Author Archives: Susan

Photo of two young men changing lenses on a camera

If you were an employer, how would you keep your young workers safe? That’s the challenge for youth in WorkSafeBC’s 2019 student safety video contest.  It’s very important that young workers feel comfortable to ask questions about safety. “Young workers are often reluctant to speak up because they don’t want to make waves or look […]

Poster for the first responder anti-stigma campaign

The BC First Responders’ Mental Health Committee promotes positive mental health by reducing stigma and providing best practices, education, and tools.  Paramedics, firefighters, police officers, and other first responders do a job like none other and are the people we call when we need help. But by now we’ve all seen media stories about first […]

Photo of rancher putting tools in pickup truck with family in background

New videos explore what motivates agriculture workers to make safe choices. One reason, beyond rules and regulations, is having family who rely on you.  Reg Steward has had many opportunities to learn about what motivates people to work safely. For the past 18 years, he’s worked with AgSafe, the health and safety association for B.C.’s […]

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The holiday season is here. Check out these holiday safety tips, whether you’re on vacation or at work, and share your tips for staying safe this winter.  It’s time for my annual list of safety tips for winter. Please keep them in mind, share them with your contacts, and add your own tips in the […]

Photo of worker putting high-visibility tape on the back of a truck

The week’s theme focused on safety when working at the back of vehicles. To reach out to workers, the Actsafe team visited film sets around B.C.  Working at the back of vehicles is one of the most significant hazards for workers in the film industry. That’s why Actsafe (the health and safety association for B.C.’s […]

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BCIT’s Joinery Department is aiming to change safety culture with thorough student training and an award-winning safety orientation manual.  David Dunn, associate dean of Building Design and Construction Trades at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), knows just how important investing in safety documentation is — and now that investment has paid off. David and […]

Photo of a care aide and a client in a wheelchair hugging

B.C. health care assistants were recently honoured and celebrated at conferences focused on promoting workplace safety and the care aides’ well-being.  Health care assistants make a huge difference to people’s quality of life. In honour of these workers — also known as resident care assistants, community health workers, and home care workers — WorkSafeBC and […]

Photo of tatooed man behind counter in a craft brewery

B.C.’s craft beer industry is booming. Brewery employers need to look at safety issues like heavy lifting, confined spaces, and carbon dioxide exposure.  Ten years ago, there were 54 craft breweries in B.C. Now there are 145. Personally, I’m a big fan of craft beer and it’s always a pleasure to talk with brewers who […]

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Evaluating your joint health and safety committee every year produces many benefits, including safer workplaces and more collaboration.  A joint health and safety committee, which must include representatives of the employer and the workers, plays an important role in a workplace. The goal of the joint committee is to identify and help resolve health and […]

Photo of process control operator sitting in front of computers at a wood pellet manufacturing plant

Employers at wood pellet mills need to ensure their operators can easily detect, understand, and respond to alarms for preventing fires and explosions.  Operators at wood pellet mills who oversee the manufacturing processes get a lot of “screen time.” This is certainly true for operators working for Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Canada’s largest wood pellet manufacturer, […]