Archives for March 2016

See Clearly: How to Select and Care for Your Eye Protection


Because many eye hazards exist in the workplace, it’s important to provide proper eye protection to keep workers safe.

If eye protection is necessary, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggests establishing an eye safety protection program that includes selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection.

CCOHS offers these tips regarding the fit and care of safety glasses:

Fit of Safety Glasses

Eye size, bridge size and temple length vary from person to person, so safety glasses should be assigned and fitted according to individual needs.

Safety glasses should be worn so that the temples fit comfortably over the wearer’s ears. The frame should be as close to the face as possible and supported by the bridge of the nose.

Care of Safety Glasses

It’s important to properly maintain all personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection.  To keep safety glasses in good working condition:

  • Clean safety glasses daily and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Store safety glasses in a clean, dry place to protect them from damage. Keep them in a case when they are not being worn.
  • Replace scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting glasses.
  • Replace damaged parts only with identical parts from the original manufacturer to ensure the same safety rating.

Before purchasing any eye protection for your workers, assess their needs so you acquire the most effective protection for their jobs.

When you provide eye protection to your workers, do you provide training on how to effectively use it, and do you communicate how to keep it in good condition?

GHS/WHMIS Deadline Moving Closer: Get Prepared Now


As we get closer to the final GHS deadline, it’s important to remember what is needed for your organization to be GHS compliant.

First a little background: The Government of Canada created modifications to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to incorporate the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) regulations.

That modified WHMIS is now referred to as WHMIS 2015.

WorkSafeBC explains how WHMIS includes elements of GHS, which has created new standardized:

Hazard Classification Criteria: The new criteria keeps the same level of protection already provided, but incorporates some new hazard classes.

Label Requirements: Supplier labels feature a few new requirements. Most hazard classes and categories have a prescribed signal word, hazard statements, a pictogram and precautionary statements. Supplier labels will still be required in both English and French.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Requirements: Safety data sheets (SDSs) will replace material safety data sheets (MSDSs). SDSs have 16 sections.

Final compliance for WHMIS 2015 isn’t required for employers, distributors, as well as manufacturers and importers until December 1, 2018.

While there is still time, what has your company done so far in preparation of the compliance deadline? What else do you need to do?

Spring Safety: Protect Workers in the Work Zone


As we begin spring and workers are on the job in outdoor work zones once again, it’s a good time for a refresher on how to stay safe in a work zone. offers a safety checklist workers should review before they begin any projects in an outdoor work zone.

If workers can’t answer “yes” to any question, they need to address their concerns with their employer.

  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely at the roadside?
  • Are you aware of the hazards associated with your work site?
  • Have you had a safety briefing to review work site hazards?
  • Do you understand the work zone set-up (traffic cones, signs)?
  • Are you familiar with the movements of mobile equipment and work vehicles at your work site?
  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely around mobile equipment and work vehicles?
  • Are you wearing your high-visibility garment? Is it clean and usable—not torn or faded?
  • Do you require other personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your job activity? If so, are you wearing it?
  • Do you know your escape route in case a vehicle crosses into the work zone?
  • Do you know what to do in case of an emergency incident at your work site?
  • Have you discussed any and all safety concerns with your supervisor?

If you don’t know where your work site will be in advance:

  • Do you have the appropriate traffic warning signs and traffic control devices, such as cones, in your vehicle?
  • Do you understand how to correctly place traffic warning signs and devices?
  • Do you know how to identify and address site-specific hazards once you arrive at your work site?

Prepare your workers for a safe spring and summer. Provide them with this checklist and encourage them to inform you about any concerns they may have.

Safety News You Can Use


A paper mill was fined $150,000 after a worker was burned in a dust explosion.

Dry wood dust that traveled on a conveyor was somehow ignited, causing the dust explosion. A fireball traveled through the conveyor and out into the area where the worker was standing. The worker suffered burns.

For more details about the incident, click here.

Paving Company Fined After Worker Injured

A paving company was fined $80,000 after a worker performing traffic control duties was injured on the job.

The worker was wearing high-visibility clothing and holding a Slow/Stop sign mounted on a pole. While directing a driver headed eastbound to stop at an intersection and signaling drivers headed southbound to proceed, the eastbound driver instead entered the intersection and struck the worker.

The company was charged for not complying with a regulation requiring that a worker not direct vehicular traffic for more than one lane in the same direction.

Learn more here.

Company Fined After Worker Injured on Construction Site

A company was fined $50,000 after a worker was pinned by falling posts and injured on a construction site.

Workers for the engineering services company were dismantling and replacing a steel storage system. The injured worker was welding as others were working on the demolition.

Posts fell on the welding worker, who was pinned by the posts. The worker suffered leg injuries in the incident.

The company failed to ensure that a sleeper beam was securely anchored before upright posts were installed.

Read more about the violation here.