Author Archives: Susan

Photo of a man in a first aid class checking airway of CPR dummy

WorkSafeBC updated its occupational first aid training in July 2018. The changes make it easier for students to remember what to do in an emergency.  WorkSafeBC’s occupational first aid (OFA) training requirements changed on July 1, 2018. To find out more about what’s different, I contacted Dan Westerby, manager of WorkSafeBC’s Certification Services. Essentially, the […]

Photo of a ski guide wearing behind-the-head earmuffs, along with a helmet

Summer is a good time for heli-ski guides to figure out the best hearing protection for wearing with helmets to minimize exposure to hazardous noise levels.  Heli-ski guides have many things to keep in mind when it comes to safety – one of which is how to protect their hearing. Most of heli-ski guides’ exposure […]

Photo of a forest with a sign saying Beware of ticks!

My friend developed a bad case of Lyme disease after getting a tick bite. The risk is low in B.C. but we still need to know how to prevent and handle bites.  In 2004, my friend Alessandro was bitten by a tick while picking grapes in his East Vancouver yard. At one point, he noticed […]

Photo of workers at a conveyor sorting materials for recycling

Propane tanks, chemicals, and lithium ion batteries can explode in recycling facilities. Employers and the public can help prevent this workplace safety hazard.  People need to be much more careful when they drop off hazardous materials at recycling depots. Paint cans, aerosol bottles, lithium ion batteries, and other flammable items can lead to serious safety […]

Photo of an older person's hands held caringly in a younger person's hands

Point-of-care risk assessment helps health care assistants better address residents’ emotional distress and creates safer workplaces.  More than 32,000 people in B.C. work as health care assistants, resident care assistants, community health workers, and home care workers. Their care is essential for patients with dementia, physical mobility challenges, and other health needs. Sadly, these support […]

Photo of farming pruning grape vine

Pruning vines can hurt your wrists, hands, shoulders, and back. To prevent injuries, vineyard workers need to use the right tools, take breaks, and more.  The B.C. wine industry contributes $2.8 billion* to the economy each year – and none of it would be possible without the people who work in vineyards. Cheers to all […]

Steep slope logging is a leading source of injuries in forestry. Industry has identified some best practices to better protect workers on this terrain.  In 2017, a forestry worker died in Northern B.C. while using a feller buncher to cut timber on a steep slope. He was trapped inside the machine after it tipped over […]

Photo of chocolate Lab dog in water at a sandy beach in summer.

Summer is nearly here. Keep these summer safety tips in mind at home, at work, on vacation, and on the road. Now let’s have some fun and enjoy the season!  Eating outside is one of my favourite things about summer – except when wasps show up. Sometimes people try to swat them away, but this […]

Photo of man with vision problems with his face almost touching laptop screen

Vision dictates your whole posture. If you can’t see properly, you tend not to sit properly. This can lead to eye fatigue, neck pain, and injury.  Say “office ergonomics” and we tend to think about adjusting our chairs, keyboards, and monitors. But let’s not forget about our vision. Emma Christensen is a corporate ergonomist with […]

Photo of people buying food from food trucks

Operating a food truck is a dream for many. Here are some of the most common safety issues for mobile food vendors and tips on how to prevent them.  Notice how many food trucks there are nowadays? Over the years, I’ve seen more and more of them. You can even download this Street Food App […]