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Alone at last! With Americans off for Memorial Day, we’re free to discuss Canadian issues and Canadian issues alone. And that’s just what we’ll do. This SafetyXChange Special Report on OHS enforcement across Canada is divided into 2 parts:
Part 1 looks at the legislative backdrop—specifically, maximum OHS fines across the [...]
Preparing for a Flood
Do you know the flood risk of where you work or live? If you live on a flood plain, you’re probably aware of the risks. A flood plain is an area near a body of water, such as a river, that floods periodically. It may not flood every year, but it will [...]
Floods are once again taking a toll on North America. Of course, flooding is a problem on most other continents and land masses of the world. Floods threaten not just property but health and safety. Besides the danger of drowning, floods pose the risk of electrocution, fire, explosion, building collapse, poisoning from chemical spills and [...]
Complying with the Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) Standard can be a thorn in the side. Year after year, the standard is among the most frequent sources of OSHA citations. Why are there so many citations under lockout/tagout (LOTO)?
In many cases, it’s because employers overlook a crucial part of the [...]
Here’s a Model Form you can use to document that you’ve conducted periodic inspections of energy control procedures as required by the OSHA lockout/tagout standard. Speak to your attorney about adapting it for your own use.
ENERGY CONTROL PROCEDURES:
OSHA SELF-INSPECTION CERTIFICATION
1. Date of Inspection: __________________________________________________
2. Area or Department: __________________________________________________
3. Equipment Covered By Procedure(s) Inspected:
Name of [...]
Today is National Employee Health & Fitness Day in the United States. But, given the connection between fitness and safety, any day is a good day to spread awareness about workplace health and fitness.
Here are three quick ways you can encourage your workers to focus on health and [...]
Editor’s Note: A couple of weeks, Art Fettig described the day he became committed to safety. We invited SafetyXChange members to share their defining moments. Last week, we ran Jim’s story. Here are Bill and Steve’s.
My Defining Moment
I worked for many years in the meat packing industry. (There’s an industry [...]
The past two weeks of SafetyXChange’s Training & Leadership Weekly have been dedicated to the internal creation and use of videos as a training tool. We asked you, the members, to weigh in with your thoughts on the topic. Here’s what you had to say.
1. Concentrate on the Message Rather than the Medium
When preparing new [...]
As in North America, the principle of pay equity between men and women is the rule of law in Europe. Official recognition of the principle comes from Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome (the European equivalent of the U.S. Constitution and Canadian Charter) which states that “men and women should [...]
Parallels to the collaborative approach to safety exist in Canada. The most notable examples are the various provincial workers’ compensation incentive programs that enable employers to get rebates and lower premiums if they meet certain safety standards. Still, Canada lags far behind the U.S. in voluntary and collaborative compliance.
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