“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
As the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month, it couldn’t be truer. You can never know when a disaster will strike but you can do your best to be ready when it comes, whether you are at home, at work or travelling the world.
When it comes to the workplace there are a number of ways that you can ensure that you and your colleagues are prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Ensuring health and safety in your workplace is the responsibility of everyone – employers, supervisors, owners, constructors, suppliers and workers.
While some have a much larger role to play, it is important that everyone understands their responsibilities and does everything they can to ensure themselves, and everyone around them, prevent injury as well as they can.
To help you on your way to a safer work environment, here are some of the roles and duties of people in your workplace. For the official duties of each member, see the Government of Ontario’s website and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Extreme heat is a significant risk to Canadians, especially seniors, children, and those with chronic illness. Surprisingly, it’s estimated that 120 people die each year in Toronto, from conditions caused by exposure to extreme heat. Extreme heat is called the ‘silent killer’ because it’s not a visible environmental threat like a fire or flood.
With summer is in full swing, temperatures are rising, and we are spending more and more time outside, which means we need to be on the lookout for heat stress, or heat-related illnesses.
Workers who use fall protection on a construction project must take an approved ‘working at heights’ training program.
The training is in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is on top of the training requirements under the Construction Regulation.
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By law, all employers in the province of Ontario who are covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act must have accessible first aid equipment available to workers at all times, adequate safety training for their employees, as well as provide a safe working environment.
The different requirements that are necessary for a workplace, in regards to the First Aid Kits, training and facilities will always vary depending on how many employees are employed at the company, and on a shift during one time.
There has been a safety noticed published regarding specific Genie Lift models, including GS-3232, GS-4047 and X-14. The issue is a control system malfunction, dated February 27, 2017.
The issue with the GS-3232 model is regarding a control system malfunction affecting the operator’s ability to lift and drive the machine in a safe manor. This new safety notice takes place of safety notice 120013 which was issued on October 15, 2012.
The malfunction with GS4047 and X-14 is causing the platform of the unit to lower after the controls have been released, resulting in unintended machine movement. This malfunction can result in hazardous situations for the operator and others in the area.
You are out for the afternoon on your day off running errands. All of a sudden you notice someone is about to faint. You are the only one around to notice, so what do you do?
There is, in fact, a lot you can do to help someone who has fainted or shows signs that they are about to faint. This month’s blog is going to focus on noticing the symptoms of someone who is fainting and what to do if you catch yourself in a situation where you need to assist someone.