OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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,

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    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

  • iPain in the Neck

    February 7, 2019 by Ann Ruppenstein

    There is no turning back — digital technology and the prolific use of tablets and cellphones are here to stay. But that massive adoption of digital technology has also heralded a host of ergonomic ills stemming from bad posture, strained

  • Putting a Lid on Sedentary Lifestyle

    February 7, 2019 by Jean Lian

    The health risks arising from sedentary lifestyles have reached an epidemic level. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian adults are not physically active for most of the day, with both men and women spending almost 70 per cent of

  • A Tale of Two Sexes

    February 7, 2019 by Jean Lian

    Women have a higher risk of some musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) than men, even when both genders engage in the same tasks. Women report pain, discomfort and other MSD symptoms in the neck and upper limbs twice as often as men

  • Smartphones: More than Just a Pain in the Neck

    February 7, 2019 by Jean Lian

    A majority of the world’s 3.4 billion smartphone users are putting their necks at risk every time they send a text, according to new research involving the University of South Australia, released on January 15. ‘Text neck,’ as it is

  • Arresting Falls

    December 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    For people who use or manufacture fall-protection equipment, 2018 marks a year of significant changes stemming from updates to Z259.11 Energy Absorbers and Lanyards that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) made in January 2017. The new edition of the

  • Heading For a Fall

    December 13, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    For people who work at heights, falls are a common cause of injuries and fatalities — not only in the construction industry, but also in industrial workplaces, transportation and many other sectors. Certainly, laws are in place to penalize unsafe

  • Using fall-protection equipment the right way

    December 13, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    It is critical to ensure that all components of a fall-arrest system remain in good condition, in view that most fall-protection gear has a life expectancy of about five years. To ensure that fall-protection gear continues to work effectively, a

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    Falling Safely

    December 13, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    Falls from heights are a common danger in many sectors. As such, fall-arrest equipment has become mandatory for many professions involving work at heights of three metres or more. But even the best fall protection in the world may not

  • Location, Location, Location

    November 26, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Looking at the space configuration and proximity to hazardous substances are key considerations when determining the best location for installing an emergency shower or eyewash. The greater the danger of contamination, the closer the emergency shower and eyewash should be

  • Common Reasons for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Station Non-compliance

    November 26, 2018 by

    Industrial and chemical workplaces are required, by law, to meet all safety expectations and take the necessary precautions to ensure that the work environment reflects the industry. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) outlines requirements specifically for the placement, installation

  • Partners in Eye Protection

    November 26, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    Safety glasses can protect a worker’s eyes, but protective eyewear is not foolproof. When blinding dust or chemicals get into a worker’s eye, eyewash stations and emergency showers are needed to decontaminate a worker’s eyes or body immediately. “We hope

  • Preparing for Accidental Releases

    October 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

    Leaving worker safety to chance in environments where spills are possible is not an option. For those tasked with clean-up and containment, a well-thought-out spill response plan is in order. But a plan only takes safety so far; it must