult RTW cases. Money would be saved for those rare situations, and only involve the hiring of the most competent specialists. However, if a company contracts out to generalists to complete LTD applications, WSIB Form-7s, etc. yet ‘lacks’ funding for occasional specialist job site assessments, then they may need to rethink their absence management program. 

Specifically, if a company struggles with half of their RTW situations, in spite of the hired third parties, then a change in approach is needed. Start taking those resources back and learn how to get it right in-house, as neither time nor resources are being saved perpetuating the wrong strategy.

A company can hire their own disability management / WSIB or related specialist. This is the ultimate goal but is mostly practical for large companies. For many others that can’t afford a full or even part time in-house specialist, there is a middle ground of developing their own existing staff. 

Your Human Resources staff have been doing the best they could on their own for some time – thank you very much – and just need some investment to upgrade their skills. Theory workshops and even courses are fine for ideas and inspiration, but we recognize through decades of experience that some practical apprenticeship is needed by most. Try it!

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Proactive workplace participation


The WSIB is making service standard improvements in managing employee claims with respect to return-to-work. Pay attention, as these are real and aggressive timelines!

The WSIB promo video leaves little doubt in the importance of having successful day-4 and day-5 communications with all workplace parties and the treating physician's office. 

As mentioned in the video, if that 'day-8' WSIB on-site company visit is really needed (i.e. with the more complex/more serious injury), then good communication and proactive efforts by your company would also be needed. 

The WSIB will make the decision that  your company 'would benefit' from a WSIB RTW Specialist on-site visit -- so it has to be clear (or clearer) that help is really needed – it’s not just going to happen every time!  So it is up to your company to learn how to work within the new service standard.

There are hundreds of thousands of employee claims filed every year.  Many Ontario employers, just like you,  will have to navigate the new system and we are here to help.  

For more information on our RTW Mentorship Service please contact our OHS & WSIB Consultants at