Occupational Fatalities: A Lasting Effect

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Occupational Fatalities: A Lasting Effect

An Occupational Fatality as defined by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), is the death of a worker resulting from a work-related incident or exposure. Workplace fatalities are a lot more common than one would think. Very rarely do we hear about all the fatalities that are somehow work related. Here is a public report with […]

Air Quality in an Office Setting

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Air Quality in an Office Setting

Ever heard of “Sick Building Syndrome”, commonly referred to as SBS? Believe it or not, poor air quality affects productivity levels in the workplace. When the indoor air quality is low it affects your business in more ways than one. It can cause allergies, eye and throat irritation, sinus congestion, irritate asthma and mental fatigue. […]

Why Do a Hazard Assessment?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Why Do a Hazard Assessment?

A hazard assessment and controls provide a consistent process for companies to identify and control hazards. It focuses efforts towards developing worker training, inspections, emergency response plans etc. It is required by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety legislation for employers to conduct hazard assessments and eliminate the hazards or implement controls to protect workers. Besides […]

Start Safety Early – When Should Your Children Learn?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Start Safety Early – When Should Your Children Learn?

When you picture your young children growing up and starting their first jobs is safety something that crosses your mind? When our children are young we care so much about their safety; we don’t let them cross the street without holding an adults hand and we don’t let them ride their bikes without wearing a […]

Mental Illness in Canada – Is it being ignored?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Mental Illness in Canada – Is it being ignored?

On April 17th, 1982, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was added to the Canadian Constitution. At the core of this Charter lies equality rights; all are equal under the law and deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other individualizing factor (Harnois, 2002). According to […]

We need a Safety Program, where do we start?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
We need a Safety Program, where do we start?

Whether you have made the proactive decision to start up a safety program or you have been asked to by a client or a government entity, it can be a very daunting task. Questions will quickly flood your mind and the process will soon become overwhelming. “How do I develop effective policies?” “What information do […]

I Am a Manager, Now What?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
I Am a Manager, Now What?

Becoming a manager is more than just a change in title. It involves changing one’s own thinking and behaviours to meet the challenges of one’s new role and to create the behaviour you would like from your team. It also involves becoming a person your employees admire and respect and one your boss can rely […]

What is an Industrial Hygienist?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
What is an Industrial Hygienist?

When meeting new people outside of the workplace, one question usually comes up; “so, what do you do?”  When I tell them that I am an Industrial Hygienist, their original question is almost always followed up by a second question, “what is that?”   Frankly, I don’t blame anyone for not knowing what this obscure and […]

Fatigue Management

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Fatigue Management

Extended work hours are becoming more and more frequent in Alberta especially in the oil and gas industry. While there is some confliction between the hours that qualify work as an extended shift the “norm” is 12 hours or more. Generally workers on extended workdays work fewer than 5 days a week, but let’s get […]

Beating the Heat

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Beating the Heat

During the summer months, temperatures can reach well above comfortable working levels. While most of us enjoy a warm summers day, working in it can cause a lot of stress to our bodies.  It is important to keep in mind that high temperatures can cause health risks and to prevent these risks from occurring precautionary […]