Author Archives: Susan

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 […]

Photo of truck engine spewing diesel exhaust

Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Employers must assess the risk it poses to workers, even though there isn’t yet an occupational exposure limit for it.  Workers in many industries are exposed to diesel exhaust. Long-term exposure can have serious health effects, including cancer. People most at risk are those who work with diesel-powered vehicles […]

Photo of forest road washed out by flooding, with pickup truck in the distance

Flood waters move fast. Flood season is a hazardous time of year if you drive on resource roads to get to work. It’s important to make sure you’re prepared.  It’s flood season in B.C. As I write this post, the waters are rising in many places throughout our province. Almost 3,000 residents remain out of […]

Photo of can of stain and rags for doing staining work

Did you know that oily rags can ignite without a spark? That’s exactly how one family’s garage burned down. No one was hurt, but they learned a tough lesson.  Are you planning on painting your house or doing some staining? If so, please remember to be careful with any oily rags you may have left […]

Photo of worker in safety gear abseiling down from a tower

NAOSH Week 2018 is May 6 to 12. Everyone can participate; it doesn’t matter if your plans are big or small. Need inspiration? Here’s what others have done.  North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week, also known as Safety and Health Week, is an annual event for employers, workers, and the community to talk […]

Photo of chef's hands cutting up food

A new safety video series shows how to prevent common injuries in the kitchen and features B.C. chefs, who offer safety tips from their own experiences.  Many years ago, I had a job bussing tables. After the lunch rush, a cook asked me to cut some lemons with a great big knife that seemed quite […]

Photo of youths at a science exhibit where a hammer smashes safety helmets

A new interactive exhibit created by Science World and WorkSafeBC lets visitors get hands-on with safety. This video shows how and why they made it.  How is the world around us designed for safety? What is it like to experience hearing loss? How does a helmet protect your head if a hammer drops on it? […]

Photo of an older woman next to a tree loaded with apples

Older farmers are more likely to be injured at work than younger workers. Supporting this generation of workers was the theme of AgSafety Week 2018.  Many Canadian farmers work well into their later years. These older workers have a wealth of skills and experience, but they also have a higher risk of being seriously injured. […]

Photo of man carrying extension ladder in front of house

Please use caution when carrying ladders through passageways, doorways, or any place where your view is obstructed – I was nearly hit by one last spring.  It’s time for spring cleaning! But before you haul out your ladder at work or at home, I have something to say about ladder safety. Usually we talk about […]