Tag Archives: manufacturing

Photo of an arborist pruning trees from a hoisted bucket near high-voltage powerlines

Employers must ensure that non-qualified workers and their materials, equipment, and machinery remain at least 3 metres (10 feet) away from high-voltage sources.  Power lines overhead and underground pose a risk of electric shock to workers in many different industries. For example, this summer in B.C., a landscaping worker sustained an electric shock during tree-falling […]

Photo of technician spraying foam insulation using plural component gun for polyurethane foam, inside

If you work with spray foam insulation or finish coatings, you may be exposed to isocyanates, and should know the health effects of working with them.  Exposure to isocyanates — chemicals released into the air by varnishes, paints, coatings, and insulating spray foams — is often a silent exposure. Recently, I noticed on Twitter that […]

Photo of worker with clipboard in freezing room of a warehouse

X-ray technology is increasingly being used by employers to inspect the safety and quality of products. They need to know its impact on worker safety.  X-ray machines are not new. For many decades, we’ve seen them used for medical, dental, and veterinary diagnostics. All of these machines are used by highly trained people and are […]

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 worker wearing PPE in seaweed salad processing facility.

WorkSafeBC and industry groups are working to ensure COVID-19 health and safety in food processing plants.  Industry sectors most affected by COVID-19 are being supported to minimize the spread of the virus. One high-risk sector is food processing. B.C. food processing employers are working hard to update their COVID-19 safety plans and improve protocols for […]

Photo of worker taking a tool from an organized wall of tools in manufacturing facility.

A local manufacturing company shares its approach to well-organized workspaces that reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.  Recently I spoke about maintaining safe workspaces with Roger Hall, health and safety manager at RIMEX’s 200,000-square-foot production plant in Agassiz, B.C. The company manufactures wheels and rims for large industrial vehicles, and […]