OHS Canada Magazine


  • A Second Skin

    October 15, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Fire-resistant apparel acts as a layer of clothing that can literally save your skin — and is a must for many workers.

  • Farm Feud

    October 10, 2019 by Donalee Moulton

    Nearly four years ago, Alberta finally caught up to the rest of the country when it came to safety coverage for farm workers. But a new provincial government wants to scrap controversial legislation and replace it with what it deems as more flexible options.

  • Beyond Zero

    October 10, 2019 by Alan Quilley

    Employers need to measure and manage what they do to create safe behaviours that will produce safe work environments.

  • Feature Uncategorized

    Healthier minds and bodies

    October 9, 2019 by Rensia Melles

    Since 2013, a Canadian standard has put mental health at work on par with physical health and safety.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    The Weakest Link

    September 24, 2019 by Andrew Snook

    In the Internet of Things where everything is connected, compromised confidential data is not the only consequence of a breach in cybersecurity. Technologies that were previously not vulnerable to hacking — like cranes or industrial equipment — are now fair game.

  • Avoiding Combustible Dust Mistakes

    September 24, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Combustible dust, which is a mixture of fine solid particles that are liable to catch fire or explode upon ignition when dispersed in the air, is a hazard com­mon to many industries. Woodworking facilities, chemical manufacturing, food production, grain elevators

  • What Now After Legal Weed?

    June 24, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Testing for impairment from cannabis is no “magic bullet”. Rather, effective oversight, worker supervision and having an impairment-management program are key to navigating the post-legal-weed world. This was the message that Tom Brocklehurst, director of prevention practices and quality with

  • Venus Versus Mars

    June 14, 2019 by Kelly Putter

    Creating a respectful work environment has never been trickier as the momentum created by the #MeToo movement continues to rock workplace gender dynamics and threatens to put a dent on organizational cohesion – even widen the gender gap. hanging mindsets

  • Feature Uncategorized

    In the Driver’s Seat

    April 4, 2019 by donalee Moulton

    The oft-heard phrase “drive safe” is poised to take on a whole new meaning in a world of autonomous vehicles. Experts are unanimous that when mere mortals are no longer behind the wheel, roads will be safer. Safety increases in

  • Behind Bars

    February 8, 2019 by Danny Kucharksy

    An increase in reported inmate-on-staff violence in Ontario’s correctional institutions has led to the release of a report by the province’s independent corrections adviser in December 2018, offering 42 recommendations aimed at making jails safer. But correctional violence is not

  • The Search for Answers

    December 5, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Ten years after boilermaker David Fifi was determined to have died of natural causes, the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of Manitoba is reviewing the case following the emergence of new medical evidence indicating that his sudden demise was caused by

  • Brave New World

    October 4, 2018 by Danny Kucharksy

    In 1942, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov set out three laws of robotics, one of which says that “a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” Artificial intelligence (AI) and

  • In the Woods

    August 1, 2018 by Donalee Moulton

    Canada, home to roughly nine per cent of the world’s forests, is where black bears, moose and other wildlife live out their natural lives. Outdoor enthusiasts kayak on both quiet rivers and raging rapids alike while parents and kids go

  • Upping the Ante

    June 6, 2018 by Kelly Putter

    In response to the growing demand for safety professionals who can better support workplaces in the changing global economy, new eligibility requirements for Canadian Registered Safety Professional certification will take effect on July 1. With change comes uncertainty, but also

  • Surviving Workplace Inspections

    June 4, 2018 by Jean Lian

    The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) 2018 inspection blitzes took place on April 1 and will run until March 21, 2019. The blitzes target specific areas in the following sectors: construction (working at heights, reversing equipment on construction projects); industrial

  • Secret Whispers

    March 27, 2018 by Danny Kucharsky

    The sexual-harassment scandals that made waves in the United States and triggered the #MeToo movement last year has brought about the downfall of actors, movie producers, politicians and celebrity chefs alike. Now, the tsunami of workplace harassment has reached the

  • Safety at Work: What It Means to Employees

    March 27, 2018 by Christian Fournier

    How many times you have heard “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I am pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases. As a safety professional myself, it does become  challenging at times to know

  • Feature Uncategorized

    Experts address safety issues of weed on workplaces

    March 19, 2018 by OHS

    OHS Canada’s inaugural symposium on marijuana in the workplace, which was held at the International Centre in Mississauga on February 21, 2018, featured three experts who shared their insights on workplace-safety issues associated with the legalization of recreational marijuana. Topics

  • Make Logging Safer

    February 6, 2018 by Budd Phillips

    On October 18, 2017, a logger was killed in a tragic incident near Mackenzie in northern British Columbia. The operator was using a feller buncher to cut timber on a slope when the machine tipped over backwards, cutting off his