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  • Mulch ado about safety in compost processing facilities
    by Susan on May 27, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Workers in compost processing facilities need PPE to avoid exposure to fungi, bacteria, and hazardous gases, and training to work safely in confined spaces.  The business of reusing green waste is expanding rapidly. Companies are processing these discarded materials into biofuel, fertilizer, and compost for gardening. “Companies have to consider health and safety hazards during […] The post Mulch ado about safety in compost processing facilities appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • “Get your drills on!” contest helps fishermen prepare for emergencies
    by Susan on May 15, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Fish Safe BC’s contest challenges commercial fishing crews to record and submit videos or photos that show how efficiently they can put on survival suits.  Most of us have probably never heard of survival suits, but they’re extremely important — especially if you’re a fisherman. Survival suits are used when fishermen are preparing to abandon ship, […] The post “Get your drills on!” contest helps fishermen prepare for emergencies appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Shining light on compact fluorescent bulb safety
    by Susan on May 6, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain mercury and must be handled with care — both at home and in the recycling facilities where they are broken down.  Even though LED lights and bulbs are becoming more and more common, enter any household and you’re likely to still see compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFLs) in use. Geoff Clark, a […] The post Shining light on compact fluorescent bulb safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Planting safety in B.C.’s silviculture industry
    by Susan on May 5, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Hundreds of new tree planters will be at work in B.C. in 2020. One employer shares how preventive taping and early reporting can prevent RSI injuries.  Hundreds of new tree planters will be at work in B.C. in 2020, according to this CBC article. They’re needed to meet the increased demand to replenish forests destroyed […] The post Planting safety in B.C.’s silviculture industry appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How mindfulness can help during times of stress in life and work
    by Susan on April 29, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    The practice of mindfulness can help us navigate times of uncertainty. A Vancouver counsellor describes how it benefits us at work and in the rest of life.  In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy for people to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Practising mindfulness during times of uncertainty like this can be a helpful […] The post How mindfulness can help during times of stress in life and work appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Safety for distilleries and breweries making hand sanitizer for COVID-19
    by Susan on April 22, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Distilleries, breweries, and wineries need to review their workplace safety measures before making hand sanitizer that helps fight the spread of COVID-19.  Recently, there’s been a lot in the news about distilleries and breweries making hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help with the shortage in supply. Some of the sanitizer produced is sold, […] The post Safety for distilleries and breweries making hand sanitizer for COVID-19 appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Bare necessities of bear and wildlife safety
    by Susan on April 16, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Bears and other wildlife can pose a serious threat to workers in wilderness areas. Employers need to assess the risk and develop an emergency response plan.  In the summer of 2018, a hunting guide in a remote part of Northern B.C encountered a grizzly bear with two cubs. The adult bear charged and attacked the […] The post Bare necessities of bear and wildlife safety appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Improving safety for construction workers during COVID-19
    by Susan on April 6, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    A B.C. construction employer is ensuring workers maintain physical distancing and providing its sites with disinfecting kits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  RDC Fine Homes is taking the lead on safety solutions for workers on construction sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bob Deeks, president of the Whistler-based company, posted on Twitter a photo of disinfecting kits […] The post Improving safety for construction workers during COVID-19 appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Reaping the rewards of the student safety video contest
    by Susan on March 18, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    One B.C. teacher describes how his students — and his school — have benefited from participating in WorkSafeBC’s student video contest every year.  Ryan Radford is the video and media teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, B.C. During the past few years, students at Walnut Grove have won numerous awards for their submissions […] The post Reaping the rewards of the student safety video contest appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Gearing up against noise exposure in recycling facilities
    by Susan on March 11, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Workers at recycling facilities need hearing protection and other PPE to protect against exposure to high noise levels and other hazards.  This is the second post in a series about workplace hazards in the recycling industry. See the first post, Sorting out workplace safety in the waste and recycling industry. Hearing protection is essential for […] The post Gearing up against noise exposure in recycling facilities appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]