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Ministry of Labour News

  • Improving safety for concrete pump operations in B.C.
    by Susan on January 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    To help prevent concrete pumping incidents, stakeholders in B.C.’s construction industry launched a certification program for concrete pump truck operators.  Every day, workers on construction sites around the world operate concrete pump trucks to pour ready-made concrete. But when something goes wrong, it can be catastrophic. In 2016, one worker died and another was injured […] The post Improving safety for concrete pump operations in B.C. appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • From safety award winner to safety advisor
    by Susan on January 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    UBC graduate Nicole Boeder shares with me about being awarded for her work in occupational hygiene and what it’s like to be a safety advisor at the airport.  Recently I was “speaking of safety” with occupational hygienist Nicole Boeder. In 2017, she won the first-ever Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice […] The post From safety award winner to safety advisor appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Don’t cut corners on safety when using pallet jacks
    by Susan on January 8, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    An increase in online shopping is putting pressure on warehouse workers. It’s important they know how to operate power pallet jacks safely.  As online shopping rises in popularity, more companies are competing for their share of the market, promising lots of stock and quick delivery. At the same time, there is a labour shortage and […] The post Don’t cut corners on safety when using pallet jacks appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Stopping pathogens from spreading in hospital washrooms
    by Susan on January 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Flushing toilets can release norovirus and other pathogens into the air. A study shows how UVC technology can prevent the spread of bacteria in hospitals.  You’ve likely heard that germs can be released into the air when a toilet flushes. Well, recently I learned a few more details about this unpleasant but interesting topic. (If […] The post Stopping pathogens from spreading in hospital washrooms appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Growing safer work practices in forest nurseries
    by Susan on December 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Forest nursery workers who grow trees for planting need proper training, lighting, and posture to avoid musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs).  I came across this CBC news story that said planting a trillion trees could be the “most effective way to fight global warming.” It also included this interesting statistic: professional tree planters can plant up to […] The post Growing safer work practices in forest nurseries appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Give a gift that keeps people safe this winter
    by Susan on December 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Consider the gift of safety for people on your shopping list this winter. Here are a few gift ideas for keeping people safe as we head into the year 2020.  In this post, here are a few gift ideas related to safety topics I’ve covered. Protection from cold weather Help people ward off the cold […] The post Give a gift that keeps people safe this winter appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Avoid “text neck” with these ergonomic tips
    by Susan on December 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Workers using mobile devices for long periods are at risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) like “text neck” and would benefit from ergonomic intervention.  Recently, a friend told me how much he uses his smart phone for his work at a rental company. He uses it for managing transportation and shipping documents, rental agreements, and inventory […] The post Avoid “text neck” with these ergonomic tips appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Protecting those who work alone in hospitality
    by Susan on November 27, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Last spring, a B.C. motel worker was assaulted while working alone at night. Employers have specific responsibilities when it comes to lone worker safety.  In May 2019, a worker was assaulted, tied up, and robbed while working alone at night at the front desk of a Victoria motel. To prevent others from experiencing this type […] The post Protecting those who work alone in hospitality appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Workplace health and safety top of mind for job-seekers
    by Susan on November 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Today’s labour shortage means workers have lots of employers to choose from. Employers with good health and safety programs are more likely to attract them.  Attracting qualified workers is a challenge for many industries today. Recently I spoke with Lisa McGuire, CEO of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance (the Alliance), about what this challenge looks like […] The post Workplace health and safety top of mind for job-seekers appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Helping newcomers understand workplace safety in B.C.
    by Susan on November 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    It’s now easier for staff at immigrant-serving organizations to share information about workplace health and safety in B.C. with new immigrants and refugees.  In 2016, the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) opened the ISSofBC Welcome Centre in East Vancouver for newcomers, including immigrants and refugees. The centre is the first integrated service facility of […] The post Helping newcomers understand workplace safety in B.C. appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]