OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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

  • In A Split Second

    June 13, 2018 by Matt Dudgeon

    A workplace accident cannot be undone, and the resulting injury can have lifelong ramifications on those who live to tell the tale. This is certainly the case for Kina Repp, an Ione, Washington-based safety-awareness advocate who speaks at industry events

  • Dangerous Gases in Confined Spaces on Farms

    May 8, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Confined spaces are dangerous not just because ingress and egress from such a space, which is not designed or built for continuous human occupancy, is difficult or restricted. These pockets of space are also potentially deadly as they may contain

  • Overtime Uncategorized

    Forbidden Grounds

    May 8, 2018 by Sabrina Nanji

    Sometimes, the deadliest hazard is also the most unassuming. Confined spaces, which come in various shapes and sizes, certainly fit the bill. A confined space is dangerous because it is not designed for entry by human beings and once inside,

  • Gas Detection Through the Ages

    May 8, 2018 by Jeremy Davalle

    We all know how gas detection works for us today, but how many of you understand how it has evolved over time? Today, there are sensor technologies designed to detect almost any gas to which we might be exposed. Some

  • It’s A Gas

    May 8, 2018 by Jeff Cottrill

    There are many jobs in which workers risk inhaling dangerous gases or impurities. This is particularly true of work in confined spaces. Gas-detection or instrumentation devices that test the air quality of workspaces prevent workers from being canaries in a

  • Tender Minds

    April 8, 2018 by Jean Lian

    New and young workers are not only three times more likely to be physically injured during their first month on the job than their more experienced counterparts; they are also vulnerable to mental illnesses. According to Statistics Canada, young people

  • Growing Pains

    April 8, 2018 by Michael Smith (with files from Jean Lian)

    Alberta’s new employment standards for workers under the age of 18 will come into effect on May 1, 2018. Under the province’s existing labour laws, children under 12 years of age who have a permit from Alberta Labour’s director of

  • Safeguarding Green Hands

    April 8, 2018 by Jean Lian

    For many young workers — usually defined as those under the age of 25 — earning their keep is a novel and empowering experience. Financial independence aside, the work experience gained is another pull factor that entices many young people

  • In the Bud

    April 8, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Youth brings with it vigour and enthusiasm, but young workers — defined as those under the age of 25 — are also the weakest links. According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, new and young workers are three times more

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Vision Protection for All Seasons

    March 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Summer may seem like a universe away as we trudge through the tail end of winter, but the inexorable tide of seasons will bring much-needed vitamin D to our system sooner than we think. And when summer showers its glorious

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    All Eyes on Eyes

    March 13, 2018 by Greg Burchell

    As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is certainly the case when it comes to protecting an organ as fragile as the eyes from hazards at work. The best prevention is to

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Keeping Eye Injuries at Bay

    March 13, 2018 by Jean Lian

    Eye injuries are not only common, but also costly. In addition to resulting in time loss from work and increased workers’ compensation premiums, it also takes a toll on one’s functionality and quality of life. Every day in Canada, 700

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Protecting outdoor workers in cold weather

    November 17, 2017 by Resource Engineering & Maintenance

    Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Warming To Protective Gear

    November 17, 2017 by Andrew D'Cruz

    On February 3, 1947, the tiny village of Snag in the Yukon set a record yet to be bested. With a week of cold air blowing in from Siberia, Snag netted the lowest air temperature ever recorded in Canada: -62.8

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Staying Warm and Safe

    November 17, 2017 by OHS Canada

    As winter sets in, outdoor workers need to reaquaint themselves with the art of dressing right and staying warm. Workers who are at risk of cold exposure span a gamut of industries that include construction, transportation, utilities and telecommunications, first

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Cold Comfort

    November 17, 2017 by Jeff Cottrill

    When autumn winds down and temperatures begin to fall, people who work outdoors need extra protection from the cold weather, on top of whatever personal protective equipment (PPE) they are already wearing. Manufacturers are aware of this, and they know