County Approves New Health and Safety Position

Essex County Council is trying to make the county, as a corporation and employer,  a safer place to work.

It has approved a new position for an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant.

The move comes after the corporation's 2019 budget included about $3-million in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) costs, compared to $870,000 in 2008.

Most of the Essex-Windsor EMS claims are now mental stress/PTSD-related.

Director of Human Resources Greg Schlosser says there are several health and safety issues for an employer of its size and they do not have the internal expertise.

He says this has been a long time coming.

"It has been in the works for a while and just the increased complication of the claims over the past years, and we did have a couple of work well audits that highlighted for us, where some of our deficiencies are and that's where we are hoping this position can help us," says Schlosser.

He says the position will try and help reduce costs.

"To help us ensure that our health and safety system, to prevent injuries, is as robust as we can," says Schlosser. "The second part of cost management is once the claim is initiatives, to most effectively adjudicate that claim."

The goal is to have the new candidate hired in April.

The Essex County Corporation, which also includes library workers and the Essex Windsor-Solid Waste Authority, has about 900 employees.