Mental Health and Workplace Safety

Mental Health in Workplace Safety

There’s a growing awareness that the mental health of workers is as critical as physical health and safety. The workplace can contribute to feelings of productivity, satisfaction and well-being or it can be stressful and lead to a rise in mental health problems and/or illness. 35% of all employed Canadians indicate they’re burned out, while […]

Complacency – The Silent Killer

Employers want workers to feel comfortable on the job site. When employees are happy and comfortable, retention is boosted, good team spirit abounds, production increases and employees enjoy good physical and mental health. Is it possible to feel too comfortable? Feeling overly relaxed at work can breed a false sense of security. It allows workers […]

Ground Disturbance

Underground infrastructure is present in cities and rural areas. Careless digging can result in extensive damage to this infrastructure, injuries to workers and financial loss to those involved in the project. To prevent exposure to ground disturbance hazards, become aware of all hazards before and during digging and/or excavation projects. This contributes to a safer […]

How to get Started With a New Health and Safety Program

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In Alberta, employers with 20 or more regularly employed workers must have a health and safety program. Employers with fewer than 20 regularly employed workers are not required to have a program but must have documentation in place that meets the requirements established by OHS legislation.  Are you feeling overwhelmed and/or confused about how to […]

Why Your Business Should Participate in COR

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Alberta’s COR™ program began in 1999 when the government of Alberta, the Workers Compensation Board and Alberta industry representatives joined forces for the purpose of reducing injury and the associated costs by promoting effective health and safety practices. Since then, the majority of companies that have achieved COR™ certification have come from the construction industry […]

Health and Safety Committees and Representatives

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Health and safety committees and representatives play a vital role in preventing/reducing work-related incidents. Cooperation between employers and employees improves the overall understanding of and adherence to occupational health and safety protocols. When problems and disputes arise, the internal complaint resolution process is undertaken.  What is a health and safety committee? A health and safety […]

Behavioural Safety

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Having well-developed safety policies, systems and procedures are not enough. In order to promote safe behaviour in the workplace and build a positive safety culture, these plans must be put into practice. To meet the legal obligation to protect their employees, customers and members of the public from workplace hazards, a company’s policies must be […]

Encouraging Workers to Report Near Misses

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An office worker trips on the edge of a rug, grabs a table and rights herself. A truck and trailer roll toward a concrete wall but the driver pulls the emergency brake in time to avoid problems. A door swings open narrowly missing an employee. A construction worker drops a hammer from the roof, but […]

First Aid and Emergency Response in the Workplace

First Aid in the Workplace

First aid and emergency response in the workplace can be as simple as providing a bandage and a cold pack or as complex as requiring the use of an AED to treat cardiac arrest. Businesses are legally obligated to ensure their employees receive immediate attention in case of an emergency. All companies need to be […]