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A three-year $400,000 study, Mining Mental Health, has kicked off, with the goal of developing strategies to promote positive mental health for workers at the Ontario location of Vale, a mining company.

Vale has partnered with the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University to complete the study.

Information for the study will be collected from worker surveys. A CROSH research team will work with the Vale/USW Joint Occupational Health Committee (JOHC) on the project.

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Feedback Sought on Standards for Vape and Vapour Products

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is looking for feedback on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) development of standards for vape and vapour products.

Vape or vapour products includes devices such as electronic cigarettes and e-cigars. According to the SCC, the standardization will “increase the safety of users and surrounding persons, by setting safety and quality requirements of the devices, consumables and emissions and by improving consumer information.”

Feedback is requested by September 18, 2015.

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Transportation Department Charged in Worker Death

A department of transportation and works was recently charged as the result of a worker death in July 2013.

The worker, who was working with a paint crew, was hit and killed by a pickup truck on a highway.  The Occupational Health and Safety Act charges include failure to provide a safe workplace, instruction, supervision and effective traffic control.

The case will head to court on September 21, 2015.

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