Author Archives: Susan

Drawing of toolbox full of different tools with faces

It’s a serious message presented with humour. New animated videos from the Builders Code initiative address bullying and harassment on construction sites.  B.C.’s construction industry is taking the issue of bullying and harassment very seriously, and word is spreading that there’s no place for harassment, hazing, or bullying on a jobsite. The Builders Code initiative […]

Photo of a person walking in shallow water on beach

It’s almost summer again. Here are a few safety tips for you to keep in mind while you’re on vacation, at home, or at work. Enjoy the season!  Please have fun this summer and keep these safety tips in mind. Water safety In Summer Water Safety, the Canadian Red Cross reminds us to be careful […]

Photo of children and in cloakroom of a child care facility

Strategically designing the workspace in child care centres helps educators prevent musculoskeletal injuries and provide the best care to kids.  WorkSafeBC ergonomist and human factors specialist Gina Vahlas recently spoke at the 2019 conference of the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) about preventing musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) among those who work in child care. Child […]

Photo of Lisa Corriveau wearing bike helmet, in front of rows of bikes at her kids' school

Bike to Work Week celebrates cycling and encourages people to start new commuting habits. A cycling instructor shares advice for keeping safe on the roads.  People around B.C. are gearing up for Bike to Work Week (May 27 to June 2). Riders sign up, form teams with coworkers, and visit “Celebration Stations” for free snacks, […]

Different styles of earplugs in a person's hands

Hearing loss affects all aspects of life. A new video series from WorkSafeBC shows how workers in different industries can be affected by noise exposure.  When we think about work-related noise exposure, we usually picture workers using loud machines in industries like construction and manufacturing. But noise-induced hearing loss affects people in other industries too. […]

3 people with a Safety Champion award

To celebrate NAOSH Week, you can nominate people for awards that recognize safety leadership all year long. It’s a good way to acknowledge and thank them.  As part of NAOSH Week, it’s time to nominate people who work all year to make safety and health a priority in their workplaces. Recently I spoke with Bob […]

Photo of traffic control person speaking to driver of black SUV, amid traffic cones and signs

The annual Cone Zone campaign reminds drivers to slow down, pay attention. This year’s campaign kicks off in May and will run until the end of the summer.  The Cone Zone is a workplace for thousands of B.C. workers. These workers include traffic control persons, road maintenance workers, utility workers, emergency crews, law enforcement personnel, […]

Photo of burned house with top story all caved in

It can take months for restoration workers to clean a fire-damaged structure. They face a range of hazards, such as exposure to hazardous materials.  Justin McConville, laboratory manager and hazmat department supervisor at On Side Restoration, has seen hundreds of fire-damaged buildings during his career in the restoration industry. He tells me that, depending on […]

Photo of welding metal in factory

WorkSafeBC regularly revises Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for chemical substances. Manganese was one chemical substance discussed at the last review.  Potentially harmful chemicals are present in many workplaces. So how can employers know how much chemical exposure is too much? That’s where Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) come in. To learn more about OELs, I spoke […]

Photo of small child watering red tulips using toy watering can

We look forward to more time outdoors as we move into the warmer temperatures of spring. Please read these important reminders on keeping yourself safe.  Please keep these safety tips in mind this spring and share them with your contacts. Add your own safety tips in the Comments section at the end. (I love reading […]