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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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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13
Mar
Workers assessing a confined space before entering

Should Contractors Define Your Confined Space Planning and Processes?

Since the release of the Ontario Regulation 632 Confined Spaces in 2006, there have been numerous questions about its application and expectations. Many companies are trying to avoid the requirements of completing assessment reports, entry plans, entry permits, and policies by contracting out all work that must be undertaken for confined spaces. They are forbidding any in-house workers from entering …

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26
Feb

Ontario Legal Compliance Paradigm Shift Accelerates

There has been a transition within the Ministry of Labour (MOL) for legal compliance requirements that protect workers to be less strict directives and more flexible to workplace conditions. This paradigm shift is moving from prescription to hazard management. Rather than MOL specifically directing employers how to protect workers, it places greater emphasis on the employer to identify hazards and …

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31
Jan

Legislative Updates – January 2018

Occupational Health & Safety Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act R.S.A 2000, c. O-2. Clause 1(d), sections 6 and 7, and subsection 40.1(2) have been repealed. Subsections 40.1(1) and (3) have been amended. Subsection 40.1(3.1) has been added December 15, 2017 Occupational Health and Safety Act S.A 2017, c. O-2.1. New Act. Sections 38, 39, 93, 94, 96 and 97 …

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17
Jan

Standards Update CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety

The new edition 2018 edition of CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety is now available. This the 4th edition to the standard is based on the latest edition of NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to tie into the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. This edition provides enhanced requirements to ensure workers install, operate, and maintain electrical equipment safely. Further the …

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