Category: Personal stories

Photo of a woman plugging a wire into an electric power bar.

Follow these best practices for using power bars in your home or work office. I’m sharing them after experiencing a near-miss incident of my own.  I was working from home, talking on the phone in the living room, when I noticed the unmistakable smell of smouldering plastic. “Sorry, but I’ll have to call you back. […]

Photo of Ralph McGinn

A new fellowship award for research in occupational health and safety and work disability honours Ralph McGinn, who devoted his career to worker safety.  Ralph McGinn, known for his dedication to workers’ health and safety, was the chair of WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors when he passed away suddenly on May 11, 2020. Many people paid […]

Photo of man wearing mask and getting massage by therapist

A registered massage therapist adds her own measures to the required COVID-19 protocols in place at her practice.  Recently I spoke with a registered massage therapist (RMT) who works with high-risk clients. She carefully follows the COVID-19 guidelines set by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) and keeps her safety plan updated. […]

Photo of crew member working on TV set and wearing non medical face mask.

Workers in the motion picture and TV industry share their experiences about COVID-19 safety solutions on set.  As I write this post, the motion picture and TV industry has been up and running again for just over two months, after a six-month shut down due to COVID-19. Since the restart, I’ve heard a lot of […]

Photo of two workers talking in a in a room under construction with only wood beams.

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 […]

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 […]