OHS Canada Magazine


  • Overtime Health & Safety

    Ten Eye-Injury Pitfalls to Watch for at Work

    October 11, 2016 by Michelle Morra

    Wear your safety glasses. It’s a simple rule, and one that workers obey more than ever thanks to awareness campaigns, enforcement and the wide array of technologically advanced, funky-looking protective eyewear on the market today. Yet many Canadian eyes remain

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    Eye Spy Safety

    October 11, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Let’s be clear. The main function of safety eyewear, as its name implies, is to protect. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of comfort, design and clarity — attributes that can work individually or as a

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    For Your Eyes Only

    October 11, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    Eyes are among our most vulnerable organs. The risk of injuring our windows to the soul is even higher for those who are exposed to projectiles, dust, gases, wood pellets and chemicals on the job. As such, safety glasses and

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    Personal Protective Equipment: Prevent high cost of hearing loss in the workplace

    September 14, 2016 by Kelly Martin

    Work-related hearing loss is a critical health and safety issue that affects about 25 per cent of the workforce, who are exposed to hazardous noise on the job. The good news is that occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is 100

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    Hearing Protection Requirements in Pulp and Paper

    September 14, 2016 by Bill Sokol

    As in other process industries, the issue of hearing protection in the pulp and paper industry is made more complex by the fact that employers must not only protect their workers’ hearing, but also the purity of their product. In

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    Hear for Tomorrow

    September 13, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

    Sound can be transformed into the unsound when excessive: too much noise, too much vibration, even too much exposure to solvents can lead to hearing loss that no amount of second-guessing will restore. A whole host of controls should be

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    Hear, There and Everywhere

    September 13, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    Loud noise is present in many work environments. Think of people who work at airports and construction sites, or in factories, forestry and the resources sector, even at entertainment venues or schools packed with crowds. As hearing damage is permanent

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    Does Your Workplace Need Mental-Health First-Aid Officers?

    August 22, 2016 by OHSInsider

    It’s a basic safety measure to have individuals in the workplace who are trained in first aid. So-called first aiders or first-aid attendants can handle minor injuries and stabilize workers with more serious injuries or illnesses until they can get

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    First on the Scene

    August 17, 2016 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

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    Canadian Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Foundation Share the Science behind New First-Aid Guidelines

    August 12, 2016 by the Canadian Red Cross

    Cleaning with soap and water might seem like the best way to disinfect a cut, but new research calls for scrapping the soap and rinsing for five minutes with clean, running tap water instead. The change to this widely adopted

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    The Importance of First Aid in the Workplace

    August 10, 2016 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

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    Fall Protection for Workers at Heights

    July 19, 2016 by CSA Group

    New guide provides equipment-selection and safety strategies for managers

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    The Four Most Common Rooftop Fall Hazards

    July 13, 2016 by John Rexroad

    Rooftop falls are responsible for a third of fatal construction falls. Not only do rooftop falls happen often, but they are incredibly dangerous when they do. Often, those who fall are carrying heavy gear and falling from a less-than-optimal height:

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    Fall-Protection Statistics for Construction Safety

    July 13, 2016 by Matrix Labour Leasing

    In Canada, more than 40,000 workers get hurt each year because of fall accidents. Fall accidents represent a large percentage of “lost-time injuries” accepted by workers’ compensation boards across Canada. More than just economic loss, falls also cause pain, suffering

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    Falling Safely

    July 11, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    From construction, roofing and utilities to industrial factories and even transportation, falling from heights is a common danger in many sectors. Fall-arrest equipment, including shock-absorbing lanyards, self-retracting lifelines and full-body harnesses connected to anchors, has become mandatory for many professions

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    Every Breath You Take

    June 17, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    Of all the different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) out there, respiratory protection may be the most diverse in terms of products. Part of the reason for that is the scope of occupations that are vulnerable to oxygen shortage

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    Face Masks vs. Respirators

    June 14, 2016 by Kapil Gupta

    What’s the difference between face masks and respirators? This is a question we get asked quite often during our fit testing at Synergy Employment Services. It is also the cause of great confusion among users of respirators. There are countless

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    N95 Respirators vs. Surgical Masks: Protecting healthcare workers from respiratory infections

    June 3, 2016 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal

    Accumulated evidence does not indicate superiority of N95 respirators over surgical masks in protecting healthcare workers from contracting acute respiratory infections from patients, according to a systematic review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Since the outbreak of severe acute

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    Know Your Foe

    June 3, 2016 by Jason Contant

    Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” Though he was known for his wit, Berra’s message regarding the importance of planning is no joking matter, particularly when it comes to occupational

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    Gas Encounters of the Work Kind

    May 18, 2016 by Jeff Cottrill

    Dangerous substances or impurities in the air are a common risk in many industries and professions, from oil and gas, power generation, mining and firefighting to emergency response and jobs involving dangerous materials. This hazard is not exclusive to work