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Health and Safety for Small Business

Health and Safety for Small Business

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jul 15th, 2019 in Tips & News

Small business owners may be unaware of the specific laws and regulations they are expected to comply with. Health and safety can be overwhelming for small business owners who often don’t even know where to start. *Note: A 6-inch binder, sitting on a shelf, is not a health and safety program

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Pondering “intelligent health and safety”

Pondering “intelligent health and safety”

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jul 4th, 2019 in Tips & News

Why do employers continue to choose conscious ignorance (knowing you have to do something but choosing to ignore it) instead of “intelligent health and safety?

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Proper Attire Can Prevent Workplace Injury

Proper Attire Can Prevent Workplace Injury

By Jacklyn Dixon

Posted Jun 21st, 2019 in Tips & News

In Canada, there are 15.5 work-related injuries occurring for every 1000 workers. Employers can help reduce the number of accidents by creating an appropriate policy for workplace attire. Clothing safety regulations can vary depending on industries, however, it is important that workers comply and employers enforce these rules.

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Two-Way Radio Etiquette for Effective Communication and Worker Safety

Two-Way Radio Etiquette for Effective Communication and Worker Safety

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jun 6th, 2019 in Tips & News

Clear radio communication ensures a safer jobsite when approached with respect and not congesting channels with pointless chatter. It can be very confusing, distracting, and difficult if not impossible to understand.

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Slips, Trips and Falls - Tips for planning a Safety Talk

Slips, Trips and Falls - Tips for planning a Safety Talk

By Bob Murden

Posted May 28th, 2019 in Tips & News

This week or next is the perfect time to remind workers about slip, trip and fall hazards and prevention in your workplace. One way to do this is to hold a safety talk. Supervisors are in the best position to deliver...

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It just seems more tragic when a young person is robbed of a healthy future

It just seems more tragic when a young person is robbed of a healthy future

By Carola Mittag

Posted May 28th, 2019 in Tips & News

Every day in Ontario, an average of nearly 20 young workers under age 25 suffer lost-time injuries or are killed on the job.

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CANNABIS • Questions Answered

CANNABIS • Questions Answered

By Carola Mittag

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in Tips & News

Using cannabis, alcohol, prescription medications or illegal drugs can cause impairment, creating a significant safety risk in the workplace, especially in safety-sensitive jobs such as driving or operating equipment.

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A Short Guide On Preventing Workplace Injuries Through A Holistic Approach

A Short Guide On Preventing Workplace Injuries Through A Holistic Approach

By Jacklyn Dixon

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in Tips & News

The Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada released a report that depicts the number of illnesses and injuries per industry, and the results are a little concerning with injuries reported in 2017 at over 250,000 cases. Industries such as Health and Social Services and Manufacturing are notorious for their high levels of risk and the figures support it. A strange result, however, is the high number of injuries and illness for those in Communication and Other Utilities...

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Health & Safety Hazards

Health & Safety Hazards

By Carola Mittag

Posted May 8th, 2019 in Tips & News

You don't need to work surrounded by heavy machinery to face serious health and safety risks, just know that regulatory attention to the extreme end of the workplace hazard spectrum is increasing. It is important to remember that every job comes with potential hazards.

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Noise in the Workplace: How Much Is Too Much?

Noise in the Workplace: How Much Is Too Much?

By Jordan McDowell

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in Tips & News

Ambient noise is all around us. Most workplaces are moderately noisy with the buzz of conversation, office equipment, and ringing phones; this type of noise typically registers at around 60 decibels (dB). With each decibel, the noise levels increase exponentially, so 70 dB is actually ten times louder than common office noise.

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