Category: Training & education

Photo of a coffee shop worker cleaning a table while wearing a surgical mask and protective gloves to prevent spread of COVID-19 transmission.

Kudos to B.C.’s businesses for working hard to plan and implement safety controls that protect workers and the public from COVID-19 transmission.  In May, the B.C. government implemented its phased approach for reopening B.C. businesses. WorkSafeBC supported this approach by developing industry-specific protocols to help businesses return to operations safely. Kelly Mean, an occupational safety […]

Photo of everygreen seedlings on a reforestation site

Hundreds of new tree planters will be at work in B.C. in 2020. One employer shares how preventive taping and early reporting can prevent RSI injuries.  Hundreds of new tree planters will be at work in B.C. in 2020, according to this CBC article. They’re needed to meet the increased demand to replenish forests destroyed […]

Photo of worker and supervisor in a marine setting

More employers are using handheld devices to do business. WorkSafeBC has updated its Supervising for Safety course to make it compatible with tablets.  Roger Hall is the safety manager at RIMEX, a company that makes, sells, and distributes wheels and rims for industrial vehicles. Recently, he told me how his company is shifting to using […]

Photo of forest nursery worker wrapping tree seedlings at a workstation with wrists in a neutral wrist posture (straight wrist)

Forest nursery workers who grow trees for planting need proper training, lighting, and posture to avoid musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs).  I came across this CBC news story that said planting a trillion trees could be the “most effective way to fight global warming.” It also included this interesting statistic: professional tree planters can plant up to […]

Photo of mobile coffee service and information booth for Actsafe

The Actsafe team gave out free coffee and talked about safety orientations with workers at studios and workplaces during its 2019 Injury Prevention Week.  As part of Actsafe’s Injury Prevention (AIP) Week, a team from Actsafe used a travelling “safety café” to hand out coffee and talk about safety with workers around Metro Vancouver. While […]

Photo of woman and man in safety vests and hard hats with loaded log transporter behind them

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 […]

Drawing of toolbox full of different tools with faces

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 […]

Photo of hands on chest of CPR maniken as person practices chest compressions

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 […]

Photo of chef and staff in kitchen of restaurant

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 […]

Photo of saw table with cover over blade

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 […]