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PPE AND WHMIS

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment or clothing worn to minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace. PPE does not remove or reduce workplace hazards and does not replace effective engineering or administrative control methods such as substitution or ventilation. PPE is the last line of defense when the hazard cannot…

Pick Up Tips, The right way to lift objects!

Lifting, handling, or carrying objects at work can result in musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), including sprains, strains and other injuries. The risk of injury increases when bending, twisting, heavy loads, and awkward postures are involved. Effective ergonomic controls can reduce the risk and prevent injuries.  Are you following safe lifting practices? The…

Pneumatic Tools

The dangers of pneumatic tools differ from those of electric-powered equipment. Protect yourself by reviewing the hazards and prevention methods below. HAZARDS Operating at the incorrect pressure or flow can cause excessive force, resulting in serious injury. Air hoses that are the wrong size for the tool or in poor…

Close Calls

A “close call”, near miss or accident without injury is easy to shrug off and forget. But, there is a danger in brushing off accidents that don’t hurt, harm or damage. When a “close call” happens, it should immediately send a red warning flag that something was wrong, unplanned, unexpected,…

GOT WATER?

We’ve all experienced it at some point when working or playing hard – fatigue sets in, your mouth feels dry and your legs are heavy and maybe you even get a headache. These are all common signs of dehydration. When you are working hard, body fluid is lost through sweat.…

9 Ways to Stand Out at Work

Know Your Strengths – Take a minute or two to think of the top three things you are best at. Get creative and think about how these strengths can be applied to your job. This will allow those around you to see you perform at your best and your strengths…

Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress

Many people are exposed to heat on the job, in both indoor and outdoor heat environments. Operations involving high air temperatures, radiant heat sources (e.g., sunlight, hot exhaust), high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects, or strenuous physical activities have a high potential for causing heat-related illness. Indoor workplaces with…

Working Outdoors

No sooner does summer arrive then weather stations are issuing heat advisories. For some workers, the heat is a serious occupational hazard.  The human body is usually good at maintaining its ideal temperature of 37 C. At any time of year and in various circumstances, the body produces its own…

BEAT THE HEAT!!

Summer can mean that the heat is on for many workers spending their days outdoors, in poorly-ventilated offices or dressed in heavy-duty protective clothing. People who work outdoors should ensure that they are protected against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight that can cause skin cancer. Working in a hot…

Pass the Screen to Get the Interview

If a potential employer phones, are you ready for a phone screen interview? It’s important to realize that you are making your first impression over the phone before you ever set foot in an interview room. Many recruiters and hiring managers will spend a few minutes on the phone with…
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