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  • Concrete Construction Health Effects

    Concrete Construction Health Effects

    It’s no secret that working in Concrete Construction is dangerous. The immediate safety hazards are well known. Getting speared or cut on rebar, sore from the hard physical labor; cuts or punctures from nails; and struck by tools, materials or ...

  • Extension ladders - best practices

    Extension ladders - best practices

    What’s at Stake? Every year more than 18,000 workers are injured in falls from ladders. Many die. Would it surprise you to know that most victims fell from heights we would think of as “safe”? How to Protect Yourself? First, ...

  • 10 Questions young and new workers need answered

    10 Questions young and new workers need answered

    What’s at Stake Workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are the largest percentage of the part-time, temporary, contract, casual and seasonal workforce. They’re a tremendous asset to many organizations, tackling jobs with energy and ...

  • Bad housekeeping can bring unthinkable consequences

    Bad housekeeping can bring unthinkable consequences

    What’s at Stake Some people can’t stand a mess, while others leave an evidence trail of poor housekeeping everywhere they go. But in the workplace, bad housekeeping can have consequences that go far beyond creating an image of a ...

  • Don’t let your safety slip away

    Don’t let your safety slip away

    What’s at Stake The banana peel has been a famous prop for slapstick comedy for decades, but there’s nothing funny about the number of injuries associated with slips, trips and falls. Slips, trip and falls consistently rank among the top ...

  • Know your Enemies - workplace hazards

    Know your Enemies - workplace hazards

    What’s at Stake If you and your buddies were facing a dangerous, deceptive enemy, you’d want to find out all you could about it and share any information you come up with. The fact is you do have such a treacherous enemy - the workplace ...

  • How to reduce your risk of ergonomic injuries

    How to reduce your risk of ergonomic injuries

    What’s at Stake? One size does not fit all when it comes to work equipment. Whenever a worker has to modify or adjust them self to perform a work task, the “mis”fit causes stress and strain on the body. What’s the Danger? ...

  • Women in safety: one size does not fit all

    Women in safety: one size does not fit all

    Ill-fitting protective clothing and equipment is a critical problem in workplace safety. It deters workers from performing job-related tasks safely and efficiently. This problem is especially reliant for women in safety. More often than not, ...

  • 6 Typical electrical hazards in the workplace

    6 Typical electrical hazards in the workplace

    What’s at Stake? Electrical shock is a leading cause of workplace fatalities and almost every day approximately one electrocution, 10 disabling injuries and 100 electrical shocks are reported. What’s the Danger? There are four main ...

  • Pedestrian safety in the workplace

    Pedestrian safety in the workplace

    What’s at Stake? We are constantly reminding our children about pedestrian safety.  We tell them to cross only at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street, but often times to forget these safety basics ...

  • Don’t Let the Pressure of Compressed Gas Get to You

    Don’t Let the Pressure of Compressed Gas Get to You

    What’s at Stake? The hazards associated with compressed gas include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, toxic effects from certain gases, reactivity and projectile concerns. What’s the Danger? An employee was killed when a ...

  • Don’t Let the Welding Fume Plume Make You Sick

    Don’t Let the Welding Fume Plume Make You Sick

    What’s at Stake? Welding poses a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working ...

  • Carcinogens are Cancer Causing Chemicals

    Carcinogens are Cancer Causing Chemicals

    What’s at Stake? A carcinogen is any substance that can cause cancer. They are chronic toxins that cause damage after repeated or long-term exposure. For some people, the workplace can be a source of exposure to some carcinogens, such as ...

  • Keep your Guard Up around Machines

    Keep your Guard Up around Machines

    What’s at Stake?  Exposure to unguarded or improperly guarded machines causes over 1000 deaths and 20,000 serious cuts, crushing injuries, scalpings and amputations every year. These injuries are gruesome, painful and often disabling ...

  • Roadside Survival

    Roadside Survival

    A routine road trip in the winter can quickly turn into a nightmare. When you are safe and comfortable inside a heated cab, the great outdoors seems far away. But a breakdown, road wreck or impassable road conditions can quickly bring you face to ...

  • Seven safety tips for working in winter

    Seven safety tips for working in winter

    When discussing workplace hazards that can creep up during the winter months, driving in treacherous conditions is often the first thing people mention but there are several other winter hazards that supervisors need to address with their workers. ...

  • Hypothermia - a cold hearted killer

    Hypothermia - a cold hearted killer

    Workers are exposed to the elements of winter in many industries where outside labor is mandatory. As you might imagine, hypothermia can and does kill. Humans are designed to function normally at a body temperature of 37° C (98.6° F). ...

  • Vacuuming Wood Dust Can be Hazardous

    Vacuuming Wood Dust Can be Hazardous

    It’s well known that wood dust is highly combustible, but the practice of removing it with vacuum trucks can also be dangerous, because of the potential buildup of static electricity. WorkSafeBC has issued a bulletin stating that ...

  • Protect Your Respiratory System

    Protect Your Respiratory System

    The air around you keeps you alive. But in certain circumstances, it can cause you serious injury, illness or death. To stay alive and healthy, you need air which is clean, free of toxic gases and other contaminants, and contains the right amount ...

  • Housekeeping at Work – Don’t Sweep It Under the Rug

    Housekeeping at Work – Don’t Sweep It Under the Rug

    What’s at Stake? Housekeeping at work is about much more than cleaning windows and sweeping up dust bunnies. Poor housekeeping can cause injuries, slow down production, dampen morale, start fires and cause catastrophic explosions of ...