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The 9 Best Safety Articles You Should Read in 2019

June 28, 2019

The National Safety Council declares June as National safety month and provides downloadable resources on different safety topics each week. The council’s purpose is to reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.

This years’ topics include hazard recognition, slips, trips, falls, fatigue and Impairment. During the past couple of weeks, many articles and blogs were posted about these topics and more. Rather than spending your time digging through the pages of safety news and articles, we did it for you.

The team at Gateway got together, shared articles that we found to be the most important and informational, and curated the following list.

 

workplace harassment

Workplace Harassment is the biggest workplace hazard

Amongst random drug testing, the legalization of marijuana, and WHMIS, workplace harassment is the biggest workplace hazard today. In 2018 Alberta joined other provinces in declaring bullying and harassment a workplace hazard. This is a result of the rising concerns over mental health, and it is pushing safety professionals away from the traditional small “h” health and safety.

 

Government makes electronic logs mandatory for trucks and busses

Government making Electronic Logs Mandatory for truck & bus drivers

After the Humboldt Broncos crash in April of 2018, electronic logging was one of the six recommendations made by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service. To avoid fatigue while driving, which increases the risk of accidents, the federal government said mandatory electronic logging will ensure truck and bus drivers are not on the road for longer than their daily limit. The devices are integrated into vehicle engines and track when and how long the drivers have been behind the wheel.

 

2 revised standards changing electrical safety management

2 revised standards changing electrical safety management

The Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers introduced huge changes to the industry. The changes involved CSA and IEEE, two key electrical safety standards. Those responsible for worker safety must understand these changes and how they affect compliance requirements.

 

8 overlooked worksite safety practices

8 Overlooked Work Site Safety Practices 

Worksite safety is one of the most overlooked areas of workforce productivity. Although some areas carry an obvious risk, like working with hazardous chemicals and machinery, others may not be as obvious. It’s these instances that require clear safety guidelines. While performing their tasks employees must be aware of their surroundings and know how to avoid possible hazards.

 

construction site safety procedures

Construction Site Safety Procedures

The construction industry topped the list of the most dangerous industries in the world on fatal injury rates. There are many risks in worksites, including falls from heights, collapsing trenches and scaffolding, electric shocks, blasts, inadequate use of personal protective equipment, and repetitive motions. Installing structurally sound scaffolds, fall protection, ladders are among the solutions to help increase the safety and security of workers.

 

the right gloves for the task at hand

The Right Gloves for the Task at Hand

Those working on site have several day-to-day tasks that require interaction with large equipment, tools, and materials which expose them to a plethora of injuries, especially the hands. There are many different types of gloves, some suitable for certain tasks and unsuitable for others. This article discusses the various types of gloves and what jobs they are used for.

 

mental health

13 Psychological Factors for Workplace Mental Health

Understanding and acknowledging the impact that workplace conditions have on peoples’ mental health allows us to positively influence employee and organizational health. This article defines the 13 factors that can impact employees’ psychological responses to work and workplace conditions.

 

radon a real risk

Radon: A Real Risk 

This colourless gas, both at work and at home, is making people sick. The Government of Canada predicts more than one in 10 Canadians are at risk of over-exposure to radon. Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon was recognized as a health hazard in the 1980s and is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

 

auditor

How to Improve Pre-Job Hazard Assessment  

A retired auditor goes up against the critics explaining that it’s the quality of the assessment that leads to the poor employee perceptions of the hazard assessment process

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