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  • Feature Health & Safety

    Hip to be Cool

    April 10, 2011 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Stop whining about the cold; get ready to whine about the heat. Summer is just around the corner and that means on-the-job measures must be in place. Beating the heat is not solely an outdoors issue. If indoors, consider foundries,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Safety Submerged

    April 7, 2011 by OHS Canada

    The deaths of three workers tasked with helping to refurbish a shaft at the Bachelor Lake gold mine in northwestern Quebec reveals in sad, often shocking, detail the need for constant vigilance.

  • Phantom Rising

    April 7, 2011 by OHS Canada

    To some, it is a constant buzzing in their ears; for others, it is a sort of whistling, humming or even the usually calming sounds made by crickets.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    POLLUTION REVS UP RISK

    March 10, 2011 by Dan Birch

    If there were not already enough reasons to put the brakes on environmental air pollution, another concern looks to be rounding the bend. Recent research out of Children’s Hospital Boston, funded by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Keep it Clean

    March 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Protecting workers from hazards in work environments is common enough. But how common is it to protect the environment from the worker? Unlike in industrial manufacturing environments, use of coveralls in cleanrooms “serves to protect sensitive processes and products from

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Don’t let the bedbugs bite… at home or at work

    March 4, 2011 by OHS Canada

    Business is “very brisk” for Amin Poonja which, although good for him, is not so good for those on the other end of the phone line.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Wellness helps drive higher morale, lower costs

    March 4, 2011 by OHS Canada

    Retaining skilled labour in an aging work force is pushing workplace wellness up the agenda for some employers in Saint John.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Danger Pay

    March 4, 2011 by OHS Canada

    The reach of an incident on Christmas Eve, 2009, one that claimed the lives of four migrant workers and critically injured another, seems to have no end. The image of a scaffold separated in two extends beyond the wreckage of mere equipment,…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    LONG STORY SHORT

    March 2, 2011 by Dan Birch

    A professional engineer facing a charge under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came out on top during a recent showdown between individual rights and the public interest. The charge against Wayne Vollick alleged he had provided negligent or incompetent

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Retirement mandatory no more for two veteran pilots

    January 18, 2011 by OHS Canada

    A federal tribunal has ordered Air Canada to reinstate two long-time pilots who had earlier been forced to retire, in line with mandatory provisions of their collective agreement.

  • What’s Appening?

    January 18, 2011 by OHS Canada

    The idea came to John Holtan while he was attending a week-long training event in Atlanta about five years ago. A refinery and power plant operations instructor in North Dakota at the time, Holtan made the trip to Georgia Tech hoping to beef up…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    DIRTY DEEDS

    January 11, 2011 by Emily Landau

    These days, employers and workers alike are becoming more aware that environmental hazards on the outside can infiltrate workplaces on the inside. Lately, though, the buzz has been growing around a potential enemy launching a sneak attack through wires and

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Hear for Tomorrow

    January 10, 2011 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Sound can be transformed into the unsound when excessive: too much noise, too much vibration, even too much exposure to solvents can lead to hearing loss that no amount of second-guessing will restore. A whole host of controls should be

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Avoiding the Fall

    December 10, 2010 by Jason Contant

    One need only look back to last Christmas Eve in Toronto for a grisly example of why proper fall protection is so very important. It was the afternoon of December 24, 2009 when a swing stage separated in the middle,

  • Feature Transportation

    Rights and Wrongs

    December 6, 2010 by Dan Birch

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seems to be a more frequent stop for injured workers with accommodation concerns since changes to the provincial human rights system were adopted two years ago.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Gloves help to stem the risk of needlestick injuries

    December 6, 2010 by OHS Canada

    A new observational study offers evidence of a link between glove use among health care workers and fewer injuries from needles and other sharps.

  • Feature Transportation

    ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN

    October 15, 2010 by OHS Canada

    It was two days before Christmas in 2008. An off-duty transit police officer and his family were on their way …

  • Feature Health & Safety

    A Matter of Respect

    October 1, 2010 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Workplace respect is interpreted in countless ways — some views shared by many, others by just a few — but it has some hard lines of what is considered acceptable behaviour.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Seeing the Possibilities

    October 1, 2010 by Emily Landau

    It is often said that hindsight is 20/20. Foresight, however, may be a little less reliable. Sometimes there is no way to envision every conceivable possibility, as an Alberta judge recently noted in …

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Eye Spy Safety

    October 1, 2010 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Let’s be clear. The main function of safety eyewear, as its name implies, is to protect. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of comfort, design and clarity — attributes that can…