What is Intrinsic Safety?

Intrinsically Safe Devices and IS cases for Lone Workers

Intrinsic Safety (IS) is an approach to the design of a safe environment for hazardous areas where flammable gasses, vapors are present in the working environment and ignition can come from a hot surface, or spark from an electronic device.  The technique is based on limiting, electrical, thermal, and energy to a level below that enables an ignition due to the hazardous atmospheric mixture.  Continue Reading…

Beat The Heat!

Top 5 Summer Hazards

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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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Workplace Hazards Series : Safety Hazards

How to recognize and prepare for Safety Hazards in the workplace

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Safety Hazards exist in every workplace, but what is considered to be a “Safety Hazard”?  Safety Hazards are unsafe working conditions that can cause injury, illness, and death. For this second of seven articles in our “Workplace Hazards” series we will be covering Safety Hazards.  They are the most common of the six types of hazards and exist in every workplace.

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5 Steps for Improving Your Hazard Assessments

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There were 977 workplace-related fatalities in Canada in 2012, the most recent year for official statistics from Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada. And with the criminal code in Canada revised to make companies or individuals criminally liable for not taking safety precautions, it is more important than ever to be aware of hazards in the workplace and to be scrupulous about hazard assessments.

Don’t risk unnecessary prosecution – here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your workplace hazard assessment is as comprehensive as possible. 

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Designing a Safe and Functional Office

Eliminate On-The-Job Injury And Prolong Comfort And Productivity

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Without a properly functional work space, the possibility for ergonomic hazards in the workplace increases.  They are the hardest to spot since you don’t always immediately notice the strain on your body or the harm that these hazards pose.  Short-term exposure may result in “sore muscles” the next day or in the days following the exposure, but long term exposure can result in serious long-term illness.  Ergonomic hazards can not only affect the worker: the employer can suffer slower productivity, lower morale in staff, and higher disability and insurance claims.

Safety and comfort should be considered equally to visual aesthetics when it comes to designing work spaces.  Learn how to design a safe and functional office space in this article.

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Are you aware of these 6 types of workplace hazards?

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Hazards exist in every workplace, but how do you know which ones have the most potential to harm workers? By identifying hazards at your workplace, you will be better prepared to control or eliminate them and prevent accidents, injuries, property damage, and downtime.

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Workplace Hazards Series: Biological Hazards

What They Are and How to Protect Your Workplace From Them

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No Workplace is immune from Biological Hazards. They can appear and disappear due to a variety of factors so it is important for one to be prepared for them in the workplace.  For part 3 of 7 in our Workplace Hazards series we are covering Biological Hazards. A Biological Hazard is an organism or substances produced by an organism that may pose a threat to human health.  Anything that can cause harm to people, animals, or infectious plant materials can be considered a Biological Hazard. They exist in most workplaces that involve working around other people, unsanitary conditions, in labs, or in the environment. Continue Reading…

Workplace Hazards Series: Ergonomic Hazards

How to spot the Ergonomic Hazards in your workplace before they harm your employees

Businessman with back pain

Ergonomic Hazards are factors in your environment that can harm the musculoskeletal system. Injuries that are caused by strain placed on the body from Ergonomic Hazards aren’t always immediately obvious, making these hazards difficult to detect. In this post from our “Workplace Hazards” series, we’ll take a look at how you can identify Ergonomic Hazards and remove them your workplace.

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Workplace Hazards Series: Physical Hazards

Something you can’t see could be causing your employees harm

construction worker

Of all the hazards in your workplace, Physical Hazards might the least obvious. Despite their name, Physical Hazards aren’t always something that you can see or touch. In this installment of our “Workplace Hazards” series, we’ll take a look at how you can identify and prepare for Physical Hazards.

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Workplace Hazards Series: Ergonomic Hazards

How to spot the Ergonomic Hazards in your workplace before they harm your employees

Businessman with back pain

Ergonomic Hazards are factors in your environment that can harm the musculoskeletal system. Injuries that are caused by strain placed on the body from Ergonomic Hazards aren’t always immediately obvious, making these hazards difficult to detect. In this post from our “Workplace Hazards” series, we’ll take a look at how you can identify Ergonomic Hazards and remove them your workplace.

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