Feeling Zapped?

One of the most serious health related problems in the workplace is fatigue. It can impact on the job accidents, absenteeism and productivity. Fatigue is often caused by poor sleep however other big energy zappers include poor diet, lack of exercise, dehydration and stress. Food is your fuel and when we don’t get it regularly … Read More

Who is Supporting the Safety Leader?

Source: Safety professionals at risk of burn out, fatigue In my previous columns, I have advocated and promoted psychological health and safety as a vital part of safety programs, and highlighted the willingness of workers in not-for-profit, social services and medical sectors to overlook risks to their own health and welfare in favour of … Read More

Health & Safety Tools For Managers and Supervisors

While managers and supervisors have many responsibilities in any organization, their role in the health and safety equation is an especially important one. Managers and supervisors play a crucial leadership role in making sure that all employees know that health and safety are top priorities in the day-to-day lives of everyone in the company. We’ve … Read More

Safe Work Procedures

Your company has safe work procedures. You’ve almost certainly seen them. In fact you’ve undoubtedly been trained or provided training on them. But… did you ever stop to think why the company has those particular procedures? How did that selection of procedures come to exist? Were they plundered from the ‘internettywebby thingy’? Maybe they just … Read More

Are Your Drivers Cranking Safely?

Source: Researcher finds the safest positions for raising and lowering the trailer landing gear. Cranking landing gear on trailers is one of the more common jobs for drivers, but it can cause pain and injury if done improperly. What is the best way to reduce injuries? Researcher Jia-Hua Lin of the Washington State Department … Read More

WorkSafeBC says Road Safety at Work Should Be a Year-round Effort

Source: Truck News – West magazine RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA WorkSafeBC is expanding its Road Safety at Work campaign from an annual weekly event to a year-long initiative. “The issue of road safety is one that applies year-round,” said Mark Ordeman, transportation manager of industry and labor services for WorkSafeBC. “So we decided to shift the focus to … Read More

Raise the ‘Awareness’ in RSI Day

Source: International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day is February 29th (this year February 28). As the only “non-repetitive” day of the year, it’s the ideal date to devote to raising awareness of repetitive strain injuries. Here are some tips to help identify and avoid the patterns that can lead to these injuries. What … Read More

Back on Track: Preventing Backing Accidents

“I’m new to this and I’m having a really hard time backing up the trailer. It’s my kryptonite—I can’t seem to grasp it. I don’t know why but I’m almost to the point of walking away….” This comment appeared in an online forum for professional drivers. The writer is not alone. Many authorities agree that … Read More

10 Free Resources to Improve Fleet Safety

Your fleet may be running like a well-oiled machine, but is it as safe as it can be? Injuries and even fatalities still happen frequently in the transport industry and almost all are preventable. Clearly, you and your team need to be thinking about and acting on safe practices at work every day, but finding … Read More

Lifting Technique Training: Quick and Easy, But is it Effective?

Source: Manual handling tasks — including lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling — are associated with a significant number of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) in workplaces across B.C. and around the world. Lifting technique training continues to be used as a primary control measure for risks associated with manual handling in the workplace. But a number … Read More