OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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

  • Pipelines safer than rail for transportation of crude: Fraser Institute

    October 15, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    The debate over what is considered the safest method of transporting oil is nothing new. The various stakeholders — depending on their political agenda and interests at stake — all have different views on the issue. For The Fraser Institute,

  • Hot and Bothered

    October 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

    Emergency responders who are tasked with cleaning up spills need apparel that provides all-rounded protection from the substances they are trying to remediate as well as suit the conditions in which they work. But how can workplaces that require head-to-toe

  • Responding to Spills

    October 15, 2018 by Jean Lian

    On February 24, two transport trucks in Toronto collided on highway 401, spilling diesel onto the road. In October 2017, a chemical spill at a recycling facility in the Greater Toronto Area saw the decontamination of more than 60 employees

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Alberta company the first to use a drone to inspect remote pipeline

    September 10, 2018 by Canadian Manufacturing

    FOREMOST, Alta. — A drone has successfully completed a pipeline, well site and power line inspection in Alberta, the first test of its kind beyond visual line of site. Energy companies use drone technology to inspect sites, but flight range

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Will drones soon be used to spy on illegal construction sites?

    September 10, 2018 by Alec Caldwell

    Drones, or unarmed aerial vehicles (UAV’s) with cameras, are already in use by the Ontario Provincial Police. How long before the Ministry of Labour uses them to monitor our jobsites? When you hear the word drone, you might think of

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Ladder Safety in Construction

    July 13, 2018 by Ontario Ministry of Labour

    All workplace parties — employers, supervisors and workers — are responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and prescribed regulations. There are many factors to consider for the safe use of ladders on

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Too Tall to Fall

    July 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Ladders could well be one of mankind’s oldest inventions. The image of a ladder depicted in a Mesolithic rock painting in Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain dates back to at least 10,000 years ago. While ladders are indispensable in many

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Safety and Ladders

    July 13, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    A ladder is a very simple and convenient piece of equipment for numerous industries, but ladders can also be very dangerous. Most of the danger comes not from the ladders themselves, but from how workers use them. “Every day, a

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Stepping Up

    July 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    A ladder is one of the most widely used equipment. Regardless of whether one is replacing a light bulb at home, giving the office a fresh coat of paint or working in an industrial setting like a warehouse or a

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    First-Aid Readiness and the Opioid Crisis

    July 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    As World First Aid Day, an annual campaign to highlight the importance of first-aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives, takes place on September 8 this year, the findings of a 2016 Ipsos poll has raised the question of

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    The Importance of First Aid in the Workplace

    July 13, 2018 by Yosie Saint-Cyr

    Although all jurisdictions in Canada require workplaces to provide a first-aid kit, a first-aid attendant and training, many small-to-medium-sized businesses are still not complying with the law. Employers need to remember that many potential situations or medical emergencies can occur

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Beyond Band-Aid

    July 13, 2018 by Carmelle Wolfson

    In every workplace, there is the potential for accidents to happen. As such, organizations must be prepared to re¬spond to incidents regardless of whether an injury or ill¬ness occurs in an office or a warehouse. “If somebody gets injured, it

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    First on the Scene

    July 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Injury prevention is important in every workplace, but being prepared also means being able to respond to an injury or medical emergency quickly and effectively. For a start, the need to provide some level of workplace first aid is mandated

  • Taking the Energy Out of Danger

    June 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Many types of maintenance and repair work necessitates physically neutralizing all energies of an equipment or machinery to prevent electrocution from contact with live circuits and accidental activation of a machinery on which a worker is repairing, which can result

  • The Lowdown on Lockouts

    June 13, 2018 by Matt Dudgeon

    Routine maintenance, repair, setup and clearing clogged or misaligned feeds are among a host of reasons why workers remove barrier guards to get up close and personal with machinery and equipment. Having a proper lockout/tagout program is key to preventing

  • Locking Out Danger

    June 13, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    In work environments that use powered equipment, machinery or any other source of stored energy, potential hazards are present whenever employees perform maintenance, repairs, installations, inspec-tions or other non-routine tasks. Regardless of whether it is in construc¬tion, manufacturing, engineering, oil