Category: Health & safety culture

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A former stunt performer talks about why it’s important to recognize and respond to potential concussion-causing events, despite the need get stunts right.  Due to the nature of their work, stunt performers are at risk of concussion, the most common form of brain injury. The injury happens when an impact or forceful motion to the […]

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A new digital hub of resources is available for workers and employers to support psychological health and safety at work.   Talking about mental health — be it your own or someone else’s — isn’t always easy. But if employers and workers are prepared, their understanding and compassion can go a long way in supporting […]

Happy man in suit gives documents to woman at hotel registration desk while wearing masks.

B.C. hotels are using touchless check-in technology, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other safety solutions for workers and guests.  Touchless or contact-free technology has been around for many years, but it’s become more beneficial than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for the accommodation industry. “A couple of years ago, industry was talking about touchless check-in, […]

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The National Day of Mourning is April 28. People will keep memories alive together online, reminding us why workplace health and safety matters.  More than 100 countries around the world recognize April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day. In Canada, the federal government enacted the Workers Mourning Day Act in 1991, declaring April 28 an official […]

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The International Media Festival for Prevention has announced their shortlist of 50 safety films and media projects.  I recently enjoyed watching a variety of fascinating workplace health and safety messages from across Canada and around the world. They were part of the International Media Festival for Prevention (IMFP), which showcases multimedia productions about safety and […]

Photo of waiter serving coffee to group of friends while everyone one is wearing protective face mask due to COVID-19 epidemic.

One restaurant owner explains how barriers and a clear anti-harassment strategy are two ways to support workers — and they make good business sense too.  The B.C. Provincial Health Officer recently issued an order requiring all employers to review their COVID-19 safety plans, and ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from […]

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Good communication is an important part of safety for fishing crews, especially when people of different generations are working together on boats.  Effective communication is key to working safely in any industry. But communicating effectively can be a challenge when different generations of people work together. (Read more in my post Talking safety with different […]

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A new psychological support toolkit is available for workers and employers coping with increased anxiety and stress due to COVID-19.  Approximately 46,000 Canadians responded to an online questionnaire from Statistics Canada, and just over 52 percent of them reported a decline in their mental health due to COVID-19. They reported increased anxiety and stress. Beyond […]

Picture of a woman in a sawmill, wearing hard hat and measuring a plank of lumber for quality control.

B.C.’s wood product manufacturers are working together to share their experiences and find industry-wide solutions for preventing combustible dust fires.  At 3 a.m. on May 11, 2020, a fire broke out in the dryer system at a pellet mill in Lavington, B.C. Thankfully, the mill’s fire suppression system activated, no one was injured, and damage […]

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Scott Construction won a Builders Code Champion Award for its efforts to support workers’ mental health, which include forming a mental health committee.  On average, each year, around one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health challenge or illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Motivated by the desire to support […]