Health & Safety


Health Card Services - OHIP

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Ontario Service Ontario

 

ONTARIO HEALTH CARD REGISTRATION PROCESS

ServiceOntario now delivers health card registration services, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care continues to be responsible for the OHIP program and setting applicable OHIP legislation, policy and program requirements as well as medical claims processing. 

For information on the location of a ServiceOntario centre designated to provide Migrant Farm Workers (MFW) health card services please call 1-800-664-8988 or visit ServiceOntario's Service Location Finder website at https://www.services.gov.on.ca/locations/allServices.do.  On the left hand side of the page choose “Health” and then under “Health Card Services” choose “Register your Return to Ontario”.

FORMS

The required Seasonal Agricultural Workers Registration for Ontario Health Coverage form is availble on our website. New registrants, renewals, and their employers can access the 'fill and print' form at: http://www.forms.ssb.gov.gov.on.ca . Once in the Central Forms Repository in the Quick Search for Forms simply enter "Migrant Farm Worker" and click on the link provided.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE WORKER HAS NEVER HAD A PHOTO HEALTH CARD?

If your worker has never had a photo health card, take the worker to the nearest ServiceOntario centre that is designated to provide MFW services as soon as possible after arriving in Ontario.  Please bring:

  1. The completed Seasonal Agricultural Workers Registration for Ontario Health  Coverage form (given to each
  2. worker at the airport) with their legal name as it appears on their Work Permit
  3. Passport and any other photo identification
  4. Work Permit - stating SAWP in the Employer section
  5. The previous health number (if known)
  6. Full name & address of farm

Please Note:  If they do not have all their documents, they CANNOT be registered for a new photo Health Card.  If a worker does not have his or her Work Permit, he or she should be told to contact his or her Liaison Officer.

Appointment  

For new or returning workers who require a photo, there are two ways that a farm employer can book appointments:   

  1. By calling the Appointment Booking Unit.

To book an appointment for each worker, call the ServiceOntario Appointment Booking Unit.  Be sure to advise the representative that you are calling about appointments for Migrant Farm Workers. The booking unit will assist you immediately in most cases. If they are unable to assist you they will direct you to the correct location.

To book an appointment, call 1-888-376-5197

  • Select (1) for “English” or (2) for “French”, then
  • Select (1) for “Health card related inquiries”, then
  • Select “To apply or renew a health card”, then
  • Press “0” to speak to a Customer Service representative

2.  By emailing your appointment request to MFW.MOH­­@ontario.ca

When emailing your appointment request employers must include the following information:

  • Employer’s first and last name
  • The name of employer’s business/farm (full address required)
  • Primary and secondary telephone numbers and best time to call
  • The number of workers needing a health card appointment
  • Employer’s preferred date, time, and location for appointments 

This email account is for appointment booking only.

Walk-In   (ServiceOntario centres)   

You may also bring the workers to a ServiceOntario centre that is designated to provide MFW services  to register for health insurance coverage. Please note:  Since this is not by appointment, there may be a wait ing time.

For information on the location of a ServiceOntario office that is designated to provide MFW  services please call 1-800-664-8988 or visit the ServiceOntario website at https://www.services. gov.on.ca/locations/allServices.do.  On the left hand side of the page choose “Health” and then under “Health Card Services” choose “Register your Return to Ontario”. You will now be prompted to enter your postal code to search for locations offering this service. Click on the “Details and Directions” link at your preferred location to view additional information.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH WORKERS NEED AN UPDATED PHOTO AND SIGNATURE?

The health card photo and signature are valid for a period of 5 years, so workers who had their last photo and signature taken in   2010 or earlier need to have their photo and signature updated at a ServiceOntario centre designated to provide health card services.

F.A.R.M.S. has provided the Liaison Services and the Mexican Consulate with a list of workers who require an updated photo and signature in  2015.

WHAT IF A WORKER SHOULD HAVE HAD AN UPDATED PHOTO AND SIGNATURE IN  2014 BUT DID NOT?

If a worker did not have his or her photo and signature updated last year, then he or she will be required to visit a ServiceOntario centre to register for health insurance coverage in 2015.

WHEN CAN A WORKER EXPECT TO RECEIVE HIS OR HER HEALTH CARD?

A health card should be received in approximately 4-5  weeks after ServiceOntario has received a worker’s registration documents, or after he or she registers. If the worker has not received his or her card in this timeframe, you can contact the ServiceOntario centre located in Hamilton at 905-521-7825 to check the status of the health card.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE CARD WHEN THE WORKER LEAVES?

A worker’s health insurance coverage ends on the earliest of:

  • the expiry date of the Work Permit
  • the date of departure from Ontario
  • the termination of employment
  • the date reported absent without leave (AWOL)

It is important that all health cards be returned by the employer or Liaison Officer to the ServiceOntario Office located in Hamilton as soon as possible. (S see address below)

If the health card is not received by the employer until after the worker has left, please return it  with a note stating that the worker has returned home and the date he or she left Canada.

Attention:       ServiceOntario, Manager

                        Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

                        ServiceOntario

                        119 King Street West, 4th floor

                        Hamilton ON L8P 4Y7

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE WORKER NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION BUT has not yet received the PHOTO HEALTH CARD?

  • If the worker has not been registered  at a ServiceOntario centre and requires  medical services:

At the time of registration, the worker will be given a ‘Transaction Receipt’ as a confirmation document. This record identifies a component of their health number. This cannot be used as a substitute for a health card but provides information to the doctor or hospital to help them obtain confirmation about the worker’s health insurance coverage.

If for any reason the worker does not have the Transaction Receipt, he or she can ask to sign a ‘Health Number Release’ form (available at doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals).

If medical services are required and the health care provider cannot confirm the worker has health insurance coverage, the health care provider is entitled to ask for payment.

Please note:  Any payment made to the health care provider may be recovered  , from the health care provider at a later date once the health insurance coverage is confirmed and the medical claim has been paid by OHIP.

 

If the worker has not been registered for health insurance coverage and requires an insured medical service

If medical services are required and the health care provider cannot confirm the worker has health insurance coverage, the health care provider is entitled to ask for payment.

Please note:  Any payment made to the health care provider can be recovered , from that health care provider at a later date once the health insurance coverage is confirmed and the medical claim has been paid by OHIP.

If there continues to be a problem with their health card, contact ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 or at TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-387-5559 , between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ServiceOntario or MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE PROGRAMS?

Please contact the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-866-532-3161or at TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-387-5559.


WSIB

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Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

INFORM ATION FOR EMPLOYERS

 

Commonwealth Caribbean and Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers

 

 

WSIB coverage of temporary foreign agricultural workers

WSIB coverage  begins when workers reach the agreed upon point of departure in their homeland, and remains in place until they return  to their country

While traveling in Ontario, these workers are covered  when:

        – Going from  an airport in Ontario to the employer’s premises

        – Using a means of transportation authorized by the employer and following a direct and uninterrupted route to or from  the employer’s premises

In addition, these workers are covered  while in employer-provided quarters during periods of leisure, meals, and while sleeping.

Coverage does not extend  to recreational or non-work related activities away from  the employer’s premises.

 

Reporting of Accidents

For all work-related injuries or illnesses:

the employer must complete and submit the Employer’s Report of Injury/Disease (Form 7) and provide a copy to the temporary foreign agricultural worker’s relevant liaison service or consulate.

– Our eForm 7 makes it quicker and easier to report an incident online at www.wsib.on.ca

The worker must also file a claim for benefits and consent  to the disclosure of functional abilities information by completing the Worker’s Report of Injury/Disease (Form 6).

– An online eForm 6 is also available at www.wsib.on.ca

WSIB services available to injured workers

Once a temporary foreign worker’s illness or injury claim has been accepted by the WSIB, health care and loss of earnings benefits (if required) are the same as for Ontario workers.

Health care and loss of earnings benefits will continue, if required, when a worker returns to his/her homeland.

We provide a wide range of services in many languages through interpretation and translation.

WSIB contact information

Toll free: 1-800-387-0750 or (416) 344-1000

www.wsib.on.ca


Pesticide Safety Training For Farmer Assistants

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PESTICIDE SAFETY TRAINING for Farmer Assistants

Farmer Assistants

Farmer Assistants who handle Class 2 or 3 pesticides must:

• be trained to handle pesticides safely through training

   recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and

   Climate Change

  • be 16 years of age or older

• re-train every 5 years.

A Farmer Assistant is anyone working on the farm who handles Class 2 or 3 pesticides under the supervision of a Certified  Farmer..

A Certified Farmer may supervise up to 3 Farmer Assistants at any given time.

 

Duties of Farmer Assistants

Farmer Assistant may:

• mix, load or apply Class 2 or 3 pesticides.

Restrictions of Duties

There are some duties that only a Certified  Farmer may do.

Assistants to a Certified  Farmer may not:

•  purchase pesticides

• select or recommend  the type of pesticide

• select the rate of application

• select the means of storage, or disposal of empty containers

• calibrate equipment to apply the pesticides

• transport or dispose of waste pesticides, or

• use a Class 2 pesticide that produces a suspension in air in  buildings.


Training for Farmer Assistants

There are two ways for Farmer Assistants to get the training they need. They can:

  • participate in the Grower  Pesticide Safety Course  (and not write the exam). The course fee is $105.

            or

  • participate in an on-farm training session given by an On-Farm Instructor.

On-Farm Instructors

Certified Farmers qualify as On-Farm Instructors by participating in a half-day course. The course fee is $65. There  is a $25 registration fee for each Farmer Assistant that you train. To register for an On-Farm Instructor  Course,  please call 1-800-652-8573 or sign up for a course by visiting our website, www.opep.ca

As a Certified Farmer, you are responsible for  all pesticide use and handIing on your  farm. This  includes pesticide use and handling by any Farmer Assistants you may supervise.

For more information, please  contact:

Ontario  Pesticide Education Program University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus Ridgetown ON  NOP 2CO

Ph:1-800-652-8573;Fax:519-674-1589

www.opep.ca       rcopep@uoguelph.ca

 

                

 


Personal Protective Equipment

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An Important  Message  for Anyone Who Works  with  Pesticides

Always  read the precautions on the pesticide label before  handling

Pesticide labels contain specific instructions on how the  pesticide is intended to be used , and  what steps to take to  protect yourself  and  others from  exposure. You are  responsible for being  aware of and  following  these instructions. Labels  include stickers, tags, seals, leaflets, brochures and/or wrappers applied to or attached to the  product package.

Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  is often  required when  handling commercial or restricted class products. PPE is any  special clothing or equipment that  is worn to  minimize pesticide exposure and  protect your  health, for example, chemical resistant unlined gloves and  footwear, long-sleeved shirt  and  long  pants, socks, or a respirator. Studies have shown that  wearing chemical resistant gloves and  footwear can  significantly reduce exposure.

As pesticides have specific uses,  the  label  instructions will indicate the specific PPEto be worn or used.  Health  Canada determines the  type  of PPE to  be worn  based on extensive scientific review of a combination of the following  risk factors: 

  • the  toxicity of the  pesticide;
  • the  formulation (dust, liquid,  other);
  • the  activity  (mixing,  loading, spraying); and
  • the  extent of exposure (whether for a few minutes or repeatedly over a lifetime).

Regular hand  and  face  washing with soap and  water  is essential. lt is a good practice to keep soap and  water  with you  wherever you  are  working.

Wear the  recommended PPE and  use  any  specialized equipment listed  on the  label  for:

  • Mixing, loading, applying (for example, spraying), clean-up, and  repair;
  • Handling a commodity that  has  been treated with pesticides, or equipment that was used  to apply a pesticide; and
  • Re-entering an  area that has  been  treated with pesticides

 

 

Do

  • Read  the  label.  It contains all of the  important information you  need to know.
  • Wear  all PPE as  stated on the  label.
  • Store pesticides according to label  statements. For some agricultural pesticides, this could be in a locked, signed and  ventilated area.Wash  your  hands on a regular basis, especially before you  eat,  drink,  smoke or go to the  bathroom.
  • Inform  people nearby of areas treated with pesticides.
  • Dispose of pesticide containers according to the label  statement.

 

Do Not

  • Do not store pesticides in unlabelled containers.
  • Do not use  a pesticide other than for its intended use.
  • Do not apply more pesticide than is specified on the  label.
  • Do not breathe in pesticide spray or dust.
  • Do not burn  pesticides or pesticide containers.
  • Do not pour  pesticides down  the  drain.

For more information please contact:

Pest Management Information Service

Pest Managment Reglatroy Agency, Health Canada

2720 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9

e-mail:  pmra/infoserv@hr.sc-gc.ca

Telephone:  613-736-3799 - Toll Free:  1-800-267-6315

Facsimile:  613-736-3798 - teletypewriter:  1-800-267-1245 (Health Canada)

 


Employment Standards Act

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For information in relation to agricultural workers and the Employment Standards Act,
PLEASE VISIT
the Employment Standards Information Centre
416-326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551
Or visit the website at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/factsheets/fs_agri.php
for copies of the ESA, fact sheets pertaining to Agricultural Workers.

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