Owners of buildings, including their representatives such as Property Managers may need to be concerned about quality of the air inside their buildings, which may adversely impact occupant and tenant health, safety and well being, as they can spend a majority of their work day in those environments. A number of factors can affect indoor air quality, such as the influx of fresh air into building and various work spaces, the presence or generation of various contaminants (e.g. carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke etc.), water damage or leaks that can lead to mould growth etc. Since indoor air quality inside a building can affect people’s health, safety and well being in potentially harmful ways, it’s important to identify and understand some of the circumstances that can lead to these risks, and basic solutions that can help manage those risks.
In this post, we’ll go through a number of things your business needs to know about indoor air quality. (more…)
Ladder use and safety is generally taken for granted by many individuals, whether at home or at work. Not many people who use ladders to do something think they will fall. Thoughts such as “I can reach it…” or “I don’t need that long of a ladder to do the job…” are very common in industry.
However, many injuries (from minor falls to fatalities) have occurred from improper use of ladders, and still occur to this day. Knowing how to safely use a ladders is important to maintain health, safety and well-being at work and at home; ladder accidents are preventable if individuals just simply follow basic safety precautions. (more…)
The dangers lurking in some confined spaces are more often times invisible and undetectable by humans (whether by sight, smell, feel or taste). And, unfortunately, just because you cannot see, smell, or taste it (it being the chemical hazards), doesn’t mean that the danger does not exist. Depending on the type of confined space and what it is used for, as well as the specific industry, there could be several “invisible” atmospheric hazards that, if not properly identified, assessed and controlled, could lead to serious injury, illness or even death.
The unfortunate reality is that many Employers (and by rights, workers) do not fully understand the hazards and risks that are “hidden” in their confined spaces, until actual entry and work needs to be performed in them. Worse, many Employers “assume” that there are no problems, and do not have qualified professionals identify those issues that could harm their workers. (more…)
It is the duty of every Employer to follow all WHMIS regulations, at both the Federal and Provincial level. WHMIS regulations apply to all substances that are classified as “controlled products,” and covers various safety requirements such as proper product labelling, identifying hazardous contents in piping systems/vessels, provision of critical safety information via Material Safety Data Sheets (“MSDS”) etc. This blog post touches on the most important aspects of WHMIS that Employers need to know. (more…)
Workers in heavy industry are exposed to all manner of safety risks, including those associated with chemicals, noise, temperature, radiation and diseases – not to mention hazards emerging from new technologies that are constantly changing.
With so many factors to take into account – from changing demographics to evolving machinery – workplace hygiene has never been more important. (more…)
While Occupational Health and Safety Programs are required under select circumstances under the WorkSafeBC (“WSBC”) Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (“OHSR”), for larger Employers an OHS Program is only one component of an overall OHS Management System (“OHSMS”).
What is an OHSMS? It is a business management system that is designed to manage the many safety elements in the workplace. An OHSMS is not a separate department or entity within an organization; it is a comprehensive system that is embedded within the very fabric of a company, and is an integral part of each department and operation. (more…)
Since many of us spend a great deal of time at work – on average, around 40 hours a week – it’s important that we feel safe and secure in our surroundings.
Whether you clock in at an office, grocery store or construction site, there’s a good chance you’re surrounded by potential danger zones. Some may be pretty obvious, while others slip under the radar.
In fact, every year, hundreds of men and women or injured or killed on the job – even those deemed in great physical shape and good health.
Here are 5 of the top workplace & safety myth to familiarize yourself with so you can work without worry. (more…)
As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure that your employees have a safe environment to work in, one that doesn’t put their health at risk. Quite often, this responsibility involves asbestos removal and abatement, a process that requires specialized services and strategies. If you suspect your workplace might be at risk, you have the option to contact a risk solutions company that can assist in developing safe work practices for handling asbestos as well as strategies for its removal or abatement.
Taking the proper precautions minimizes, or eliminates, the risk of asbestos exposure. It can put your mind at ease, knowing that you have complied with current regulations regarding this dangerous substance. (more…)