Category: Managing risks & hazards

Photo of mule deer emerging from underpass wildlife crossing

If you drive for work, or even drive to and from work, familiarize yourself with measures that can help prevent collisions with wildlife.  Hitting wildlife with a vehicle can be very hazardous for people as well as animals. On average, each year in B.C. 4 people die and 870 are injured in collisions with wildlife. […]

Photo of no access sign on gate to protect workers

Learn how managing risk and involving workers in safety planning are keys to safety for conveyor systems in manufacturing and other industries.  A worker at a B.C. wood products manufacturing plant was adjusting a waste conveyor after clearing the equipment of debris. The worker became entangled in the tails pool of the moving conveyor and […]

Photo of two workers at the pulp dryer area of the Domtar Kamloops Mill.

Process safety management is a practice used in high-hazard industries like pulp and paper mills to help protect workers and the surrounding community.  You may not know what process safety is. “In a simple way, it’s keeping the stuff that’s supposed to be in the tanks and pipes in the tanks and pipes,” says Tony […]

Photo of a snowplow plowing snow on the road in winter

Snowplow drivers work long hours — and often overnight — to keep us safe by clearing our roads and highways. They deserve our thanks and appreciation!  While we may not see snow often in Metro Vancouver, much of the rest of the province sees snow regularly, and we should be prepared for ice and snow […]

Photo of feet and work boots of a construction worker, with some decorative stone and equipment, that they will use for a landscaping project.

BC 1 Call reminds contractors why it’s important to “Click or call before you dig” when planning construction projects.  I’ve noticed a number of contractors transforming their clients’ yards to create space for physically distant socializing during the cold months. But as a contractor, before breaking ground on any project — be it building a […]

Photo of a hair stylist in a hair salon, wearing a mask and face shield, drying a customer's hair who is also wearing a mask.

Hear one hair salon owner’s experience of reopening their business with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place.  Recently, I spoke with Barb Whiteman, owner of Colourbox Hairdressing, about new safety protocols for workers and customers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colourbox, which has been in its current Vancouver location for nearly 30 years, […]

Photo of first aid kit

As always, occupational first aid attendants are at the ready, and now they are using new protocols to protect themselves and their patients from COVID-19.  People in need of first aid at work can expect a few changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, and if it’s possible, people will be asked to administer […]

Photo of a worker wearing a high visibility vest and holding a cardboard box in warehouse

Reviewing forklift and loading procedures are some ways employers can keep warehouse workers safe as they process a backlog of orders during the pandemic.  My friend and his fellow logistics technicians have been working overtime at their warehouse jobs ever since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. They’ve been processing an excess of “undeliverable” […]

Photo of person in yellow T-shirt pumping sanitizer onto their hands

Distilleries, breweries, and wineries need to review their workplace safety measures before making hand sanitizer that helps fight the spread of COVID-19.  Recently, there’s been a lot in the news about distilleries and breweries making hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help with the shortage in supply. Some of the sanitizer produced is sold, […]

Photo of two fishing vessels on the water

Fish Safe BC is reaching out to fishing crews to talk about vessel stability, PFD regulations, and the importance of planning for emergencies.  On March 6, 2017 — the first day of B.C.’s herring roe fishery — a crew member died when a seine fishing vessel capsized and sank in the waters off Comox. (Read more about […]