Category: Personal stories

Photo of smiling dark-haired young woman with another woman's hand on her shoulder

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 […]

Photo of Ryan Radford, teacher of video production and graphic design at Walnut Grove Secondary School

One B.C. teacher describes how his students — and his school — have benefited from participating in WorkSafeBC’s student video contest every year.  Ryan Radford is the video and media teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, B.C. During the past few years, students at Walnut Grove have won numerous awards for their submissions […]

of Nicole Boeder, recipient of the Roberta Ellis Award, with Chris McLeod, left, and Roberta Ellis, right

UBC graduate Nicole Boeder shares with me about being awarded for her work in occupational hygiene and what it’s like to be a safety advisor at the airport.  Recently I was “speaking of safety” with occupational hygienist Nicole Boeder. In 2017, she won the first-ever Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice […]

Photo of person's feet wearing shoes outfitted with outfitted with insoles that measure weight-bearing activity

A new research study looks at the connection between being on your feet for long periods and painful foot conditions — something I know all too well.  Plantar fasciitis (PF) is an inflammation of the “plantar fascia,” a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes — and I have first-hand knowledge […]

Photo of Shawn Michaels in the forest wearing safety gear.

Shawn Michaels has seen many chainsaw injuries during his work life. Now, he’s designing a safety jacket that protects arborists against chainsaw blades.  “I think this is likely the safest jacket on the planet,” says Shawn Michaels, an arborist and technical apparel student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). He’s referring to the Kevlar safety jacket […]

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, […]

Photo of black-and-white cat working at a laptop

I visit many places online when I’m looking for ideas about what to write for this blog. One great source is WorkSafeBC’s monthly Health and Safety Enews.  Since this blog began in 2010, I’ve talked about health and safety with hundreds of people in different industries. Many of their stories will stay with me forever. […]

Photo of rancher putting tools in pickup truck with family in background

New videos explore what motivates agriculture workers to make safe choices. One reason, beyond rules and regulations, is having family who rely on you.  Reg Steward has had many opportunities to learn about what motivates people to work safely. For the past 18 years, he’s worked with AgSafe, the health and safety association for B.C.’s […]

Photo of Chris Cook, a fisherman featured in the film

“If I could save another person from drowning … I’ll be so happy.” Survivors speak out with hope in new WorkSafeBC video to keep others safe on the water.  Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) could have made all the difference. That’s the message in Turning the Tide: PFDs in the Fishing Industry, a new […]

Photo of a forest with a sign saying Beware of ticks!

My friend developed a bad case of Lyme disease after getting a tick bite. The risk is low in B.C. but we still need to know how to prevent and handle bites.  In 2004, my friend Alessandro was bitten by a tick while picking grapes in his East Vancouver yard. At one point, he noticed […]