Workplace Hazards Series: COVID-19

As governments ease months-long restrictions allowing employees to return to their offices, the new reality is that these places won’t be the same as we left them. The new normal will entail increasingly structured workplaces that are more mindful of potential physical contamination. For the foreseeable future, there will be new routines and procedures that we will need to enforce and become accustomed to, seemingly normal ways of doing things that need to be shifted in order to protect team members from potential infection of the notorious virus.   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.  

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How to Get Results From Your Safety Audits

Uncovering the liabilities in your safety programs

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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.

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The Workplace Benefits of First Aid Training

First aid training has benefits for both employers and employees

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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.

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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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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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5 Tips to Claim Your Workers’ Compensation

How to get the Money You Deserve When You Get Injured on the Job

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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…

5 Safety Tips for Retailers Working Alone

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

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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 safety hazards that typical retail workers do not experience, including accidents without immediate aid, and being subjected to threats or even violence. The Canadian government regulates working alone positions, 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 face when working alone and may even save their life:

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