Category: Training & education

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The Vancouver Island Safety Conference started in 2005 with a small group of forestry employers and safety officers. Since then, it’s grown a lot.  The 14th Annual Vancouver Island Safety Conference (VISC) is coming up on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Nanaimo, B.C. Topics for this year’s conference include change management, mental health, and substance […]

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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 […]

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Students practising CPR on manikins can get instant feedback from a wristband that indicates if they are doing chest compressions properly.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has saved the lives of many people in cardiac arrest. Now, a new tool makes it easier for people learning CPR to know if they are doing it correctly. Traditionally, students […]

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A high turnover rate means today’s kitchens are seeing more new workers. One executive chef says training and coaching are key ingredients for their safety.  Here in B.C. — and across Canada — the restaurant industry is dealing with an ongoing labour shortage. It’s a challenge to fill kitchen positions and there’s a lot of […]

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BCIT’s Joinery Department is aiming to change safety culture with thorough student training and an award-winning safety orientation manual.  David Dunn, associate dean of Building Design and Construction Trades at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), knows just how important investing in safety documentation is — and now that investment has paid off. David and […]

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B.C.’s high school curricula is taking a new view of career education. To reflect the changes, WorkSafeBC updated its Student WorkSafe program for teachers.  B.C. teachers and students are taking a new approach to career education this year. They are using a new curriculum that allows students to focus more on their own unique goals […]

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WorkSafeBC updated its occupational first aid training in July 2018. The changes make it easier for students to remember what to do in an emergency.  WorkSafeBC’s occupational first aid (OFA) training requirements changed on July 1, 2018. To find out more about what’s different, I contacted Dan Westerby, manager of WorkSafeBC’s Certification Services. Essentially, the […]

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Operating a food truck is a dream for many. Here are some of the most common safety issues for mobile food vendors and tips on how to prevent them.  Notice how many food trucks there are nowadays? Over the years, I’ve seen more and more of them. You can even download this Street Food App […]

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NAOSH Week 2018 is May 6 to 12. Everyone can participate; it doesn’t matter if your plans are big or small. Need inspiration? Here’s what others have done.  North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week, also known as Safety and Health Week, is an annual event for employers, workers, and the community to talk […]

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Storing even a small amount of flammable material in a shipping container can lead to an explosion. Adequate ventilation is crucial for safety.  Shipping containers have long been used for transporting goods across the ocean – they’re secure, mobile, and watertight. These features are also why more people outside the shipping industry are using them […]