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  • Asbestos abatement workers talk first-hand about new certification requirements
    by Kimi Nomura Schwab on December 6, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    An important date for employers and workers in the asbestos abatement industry in British Columbia is fast approaching.  By Marnie Douglas, Guest contributor to Speaking of Safety Exposure to asbestos can cause serious long-term health issues and even death. Anyone who repairs, renovates, or demolishes buildings is at risk of exposure, as asbestos was widely The post Asbestos abatement workers talk first-hand about new certification requirements appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Understanding risk in manufacturing
    by Susan on October 25, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Employers need to know the hazards in their workplace and manage the risks to provide a healthy and safe workplace.  It’s ergonomics month and WorkSafeBC has some important reminders for B.C. manufacturers this October. I connected with Tami Der, an occupational health and safety consultant with WorkSafeBC on how employers can use in-house inspections and The post Understanding risk in manufacturing appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Preventing injuries from falls on construction sites, after seeing too many
    by Susan on September 6, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    OHS specialist Glenn Russell recalls how seeing a worker’s serious, life-changing injury inspired his motivation to raise awareness of fall protection.  A worker on a steep slope roof fell and fractured his leg when his fall protection equipment failed. The vertical lifeline was old and it broke, according to the summary of a recent incident The post Preventing injuries from falls on construction sites, after seeing too many appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Need for properly fitting PPE addressed in new guideline
    by Susan on August 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    The guideline outlines the requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be available for all body types, not just sized for men’s bodies.   A new guideline addressing the issue of ill-fitting PPE, which can compromise worker safety, came into effect in November 2022. I instantly thought about Jodi Huettner when I read a recent WorkSafeBC The post Need for properly fitting PPE addressed in new guideline appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Workers’ input is essential for safety in grocery stores
    by Susan on August 23, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    Employers need workers’ insight into tasks that cause discomfort so they can find solutions that foster safety.  You know those huge bins of fruits and vegetables we see in grocery stores? Stocking these items is one of the many tasks that put workers at risk of musculoskeletal injury (MSI). MSIs account for approximately 30 percent The post Workers’ input is essential for safety in grocery stores appeared first on Speaking of Safety.

  • Five Fall Safety Tips for the Workplace
    by Samantha Morrison on October 6, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    As Fall approaches, it’s crucial for employers and employees to remain vigilant about workplace safety. The post Five Fall Safety Tips for the Workplace first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Navigating ESG Metrics: A Shift for Contractors and Clients
    by Samantha Morrison on August 27, 2023 at 12:33 am

    In an era where environmental consciousness, social responsibility, and corporate governance take center stage, a new acronym has come forward as a guiding light for businesses across industries – ESG. Environmental, Social, and Governance factors are no longer mere buzzwords; they have evolved into a crucial aspect of decision-making for clients seeking partners aligned with The post Navigating ESG Metrics: A Shift for Contractors and Clients first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Battling the Alberta Wildfire Season: Ensuring Air Quality and Safety
    by Samantha Morrison on June 25, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    As the flames engulf vast stretches of Alberta’s forests, the province faces yet another challenging fire season. With wildfires starting earlier than usual, the impact on air quality and affected communities becomes a pressing concern. We express our gratitude to the brave firefighters who tirelessly battle the blazes and discuss the history of significant fire The post Battling the Alberta Wildfire Season: Ensuring Air Quality and Safety first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Workplace Mental Health Investment
    by Samantha Morrison on January 4, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Did you know that in 2020 claims for workplace mental health support rose by 24% in Canada? Additionally, roughly 35% of short term disability claims are due to mental illness. These statistics are significant. As employers, you care about your workers well-being as workplace losses cost employers about $20 billion in 2020. This is a The post Workplace Mental Health Investment first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Program Rollout
    by Samantha Morrison on March 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Implementing a new occupational health and safety program includes many aspects that safety managers and ownership must think about: what is currently in place? why is change needed? and what does my company need to do to be compliant? Changes in legislation, general best practices (ie. pandemic programs), and changes in scope or work location The post Occupational Health and Safety Program Rollout first appeared on Workforce Compliance Safety.

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