OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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

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    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

  • No Child’s Play

    February 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

    They have had enough. More and more teachers are speaking up about a problem that has largely remained under the radar — violence against teachers from students.   One morning, a mother popped into the classroom of an elementary school

  • Precious Cargo

    November 24, 2017 by Donalee Moulton

    Transporting valuables is a dangerous business. The mounting pressure to stay profitable and competitive aside, the armoured-truck industry’s move towards the controversial “alloff model” has not only raised eyebrows, but also revived the debate of how to keep both the

  • A Deadly Legacy

    November 24, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    The federal government is moving towards a full ban on asbestos and asbestos-containing products by the end of 2017. The ban would align Canada with more than 50 other countries. According to OCRC director Paul Demers, corporate subsidies kept the

  • Machine over Man

    October 11, 2017 by William M. Glenn

    Gone are the days when manual labour drove the bulk of the work in oil and gas exploration. In a post-peak-oil era, in which resources are harder to extract and oil prices continue to plunge, the race towards automation means higher profitability — and less human error.

  • Beyond Coffee and Donuts

    October 11, 2017 by Jean Lian

    A joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is a company’s safety ally. Creating an effective JHSC is an important part of occupational injury prevention and, if done correctly, will yield safety benefits, says David Powers, director of health, safety and

  • Weed at Work

    August 17, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    The legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada came closer to reality on April 13, when the Justin Trudeau government introduced the Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45. While pot users across the country applaud the move, others have raised concerns about the effect that the proposed legislation would have on workplace safety.

  • A Real and Present Danger

    August 17, 2017 by Jean Lian

    Occupational cancers represent more than half of all work-related disease cases in established market economies, and global estimates of fatal occupational diseases put cancer as the top killer after circulatory disease and work accidents. These are some of the grim

  • Peer-to-Peer

    June 20, 2017 by Jean Lian

    Digital technology has given rise to new business models like Uber and Airbnb. But unlike traditional taxi companies and hotel chains, which are subject to workplace-safety laws, these new kids on the block have largely evaded the regulatory framework. How can legislation play catch-up and bridge the safety gap?

  • Investigating Critical Injuries

    June 20, 2017 by Jean Lian

    When a workplace injury happens in Ontario, the employer’s joint health and safety committee (JHSC) plays a key role in collecting information and conducting a preliminary investigation so that a report can be prepared and sent to the provincial labour

  • When the Dust Settles

    April 3, 2017 by Jean Lian

    From 1978 to 1979, Jim Hobbs was one of many miners in northern Ontario who inhaled finely ground aluminum dust known as McIntyre Powder, which was believed to protect them from silicosis.

  • Managing Change

    April 3, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    Significant changes in a workplace affect the mental and physical health of employees, says a recent study by Toronto-based consulting firm Morneau Shepell. The nationwide survey asked employers and workers about their reactions to major changes like job redesign, downsizing,

  • Trouble in the Big House

    February 22, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    Penitentiaries have always been dangerous workplaces. But violence in Canada’s correctional centres has been on the rise over the past several years, especially in facilities with low staff-to-inmate ratios and high gang activity. Something has to be done to keep workers safe, but how can this be accomplished without infringing on inmates’ rights?

  • Getting Back on One’s Feet

    February 22, 2017 by Jean Lian

    Healthcare providers who treat injured workers with multiple injuries and complex illnesses find the workers’ compensation system and return-to-work (RTW) process “opaque and confusing.” Divergent views on the timing and appropriateness of RTW in these complex cases among healthcare providers

  • Dark Days

    December 14, 2016 by Donalee Moulton

    Every year when winter bleaches the landscape and ushers in plummeting temperatures for months on end, many Canadians dread the prospect of shovelling snow from driveways and taking their reluctant dogs out for walks. But for more than one million Canadians, who comprise two to three per cent of the population, the monochrome of winter brings with it the onset of deep, dark moods.

  • Recognizing Mental Trauma

    December 14, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    Two unions held a demonstration in Halifax on November 10 to express their support for a provincial bill that would allow presumptive coverage for first responders, correctional officers, nurses, social workers and several other types of professionals who have been