OHS Canada Magazine


  • Mike Harnett
    Opinion Health & Safety

    At work, being awake is not good enough

    November 18, 2019 by Mike Harnett

    Employers play critical role in mitigating fatigue

  • Colin Ruggiero

    Farm safety rule reversal will hurt Alberta farmers

    October 31, 2019 by Colin Ruggiero

    New legislation may remove headaches, but will also usher in more trouble

  • Vicki McKenna

    Violence against nurses is unacceptable

    October 17, 2019 by Vicki McKenna

    Canada’s next federal government must prioritize the safety of frontline nurses

  • Jeff Cottrill
    Opinion Legislation

    A Delicate Balance

    October 9, 2019 by Jeff Cottrill

    Quebec’s religious-symbol issue isn’t as black-and-white as it seems

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Health & Safety

    The Next Lap

    September 24, 2019 by Jean Lian

    2019 marks my 12th year covering occupational health and safety news for OHS Canada. During the past decade or so, I have learned much not just about the art of writing and editing. I have also gained an under­standing of

  • Jean Lian

    The Battle Over Vaccines

    June 14, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Workplace safety in the Digital Era never fails to yield surprising twists and turns. The measles outbreak in Canada presents not only a public-health risk, but also threatens those who work in healthcare. Teachers and staff who are employed in

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Uncategorized

    A Pain in the Hand

    April 3, 2019 by Jean Lian

    As the editor of a magazine who covers workplace accidents, I have always been grateful to the fact that my job involves so little hazards. Compared to a long-haul trucker who battles fatigue, an engineer working at a construction site

  • Jean Lian

    The Age of Disruption

    February 8, 2019 by Jean Lian

    The massive flight disruption in London’s Gatwick airport due to drone sightings during the busy Christmas season underscored the new reality of how safety — both public and occupational — can be held hostage by random acts perpetuated by irresponsible

  • Jean Lian

    Legally High

    October 16, 2018 by Jean Lian

    It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers. The road to legalizing recreational

  • Jean Lian

    Little George

    October 4, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Alberta farm workers will have similar rights and protections as other workers in Canada when final industry-specific technical rules governing farms take effect on December 1. Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act is, in many respects,

  • Jean Lian

    The Art of Happiness

    August 1, 2018 by Jean Lian

    The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have dominated headlines weeks after the news broke. Their suicides are confounding on two levels: firstly, these were two successful, wealthy and famous people. Secondly, it reminds us of how little we

  • Jean Lian

    On the Road

    July 16, 2018 by Jean Lian

    The horrific crash between a tractor trailer and a bus carrying a Saskatchewan junior hockey team on April 6 that claimed 16 lives shook Canada to the core. The accident was mind-boggling on many levels: the insanely high death toll

  • Jean Lian

    The Tipping Point?

    March 27, 2018 by Jean Lian

    The waves of workplace sexual misconduct show no signs of abating as a quick scan of today’s news headlines yielded yet more reports of such behaviour both in Canada’s civil service and private sector. Following the footsteps of Ontario Progressive

  • Jean Lian

    High Time

    February 7, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Everyone is talking about marijuana, as the recreational use of cannabis becomes legal in July. Even OHS Canada magazine is organizing a symposium on marijuana in the workplace on February 21 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario to share

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Human Resources

    The New Paradigm

    November 24, 2017 by Jean Lian

    Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn addressed the importance of mental well-being at his second summit on post-traumatic stress disorder on October 18. More than 100 first responders attended the event. While people from certain occupations might be more predisposed to

  • Jeff Cottrill

    Virtual Accountability

    October 10, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    The world was shocked by the tragic events that took place on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was not just the violence, which led to the senseless deaths of three innocent people and many more injured; it was also

  • Jean Lian

    Safety without Borders

    August 17, 2017 by Jean Lian

    I was researching industrial safety news when a recent workplace fatality in Singapore caught my eye. A viaduct that was under construction near an expressway collapsed on July 14, leaving one dead and 10 injured. This incident calls to mind

  • Jean Lian

    Freedom 65?

    June 20, 2017 by Jean Lian

    If you are thinking of spending your twilight years tending the garden upon reaching the age of 65, think again. The retirement age in Canada is a moving goalpost, as increasing longevity means that more people are staying in the

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Health & Safety

    Minding Mindfulness

    April 3, 2017 by Jean Lian

    It was one of those frantic mornings when I was trying to do a dozen things, prepping the kids for school and getting myself ready for work. As I was coring an apple for my kids’ lunchboxes, I accidentally sliced

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Health & Safety

    The Dark Side

    February 22, 2017 by Jean Lian

    War kills, and fatalities continue after soldiers leave the battlefields and return to what should have been the comfort and sanctuary of their homes. Peace was shattered in rural Nova Scotia on January 3 when war veteran Lionel Desmond shot