Is your joint health and safety committee effective? B.C. employers are now required to evaluate this once a year. Here’s a tool to help. As of April 3, 2017, joint committees in B.C. workplaces must complete an annual written evaluation of how effectively they are working. But employers don’t need to panic, says Tanya Steele, a safety committee […]
A shop supervisor shares how he’s used humour to create a friendlier work environment and encourage workers to wear their PPE. Recently I talked with a shop supervisor who told me a funny way he gets workers to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). “I try to use humour and light-heartedness to get the message […]
Even though they’re exposed to some very loud machines, most B.C. forestry workers aren’t getting annual hearing tests as required under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Hearing damage can occur when people are regularly exposed to sounds louder than 85 decibels – the equivalent of sustained traffic noise. But noise levels on forestry […]
In BC, the law requires employers to investigate workplace incidents that cause injuries to workers or caused no injury but had the potential to cause serious injury. Requirements for incident investigation are laid out in Section 173 to 176 of the Workers Compensation Act. An employer must send a preliminary report within 48 hours and a full […]
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Since 1998 in B.C., avalanches have caused three worker deaths and 47 accepted time-loss injury claims. It doesn’t just happen on big mountainsides; basically it can happen in anything that is steep enough to slide.
Remember: “As an employer, you have the same duty to ensure the safety of your employees when they are behind the wheel driving for work as when they are in the office, on the shop floor or on a construction site.” – Road Safety at Work Alliance.
Chances are, you’ve heard how important it is to “call before you dig” – but it’s just as important to “call before you clear” when working with sewer lines.
Simply put, professional drivers have to be more careful than other people on the road. Canadian law holds them to a higher standard of care for driving safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in BC. Every year, 23 people die in a workplace motor vehicle crash and another 1,290 workers are injured.