Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can poison and kill with little or no warning! Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America....

Smart Farming Puts Safety First

Farming is a traditional way of life for many Canadians. Most farms in this country are family operations. When the home doubles as an industrial...

Fatigue

The tragedies of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the Exxon Valdez all occurred during the night shift. Fatigue is a critical occupational safety...

Workplace Safety

Canada Safety Council emphasizes the importance of health and safety to employers in helping to minimize workplace injuries. Topics include personal protective equipment, fatigue, bullying in the workplace, farm safety, and more.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can poison and kill with little or no warning! Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America. Exposure to high concentrations can cause death in just a few minutes. Confusion -- a symptom of exposure to this colorless,...

The Cold Facts on Hypothermia

We Canadians pride ourselves on our ability to cope with our severe winters. But we forget that the cold can and does kill. The dangers become all too clear when there is a disaster, and unprepared people become stranded or fall into cold water. Hypothermia, sometimes...

Office Noise and Acoustics

Unlike many workplaces, the office is a relatively quiet place to work. Two important benefits of good office acoustics are the ability to concentrate without being distracted, and the ability to hear the spoken word. Noise is a productivity issue as much as it is a...

Children on the Farm

Too often, both children and parents consider the entire farm a play space. Farm children live in a workplace - one that exposes them to machinery, chemicals, livestock and other hazards. The best way to keep youngsters away from the risks is to have a specifically...

Safety and the Temporary Worker

Temporary employment takes a wide variety of forms: term, contract, seasonal, casual, and placement through a staffing company. It is common in construction, resource industries such as fishing and agriculture, public administration, personal services and community...

Smart Farming Puts Safety First

Farming is a traditional way of life for many Canadians. Most farms in this country are family operations. When the home doubles as an industrial worksite, safety must always come first. Basic Precautions Over half of all serious farming-related injuries happen when...

Methanol

Methanol is a widely used industrial solvent also found in some household chemicals. Symptoms of Methanol Poisoning: Upset stomach, dizziness, vision problems. Symptoms reappear six to 30 hours later with greater severity. Methanol is a clear, colourless liquid with a...

Shop Safety Basics

Good housekeeping helps prevent injuries and increases workshop efficiency. Winter is a busy time in many farm workshops. Good shop management prevents injuries and improves the efficiency of repair operations. This article from the Farm Safety Association applies to...

Working with a Bully

If you need assistance in dealing with a workplace bully, please visit AnonymousEmployee.com. Bullying at work is the repeated, health or career endangering mistreatment of one employee, by one or more employees. The mistreatment is a form of psychological violence...

Slip-Falls, No Laughing Matter

Man slips on banana peel. Audience laughs uproariously. The slip-fall is a staple of slapstick comedy. Nonetheless, slips are a major occupational safety issue. They are one of the most common and preventable workplace injuries. The Health and Safety Commission in the...

Fatigue

The tragedies of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the Exxon Valdez all occurred during the night shift. Fatigue is a critical occupational safety concern for shift workers, especially workers in the transportation industry. Off the job, being overtired creates a risk...

Perfume in the Workplace

Fragrances have been used over the millennia for medicine, religion, romance, and simply to mask foul odors. However, the composition of today’s fragrances is quite different from that of the ancient pharaohs or the “perfumed court” of France’s King Louis XV. Until...

Safe Sitting

Do your muscles occasionally feel stiff and sore even though all you’ve done throughout the day is work at a desk? The reason could be that you’ve been sitting in the wrong position, perhaps at a computer. Muscular discomfort and injury are common complaints for...

Mental Health and the Workplace

Mental health claims are the fastest growing category of disability costs in Canada. They account for an estimated 30 to 40 percent of the disability claims recorded by Canada’s major insurers and employers. Three-quarters of employers say mental health issues are the...