6
Apr
Chemicals in the Workplace - Soup Theory

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
Top 3 Modern Office Ergonomics Trends & Gimmicks

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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29
Mar
Legislative Updates - March 2018

Legislative Updates - March 2018

Federal Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

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23
Mar
The Evolution of Ergonomics

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

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
Should Contractors Define Your Confined Space Planning and Processes?

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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9
Mar
How to Choose and Set Up the Perfect Keyboard

How to Choose and Set Up the Perfect Keyboard

While you primarily a keyboard simply for typing—and while a $10 keyboard will type just fine—certain keyboards and set-ups are much better suited for specific tasks and workers. Your keyboard is something you may use all day at your desk, so you should make sure it isn't going to cause you any strain. If you experience any forearm or wrist...

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27
Feb

Legislative Updates - February 2018

Federal Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

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26
Feb
Ontario Legal Compliance Paradigm Shift Accelerates

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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5
Feb
NEER Rate Group Challenge

NEER Rate Group Challenge

As part of a proactive review by EKG we identified a major manufacturer of bearings was classified in a different WSIB rate group than its competitors. This represented a significant financial disadvantage. EKG researched all competitors in the the marketplace, obtaining their specific rate groups, NIAC codes, and other critical data. From this research a position paper prepared and presented to WSIB outlining the inequities in the specific industrial group and requested a reclassification for the client within their appropriate rate group....

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