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…
According to the Weather Network, 2019 is predicted to be the hottest year in our history. The developing El Niño event will only contribute to the fact that this year we will very likely experience unprecedented levels of heat and forest fires. With predicted temperatures on the rise during the summer months, the risks of heat stress related illness are going to increase in the workplace. Continue Reading…
Who’s Protecting the Protectors?
This article is in response to The Safetyline eBook– “Hazard Assessment Guide – Identify Potential Hazards & Risk Levels Associated to Any Job Role In Your Organization,” which focuses on Security Officers across North America who work alone every day. During their night shift their workplace hazards and associated risks increase dramatically. Security officers become prime targets for thieves and vandals because of the valuable equipment and materials that can be found on site after hours. The Canadian construction industry estimates the loss due to theft, vandalism…on construction sites is in excess of $50 Million a year – in the USA the same losses exceed $1.4 Billion.
What is working alone? Working alone or in isolation means to work where assistance would not be readily available to workers in case of emergency, injury or illness. Security “lone” workers have little or no contact with their co-workers or supervisors over the course of their shift. In most
SafetyLine is designed to support flexible workforces, from as few as a handful to hundreds or even thousands of users. For any organization using SafetyLine, they purchase a number of licenses. Typically, one per Lone Worker, but some prefer to buy extra, planning for expansion or for unexpected contingencies.
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.
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?