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Asbestos abatement contractors in B.C. must be licensed starting in 2024

Asbestos abatement contractors who operate in British Columbia must be licensed by Jan. 1, 2024, making B.C. the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a licensing requirement for this work, the province said.

CNSC applauds Federal Court ruling upholding drug, alcohol testing for safety-critical positions at nuclear facilities

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is applauding a Federal Court ruling this week that endorsed pre-placement and random alcohol and drug testing for workers in safety-critical positions.

Man in his late 20s killed in trench collapse in Calgary

Calgary Fire's Technical Rescue Team responded to a call at around 10:45 a.m. last Thursday morning in the Charleswood neighbourhood for reports of a trench collapse.

B.C. implements new requirements to support injured workers' return to job

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, an employer and injured worker will be required to co-operate with each other and with WorkSafeBC to ensure the worker can return to their pre-injury job, a comparable job or, where the worker is not fit to do their pre-injury work duties, to other suitable work.


The Dräger Wildland Fire Respiratory Kit

Easy respiration with low resistance Dräger's wildland respiratory kit provides long-lasting protection in tough conditions. The kit includes the Dräger half mask X-plore 3500, 2 P100 particle filters, a carrying bag, and cleaning wipes. The reusable P100 filter is NIOSH-approved and protects against particulates, dust, and ash from wildfires.
  • The mask is made of comfortable DrägerFlex material and has a low profile; wide field of vision.
  • The exhalation valve reduces breathing resistance.
  • Suitable for firefighters, first responders, paramedics, and civilians.
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From safety to reputation: Oil and gas industry embraces ESG for trust, sustainability

For Patrick Garland, the issue of ESG (environmental, social and governance) in the oil and gas industry comes down to one word: Trust. “There’s pressure on the oil and gas industry. We have to demonstrate that we really are part of the community,” Garland told the audience at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Conference + Expo this week in San Antonio, Texas. “There’s a lot of people who are instinctually against (us), but we have a really good story to tell." » Read More...

Heat up your safety game: Tips to keep cool in the summer sun

With warmer weather arriving across Canada, we’ll soon be in the thick of summer heat. That means employers, and workers, need to prepare to avoid heat-related illnesses in the workplace. While this is no surprise, it is worth mentioning that heat-related hazards can, and do, pop up much more unexpectedly than many of the predictable occupational hazards that are seen year-round. » Read More...
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6 injured in Connecticut partial building collapse released from hospital, 2 remain in fair condition

Six construction workers injured in a partial building collapse in New Haven, Connecticut, have been released from a hospital, while two others continue to be treated and are in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said last week. » Read More...

Driver charged after bus carrying wedding guests in Australia rolls over, killing 10 and injuring 25

The driver of a bus was charged Monday after the vehicle carrying wedding guests rolled over on a foggy night in Australia's wine country in the nation's most deadly road accident in almost 30 years, police said. » Read More...

Three British nationals missing after boat caught fire in Red Sea are dead, tour operator says

Three British nationals who went missing after a scuba diving boat they were cruising in caught fire in the Red Sea off the Egyptian coast have died, a U.K.-based tour operator said Monday, » Read More...


Leveraging the hierarchy of controls for psychosocial hazards

The hierarchy of controls is a fundamental concept in any health and safety program. Many legislative jurisdictions in Canada require employers to consider the hierarchy when determining how to meet the general duty clause of providing a healthy and safe workplace, write Dr. Bill Howatt and Troy Winters. » Read More...

Wildfire smoke FAQ: What’s happening with air quality right now and why? How do I protect myself? Is this the ‘new normal?’

With wildfire smoke affecting most of North America, what are the best ways to minimize the health impacts of air pollution under climate change? Here are answers to some key questions about the ongoing air quality problems. What is happening with air quality right now? Many North Americans have never experienced local air quality as bad as it’s been this week. » Read More...


Sponsored Spotlight 

For a lockout tagout program to be successful, it is critical that each employee within a facility has a designated lock and key that is unique to them. By using the free LifeGuard key charting system, you can record all the safety padlock key codes assigned to your facility and prevent unwanted key duplication, which can jeopardize your lockout tagout program. On additional padlock orders, enter your I.D. number; Master Lock will ensure that the key code for each new padlock is not a duplicate of any existing key codes in your system.

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ASSP Safety23 Conference + Expo

June 5, 2023 | San Antonio, Texas »