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    Warming Trend

    January 11, 2012 by OHS Canada

    There is no other way to say it – Canadian winters are cold. Although this year is so far proving an exception to the rule, it is best not to assume “now” is forever when it comes to necessary protections against the elements.  

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    Whiff of Danger

    December 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    When the smoke cleared following an explosion and fire at a crude oil refinery in Regina in early October, 36 workers had suffered injuries ranging from burns and smoke inhalation to minor bruises, sprains and abrasions. Thirteen employees required hospitalization.

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    Removing the driver from the driving equation

    December 8, 2011 by OHS Canada

    The thought of hopping into a car and being shuttled to one’s destination without even having to steer sounds like a technological fantasy.

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    Silenced Out

    December 8, 2011 by OHS Canada

    Saskatchewan’s new Public Interest Disclosure Act is meant to protect whistleblowers from job-related reprisals, but will also bar public sector employees from bringing concerns about suspected wrongdoings to the media. Are these “protections”…

  • Feature Human Resources

    Toxic farewell a signal to “face” concerns

    October 13, 2011 by OHS Canada

    A former employee of Whole Foods Market in Toronto who posted a tirade online blasting his ex-employer was not building the most positive foundation for future job opportunities, workplace health experts suggest.

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    Social Unrest

    October 13, 2011 by OHS Canada

    Occupational health and safety is never so complete that it cannot benefit from a reboot. The central message of continuous improvement should remain steadfast, but how that message is delivered need not.

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    What Lies Beneath

    October 13, 2011 by Greg Burchell

    Excavating and trench work can be like diving into murky water: no one knows exactly what lies below the surface and will never know without getting wet. But unlike swimmers, equipment operators and workers with a job to do cannot opt out of…

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    Under the Radar

    October 12, 2011 by Greg Burchell

    Public transit workers in Toronto may soon be subject to random alcohol and drug testing as the city’s transit service was given the green light to expand testing for employees in safety-sensitive positions. While specifics about how the program will

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    Getting Comfy

    October 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Yet another survey; yet another disappointing result. In July, Kimberly-Clark Professional in Roswell, Georgia released findings from an online survey on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Of the 119 people taking part, 89 per cent reported having observed

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    Sign of the Times

    September 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Signage in work environments is designed to help alert workers to potential hazards — not create them. That very problem recently surfaced in British Columbia where there has been a proliferation of commercial signs, posters and banners on utility poles.

  • Feature Hazmat

    In the Eye

    September 7, 2011 by OHS Canada

    On its own, a disaster can exact a heavy toll. But single events are often exacerbated by compounding occurrences, creating a line of falling dominoes that can combine to drive human, financial and property costs higher still.

  • Mould growth potential in the aftermath of storms

    August 29, 2011 by OHS Canada

    It may have been a flood; perhaps even a hurricane. The potential for harm from temporary fury unleashed is clear: downed communication devices, damaged infrastructure, and losses of productivity and resources.

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    Growth Experience

    August 29, 2011 by OHS Canada

    It was the early spring of 1985 when John Gilchrist ventured to Horsefly, British Columbia for his first-ever tree planting contract. After being dropped off by the contractor, who promised to return with more supplies in a week, Gilchrist and…

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    SHUTEYE STANDARDS NEEDED

    July 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Doctor, doctor – get yourself some sleep. More shuteye for physicians is in order, notes a public release on a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Drs. Noni MacDonald, Paul Hébert, Ken Flegel and Matthew Stanbrook suggest

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    Keep A-head of Hazards

    July 10, 2011 by Dan Birch

    Welding carries with it a host of potential hazards that demand careful consideration even before arc meets metal. Depending on the welding process employed, issues such as ergonomics, noise, electric shock, bright light, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, toxic fumes and gases,

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    COURT CLARIFIES JHSC COVERAGE

    July 2, 2011 by Dan Birch

    The Court of Appeal for Ontario has weighed in on the meaning of “regularly employed” workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and that opinion may have implications for when joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) are required. The

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    BEYOND ESTABLISHED BORDERS

    July 2, 2011 by Dan Birch

    Representatives for a popular vacation resort in Ontario plan to again appeal a directive for the business to notify the Ministry of Labour (MOL) of all critical injury and fatality incidents involving non-workers. “It’s the absurdity of the whole thing,”

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    POLICE STATE

    June 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Ontario’s ombudsman will explore how the provincial police service deals administratively with operational stress injuries (OSI) in response to the receipt of almost three dozen complaints from officers. On March 31, ombudsman André Marin announced he would launch an investigation

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    Know Your Foe

    June 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” Though known for his wit, Berra’s message regarding the importance of planning is no joking matter, particularly when it comes to occupational health and

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    Just Temporary

    June 7, 2011 by OHS Canada

    There has been much talk around temporary foreign workers (TFWs) of late. In past, the occasional media blip about some person from some other country being injured or abused at a Canadian workplace failed to inspire much more than passing…