Author Archives: Susan

Photo of fatigued truck driver yawning in the driver's seat.

Employers can improve workplace safety by following a three-step process to identify and manage tasks that can be particularly affected by fatigue.  Unfortunately, many of us are not getting enough sleep. We may try to go to bed early or put up light-blocking curtains, but this doesn’t always help. Without enough sleep, people can end […]

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From medical appointments via video to no-contact bottle returns, we’re using technology in new ways to maintain physical distance during the pandemic.  I find it very admirable to see how people are adapting to life since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This is new for all of us, and we have really transformed our use of […]

Photo of a person working a ditch in the middle of the road, surrounded by cones on the roadside.

Freshen up your knowledge on traffic safety to help keep roadside workers safe while they do their jobs in the cone zone.  Mitchell Martin is a dad, husband, and soccer coach. He’s also a tow truck driver who provides crucial help for stranded drivers. Mitchell is one of more than 10,000 people who work on […]

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Hear one hair salon owner’s experience of reopening their business with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place.  Recently, I spoke with Barb Whiteman, owner of Colourbox Hairdressing, about new safety protocols for workers and customers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colourbox, which has been in its current Vancouver location for nearly 30 years, […]

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Here are some tips for employers and workers about how they can minimize exposure to wildfire smoke outdoors and in vehicles.  Apple farmer Steve Brown is one of many B.C. employers concerned about the safety of his workers exposed to forest fire smoke. They’ve been trying to harvest the crop of 2020, but it’s taking […]

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Safety officer shares top questions from residential construction workers and employers — and fills us in on a new resource that answers them.  “How do I get the information I need?” That’s one of the top questions Jason Baia, a WorkSafeBC occupational safety officer, gets from residential construction employers and prime contractors during inspections. Sometimes […]

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A new psychological support toolkit is available for workers and employers coping with increased anxiety and stress due to COVID-19.  Approximately 46,000 Canadians responded to an online questionnaire from Statistics Canada, and just over 52 percent of them reported a decline in their mental health due to COVID-19. They reported increased anxiety and stress. Beyond […]

Photo of the back of a loaded logging truck on a highway

Researchers aim to improve safety for logging truck drivers by strengthening cab guards that prevent loads from shifting during crashes or sudden stops.  In March 2018, on a forest service road north of Fort St. James, the driver of a loaded logging truck was killed when the truck went off the road and down an […]

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Chelsea, a WorkSafeBC prevention officer, gives tips to employers who are maintaining workplace safety systems along with integrating COVID-19 safety plans.  Understandably, B.C. employers are concentrating on their COVID-19 safety plans. But they still need to manage all the other safety risks in their workplaces. “Because we are all so focused on COVID, employers may […]

Picture of a woman in a sawmill, wearing hard hat and measuring a plank of lumber for quality control.

B.C.’s wood product manufacturers are working together to share their experiences and find industry-wide solutions for preventing combustible dust fires.  At 3 a.m. on May 11, 2020, a fire broke out in the dryer system at a pellet mill in Lavington, B.C. Thankfully, the mill’s fire suppression system activated, no one was injured, and damage […]