Working From Home Tips During the Coronavirus from SafetyLine Lone Worker

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in British Columbia, Canada

On March 16, 2020, the provincial health officer of British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced aggressive measures in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, a growing number of business across British Columbia and the country of Canada are opting for working from home to help control the spread of the virus. Dr. Henry also said there were three deaths in BC (from an outbreak at a care home in North Vancouver), bringing the total number of nationwide deaths from the coronavirus to four. More alarmingly, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam said the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada stands at 407, up from 324 reported earlier in the day. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada is closing its borders until further notice to most national with the exception of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to return home.  The Prime Minister said that the country would be taking “increasingly aggressive steps” to keep everyone safe.   

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Work From Home Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Keeping COVID-19 Out of Your Workplace  

As of March 11, COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 120,000 people globally and killed close to 5,000. This morning, the World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading virus as a pandemic, which, according to their site, is a “worldwide spread of a new disease.”   

While only microscopic in size, this virus can leave you bed-ridden with symptoms including coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. But if it gets worse, it can lead to viral pneumonia and Continue Reading…

Don’t slip-up at work and not use fall detection

A misstep on a ladder at an oil site. A trip while getting off the tractor. Or, a simple slip on a small chemical spill. All of these common occurrences can lead to injuries that not only make you unable to work but could lead to a visit to the local emergency room. 

Did you know that in a 2018 report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, researchers found that in 2016 and 2017, there were more than 650, 000 visits to emergency departments because of injuries from falls with many occurring in the workplace? And according to Stats Canada, the most common type of workplace injury is…you guessed it – falls. In this blog article, we cover fall detection devices and Continue Reading…

Caring for you while you care for others

As an increasing number of health authorities move towards providing more and more care in the comfort of the patient’s home, so does the incidence of assaults and abuse towards these health care workers who are venturing into the community alone to provide the needed care. 

According to a report presented to the House of Commons in June 2019, “health care workers working in-home care and community-care settings also face greater risks of violence because they are often working alone in these settings and lack training on how to de-escalate violence.” 

While there are significant benefits to treating the patient in the comfort of their own home, there are also unique risks Continue Reading…

Satellite Devices and the Safety Benefits of a Garmin Professional Account

Unlock the Potential of Your Garmin Satellite Device

Have you switched to a Garmin Professional Account? If you haven’t done so, you are missing out on some valuable features SafetyLine offers with the Garmin Professional Account.  SafetyLine Lone worker is now fully integrated with Garmin Ltd., one of the world’s premier GPS technology companies that has been keeping people connected since 1989.  

By switching to a Garmin Professional subscription, you can take advantage of Continue Reading…

Lone Worker Risks in the Canadian Forestry Sector

When it comes to our Canadian economy, the forestry industry provides a substantial source of wealth for the country. Our forestry trade balance (the difference between what we import and what we export to international partners) accounts for $19.8 billion of Canada’s GDP, according to the Government of Canada. This is equivalent to about 2% and represents the most substantial forest product trade balance in the world. We have held this position for years, and the gap between Canada and Sweden (the second-largest net trader) has been Continue Reading…

A Spotlight on Safety in the Entertainment Industry

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The Local Entertainment Industry 

Vancouver’s entertainment industry saw over 450 productions last year and generated close to $3.4 billion for the local economy. This figure represents a considerable increase from $2.3 billion in 2017. Furthermore, the industry provided jobs for over 60,000 people. BC’s film industry is home to more than 200 producers and over 250 businesses that primarily cater to motion picture production. Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, stated that film companies within BC are “delivering the world’s highest quality content” thanks to world-class talent, industry-leading skills, and substantial infrastructure. Continue Reading…

Complying with Safety Regulations for Lone Workers in Alberta

Many companies who do not provide unique support for their lone workers have a difficult time adhering to working alone legislations. A common assumption is that their safety programs are already acceptable. Furthermore, other businesses might already have distinct programs for employees who work alone but find that their current procedures and policies negatively impact productivity. In this article, we will discuss methods for Continue Reading…

2020 Goal Settings: How Your Organization can best Protect Lone Workers

The statistics regarding workplace injuries and fatalities in Canada are baffling. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, there were 951 workplace fatalities recorded in 2017 with an additional 251,508 injuries which took place on the job. An employer must manage the safety and health of his or her employees and thus minimize the number of incidents that occur in the workplace. Continue Reading…

Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

Positive mental health is a necessary component of your physical and emotional prosperity. Considering this, our mental health has a direct impact on what we think, how we act, and how we perceive our surroundings. Furthermore, it primarily affects how we interact with others, how we deal with adversity, and how we arrive at decisions Continue Reading…