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.
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.
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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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.
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.
What is Worker’s Compensation?
When you work for someone, you and your employer agree that you will receive wage replacement and medical benefits if an injury happens. In return, you give up your right to sue your employer for any negligence in the workplace. Workers’ Compensation is something that is mandatory for every employee and here are some tips for how to claim it. Continue Reading…
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:
Depending on the priorities of the company and the industry they are in, Fleet Management and Lone Worker Monitoring systems are two important services that organizations should consider. However, many companies don’t realize the difference between a Fleet Management system and a Lone Worker Monitoring system. This article will help you learn about those differences to help you decide what is best for your organization. Continue Reading…
If you’ve done your homework, you know that there are a lot of considerations when it comes to safety monitoring in the workplace. You have to think about your employees, your equipment, your workplace, and the list goes on. In this article we’ll look at how you can keep safety simple, with the Three R’s of Workplace Safety Monitoring: Report, Respond, and Review. Continue Reading…