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Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

  • 12 September 2019
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Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

Have you adapted your safety program to comply with the new COR Legislation that came into effect this past January? Or are you going to be applying for your COR Audit for the first time? No matter your level of experience with COR, all companies will be audited at a new level of standards.

Safety in Agriculture

  • 27 August 2019
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Safety in Agriculture

As the season begins to change to fall, I can’t help but think of the autumn harvest. With an assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables in season, family dinners and gatherings are looked forward to by all. But did you know that the fall harvest can have some dangerous results when safety is not made a priority.

Air Travel Safety

  • 28 July 2019
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Air Travel Safety

With summer travel in full swing, and the recent news of an Air Canada flight’s emergency landing, now is the time to think safe in your travels.

On July 11th, Air Canada Flight 33 from Toronto to Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu due to extreme turbulence – injuring 37 people. While flight turbulence may not have been preventable, most injuries were.

From our team’s air travel experience, we at Safety Ahead would like to offer up our top flight safety tips for you to keep in mind this travel season and anytime you find yourself flying:
 

Safety for Young Workers

  • 8 July 2019
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Safety for Young Workers

Their first job – it’s an exciting and proud moment in a parent’s life when their child starts their first job. What a great way to spend the summer – earning a first pay cheque, learning new skills and preparing for the future. But have you or your child stopped to think and question – how safe are they on the job?

Summer 2019 Promotions

June 1 - August 31, 2019

  • 6 June 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Summer 2019 Promotions

Summer is the time to think safe!

Connect with Safety Ahead now for our Summer Promotions featuring Safety Program Discounts, Safety In A Box Discounts and Training Discounts too.

OHS Contact Orders

What happens if I get one? How do I deal with it?

  • 23 May 2019
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OHS Contact Orders

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.

Camping Safety

May Long Weekend is here!!

  • 17 May 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Camping Safety

After a long, cold winter May long weekend is finally here!! The weather forecast for the Edmonton area looks pretty decent, although let’s not kid ourselves, many an Albertan has gone May long camping while there is still snow on the ground. But for once mother nature seems to be cooperating and many families will take this opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and head to the great outdoors.

Update your Safety Program!

Align with the 2019 COR Audit Tool and recent legislation changes

  • 3 May 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Update your Safety Program!

Get ready for your COR Audit! The Alberta Construction Safety Association introduced the ACSA 2019 COR Audit Tool in January 2019. All companies requiring COR audits will now be audited using this new standard. There are significant changes in legislation and the audit tool over the last year, it is important that company health and safety programs are updated to include these requirements.

Mandatory Training for Class 1 & 2 Alberta Driver's Licences

In Effect March 1, 2019.

  • 28 February 2019
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Mandatory Training for Class 1 & 2 Alberta Driver's Licences

In the wake of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, the realization for increased commercial driver training was made very apparent to Canadians everywhere. And the Alberta Government has responded.

Changes to the ACSA Audit Tool

COR Audit Changes 2019

Changes to the ACSA Audit Tool

The Alberta Construction Safety Association has issued out the 2019 Audit Tool. 

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Safety in Agriculture

  • 27 August 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Safety in Agriculture

As the season begins to change to fall, I can’t help but think of the autumn harvest. With an assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables in season, family dinners and gatherings are looked forward to by all. But did you know that the fall harvest can have some dangerous results when safety is not made a priority.

When researching this topic, I was shocked to find that the Farming and Agriculture Industry ranks as third most hazardous in Canada. In terms of the absolute numbers of fatalities, there is no more dangerous occupation! In an industry that tends to rely heavily on family involvement in offering free or affordable labour, yet submits its workers to some of the greatest risks, I began to question – at what price does this free labour cost?

In Canada, about 140 people are killed every year on farms, and of this, an average 10 deaths per year are children. For those aged 14 and under, the most prominent causes of farm-related deaths were: machines run-overs (41.9%), drownings (15.2%), machine rollovers (11.1%), animal-related (6.5%) and being crushed under an object (5.1%). 

When it comes to the newly enacted Occupational Health & Safety Legislation on Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Jan 1, 2016), which offers basic safety standards to employees, it does not apply to family and/or children (non-waged workers) helping on the farm. Items covered in the Legislation include that employers must take reasonable steps to provide a safe and healthy workplace; workers will be able to refuse unsafe work that presents an imminent danger; and OHS will be able to investigate serious injuries and fatalities – but what is there to protect the children? Who is accountable when their life is taken at work on the farm?

Yet safety on the farm does not just apply to those working on it. Many child fatalities have occurred from kids playing in dangerous and hazardous situations – such as the family farming tragedy just outside of Rocky Mountain House back in the fall of 2015 where three sisters were smothered by Canola seed while playing on a transport truck. Safety needs to be made a priority by all living, working and visiting farms or ranches.

So where can farm and agricultural owners begin? The first step is education and awareness of the safety hazards on a property that will in the end save money and lives. Conducting a daily safety audit with a specific farming checklist that is reviewed with family and workers can be one of the most simple and effective ways in ensuring the property is safe. Machinery and equipment should be powered off, locked and keys made inaccessible to anyone that has not had the proper training on use of the equipment. If need be, areas and sections of the farm should be kept off limits from children or visitors that are not trained and equipped to deal with the hazards. Making safety a must on the farm needs to be a way of live.

This fall I encourage you to shop our local farmer’s market, let’s support our Alberta farmers – but in turn ask that farmers support their own and always remember that the safety of family and workers needs to come first in order to reap the most bountiful harvest.

 

Cited: Alberta Farm Safety Centre http://www.abfarmsafety.com/resources/statistics.htm 

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