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With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, some companies have been changing their working situations to allow their employees to work from home, but some companies are unable to do that and their employees still need to go into the office. This blog will give you some tips whether you are either working from home or if you are back working in the office.
When the summer months come along, so do the heat advisories. Temperature extremes can become dangerous to your health. When working in conditions with excessive exposure to heat, heat illnesses are a concern since heat stroke is a possibility.
As a worker, you have the right to know about health and safety, the right to refuse dangerous work and the right to participate in health and safety.
After the long winter we’ve had, we finally get to look forward to some warm sunny summer weather. But with that beautiful summer weather, we all know what comes along with that, and that’s…. Thunderstorms.
As news breaks that the most recent flu, perhaps even pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19), is starting to spread around the globe, I can’t help but think how can we best keep ourselves, loved ones and workplace safe?
At Safety Ahead we don’t just focus on workplace safety, but we think about how safety effects and should be applied to all aspects of life – this includes pets and children.
With two dogs of my own and a little one on the way, now more than ever I have been thinking about the safety of my home. There are a lot of things to consider, so to help you ensure your home is safe for everyone living there, read on to uncover some great health and safety tips for the ones you love the most!
‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.
To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.
Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?
Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.
October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.
Every responsible workplace should have a Safety Advisor in place that is the keeper and go-to-person for everything safety. But what makes a good Safety Advisor? Your workplace Safety Advisor has been appointed with the responsibility of ensuring your workplace is one that is a healthy and safe environment for you to be in, along with providing all staff and contractors the basic knowledge and advice of where safety features and equipment can be found (such as fire extinguishers, eye-wash stations, AEDs, safety documents and more, what to do in an emergency and ensuring the workplace is kept up-to-date on hazard assessments and certifications.
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How do I report a complaint?
If there is something at your workplace that you think is unsafe for you and others around, you must report it. Here is how:
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Officers have the authority to issue orders to employers and worksite parties that require specific actions that will result in compliance with Alberta OHS Legislation.
What is a Contact Order?
OHS Orders are issued to the employer or worksite party in the form of an OHS Contact Report (OCR). The report includes the following details:
What types of orders can be issued?
There are several types of orders that can be issued and for various reasons.
Compliance Orders – are issued when non-compliance issues are observed by the OHS officer. Compliance orders will require action by a specific date. OHS may grant an extension if requested but an extension is not guaranteed.
Stop Work Orders – are issued when an OHS Officer determines that work is being done in a manner that is unsafe or unhealthy. All work on site must stop/shut down until the order has been lifted and all requirement have been complied with. A Stop Work Order may apply to the entire worksite, multiple worksites, or to certain areas or activities of a work site. The Stop Work Order will remain in place until the requirements have been complied with.
Stop Use Orders – are issued when a piece of equipment is observed to be unsafe, or has the potential, in the OHS Officers opinion, to seriously injure workers. Stop Use Orders remain in place until the requirements of the order have been complied with. The equipment must be tagged and not used again until the order has been lifted and all requirement have been complied with.
Director’s Orders – OHS Directors have additional authorities that go above those of an OHS Officer. These can include (but are not limited to) the authority to:
Can an OHS Order be reviewed and/or appealed?
Yes. An OHS Order or Decision can be reviewed by the OHS Director if the request for review is made within 30 days of receiving the order. The request must be in writing using the “Request for Director Review of an Order/Decision” form and include the names and contact information of any person(s) you feel are affected by the order or decision. The request must be submitted by email or Canada Post. Regular mail must be postmarked within 30 days of receiving the order or decision to accepted.
The OHS Director will review all documents, submissions and evidence presented to them, and make a decision in a timely fashion based on the information presented. The decision will be communicated in writing to the requestor and all affected/interested parties.
If you have received a decision from a Director of Inspection Review, you can appeal the decision through the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) within 30 days of being served or given notice of the decision.
How can I Comply with an Order?
The Contact Order will provide the specific requirements on how to comply with the orders given. Determine what steps need to be taken and who will be responsible to complete/implement the requirements by the date stated on the Contact Order.
OHS recommends that companies request the assistance of a third party consultant if the company is inexperienced in dealing with these matters or if they do not have a designated safety person. This will help to ensure that the Contact Report and orders are effectively dealt with and compliance with Legislation is implemented by the required date. This can be the easiest, least stressful route at times. OHS Contact Order can be varying lengths and can have numerous requirements, depending on the situation. The majority of companies need to get OHS Orders dealt with immediately to prevent them from affecting their operations and finances.
If you have received an OHS Contact Order and are unsure of how to deal with it, let us help. Safety Ahead Ltd. Has a lot of experience in dealing with various types of OHS Orders and can assist you in obtaining Legislative compliance in a timely manner. Please give us a call, and let us help you.
Reference: Government of Alberta
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