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Working During COVID-19

  • 24 September 2020
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Working During COVID-19

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. 

Working in Hot Conditions

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1376
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Working in Hot Conditions

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.

Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

  • 15 July 2020
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Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

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.

Preparing for Severe Weather

  • 22 June 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1441
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Preparing for Severe Weather

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. 

How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

  • 9 March 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 2798
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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

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? 

Taking Safety Seriously at Home

  • 22 January 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 3458
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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

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!

Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Holiday Safety

‘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.

Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 3208
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Contractor Compliance

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?

Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

  • 30 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

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.

What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

  • 9 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

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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Working During COVID-19

  • 24 September 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Working During COVID-19

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 for whether you are either working from home or if you are back working in the office. 

Tips while working from home

It’s very important to be diligent about practicing good hygiene practices at home as well as in the work environment as many of us have families and friends that we would like to protect from viral infection

Disinfection of home office and common areas

Ensure to disinfect all highly touched surfaces frequently. These surfaces include doorknobs, handrails, toilet handles, keypads, light switches, cabinet handles, faucet handles, tables, countertops, computer keyboards/mouse, electronics, etc.

Working alone process

The intent of the working alone practice is to promote workers awareness and facilitate worker safety when they are working alone. The Supervisor will ensure that there are safety plans in place for those that work alone and that these plans adhere to the OHS Legislation and the company policy.

Considerations when working alone:

  • How long are workers alone?
  • Is there a means of communication available such as a Cell Phone, 2-way Radio, Text Messaging and/or Email?
  • Will the communication system work in all circumstances or areas that the worker maybe?
  • Will a call-in be adequate?
  • What will be done if there is no response?
  • Would a buddy system work in your work environment where lone employees could call each other?
  • Do the workers know the workplace or is it unfamiliar?
  • How experienced are your workers? Are the workers competent to work alone?
  • How well trained are they to handle an emergency?

The procedure for checking a worker's well-being must include the time interval between checks and the procedure to follow in case the worker cannot be contacted, including provisions for emergency rescue.

In addition to checks at regular intervals, a check at the end of the work shift must be done. The procedure for checking a worker's well-being, including time intervals between the checks, must be developed in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or the worker health and safety representative, as applicable and with the worker assigned to or who do work alone or in isolation.

Tips while working from the office

It is very important to control the spread of viral infections in an office setting as there are many people that come and go from these types of locations. If good preventative measures are taken regularly to prevent the spread of viruses, it contributes to a healthy and safe workplace for all employees. Ensure to wear disposable gloves, mask and safety glasses to clean and disinfect.

Disinfection of Personal and Common Areas

Surfaces frequently touched with hands are the most likely to be contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, these areas will need to be disinfected regularly. These surfaces include:

  • doorknobs,
  • handrails,
  • toilet handles,
  • keypads,
  • elevator buttons,
  • light switches,
  • cabinet handles,
  • faucet handles,
  • tables,
  • countertops,
  • computer keyboards/mouse,
  • electronics, etc.

Sanitize your work area daily using alcohol-based cleansing wipes or a bleach and water mix.

  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Social distancing in the office

Ensure that that a Pandemic Influenza and the Pandemic COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan has been developed and all employees are familiar and have reviewed it. Ensure that employees that are showing symptoms of illness are sent home. Maintain the recommended distance of 6 feet between yourself and other employees.

Masks in the Office 

As of August 1, 2020, wearing a mask has become mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles in Edmonton. Masks will be required for all customers/visitors/non-employees coming into businesses. The offices that are not accessible to the public will not require masks unless a client/customer/non-employee will be coming into the area (i.e. – meetings, repair persons etc.). If customers and clients are coming into the office, employees have the right to refuse service to customers that do not comply with the mask bylaw. The employees that are not behind a barrier and are in the same area as the public, will be required to wear a mask. Employees that are behind a barrier do not need to wear face masks. The employees that are not able to physical distance from each other should wear a mask.

Limiting Meetings and Other in-person functions

It is important during this time to limit the amount of in person meetings and other functions (ex. Training) to avoid the potential spread of the virus. This can be done by conducting meetings via conference call or video call whenever possible. Meetings can also be held outdoors to be able to keep 2 meters (6.5 feet) apart and reducing the amount of people involved in the in-person meetings and functions.

 

For assistance in developing a Viral Pandemic Preparedness Program, Pandemic Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Plan or if you have any further questions, please call our office at 780-473-4772!

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