Safety Gear

Whiff of Danger
By Jason Contant
When the smoke cleared following an explosion and fire at a crude oil refinery in Regina in early October, 36 workers had suffered injuries ranging from burns and smoke inhalation to minor bruises, sprains and abrasions. (Dec 2011)


Getting Comfy
By Jason Contant
Yet another survey; yet another disappointing result. (Oct/Nov 2011)


Sign of the Times
By Jason Contant
Signage in work environments is designed to help alert workers to potential hazards — not create them.(Sep/Oct 2011)


Keep A-head of Hazards
By Dan Birch
Welding carries with it a host of potential hazards that demand careful consideration even before arc meets metal. (Jul/Aug 2011)


Know Your Foe
By Jason Contant
Yogi Berra once said, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else." (June 2011)


Hip to be Cool
By Angela Stelmakowich
Stop whining about the cold; get ready to whine about the heat. Summer is just around the corner and that means on-the-job measures must be in place. (Apr/May 2011)


Keep it Clean
By Jason Contant
Protecting workers from hazards in work environments is common enough. But how common is it to protect the environment from the worker? (March 2011)


Hear for Tomorrow
By Angela Stelmakowich
Sound can be transformed into the unsound when excessive: too much noise, too much vibration, even too much exposure to solvents can lead to hearing loss that no amount of second-guessing will restore. (Jan/Feb 2011)


Avoiding the Fall
By Jason Contant
One need only look back to last Christmas Eve in Toronto for a grisly example of why proper fall protection is so very important. (December 2010)


Eye Spy Safety
By Angela Stelmakowich
Let's be clear. The main function of safety eyewear, as its name implies, is to protect. (Oct/Nov 2010)


Hot and Bothered
By Jason Contant
Some emergency responders in Florida helping to clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are taking a different approach to summer's oppressive heat while toiling in necessary protective gear: working at night. (Sep 2010)


Wash & Care
By Emily Landau
Whether in a sawmill, an industrial workplace or a research laboratory, the danger associated with workers getting hazardous substances in their eyes or on their skin should never be underestimated. (Jul/Aug 2010)


Serve and Detect
By Jason Contant
When the bodies of the final four missing workers were recovered days after a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia in April, the event gained the unfortunate distinction of becoming the most deadly mining accident south of the border in 40 years. (June 2010)


Hunt and Gather
By Jason Contant
Leaving worker safety to chance in environments where spills are possible is not an option. (Apr/May 2010)


Lock Down on Safety
By Jason Contant
It's fair to say many, if not most, people have heard of the so-called "Tylenol murders" in Chicago that claimed several lives three decades ago. (March 2010)


From Bottom to Top
By Jason Contant
Brian Lane remembers being taken aback after entering a bakery in British Columbia. (Jan/Feb 2010)


Hands-Down Protection
By Angela Stelmakowich
If safety gloves were ships, the main message would likely be "steady as she goes." (Dec 2009)


Colour Me Safe
By Jason Contant
New technology is often eagerly anticipated, while concurrently viewed with scepticism – that is, at least until any wrinkles have been ironed out. (Oct/Nov 2009)


A Safe and Helpful Lift
By Andrew D'Cruz
Lifting is a common workplace task that seems tailormade for injury. (Sep 2009)


Breathe In, Breathe Out
By Jason Contant
The list of deadly substances a worker may encounter while responding to a hazardous event is varied and frightening. (Jul/Aug 2009)


Equip against MSD Pain
By Jason Contant
Taking a passive approach basically, reacting after something has happened is never a good thing when it comes to preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).(June 2009)


Incremental, Insidious, Forever
By Dan Birch
It"s a hazard that"s heard daily, but all too often, not heeded. (Apr/May 2009)


Get Real in the Virtual World
By Jason Contant
Two years before assembly line workers at Ford Motor Company plants actually start production on a new vehicle, the unit is already being built. (March 2009)


Warming to Protective Gear
By Andre w D'Cruz
On February 3, 1947, the tiny village of Snag in the Yukon set a record yet to be bested. (Jan/Feb 2009)


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