OHS Canada Magazine


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  • Feature Health & Safety

    On the Brink

    December 3, 2012 by OHS

    Dean Purdy has been working as a guard at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre for a quarter of a century now. For the first fifteen years of his tenure, he says he could count the number of assaults on corrections officers and…

  • Feature Transportation

    Staking Claims

    December 3, 2012 by OHS

    WorkSafeNB is digging deep into its pockets to pay back nearly $4 million to workers’ compensation claimants following a recent ruling from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, which found that the board had improperly clawed back injury…

  • Feature Transportation

    A New Life

    October 15, 2012 by OHS

    When Annette Elliott showed up for work on that first day, her co-workers were stupefied. They have always known her as Anthony, the father of four and a diligent air traffic controller at NAV Canada’s tower in Winnipeg since 1994.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Smooth Descent

    October 15, 2012 by OHS

    Paramedics on Canada’s West Coast can now lay their burdens down — literally — when it comes to transporting patients up or down a flight of stairs.

  • Safety Goes Green

    September 7, 2012 by OHS

    The fatalities came fast. First, a 1,300 kilogram steel wall slipped loose from a crane, smashing into another wall and bringing both down onto 40-year-old Bobby Lee Tohannie and 24-year-old Angel Hernandez. Half a year later, Harvey Englander…

  • Making A Comeback

    September 7, 2012 by OHS

    The Quebec government’s recent announcement of a $58-million infusion to breathe life into Canada’s beleaguered asbestos industry has drawn outrage from various quarters.

  • Dust to Dust

    July 16, 2012 by OHS

    For a dust explosion to occur, everything has to be lined up just right. Unlike a fire, which can be started by a trio of elements — fuel, an ignition source and oxygen — a dust explosion can occur only if a pentagon comprising two…

  • Not Seeing Eye-to-Eye

    July 16, 2012 by OHS

    Organizations and workers who plead guilty and throw themselves at the mercy of the courts are likely to emerge in a better financial shape than accepting a fine from Ontario’s comparatively heavy-handed workplace safety regulator, so…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Off the Rails

    June 4, 2012 by OHS

    On Sunday, February 26, VIA Rail train 92 rumbled down the tracks through Burlington, Ontario from Niagara Falls, heading into Toronto’s Union Station. The crew and passengers on board were just 80 of the 15,000 people riding the rails on…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Giving a Lift to Depression

    June 4, 2012 by OHS

    There may be a time in the not-too-distant future when Canadian workers treated for depression will, in the words of noted 1960s psychologist Timothy Leary, “turn on, tune in, drop out.” Research from recent years seems to point to…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    On Alert

    April 18, 2012 by OHS

    When a workplace is hit by corporate terrorism — in the form of vandalism, bomb threats or other acts of sabotage — fear is sure to reverberate through the ranks, delivering a severe blow to both the bottom line and the overall…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    iPain in the Neck

    April 18, 2012 by OHS

    Toronto-based dentist Lorne Levy works by the maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words: before his patients at Scarlett Road Dentistry undergo procedures for crowns, dentures or the dreaded root canal, he uses an iPad to show them, step…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Death by Design

    March 2, 2012 by OHS

    On the morning of September 5, 2008, a plumber was called to A-1 Mushroom Substratum Ltd. in Langley, British Columbia for the second time in as many days. There, he found an intake pipe at the bottom of a pump shed completely blocked and…

  • Falling Partitions: Plus or Minus

    March 2, 2012 by OHS

    Within a couple months of relocating to an open-concept office space last October, Michael De Monte had noticed significant changes in the social dynamics among employees.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Rough Trade

    January 11, 2012 by OHS

    From 1982 to 1998, Gary Leon Ridgway preyed on sex workers in King County, Washington. Ridgway picked up the women, took them back to his house and strangled them, later writing in his defendant’s statement that his goal was to kill as many sex…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Warming Trend

    January 11, 2012 by OHS

    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.  

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Removing the driver from the driving equation

    December 8, 2011 by OHS

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

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Silenced Out

    December 8, 2011 by OHS

    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

    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.