Author Archives: Susan

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Wildlife-vehicle collisions can have serious consequences. Road Watch BC aims to prevent crashes by getting the public to report wildlife sightings.  Wildlife-vehicle collisions can be deadly. Animals and people can be killed or injured. A few years ago, a worker driving on a forest service road swerved to avoid a deer and rolled down an […]

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Silicosis is a disease that destroys lung tissue. A new online tool helps employers protect workers from exposure to dusts that cause it.  Whenever I hear about silica exposure, I’m reminded of the construction worker I wrote about in my post To mask or not to mask. He was in a café, covered in grey […]

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A New Brunswick student’s two-minute video shows how one young worker’s decision had consequences that lasted a lifetime.  It’s “so dramatic and suspenseful.” That’s how a teen worker describes the video that won the 2017 Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) national student video competition. (You can also watch the video below.) The […]

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Working in the heat? Floating on a lake? Packing your car for a road trip? Please read and share these summer safety tips and enjoy the season.  It’s official as of June 20: Summer has arrived! I’m planning to enjoy it and hope you are, too. Here are some summer safety tips I collected from […]

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More employers are using broadband alarms as a back-up warning. But researchers want to know: just how effective are they?  Broadband alarms are already used worldwide. By now, workers in B.C. and Alberta are likely hearing more of them. So how do workers perceive the multi-frequency broadband alarm (BBA) sound used in place of the […]

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Is your joint health and safety committee effective? B.C. employers are now required to evaluate this once a year. Here’s a tool to help.  As of April 3, 2017, joint committees in B.C. workplaces must complete an annual written evaluation of how effectively they are working. But employers don’t need to panic, says Tanya Steele, a safety committee […]

Check out this year’s winning videos from the annual WorkSafeBC student safety video contest. The theme for 2017 was “Speak up for Safety.”  Be sure to watch the winning student videos from the 2017 annual WorkSafeBC student safety video contest. Since 2006, the contest has garnered more than 550 videos from more than 2,100 high […]

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Millennials and Baby Boomers generally have different values, priorities, and communication preferences. What’s the best way to talk safety with everyone?  Effective communication is key to safety at work. This can be a challenge in today’s workplace with different generations working together. Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials generally use different types of technology to […]

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When you’re driving, you’re driving. That’s your only role. Do a “self-check” to focus before getting in your vehicle. Tell yourself “Okay, I’m driving now.”  Our state of mind influences how we drive. Driving while angry, for example, is well-known as a bad idea. Just look at all the crazy road rage videos on YouTube! […]

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When you work in the forest – whether for forestry or oil and gas – it’s not uncommon to be working amid wildfires. How can employers be prepared for this?  I’ll never forget the footage of people driving away from the Fort McMurray fire. One year ago, on May 3, 2016, more than 90,000 people fled […]