Federal Legislation and Lone Workers in Canada

First of a series on the current state of Canadian Lone Worker Legislation

Lone Worker Laws are strong in Canada

Canada is peerless when it comes to strong protections for Lone Workers. Strong legislation passed at both the Federal and Provincial levels have created an environment where, for the most part, Lone Workers receive an unparalleled level of attention. While it’s easy to make the legislation available, we felt it would be important to discuss in a more general way the current state of Lone Worker Legislation in Canada. 

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Employee vs. Contractor: How Far Does Your Responsibility Go?

The lines between employer and employee can get blurry, so what does that mean for your responsibility to their safety?

We have a respnsibility to Subcontractors

The modern workplace isn’t always fixed to a single location, and often isn’t even a single organization. The role of Contractors and Subcontractors has grown considerably, with highly-skilled professional occupying roles on a contract-based part-time or provisional basis. Are they employees, or just employed?

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Cold Weather Safety for your Phone

A few special considerations for keeping your phone operating in extreme cold

Cell phone tips for extrme cold conditions

Phones are more an essential part of many of our daily routines. For some of us, they’re essential tools we need to perform our jobs, and sometimes our only means of contact with anyone else. For all the developments that have gone into making phones as powerful, slim, and feature-rich as they are, they’re more vulnerable to cold weather than ever. 

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Following all the Ghouls!

Happy Halloween, ghouls and ghosts alike!

stay safe this halloween

We hope this year’s tricks and treats are some of the best, but that means taking a little extra care to stay safe out there. Whether you’re hunting for candy, scaring your neighbors, casting spells, or setting off fireworks, there are some things you can do to keep the curses to a minimum. We’ve put together a few important safety tips to help you navigate the dark and haunted streets this year! Continue Reading…

10 Reasons Why You Need a Lone Worker System

Your hardhat won’t protect you from all hazards. Here are 10 reasons that a lone worker system could save your life.

woman in accident at work

Occupational dangers aren’t always obvious.  Protective equipment can help prevent minor injuries, but for complex hazards, any amount of equipment can be inadequate.  In this list we’ll look at some of the most important reasons that a lone worker system is essential in the workplace.

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How to Get Results From Your Safety Audits

Uncovering the liabilities in your safety programs

man writing in notebook

If you’re committed to safety in your workplace, it’s important to constantly revise your safety policies. The best way to ensure that your safety policies are effective is with a safety audit. In this article, we’ll review why audits are important to your company’s safety plans, and how you can successfully audit your workplace for safety.

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The Workplace Benefits of First Aid Training

First aid training has benefits for both employers and employees

giving first aid to fallen worker

Not every job is dangerous, but every employer is responsible for the safety of their employees in the workplace. One of the best ways for employers to meet their legal and moral obligations to their employees is to provide first aid training to employees. Having employees trained provides benefits that aren’t always obvious. In this article we’ll look at some of the ways that first aid training can benefit both employers and employees.

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Due Diligence and Keeping Lone Workers Safe

First of a Series by Kent Macfarlane

Two workers in safety gear looking at structure

Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.

Applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers must take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances of every aspect of their business, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. This duty applies to situations covered by  occupational health and safety legislation or regulations and equally importantly, those that are not.

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Beat The Heat!

Top 5 Summer Hazards

construction worker working in heat on sunny day

When summertime rolls around, it’s easy to forget that even the clearest weather and sunshine can create hazards when working outdoors. If you find yourself working alone outside, you’ll need to take extra precautions as any potential problems are made worse when you’re away from help. In this list we’ll be looking at some of the most common risks of working outdoors in the summer, and some of the ways that you can help protect yourself.

1. Sun and Heat

Risks from sun and heat include sun stroke, dehydration, and sun burns. To avoid burning, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure, and reapply throughout the day to maintain your protection. When heat poses a danger to you, make sure that you stay hydrated, and take breaks in the shade whenever possible.

 

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Safety as an Investment

Lives aren’t the only thing that a robust culture of safety can protect

ROI Ebook

When you think about a safe business, you should think about more than safety as something you can provide for your workers at a cost to yourself. Safety, when done right, can make your workers safe and will make your business safer from a financial perspective. This transforms safety into a two-way street that has serious beneficial implications for your organization. This is Safety Culture, and investing in it is one of the safest moves a business can make.

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