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  • How much is too much chemical exposure at work?
    by Susan on April 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    WorkSafeBC regularly revises Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for chemical substances. Manganese was one chemical substance discussed at the last review.  Potentially harmful chemicals are present in many workplaces. So how can employers know how much chemical exposure is too much? That’s where Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) come in. To learn more about OELs, I spoke […] The post How much is too much chemical exposure at work? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Spring into safety with these seasonal tips
    by Susan on April 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    We look forward to more time outdoors as we move into the warmer temperatures of spring. Please read these important reminders on keeping yourself safe.  Please keep these safety tips in mind this spring and share them with your contacts. Add your own safety tips in the Comments section at the end. (I love reading […] The post Spring into safety with these seasonal tips appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • ALERT system helps front-line workers find safety solutions
    by Susan on April 3, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    BC Ferries workers use the ALERT system to report workplace safety hazards and solutions that are shared with all employees through weekly bulletins.  BC Ferries employs 5,100 workers during the peak summer season. With 47 terminals, 35 ferries, and one shipyard, there are many different jobs to do. The organization’s workforce includes kitchen staff, tradespeople […] The post ALERT system helps front-line workers find safety solutions appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Wearable technology helps boost confidence to do CPR
    by Susan on March 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Students practicing CPR on manikins can get instant feedback from a wristband that indicates if they are doing chest compressions properly.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has saved the lives of many people in cardiac arrest. Now, a new tool makes it easier for people learning CPR to know if they are doing it correctly. Traditionally, students […] The post Wearable technology helps boost confidence to do CPR appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How can good nutrition prevent workplace injuries?
    by Susan on March 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Dr. Delia Roberts studies how nutrition can prevent injuries at work. She found that workers who change their diets can improve performance that very day.  Drink more water. Eat less sugar. That’s part of what Health Canada recommends in its updated food guide. This made me think of and reach out to Dr. Delia Roberts, […] The post How can good nutrition prevent workplace injuries? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Spreading the word about drill press safety
    by Susan on March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    In the past five years, more than 60 workers in B.C. were injured by drill presses. One safety officer says education is key to preventing such incidents.  Mark Phifer, an occupational safety officer (OSO) with WorkSafeBC, has been doing inspections and attending incidents at B.C. workplaces for almost 20 years. Many of those incidents involved […] The post Spreading the word about drill press safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • New tech helps employers submit Notice of Project forms
    by Susan on March 6, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Improvements to the NOP submission process include new features to make it easier for B.C. employers to provide legally required info to WorkSafeBC.  B.C. employers have a legal requirement to notify WorkSafeBC before they begin certain types of projects. For example, if they’re working with hazardous materials, they need to let WorkSafeBC know, in writing, […] The post New tech helps employers submit Notice of Project forms appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Are you still prepared for sub-zero temperatures?
    by Susan on February 27, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Winter’s not over yet. Be prepared for sub-zero temperatures at work, at play, and on your way. Avoid frostbite, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning.  Winter is nearly over, but it’s not over yet. Let’s stay prepared for sub-zero temperatures. Employers need to plan for outdoor workers According to this WorkSafeBC news release, Bitter cold means heightened […] The post Are you still prepared for sub-zero temperatures? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Staying alert about fatigue in the workplace
    by Susan on February 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Managing fatigue in the workplace is about more than just getting enough sleep. A fatigue risk management system can help employers reduce the risk.  Fatigue is more than just feeling sleepy — it impacts our abilities to think and work. And with Daylight Saving Time around the corner, I thought it was a good time […] The post Staying alert about fatigue in the workplace appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Empowering workers at Actsafe’s Event Safety Conference
    by Susan on February 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Actsafe’s conference on event safety is all about sharing knowledge and equipping workers. On the agenda: crowd safety, mental health, opioids, and more.  Actsafe’s annual Event Safety Conference brings industry stakeholders together to share knowledge about how to make live events and performing arts workplaces safer. “The conference is about equipping people at all levels […] The post Empowering workers at Actsafe’s Event Safety Conference appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How to Create a Company Safety Program
    by Julie Tilley on January 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    The benefits of a complete Safety Program are many. It creates safe work environments. It introduces safety into the workplace culture. It is a foundation for new work eligibility. […]

  • Understanding the Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant
    by Alison Lamb on November 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Alberta farmers and ranchers can apply for a government grant to ensure OHS Code compliance. Information and links below. […]

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace – Part 2 [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts - Part 2" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. […]

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 11, 2018 at 2:52 am

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. […]

  • Understanding Bill 30
    by Alison Lamb on December 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Massive Change Proposed For WCB and Alberta Workplace Safety Rules The Alberta NDP Government introduced a new Bill on November 27, 2017. The Alberta Government takes aim to improve workplace practices and standards for Alberta workers. Called Bill 30, the intent is to pass into law regulations to better protect working Albertans. If Bill 30 […]

  • The Majority of Canadians Believe Pipelines Are Safe
    by Alison Lamb on October 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Even So, The Energy East Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled […]

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Included in President-Elect Donald Trump’s 100-Day Plan
    by Julie Tilley on November 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The Keystone XL Pipeline is on President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office. This news has many people hopeful that the Keystone XL will finally get the go-ahead. Doing so will go a long way towards reviving Alberta’s oil & gas industry, and Canada’s economy as a whole. See Trump’s 100-Day […]

  • WHMIS 2015 – What You Need To Know
    by Julie Tilley on September 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I have just finished the WHMIS 2015 for Workers online course. This course is being offered for $10 CDN per person by CCOHS (http://ccohs.ca/products/courses/whmis_workers ). The e-course will help you fulfill the legislated requirement for education and training related to hazardous products. You will also need to provide information specific to your company’s procedures and […]

  • OSHA Canada Standards
    by Julie Tilley on June 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    There isn’t an OSHA Canada, but people and organizations don’t always know this fact. Instead, Canada uses the term Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for its safety standards. Learn About The Occupational Health and Safety Standards in Canada (OH&S) Canada has its own regulations in terms of safety. The safety standards in this country are […]

  • Enform SECOR Protocol Changes
    by Julie Tilley on May 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Enform SECOR Protocol News We are well into the new year with Enform’s new SECOR Audit Protocol; some of you may have used this protocol last year, and you may have seen that the changes in the protocol generally step out the requirements that were already in place prior to the update. The new protocol […]