OHS Canada Magazine


  • 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

  • Overtime Health & Safety

    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 EmergencyShowers.com

    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

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    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