Category: Training & education

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 […]

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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 […]

Photo of a man in a first aid class checking airway of CPR dummy

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 […]

Photo of people buying food from food trucks

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 […]

Photo of worker in safety gear abseiling down from a tower

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 […]

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Read one manager’s tips for getting buy-in during safety talks. He honed his skills at BC Construction Safety Alliance’s Train the Safety Trainer course.  Russell Thompson is an environmental technologist and OHS manager for McCue Engineering Contractors. It’s a company that designs, builds, and operates water treatment systems throughout western Canada. Sometimes he gives safety talks […]

Photo of large truck descending narrow B.C. highway

Large trucks need much more room to stop and to turn than passenger vehicles. They have many blind spots. Leave space to stay safe when sharing the road.  Driving the narrow, winding highway to and from Tofino this past summer, I saw passenger vehicles making stupid, careless moves around big rigs. One of the worst […]

Photo of Nanaimo fire chief Karen Fry, cropped for grid

As Nanaimo’s newest fire chief – and its first-ever female fire chief – Karen Fry says the key to safety is dealing with issues as soon as they arise.  Karen Fry is the City of Nanaimo’s newest fire chief. She says it’s important for management to show staff that their health and safety is important. […]