Workplace Hazards Series : Safety Hazards

How to recognize and prepare for Safety Hazards in the workplace

caution sign

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.

Continue Reading…

5 Steps for Improving Your Hazard Assessments

Two construction workers doing a hazard assessment

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. 

Continue Reading…

5 Safety Tips for Retailers Working Alone

If Your Retail Staff Are Working Alone, Here Are Some Safety Tips That Could Save Their Lives

gas station at night

Retail workers when they are working alone are classified under the work alone definition set by the Canadian government. Unlike typical retail workers, they face a unique and increased set of hazards that typical retail workers do not, including accidents without immediate aid, and being subject to threats or even violence. The Canadian government regulates working alone, and several provinces stipulate that employers must conduct check-ins at pre-specified intervals for these employees. Even still, there are certain precautions these workers can take that can ensure their safety.

Here are 5 safety tips for retail employees that can help mitigate the risks they undertake from working alone, which may even save their life:

Continue Reading…

Are you aware of these 6 types of workplace hazards?

yellow caution sign

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.

Continue Reading…

Responding to Emergencies in the Workplace

Tips that will help you respond effectively when your employees need help

worker responding to injury on worksite

When it comes time to respond during an emergency, knowing what steps to take can be crucial. If an emergency happens in the workplace, it could be your responsibility to provide help. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can help your employees during an emergency.

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.

Continue Reading…

Workplace Hazards Series: Biological Hazards

What They Are and How to Protect Your Workplace From Them

asbestos removal in progress

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…