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  • Have a safe and happy Halloween 2018
    by Susan on October 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but let’s not forget about staying safe. I write about this every year because it’s important to remember.  Halloween is nearly here – so please check out these important safety reminders. Choosing Halloween costumes Choose Halloween costumes with health and safety in mind. The Alberta College and […] The post Have a safe and happy Halloween 2018 appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Training B.C. fallers to blast dangerous trees
    by Susan on October 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Using explosives to blast trees that are too dangerous to fall by conventional methods helps keep fallers away from the hazard.  Dave “Dazy” Weymer trains certified fallers to blast trees that are too dangerous to remove by conventional methods. He’s worked in forestry for more than 50 years, starting with rigging and hauling. Later, he […] The post Training B.C. fallers to blast dangerous trees appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Helping food truck owners put propane safety on the menu
    by Susan on September 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Food truck operators need to know the hazards of working with propane. Prevention officers from WorkSafeBC are reaching out to raise awareness and offer solutions.  Propane is the fuel of choice for food truck operators. It’s convenient and portable, but can be dangerous: if it leaks, it can build up and explode if it encounters […] The post Helping food truck owners put propane safety on the menu appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Highlighting workplace safety in B.C. students’ career education
    by Susan on September 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    B.C.’s high school curricula is taking a new view of career education. To reflect the changes, WorkSafeBC updated its Student WorkSafe program for teachers.  B.C. teachers and students are taking a new approach to career education this year. They are using a new curriculum that allows students to focus more on their own unique goals […] The post Highlighting workplace safety in B.C. students’ career education appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Proper planning and practice key for winter tires and chains
    by Susan on September 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    You’ll soon see signs about vehicles needing chains and winter tires when driving on B.C. highways this fall and winter. Are you prepared?  Even though summer is barely over, it’s not too early to prepare yourself or your workers for driving on wintry roads. If you drive a commercial vehicle, this means you will need […] The post Proper planning and practice key for winter tires and chains appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Studying up on truck drivers’ health and wellness
    by Susan on September 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    What are B.C. truck drivers doing to stay healthy? How are employers supporting their wellness? SafetyDriven is teaming up with researchers to seek answers.  SafetyDriven, the health and safety association for B.C.’s trucking industry, is working with a group of Canadian researchers to explore what B.C. truck drivers are doing to stay healthy. They’re also […] The post Studying up on truck drivers’ health and wellness appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Let’s be ready for the 2018 flu season
    by Susan on August 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    It’s back-to-school time and the weather is getting cooler. This means flu season will soon be in full swing. How can we arm ourselves against it?  It’s that time of year again. Flu season is on the way, and I’ll be doing everything possible to avoid getting the flu. Generally, I try to keep my […] The post Let’s be ready for the 2018 flu season appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Homeowners, don’t be on the hook for insurance premiums
    by Susan on August 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Hiring people to do work around your home for jobs like construction, gardening, or child care? You might need to apply for workers’ compensation coverage.  I’ve seen so many home renovations and landscaping revamps while walking through my neighbourhood lately. Sometimes it’s the homeowners and renters doing the jobs themselves, but usually they’re paying others […] The post Homeowners, don’t be on the hook for insurance premiums appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Are you as good a driver as you think you are?
    by Susan on August 15, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Driving is a part of everyday life for many, whether it’s for work or pleasure. Are you a safe driver? Test your knowledge with this driving test from ICBC.  We probably all think we’re pretty safe drivers, but how safe are we really? Taking ICBC’s Drive Smart Refresher Test is one way to see how […] The post Are you as good a driver as you think you are? appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How to spot giant hogweed and poison ivy
    by Susan on August 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Make sure you can identify toxic plants if you work or play outdoors. Giant hogweed is hard to miss, but poison ivy leaves don’t always look the same.  It’s pretty easy to spot a giant hogweed plant. Recently, I read about a Vancouver Island woman who identified two of them in her garden. Kudos to […] The post How to spot giant hogweed and poison ivy appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace [Infographic]
    by Alison Lamb on October 11, 2018 at 2:52 am

    "Cannabis in the Workplace - The Facts" is a downloadable and sharable infographic meant to provide insight into this complex workplace issue. […]

  • Understanding Bill 30
    by Alison Lamb on December 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Massive Change Proposed For WCB and Alberta Workplace Safety Rules The Alberta NDP Government introduced a new Bill on November 27, 2017. The Alberta Government takes aim to improve workplace practices and standards for Alberta workers. Called Bill 30, the intent is to pass into law regulations to better protect working Albertans. If Bill 30 […]

  • The Majority of Canadians Believe Pipelines Are Safe
    by Alison Lamb on October 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Even So, The Energy East Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled […]

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Included in President-Elect Donald Trump’s 100-Day Plan
    by Julie Tilley on November 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The Keystone XL Pipeline is on President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office. This news has many people hopeful that the Keystone XL will finally get the go-ahead. Doing so will go a long way towards reviving Alberta’s oil & gas industry, and Canada’s economy as a whole. See Trump’s 100-Day […]

  • WHMIS 2015 – What You Need To Know
    by Julie Tilley on September 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I have just finished the WHMIS 2015 for Workers online course. This course is being offered for $10 CDN per person by CCOHS (http://ccohs.ca/products/courses/whmis_workers ). The e-course will help you fulfill the legislated requirement for education and training related to hazardous products. You will also need to provide information specific to your company’s procedures and […]

  • OSHA Canada Standards
    by Julie Tilley on June 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    There isn’t an OSHA Canada, but people and organizations don’t always know this fact. Instead, Canada uses the term Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for its safety standards. Learn About The Occupational Health and Safety Standards in Canada (OH&S) Canada has its own regulations in terms of safety. The safety standards in this country are […]

  • Enform SECOR Protocol Changes
    by Julie Tilley on May 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Enform SECOR Protocol News We are well into the new year with Enform’s new SECOR Audit Protocol; some of you may have used this protocol last year, and you may have seen that the changes in the protocol generally step out the requirements that were already in place prior to the update. The new protocol […]

  • Maryam’s Law – Safety Regulation Comparison
    by Alison Lamb on September 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    It’s been three months since the incident that left a female employee dead as she tried to prevent a motorist from stealing gas at a Calgary gas station. Public outrage ensued, the motorist was charged, and Albertans now wait to see if the government will implement “Maryam’s Law” — a safety regulation that would introduce […]

  • Safety Compliance Factors in Times of Economic Uncertainty
    by Alison Lamb on May 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Safety compliance with COR/SECOR, training and the safety registries remains an important piece of your business model in times of economic uncertainty. With the recent NDP win in the province of Alberta, the entire nation watched as a shift in political power moved to the left in Alberta for the first time in over 40 […]

  • Safety & The Most Dangerous Days of the Work Year – Part 1
    by Alison Lamb on March 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Some Days Are Safer Than Others We’ve just passed the yearly ‘hour-ahead’ for March Daylights Savings Time (DST). That hour-change in our day always seems to create havoc for our safety and this year was no different, in fact, the Monday following the time-change seemed to be more stressful than ever. It leads us to […]