Articles: Health and Safety

Personal Protective Equipment and Winter Weather

19 Jan '18

    It’s important to choose protective clothing that is suitable for the temperature, the work you will be doing, and the physical exertion that is required by the task. COLD-WEATHER TIPS Warm clothing can help prevent a number of cold-weather hazards, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Cold temperatures can also reduce your mental alertness […]

WHMIS 2015 – An Overview

12 Jan '18

WHMIS Overview WHMIS first came into effect on October 31, 1988. It was created to address the rights of Canadian workers, to know about health and safety hazards associated with chemicals that they use or may come in contact with in the workplace. In February 2015, Canada aligned WHMIS with the Globally Harmonized System of […]

Winter Safety Tips

29 Dec '17

Winter is coming and with it, the potential for slips, trips, and falls. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), over 42,000 workplace injuries are due to fall accidents. The majority of these, or about 66%, are same level falls due to slips and trips. The inevitable winter ice and snow […]

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

22 Dec '17

7 tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Choose a fresh Christmas tree, not a dry one. Set it up in a container of water and add more water as required. A dry tree is a fire hazard, so keep your tree fresh and moist. If you think this combination of water and Christmas […]

Heating things up in the Office

15 Dec '17

Portable electric space heaters are commonly used to provide supplemental heat during the colder months. Unfortunately, space heaters can increase the risks of fire and electric shock if not used properly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that there were 21,800 home fires involving stationary or portable space heaters in 2007. These fires resulted […]

Cold Weather Injuries and Gear

08 Dec '17

Dress warmly and stay dry to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite Signs and Treatment: Skin becomes pale, hard and numb. Fingers, hands, toes, feet, ears, and nose are usually affected. If frostbite occurs: Move to a warm dry area and remove any clothing that fits tight and will limit blood flow. Do not rub skin […]

Be SAFE on ICE

09 Nov '17

Walking to and from parking requires special attention to lots or between buildings at work during winter to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries – especially during the winter months. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, […]

Eye Safety at Work

27 Oct '17

Eye injuries in the workplace are surprisingly common: every day, 700 Canadian workers sustain eye injuries on the job, often resulting in lost time and, in some cases, either temporary or permanent vision loss. This figure is sobering given that the majority of eye injuries are preventable. In this section you can learn about safety […]

Hand Hygiene Matters

20 Oct '17

  While you don’t have to hold the handshakes and high fives, regular and proper hand washing is key to saving yourself and your colleagues from germs that harm your health.   Public transport is a germfest!  One in four commuters has faeces bacteria on their hands – Scrub your hands with soap and water […]

Fire Safety Tips For The Office

13 Oct '17

Fire Safety Tips For The Office An office fire can be devastating, resulting in the loss of life, jobs, property and information. It can lead to business interruption or even permanent closure. Offices are loaded with combustibles: carpeting, draperies, papers, books, wood and upholstered furniture, plastic laminate, vinyl-fabric-covered furniture, wood panelling, as well as electrically […]