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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3
Jan
Factory in green space

December Legislative Updates

Key: Title of Legislation Changes Made Effective Date   Occupational Health & Safety Federal   No changes Alberta   No changes British Columbia Public Health Act The definition of “nurse practitioner” in section 1 has been repealed November 2, 2017   Gas Safety Regulation Paragraphs 30(1)(b) and (f) have been replaced November 1, 2017   Workers Compensation Act The definition …

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24
Nov
Cold Construction worker wearing ppe

Cold Stress and Winter Safety

This week several Canadian meteorologists  and climatologists released their predictions for the winter season, and the theme was consistent, we are expecting a traditional Canadian winter ahead. While their forecast may fail to materialize we are alerted to the reality that some Canadian workers will experience cold stress hazards  while on the job, affecting performance and safety. Workers who are …

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20
Nov

EHS Audit Multi-site Chemical Manufacturer

EKG was contracted by a leading chemical manufacturer to conduct a multi-site/multi-provincial EHS audits. The purpose of the audit was to provide an objective review of the operations, concerning regulatory compliance against federal, provincial, and municipal regulations. Additionally, assess the implementation of corporate governance initiatives. These audits consisted of a multi-disciplined auditing team with extensive EHS experience and qualifications in …

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24
Oct
An Investigator Surveys and Accident Scene in an Industrial Setting

Keys to Incident Response – Accident Investigation

Accidents happen, as any parent will tell you, and we are often left wondering why. A critical component of accident investigation is getting to the “why.” A child asks “Why?” to which we generally answer “Because”, only to be asked “Because Why?”. Everyone who has young children has been engaged in this exercise – and while it may seem circular …

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15
Aug

Mould Assessment

EKG was contracted by a restoration firm and insurance company to perform an investigation of the building envelope of an 85 person aided retirement home, as the result of a water intrusion event. The examination utilized nondestructive testing of the structure using thermal imaging, and cameras to investigate wall cavities and voids. Bulk sampling of materials exhibiting mould growth, and …

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25
Jul

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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25
Jul

Designated Substance Program

A routine MOL investigation identified that a mid-sized manufacturing site had not assessed its operation for designated substances under O. Reg 490, and that 4 of the 11 designated substances in Ontario were present either as part of the building envelop (asbestos, lead), materials used in their process (silica), or in the equipment (mercury). EKG conducted designated assessment surveys for …

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25
Jul

Noise Assessment for Industrial Manufacturing

A large sized Tier 1 automotive manufacturing organization wanted to assess their facility for noise levels and to identify high-risk occupations. EKG Inc. was contracted to perform this noise assessment. Our initial process was to conduct a facility wide noise mapping to determine the noise levels throughout the various departments. Areas with the highest noise levels identified occupations for personal …

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28
Jun

Designated Substance Programs

A routine MOL investigation identified that a mid-sized manufacturing site had not assessed its operation for designated substances under O. Reg 490. At present 4 of the 11 designated substances in Ontario were present either as part of the building envelope (asbestos, lead), materials used in their process (silica) or the equipment (mercury). EKG conducted designated assessment surveys for each …

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