Welcome to OHS Canada’s special focus on Extreme Weather PPE for Safety Professionals, an in-depth theme week running from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.
As winter prepares to bear down, preparing for extreme weather conditions is top of mind for safety professionals across the country. This week, we’re bringing you stories from our archives and new original content on best practices in cold weather.
Explore expert interviews, product reviews, and articles designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to stay safe in the harshest conditions. Stay protected, stay informed. New content posted throughout the week!
The first step to solving a problem is to recognize it exists. Trent Bancarz, an Edmonton-based spokesperson for Alberta Jobs, Economy and Trade, said it’s important to remember that plunging temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable — “cold weather is a workplace hazard in certain conditions and (employers) have to take steps to assess the risks and control to the extent extent reasonable or possible. Read more.
It’s almost time for Canadians to break out their white knuckles. With the calendar turning to November, snow is already starting to fly in many parts of the country — which can make driving more hazardous for workers who are behind the wheel. Kristine D’Arbelles, senior director of public affairs at the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), sat down with OHS Canada to talk about what employers and workers can do to ensure they stay safe while driving in the winter. Read more.
As winter weather approaches, employers need to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of their workers, especially those who work outdoors and are exposed to extreme temperatures and winds. In an interview with OHS Canada, Suzana Prpic, senior manager of prevention field services at WorkSafeBC, outlined best practices and guidelines designed to protect workers from cold stress injuries like frostbite and hypothermia. Read more.
Safety behind the wheel: Ontario court clarifies employer liability in worker-related traffic injury
Driving in the winter brings additional hazards, and it also raises a question: If one of your workers injures someone else while behind the wheel and on the clock, what happens? Read more.
About one in five workplace injuries are related to slips, trips, and falls, according to WorkSafeBC. That translates into an average of about 7,000 injuries every year in the province. Read more.
The mornings are frosty, and the afternoon air doesn’t just nip at your nose, it seems to bite at it (along with any exposed skin, for that matter). As the sun goes down, the evenings get even colder, and act as a reminder that while the days are short, the season is long. Are your workers prepared for winter weather? Read more.
The early months of the year can bring about a refreshed and renewed focus for many. But these Canadian winter months are also marked by blustery weather conditions and the seasonal threat of respiratory viruses. Read more.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there were over 9,000 hospitalizations due to falls on ice from from 2016 to 2017. Winter weather also poses hazards such as cold stress to outdoor workers and dangerous driving conditions for commuters. Read more.
With winter in full swing across the country, experts are reminding employers to update their risk assessments as conditions change. Read more.
The new “ON Trans-Canada” standard requires contractors to clear Highways 11 and 17 within 12 hours of the end of a winter storm. That’s four hours faster than the previous standard, the province said. Read more.
About one-third of Canadians outside Quebec don’t use winter tires, according to a new survey. In Quebec, winter tires are mandatory under provincial law. Read more.
With cold temperatures and winter conditions continuing to be in the forecast for most of B.C., WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and workers to take precautions and stay safe when working outdoors. Read more.
A report into the 2018 death of a New Brunswick CN worker says the brakes of two runaway railcars were compromised by ice before the cars collided. Read more.