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  • WHMIS 2015 – Are you prepared?

    Introduction The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Canada’s hazard communication standard, came into effect on October 31, 1988. The key elements of the system are hazard classification, cautionary labelling of containers, the provision of (material) safety data sheets ((M)SDSs), and worker education programs. On February 11, 2015, the Government released final regulations, the Hazardous Products […] READ MORE...

  • Trenching – Safety Talks

    The dangers of trenching and excavation All workers who are involved in trenching and excavation work is put at risk of potential hazards. Cave-ins present the greatest risk and are most likely to result in worker fatalities. Employers must ensure that entry into a trench is only allowed after proper protections are in place to […] READ MORE...

  • Hand & Power Tools – Safety Talks

    The use of common tools can become second nature as we use them each day. We tend to overlook the hazards that these tools present. It’s good to remind yourself of the potential hazards so you don’t become complacent. Inspect tools before each use: On power tools, check for damaged or cracked housing, power source […] READ MORE...

  • The Fatal Four: Prolific hazards in the construction industry

    Introduction Construction sites expose workers to a plethora of potential hazards however, there are four that OSHA has labeled as the Fatal Four. These four hazards account for the majority of injury and death (63.7% in FY 2016) among construction workers and account for over 21% of total deaths in private industry. What are the […] READ MORE...

  • Machine Guarding 101 – The Basics

    Introduction Machines with moving parts present many potential hazards to workers who operate them. Crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns and blindness are just some of the potential hazards that can occur when a machine guarding is not properly installed. Any machine part, function or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. Hazardous Mechanical […] READ MORE...