OHS Canada Magazine

Environment/Climate Change

August 18, 2015  

Pipelines safer than rail for transportation of crude, says Fraser Institute report

Think tank says rail transport 4.5 times more likely to have an accident

July 21, 2015  

B.C. conservation service dangerously understaffed, says union

Province still has nine single-officer posts, according to BCGEU

July 14, 2015  

Tree faller in B.C. dies while battling wildfire

Wildfire contractor John Joe Phare, 60, killed by falling tree

June 23, 2015  

Oversight body to monitor environmental cleanup of N.W.T. mine

Giant Mine shut down since 2004 due to arsenic trioxide

June 9, 2015  

Report details environmental risks of B.C. mining operations

Analysis outlines potential effects that tailings dams could have on First Nations communities

January 20, 2015  

Diesel exhaust can alter DNA: study

UBC researchers put volunteers into polycarbonate-enclosed booth containing exhaust fumes

December 22, 2014  

New Brunswick introduces moratorium on hydraulic fracturing

Province becomes fourth Canadian jurisdiction to ban fracking

December 2, 2014  

Toxic Fissures

What goes down must come up. Flowback fluids — returning high-pressure fluids injected into the ground to fracture the rock formation and release natural gas or oil — have been linked to the deaths of four workers who appear to have suffered from acute chemical exposures during flowback operations at well sites in Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana since 2010. As Canada’s oil-and-gas boom continues to fuel projects that involve hydraulic fracturing, just how much — or how little — do we know about what goes on underground?

November 3, 2014  

One killed, four injured in Sarnia, Ontario plant explosion

Dust collection led to explosion at Veolia Environmental Services plant: Ministry of Labour

October 20, 2014  

Union calls for changes in mining safety oversight

Mount Polley mine spill prompts calls for better health and safety oversight in British Columbia

September 25, 2014  

A Fractured View

A report out of the United States, which found

August 25, 2014  

Alberta begins inspecting gravel crushing worksites

(Canadian OH&S News) — Less than a month after two workers were fatally injured at separate gravel crushing sites in Alberta, the provincial Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour has begun conducting focused inspections of these…

August 18, 2014  

Saskatchewan farm investigated after child labour complaints

(Canadian OH&S News) — A family farm near Endeavour, Sask. has received clearance to allow the owners’ two young daughters to work at its onsite butcher shop, following an investigation by the Ministry of Labour Relations and…

September 7, 2012  

Safety Goes Green

The fatalities came fast. First, a 1,300 kilogram steel wall slipped loose from a crane, smashing into another wall and bringing both down onto 40-year-old Bobby Lee Tohannie and 24-year-old Angel Hernandez. Half a year later, Harvey Englander…