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  • 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. […]

  • Actsafe travelling safety café brews conversations about safety
    by Susan on November 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    The Actsafe team gave out free coffee and talked about safety orientations with workers at studios and workplaces during its 2019 Injury Prevention Week.  As part of Actsafe’s Injury Prevention (AIP) Week, a team from Actsafe used a travelling “safety café” to hand out coffee and talk about safety with workers around Metro Vancouver. While […] The post Actsafe travelling safety café brews conversations about safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Breathe easier with these respirator tips
    by Susan on October 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    An AgSafe safety advisor is reminding employers about how important it is to choose the right respirators for their workers and to ensure they fit properly.  During this past summer, Emily Kerr, safety advisor with AgSafe, the health and safety association for the agriculture industry, shared this safety message on Twitter: “I’d like to take […] The post Breathe easier with these respirator tips appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Standing up to foot pain
    by Susan on October 23, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    A new research study looks at the connection between being on your feet for long periods and painful foot conditions — something I know all too well.  Plantar fasciitis (PF) is an inflammation of the “plantar fascia,” a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes — and I have first-hand knowledge […] The post Standing up to foot pain appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • “Spooking” of Safety for Halloween 2019
    by Susan on October 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Trick-or-treating is a big part of Halloween and many people will be walking, driving, or handing out candy. Please keep these safety tips in mind.  Trick-or-treating was serious business when I was a kid! We spent many hours at it, amassing huge bags of goodies. Even if your neighbourhood doesn’t see a lot of trick-or-treaters, […] The post “Spooking” of Safety for Halloween 2019 appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • 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. […]