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  • “Don’t Be a Tool” videos show how not to behave on construction sites
    by Susan on June 12, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    It’s a serious message presented with humour. New animated videos from the Builders Code initiative address bullying and harassment on construction sites.  B.C.’s construction industry is taking the issue of bullying and harassment very seriously, and word is spreading that there’s no place for harassment, hazing, or bullying on a jobsite. The Builders Code initiative […] The post “Don’t Be a Tool” videos show how not to behave on construction sites appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Stay safe at work and play this summer
    by Susan on June 5, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    It’s almost summer again. Here are a few safety tips for you to keep in mind while you’re on vacation, at home, or at work. Enjoy the season!  Please have fun this summer and keep these safety tips in mind. Water safety In Summer Water Safety, the Canadian Red Cross reminds us to be careful […] The post Stay safe at work and play this summer appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Designing for safety in child care centres
    by Susan on May 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Strategically designing the workspace in child care centres helps educators prevent musculoskeletal injuries and provide the best care to kids.  WorkSafeBC ergonomist and human factors specialist Gina Vahlas recently spoke at the 2019 conference of the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) about preventing musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) among those who work in child care. Child […] The post Designing for safety in child care centres appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Focus on safety during Bike to Work Week
    by Susan on May 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Bike to Work Week celebrates cycling and encourages people to start new commuting habits. A cycling instructor shares advice for keeping safe on the roads.  People around B.C. are gearing up for Bike to Work Week (May 27 to June 2). Riders sign up, form teams with coworkers, and visit “Celebration Stations” for free snacks, […] The post Focus on safety during Bike to Work Week appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Listen up for a new message about noise exposure
    by Susan on May 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Hearing loss affects all aspects of life. A new video series from WorkSafeBC shows how workers in different industries can be affected by noise exposure.  When we think about work-related noise exposure, we usually picture workers using loud machines in industries like construction and manufacturing. But noise-induced hearing loss affects people in other industries too. […] The post Listen up for a new message about noise exposure appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Safety & Health Champions drive safety at work in B.C.
    by Susan on May 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    To celebrate NAOSH Week, you can nominate people for awards that recognize safety leadership all year long. It’s a good way to acknowledge and thank them.  As part of NAOSH Week, it’s time to nominate people who work all year to make safety and health a priority in their workplaces. Recently I spoke with Bob […] The post Safety & Health Champions drive safety at work in B.C. appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Slow your speed and focus your thoughts in the Cone Zone
    by Susan on May 1, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    The annual Cone Zone campaign reminds drivers to slow down, pay attention. This year’s campaign kicks off in May and will run until the end of the summer.  The Cone Zone is a workplace for thousands of B.C. workers. These workers include traffic control persons, road maintenance workers, utility workers, emergency crews, law enforcement personnel, […] The post Slow your speed and focus your thoughts in the Cone Zone appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Safety for restoration workers in fire-damaged structures
    by Susan on April 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    It can take months for restoration workers to clean a fire-damaged structure. They face a range of hazards, such as exposure to hazardous materials.  Justin McConville, laboratory manager and hazmat department supervisor at On Side Restoration, has seen hundreds of fire-damaged buildings during his career in the restoration industry. He tells me that, depending on […] The post Safety for restoration workers in fire-damaged structures appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How much is too much chemical exposure at work?
    by Susan on April 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    WorkSafeBC regularly revises Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for chemical substances. Manganese was one chemical substance discussed at the last review.  Potentially harmful chemicals are present in many workplaces. So how can employers know how much chemical exposure is too much? That’s where Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) come in. To learn more about OELs, I spoke […] The post How much is too much chemical exposure at work? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Spring into safety with these seasonal tips
    by Susan on April 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    We look forward to more time outdoors as we move into the warmer temperatures of spring. Please read these important reminders on keeping yourself safe.  Please keep these safety tips in mind this spring and share them with your contacts. Add your own safety tips in the Comments section at the end. (I love reading […] The post Spring into safety with these seasonal tips appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Hazard Assessment – Mobile Form Solutions
    by Alison Lamb on May 24, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Paper-based processes make it hard for your business to capture and analyze data on the jobsite. This limitation affects your ability to get out in front of safety risks for your company. […]

  • How to Create a Company Safety Program
    by Julie Tilley on January 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    The benefits of a complete Safety Program are many. It creates safe work environments. It introduces safety into the workplace culture. It is a foundation for new work eligibility. […]

  • Understanding the Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant
    by Alison Lamb on November 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Alberta farmers and ranchers can apply for a government grant to ensure OHS Code compliance. Information and links below. […]

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace – Part 2 [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts - Part 2" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. […]

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 11, 2018 at 2:52 am

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. […]

  • Understanding Bill 30
    by Alison Lamb on December 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Massive Change Proposed For WCB and Alberta Workplace Safety Rules The Alberta NDP Government introduced a new Bill on November 27, 2017. The Alberta Government takes aim to improve workplace practices and standards for Alberta workers. Called Bill 30, the intent is to pass into law regulations to better protect working Albertans. If Bill 30 […]

  • The Majority of Canadians Believe Pipelines Are Safe
    by Alison Lamb on October 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Even So, The Energy East Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled […]

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Included in President-Elect Donald Trump’s 100-Day Plan
    by Julie Tilley on November 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The Keystone XL Pipeline is on President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office. This news has many people hopeful that the Keystone XL will finally get the go-ahead. Doing so will go a long way towards reviving Alberta’s oil & gas industry, and Canada’s economy as a whole. See Trump’s 100-Day […]

  • WHMIS 2015 – What You Need To Know
    by Julie Tilley on September 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I have just finished the WHMIS 2015 for Workers online course. This course is being offered for $10 CDN per person by CCOHS (http://ccohs.ca/products/courses/whmis_workers ). The e-course will help you fulfill the legislated requirement for education and training related to hazardous products. You will also need to provide information specific to your company’s procedures and […]

  • OSHA Canada Standards
    by Julie Tilley on June 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    There isn’t an OSHA Canada, but people and organizations don’t always know this fact. Instead, Canada uses the term Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for its safety standards. Learn About The Occupational Health and Safety Standards in Canada (OH&S) Canada has its own regulations in terms of safety. The safety standards in this country are […]