OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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

  • Jean Lian

    It Begins with Words

    December 14, 2016 by Jean Lian

    On November 18, I received a message from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) denouncing the recent spate of racist incidents taking place in the city. In the message, the TDSB reported that it had given  direction to all school

  • Jean Lian

    Power and Prejudice

    October 21, 2016 by Jean Lian

    “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” This remark by Canadian judge Robin Camp to a sexual-assault victim during a trial he presided over in Calgary in 2014 has not only spurred an inquiry by the Canadian Judicial Council.

  • Jean Lian

    Beyond the Comfort Zone

    August 22, 2016 by Jean Lian

    I recently attended a conference in Atlanta, and one of the sessions talked about how cyber risks have become an issue that concerns not only the IT department, but also safety professionals. The speakers pointed out that cyber attacks no

  • Jean Lian

    What’s Your Reason?

    June 23, 2016 by Jean Lian

    A recent article published in Toronto Star has raised alarm over the suspension of the physical-education program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The article cited this development as part of a larger trend of universities moving away from such

  • Jean Lian

    The New “Mess” Media

    April 19, 2016 by Jean Lian

    Two recent court decisions involving online harassment reveal a cybersphere that remains largely unpoliced and one that the judicial system is ill-equipped to adjudicate. In February, the British Columbia Crown decided not to charge a man who had created a

  • Jean Lian

    Policing the Police

    February 25, 2016 by Jean Lian

    It is never easy being the good guy, but the recent verdict that found Toronto Police officer James Forcillo guilty of attempted murder over the 2013 shooting of Sammy Yatim on a streetcar shows just how fuzzy the line between

  • Jean Lian

    New Face of Violence

    December 23, 2015 by Jean Lian

    The Paris massacre has received global attention and unleashed a worldwide outpouring of grief. The high death toll from six coordinated attacks directed at soft targets like restaurants, a stadium and a concert hall have stoked fears of similar attacks

  • Jean Lian

    Pushing the Limits

    October 21, 2015 by Jean Lian

    Since the advent of the Internet, online technology has tested workplace safety in various ways. The ease and efficiency of communication brought about by the invention of electronic mail in the early 1970s transformed workplace communication and information dissemination. But

  • Jean Lian

    The Next Frontier

    September 3, 2015 by Jean Lian

    I was at a walk-in clinic near Toronto when I vaguely overheard a patient asking about a doctor. The receptionist replied that the doctor in question had become a woman. The conversation did not develop far enough for me to

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Health & Safety

    Spring Fling with Danger

    June 25, 2015 by Jean Lian

    It felt like a near-miss incident when I read about the closure of several popular trails in Banff in mid-May due to a hiker’s close encounter with a bear. I had recently returned from Canmore and Banff, where I was

  • Carmelle Wolfson

    Trouble Overhead

    May 4, 2015 by Carmelle Wolfson

    The tragic incident in which a flight crashed in the French Alps with 150 people on board on March 23 highlights critical safety oversights in the airline industry. It is believed that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz,

  • Jean Lian

    Watch Your Step

    March 5, 2015 by Jean Lian

    Ontario is getting serious about falls. Come April 1, the new Working at Heights Training Program will become mandatory for those who work at heights in construction projects that fall under the province’s Regulations for Construction Projects. The standard will

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Human Resources

    See No Evil

    November 21, 2014 by Jean Lian

    The Jian Ghomeshi scandal is an old tale told with new characters. The disgraced public broadcaster, who was fired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) amid allegations of aggressive sexual behaviour from 11 women, has lawyered up. It was not

  • Jean Lian

    A Fractured View

    September 25, 2014 by Jean Lian

    A report out of the United States, which found a connection between fracking fluids and worker fatalities, should serve as a wake-up call for Canada’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. On May 19, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Health & Safety

    Caught in the Middle

    September 25, 2014 by Jean Lian

    The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has been making news of late, but not in a way that puts the program or the authorities running it in a flattering light. The imposition of an immediate moratorium on the food-services sector’s

  • Jean Lian
    Opinion Transportation

    The “Lucky” Ones

    September 25, 2014 by Jean Lian

    Seventeen days — that was how long it took the families of the passengers on board flight MH370 to find out that the plane, which vanished from radar on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, had crashed