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  • Feature Health & Safety

    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.

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    In the Eye

    September 7, 2011 by OHS

    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

    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

    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…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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,”

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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

  • Feature Health & Safety

    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

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Just Temporary

    June 7, 2011 by OHS

    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…

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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