OHS Canada Magazine


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    Hands-Down Protection

    December 1, 2009 by Angela Stelmakowich

    If safety gloves were ships, the main message would likely be “steady as she goes.” While no great new wave looks to be bearing down on the marketplace, that hardly means the waters are not churning j…

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    Going Viral on H1N1

    December 1, 2009 by Angela Stelmakowich & Jean Lian

    It has arrived — and not a moment too soon for people concerned about the potential health toll that H1N1 could exact this flu season.

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    Hands-Off Documents

    December 1, 2009 by Dan Birch

    The story has all the makings of a compelling Hollywood flick: a confidential, privileged report a company had been assured would be destroyed finds its way into the hands of a provincial inspector an…

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    Colour Me Safe

    October 1, 2009 by Jason Contant

    New technology is often eagerly anticipated, while concurrently viewed with scepticism — that is, at least until any wrinkles have been ironed out.

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    The Other Hepatitis

    September 1, 2009 by Jason Contant

    There are plenty of types of hepatitis: C likely being the most familiar and capable of setting off the loudest alarm bells in workplace settings.

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    A Safe and Helpful Lift

    September 1, 2009 by Andrew D'Cruz

    Lifting is a common workplace task that seems tailor-made for injury. Picking up a load that is just a few kilograms too heavy, reaching just a little too far forward, carrying something just a bit ov…

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    Taking a Broader View

    September 1, 2009 by Dan Birch

    Tunnel vision — the term can carry hefty negative connotations. That is certainly the case when it comes to occupational health and safety, where failure to consider anything but what’s directly ahead can be hazardous indeed.Take a road…

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    Breathe In, Breathe Out

    July 1, 2009 by Jason Contant

    The list of deadly substances a worker may encounter while responding to a hazardous event is varied and frightening: materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive, corrosive, biohazardous or t…

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    Changing The Look Of Violence

    July 1, 2009 by Dan Birch

    Theresa Vince, Pierre Lebrun and Lori Dupont — their names have become synonymous with work-related violence, harassment or both.

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    Equip Against MSD Pain

    June 1, 2009 by JASON CONTANT

    TAKING A PASSIVE APPROACH — basically, reacting after something has happened — is never a good thing when it comes to preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). With many jurisdictions across Cana…

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    Well-Conceived Wellness

    April 1, 2009 by Andrew D'cruz - Andrew D'Cruz Is Editorial Assistant Of OHS CANADA.

    WHEN VANCOUVER’S AIRPORT saw lost-time injuries climbing skyward in the late 1990s, it became clear that a new flight plan was in order.

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    Incremental, Insidious, Forever

    April 1, 2009 by Dan Birch

    IT’S A HAZARD that’s heard daily, but all too often, not heeded. Dangerous noise levels are a part of the job for approximately 30 per cent of the industrial work force, says Brian Myers, portfolio ma…

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    Get Real in the Virtual World

    March 1, 2009 by Jason Contant

    TWO YEARS BEFORE assembly line workers at Ford Motor Company plants actually start production on a new vehicle, the unit is already being built.

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    Distraction Hear and Now

    March 1, 2009 by Dan Birch

    IMAGINE BEING A SAFETY MANAGER, preparing to lead the monthly meeting that’s just about to start. The agenda is full, so everyone will need to focus to get things done.

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    Giant Mine Saga Nears End

    March 1, 2009 by Andrew D'Cruz, Andrew D'Cruz Is Editorial Assistant Of Ohs Canada.

    THE WIDOWS OF NINE WORKERS killed in a deliberately set explosion during a hard-fought labour dispute at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine have asked Canada’s highest court to decide, once and for all, what co…

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    Warming To Protective Gear

    January 1, 2009 by OHS Canada

    ON FEBRUARY 3, 1947, the tiny village of Snag in the Yukon set a record yet to be bested. With a week of cold air blowing in from Siberia, Snag netted the lowest air temperature ever recorded in Canad…

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    Chemical release clears processing plant

    October 1, 2008 by Andrew D'Cruz


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    Regina v. INCO: Righting an Old Wrong

    September 1, 2001 by Cheryl A. Edwards and George Parris

    MANY WILL SAY that the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R. v. Inco Limited (released June 6, 2001) has been too long in coming. On the surface, the question at issue was a simple one: When does an inspector, entering the premises of a co…

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    July 1, 2000 by Cheryl A. Edwards

    Do the contractor safety practices at your workplace consist of reliance on contractual sign-offs in which the contractor agrees to be “fully responsible for compliance with all applicable health and safety legislation and standards”? Or do your p…

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    January 1, 2000 by Cheryl A. Edwards

    The corporation’s thorough written health and safety system has been detailed in all respects to the court in an effort to establish due diligence. Yet several company supervisors, under cross-examination by the prosecution, have now admitted that…