OHS Canada Magazine


  • Overtime Uncategorized

    Cost-effective ways to reduce heat-stress risk

    July 12, 2019 by OHS Canada

    As the mercury in a thermometer rises, beating the heat is not solely an outdoor issue. For environments such as pulp and paper mills, foundries and bakeries, significant radiant heat is generated that can put individuals at risk if heat

  • Overtime Uncategorized

    Dehydration: A worksite’s silent summertime hazard

    July 12, 2019 by John Bleasby

    “Summer time…and the livin’ is easy!” Or maybe not so easy because it’s so darned hot! Working on a construction site in the heat and blazing sun is tough on both the mind and the body. Did you know that

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Preventing heat stress

    July 12, 2019 by WSPS

    Working in the intense heat of the summer sun can put workers at risk of heat stress, which can also hit you in places you wouldn’t expect. “Any job that causes your body temperature to rise has the potential to

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Beating the Heat

    July 12, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Doffing our heavy winter coats and throwing a sun hat over our heads cannot feel better after months of cool weather. But for people who work long hours outdoor during the summer months, it is important to take precautions and

  • Working within safe limits in a confined space

    June 6, 2019 by Jean Lian

    According to Statistics Canada, there were 4,990 deaths associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning between 2000 and 2013. Although this number includes exposure incidents in residences, many CO-exposure cases occur in workplaces. Carbon monoxide is one of the most widespread

  • New series of hazardous refrigeration leak detectors

    June 6, 2019 by Bakers Journal

    Bacharach, a provider of HVAC-R gas instrumentation, announced the addition of 22 halogen refrigerants for its MGS-400 gas detectors in commercial and industrial gas leak monitoring applications. The MGS-400 series product family uses three different sensor types, depending on the measurement range, temperature and gas types when detecting for hazardous refrigerant leaks. The variety of sensor types within the

  • Handling gas-detection devices with care

    June 6, 2019 by Jeff Cottrill

    The importance of being gentle with gas-detection devices cannot be un­derestimated. Monitors are tough enough to withstand harsh work en­vironments and in most cases, these devices can stand a pretty good beating, but that does not mean that one should

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Protection with Detection

    June 6, 2019 by Jeff Cottrill

    Of all the physical hazards that can threaten work­ers, one of the most subtle and most difficult to detect and prevent is hazardous gases — many of which are invisible or odourless, like carbon monoxide (CO). For people who work

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Laser Eye Safety

    May 24, 2019 by Glyn Jones

    Lasers beams and laser devices are in use in thousands of workplaces every day in Canada. Are you working with lasers? The term “laser” conjures up images of science fiction weapons used to vaporize the enemy or high-tech applications used

  • Primary and Secondary Defences Against Eye Injuries

    May 22, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Eye injuries cover a gamut of afflictions that range from computer vision syndrome to penetration by foreign objects like flying debris from a moving tool in a workshop. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, more than 10,000 Ontarians

  • Overtime Hazmat

    The Limitations of Water Washing for Managing Corrosive Chemical Injuries

    May 22, 2019 by David Wootten

    Chemical-exposure injuries occur far too often in workplaces across Canada. There are almost 50 fatalities every year as a result of short and long-term exposure to aggressive chemicals in the workplace. In fact, Canada averages about 2,500 lost-time claims per

  • Overtime Hazmat

    Eye on Safety

    May 22, 2019 by Jean Lian

    The $124,000 fine slapped against Vale Canada Limited in February for its failure to provide ready access to emergency-eyewash equipment and resulting in a worker’s permanent eye injury in 2016 is a cautionary tale not only of the importance of

  • When loud is too loud: How workplace noise affects workers’ health

    April 17, 2019 by CCOHS

    Low or moderate noise levels in an office may be annoying, but louder “industrial-grade” noises in a manufacturing facility can cause permanent hearing loss. Occupational exposure limits are measured in decibels but the limits vary within different jurisdictions (see,

  • Overtime Uncategorized

    Focus on the noise: Preventing hearing loss in the workplace

    April 17, 2019 by WSPS

    Could you or your co-workers be among the one in five adults aged 19 to 79 who have mild hearing loss or more in at least one ear? Results from a Statistics Canada health study, the Hearing loss of Canadians, 2012

  • Turn down the volume: How industrial noise affects worker health

    April 17, 2019 by CCOHS

    How loud is your plant? Conduct an assessment or employee survey to identify sources, gauge noise level, and who is exposed. Industrial noise is more than just annoying and disruptive – it can cause permanent hearing damage. Exposure limits measured

  • Hear, Hear

    April 17, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Rising health claims due increasing hearing loss among Canada’s military personnel is a cautionary tale for industries with high noise levels. A 2016 study obtained by Radio-Canada found that the rising incidence of hearing loss is due in part to

  • Protect against respiratory hazards with knowledge

    March 16, 2019 by Jean Lian

    A multitude of toxic gases may be present depending on the environment. For those who work in confined spaces, ship repair or mining, workers need to be acutely aware of all hazardous materials to which they might be exposed, and

  • Second Wind

    March 16, 2019 by Jeff Cottrill

    Most of us take breathing for granted. But the simple, instinctive act of respiration may be threatened in work environments where hazardous dust, fumes, gases or vapours may be contaminating the air. Jobs that require respirators include refineries, pulp and

  • Wildfires: Tackling emerging respiratory hazards

    March 16, 2019 by Jean Lian

    In recent years, western Canada has been battling more frequent and severe wildfires, giving rise to safety concerns over the ability of emergency protocols and procedures to protect first responders who attend to such emergency situations. A good case in

  • Comfort a key factor in revised respiratory-protection standards

    March 16, 2019 by Jean Lian

    The latest edition of the CSA Standard Z94.4-18 Selection, Use and Care of Respirators, published last fall, saw the introduction of several significant changes. One of them is making user comfort a key factor when selecting respirators. “While attention to