22
May
Pollutants to air are listed on the NPRI

NPRI Deadline Approaching

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is our nation’s legislated, publicly‐accessible inventory of pollutants released (to air, water and land), disposed of and sent for recycling by industrial and other facilities across the country. The NPRI was established in 1992 by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Since then Ontario has introduced two pieces of legislation that extend the obligations of this …

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13
Apr
Employee during required office rest breaks at work

Evidence for Office Rest Breaks

I was recently out with a client who asked me to comment on a new initiative a supervisor had implemented in the office area of an industrial production plant. The supervisor felt that the workers were not getting enough done, chatting too much, running around the office more than getting the needed work done at their desks, etc. The supervisor …

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10
Apr
A bad example of one size fits all cookie cutter office ergonomics

STOP “Cookie-Cutter” Office Ergonomics

Many employers and workers explore ways to reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries in the office workspace. Whether reacting to injuries, pain, discomfort, etc. or proactively trying to prevent these consequences from developing, commendable efforts for the safety of workers occur. These adaptations to office workstations can include internal resources or external 3rd party office ergonomics providers who far too …

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6
Apr
Bottles of chemicals on a shelf in a laboratory setting

Chemicals in the Workplace – Soup Theory

Chemicals used in the workplace and the soup we enjoy at home share in a common problem. It comes down to what I call the soup theory. Nearly everyone loves soup, as a child of the 70’s, canned soup was the ideal comfort food on a cold winter day. Occasionally when reaching into the back of the cupboard to grab …

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2
Apr
Ergonomic gimmicks throughout the ages

Top 3 Modern Office Ergonomics Trends & Gimmicks

Every decade seems to have some gimmick device for the office that comes out, gets popular and becomes a fad that everyone wants. At first glance and with little critical thinking, these gems have unique and curious features that seem reasonable and address an issue whether real or created that they would help. Add a sales angle and some societal …

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23
Mar
Modern application of ergonomics using computer modelling

The Evolution of Ergonomics

Ergonomics has been defined as the scientific discipline concerned with fitting the job/task to the worker and the history and evolution of ergonomics as a science is a long story. Contrary to popular belief, ergonomics is a field that did not originate in the 1980s due to an influx of injuries in the office work environment. The concept of studying …

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20
Mar

Industrial Hygiene Sampling

A medium sized automotive manufacturer needed to evaluate its workplace for chemical hazards associated with worker exposure. As a result, an Major OHSAS 18001 non-compliance finding on the issue. The facility had conducted some industrial hygiene testing in the past, but it was limited in scope and focused solely on one department. The company at the time had over 500 …

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