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Working in Poor Air Conditions

  • 17 August 2018
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Working in Poor Air Conditions

British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to the almost 600 wildfires that are plaguing the province. Hot, dry weather conditions have made the situation worse, along with lightning strikes causing even more fires to add to the problem.

The smoke from the BC fires has been pushing it's way into Alberta and is creating very poor air quality and air advisory warnings from Environment Canada to be issued. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) indicates that air quality is forecast as a 10 (High Risk) for Friday August 17, and 9 overnight and into Saturday. Moving into the weekend it should drop to a moderate risk of 5.

Bill C-45 Passes Final Vote

Recreational Marijuana Use to be legal on October 17, 2018.

  • 21 June 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Bill C-45 Passes Final Vote

On Tuesday June 19, 2018, Bill C-45 for cannabis legalization was passed in less than 4 hours with a final vote of 52 to 29. The Bill still requires Royal Assent, which is scheduled for July 21. The new legislation will allow adults in Canada to legally possess and use small amounts of recreational marijuana within the legislative guidelines. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Wednesday that recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada on October 17, 2018. 

Boating Safety

Keep your summer fun and safe!

  • 8 June 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Boating Safety

Summer has finally arrived in Alberta! And many people like to take advantage of our warm summer days by escaping o their favorite lake for a little R&R, which often involves the operation of boats. While this is a fun pastime it can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. Canadian law also requires that boats are equipped with marine safety equipment. So we’re here to provide you with some information and tips to help you enjoy your boat in a safe way.

Joint Health and Safety Committee

What is it and why do I need one?

  • 7 May 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Joint Health and Safety Committee

As Bill 30 begins to come into effect on June 1, 2018, we start to look at what these changes will mean in terms of how we operate our companies. One of the requirements being introduced by Bill 30 is the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Bill 30: Safety Program Requirements

  • 23 April 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Bill 30: Safety Program Requirements

With the changes introduced by Bill 30 that are required to be implemented by July 1, 2018, many company owners are worried and wondering what this will mean for them in regards to the safety program requirement.

Safety in a Box ™ - Keeping Workers Safe!

  • 21 February 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Safety in a Box ™ - Keeping Workers Safe!

You want to keep your employees safe while on the job, and you believe in following rules and regulations that help you ensure their safety. But have you ever wondered what else you can be doing? Maybe legislation has changed and there are new requirements that you are unaware of. Maybe your scope of work has changed over the years and your program needs to be updated but you’re not sure where to start or what to include. Continuous improvement within your company leads to better bottom lines. This applies to your safety program as well.

Mental Health in the Workplace

  • 12 February 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health has long since been a taboo subject of conversation. For a long time it was considered polite to mind your own business and to avoid drawing attention to or question another person’s mental health issues. However, with upcoming legislative changes in Bill 30, employers have even more responsibilities to ensure the well-beingof their workers including their mental health.

A fatality occurred: Now what happens?

  • 6 February 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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A fatality occurred: Now what happens?

What would happen if there was a fatality on one of my sites? That is probably a question that has kept many company owners awake at night. We’ve all seen the news reports of the unfortunate families and companies that do have the misfortune of knowing what happens. The number of fatalities accepted by WCB Alberta per year has increased significantly over the last 3 years. It has risen from 25 in 2015, to 26 in 2016, to 34 in 2017. 

Prime Contractor

  • 29 January 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Prime Contractor

It’s not uncommon for a worksite to have more than one employer present on a worksite in Alberta. So with so much activity and so many people present on one site, there needs to be one single party that oversees and coordinates the worksite. This is where the Prime Contractor comes in.

Domestic Violence & OHS

  • 23 January 2018
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Domestic Violence & OHS

Domestic violence does not play preference to gender, religion, marital status, cultural beliefs or financial status. Domestic Violence is around us every day, and is effecting working Albertans at home and on the job. The old saying “Leave your home/work problems at the door” is easier said than done. What happens when issues at home show up to work and effect the general well-being of employees? 

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Working in Severe Weather

Thunderstorms are common in hot weather, during the summer months. Lightning occurs about once every three seconds in Canada.

Lightning is up to a million times more powerful than household current, and it can be deadly. In Canada, lightning takes an average of six to seven lives every year and seriously injures up to 60 to 70 people. Lightning causes about half the forest fires in Western Canada, the number of lightning strikes in Eastern Canada is highest in Windsor, Ontario followed by Toronto and Hamilton. Lightning usually strikes protruding objects (trees, towers, buildings, etc.) and higher ground. Metal objects also are at a very high risk of getting struck by lightning.

When a person is struck by lightning, the injury could be made worse from personal electronic devices such as cell phones, beepers, iPods, and Walkman’s. Metal conducts the electricity which causes burns. Jewelry, coins and personal electronic devices have been known to cause burns.

 

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Prompt Incident Reporting

Prompt Incident Reporting – it’s hammered into us during orientations, during safety meetings and tool box meetings. Is it really important? …Why?

There are really two primary reasons why incidents and injuries should be reported immediately:

  • To prevent the injury from getting worse
  • To correct an identified hazard before a person has an incident and now, because of legislative changes that have come into effect with the introduction of Bill 30, Potentially Serious Incidents also require reporting to OHS.
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Working in Poor Air Conditions

British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to the almost 600 wildfires that are plaguing the province. Hot, dry weather conditions have made the situation worse, along with lightning strikes causing even more fires to add to the problem.

The smoke from the BC fires has been pushing it's way into Alberta and is creating very poor air quality and air advisory warnings from Environment Canada to be issued. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) indicates that air quality is forecast as a 10 (High Risk) for Friday August 17, and 9 overnight and into Saturday. Moving into the weekend it should drop to a moderate risk of 5.

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