Author Archives: Susan

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B.C. employers can use a new app to create and update their COVID-19 Safety Plans for keeping their workers and workplaces safe.  It’s been so interesting to see the many ways we’ve adapted to life with COVID-19. We wear our masks (so many creative ones!) and walk into stores where we are greeted by workers […]

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Reviewing forklift and loading procedures are some ways employers can keep warehouse workers safe as they process a backlog of orders during the pandemic.  My friend and his fellow logistics technicians have been working overtime at their warehouse jobs ever since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. They’ve been processing an excess of “undeliverable” […]

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Scott Construction won a Builders Code Champion Award for its efforts to support workers’ mental health, which include forming a mental health committee.  On average, each year, around one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health challenge or illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Motivated by the desire to support […]

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Please read these tips for enjoying a safe summer close to home in 2020 as you’re cleaning, gardening, working, and de-stressing.  If there was ever a time to appreciate the “staycation,” it’s this summer of 2020. I’ve learned to make the most of my time at home, as have many others who have been doing […]

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Ammonia is widely used and is highly toxic. As part of their responsibilities, employers must plan for emergencies and conduct regular inspections.  On October 16, 2017, tragedy hit the town of Fernie, B.C. when three workers died while trying to repair an ammonia leak in the cooling system of an ice rink. To prevent this […]

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Organizations and individuals are coming together to support the “Highway Heroes” delivering the essential goods we rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please take a moment to think about how much we rely on commercial truck drivers — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as they deliver our groceries, medical supplies, and so much more. But truck […]

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The Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society offers mentorship, networking opportunities, and resources to support women who work in the OHS industry.  It all started in Calgary with a conversation about how to help women advance their careers in health and safety. “We found that a lot of our female safety colleagues were not […]

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Workers in compost processing facilities need PPE to avoid exposure to fungi, bacteria, and hazardous gases, and training to work safely in confined spaces.  The business of reusing green waste is expanding rapidly. Companies are processing these discarded materials into biofuel, fertilizer, and compost for gardening. “Companies have to consider health and safety hazards during […]

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Fish Safe BC’s contest challenges commercial fishing crews to record and submit videos or photos that show how efficiently they can put on survival suits.  Most of us have probably never heard of survival suits, but they’re extremely important — especially if you’re a fisherman. Survival suits are used when fishermen are preparing to abandon ship, […]

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Compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain mercury and must be handled with care — both at home and in the recycling facilities where they are broken down.  Even though LED lights and bulbs are becoming more and more common, enter any household and you’re likely to still see compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFLs) in use. Geoff Clark, a […]