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Ministry of Labour News

  • B.C. small businesses get a good start on workplace safety
    by Susan on October 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Occupational health and safety can be overwhelming for many small businesses. Small Business BC helps steer them in the right direction.  A June 2019 story in Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine describes how small business owners across Canada often don’t know where to start when it comes to workplace health and safety. Here in B.C., 98 […] The post B.C. small businesses get a good start on workplace safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Prevention Information Line expands service for callers
    by Susan on October 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Workers, employers, and the public can call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line to ask questions and learn more about workplace health and safety.  Each week, on average, WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line receives 350 to 400 calls from people reporting incidents or unsafe work conditions, or who want to talk to a prevention officer about a health […] The post Prevention Information Line expands service for callers appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Working safely with propane cylinders
    by Susan on September 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Workers have been injured in fires after unsecured propane cylinders tipped over and ignited. Securing cylinders and other safe practices are essential.  In June 2019, two people were injured while pressure washing a poultry processing unit. The pressure washer was powered by an unsecured propane tank that fell over and released gas, which then ignited. […] The post Working safely with propane cylinders appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Vancouver Island Safety Conference still going strong
    by Susan on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    The Vancouver Island Safety Conference started in 2005 with a small group of forestry employers and safety officers. Since then, it’s grown a lot.  The 14th Annual Vancouver Island Safety Conference (VISC) is coming up on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Nanaimo, B.C. Topics for this year’s conference include change management, mental health, and substance […] The post Vancouver Island Safety Conference still going strong appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Why do slip-resistant mats matter?
    by Susan on September 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Improved slip-resistant mat technology can help prevent fall injuries. Here are things for employers to consider when looking for mats for their workplace.  This is part two of a focus on slips, trips, and falls. Check out last week’s post, Getting a grip on slips and trips in manufacturing. Each year in B.C., close to […] The post Why do slip-resistant mats matter? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Getting a grip on slips and trips in manufacturing
    by Susan on September 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Close to 1,000 manufacturing workers suffer injuries from slips, trips, and falls each year in B.C. What can employers and workers do to prevent this?  This is the first post in a two-part look at slips, trips, and falls. Stay tuned for next week’s post on new technologies in slip-resistant mats. What comes to mind […] The post Getting a grip on slips and trips in manufacturing appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Talking to your kids about workplace safety
    by Susan on August 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Here’s some advice for parents on talking to your kids about safety at work. Start the conversation early and encourage them to ask questions.  I’m sure we’ve all seen (and maybe been) little kids who love watching construction workers use big machines. Today my son is nearly an adult, but in the past we watched […] The post Talking to your kids about workplace safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Protecting health care workers from workplace violence
    by Susan on August 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    It’s critical to identify risk factors that lead to violent incidents for health care workers. Violence risk assessments can help employers find solutions.  The number of violent incidents reported at B.C.’s health care workplaces is on the rise. This news release from the BC Nurses’ Union reports a 52 percent increase in violent incidents reported […] The post Protecting health care workers from workplace violence appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home
    by Susan on August 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Preparing for wildfires in B.C. is a shared responsibility. Here are FireSmartBC’s tips for mitigating the threat of wildfires in your community.  Many communities in B.C. are in or near heavily forested areas. People who live, work, and play in these areas need to be prepared for wildfires. Wildfires don’t just affect communities in remote […] The post How to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Helping the auto recovery industry keep safety in tow
    by Susan on August 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Tow truck drivers face unique risks at work. Drivers need to slow down and move over when they see flashing lights on a tow truck or any other vehicle.  This is part two of my focus on road safety. Check out last week’s post, Reminding truckers about the hazards of stopping roadside. B.C.’s annual Cone […] The post Helping the auto recovery industry keep safety in tow appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]