Category: Safety gear & equipment

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 woman with tired, painful feet from wearing high heels

Some restaurant workers are choosing sneakers instead of heels. One server welcomes B.C. regulation changes that stop employers from requiring high heels.  I asked a friend of mine – let’s call her Charlotte – what she thought about amendments to the B.C. regulation on occupational footwear that essentially bans employers from requiring heels. She’s 39 and […]

Photo of flood damage to armchair and bookshelf

Exposure to flood waters can be a health hazard. Workers and homeowners need personal protective equipment to avoid exposure to sewage, chemicals, injury.  When I started writing this, I could hear a heavy downpour of rain outside. Worried about drivers going through huge puddles, I tweeted a link to my post Don’t hydroplane in rain. […]

Photo of two workers harvesting cranberries in field flooded with water

In a cranberry harvest, fields are flooded with water. Lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) are essential to prevent workers from drowning.  A cranberry harvest is unique. The fields are flooded and workers knock the berries off their vines, then skim them from the water’s surface. Wearing a lifejacket or PFD reduces a worker’s risk […]

Photo of construction worker in hard hat wearing ear plugs

Young construction workers are less likely to wear hearing protection — WorkSafeBC looks for reasons why.  Twenty-four percent of young workers in construction do not use hearing protection. They’re also less likely to wear hearing protection compared to young workers in other industries. This information is based on data from more than 160,000 hearing tests […]

“Baker’s asthma” — as it’s known in the business — is a serious health problem that can affect workers in bakery, flour manufacturing, and food processing settings. “Activities such as mixing, pouring, and weighing flour creates airborne flour dust, which workers may inhale,” reads Flour dust exposure, a risk advisory from WorkSafeBC. “Workers exposed to flour dust […]

Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) can save your life. No doubt you’ve heard that before. WorkSafeBC requires workers to use a PFD when working on the deck of a fishing vessel where the work process exposes the crew to a risk of drowning. That said, many fishing industry workers still choose not to wear […]

“Whether it’s forestry, construction, mining, oil and gas or rope access work – we are all wearing men’s clothing and safety equipment,” says Catherine Brady, a local tradeswoman working for change.

Researchers found that more experienced planters tended to have better boots, unlike new planters, who were seen wearing “cheaper, light work boots more suitable for construction sites, even light cross-training style runners, and various thrift store bargains.”

Thirty-three percent showed signs of noise-induced hearing loss – which is more than double the 16 percent average for workers in noisy industries.