Did you know that your vehicle can be considered a work site?
If and when a vehicle is used on a work site (ex. you used it to deliver materials to a job site), the vehicle becomes categorized as 'work site equipment', and a hazard assessment should be completed to determine appropriate controls.
Secondly, if a worker is dispatched by their employer and it includes driving, OHS classifies that activity as driving for work. Of course driving to and from work is not considered "a work site" and is not included in OHS's jurisdiction.
For more information, or to create a toolbox talk on this subject, please contact us!
Below are summaries of selected work-related serious injuries and incidents recently reported to Alberta OHS. Each incident resulted in a worker being admitted to hospital.
Use these incidents as a way to start health and safety conversations in your workplace.
Struck by gate -- A worker was loading cattle through a gate and into a trailer when one of the cows kicked the gate. The gate swung and struck the worker in the head. Agriculture and forestry.
Caught in drill -- A worker was operating a drill when their glove got pulled into the machine, injuring the worker’s hand. Mining and petroleum development.
Ankle injuries -- A worker made contact with the moving track of a skid steer resulting in an injury to their ankle. Construction and construction trades.
Have a great week and keep it safe! Jodi
Everyone welcomes Spring, but it is important to monitor and be aware of unique hazards during Spring, and have programs and controls in place for these hazards.
- Unpredictable weather. This can include freezing rain or slippery conditions especially in the evenings, overnight or mornings. Outdoor workers should be aware of this and have controls in place to guard against slips and falls.
- Spring thaw and water levels. Work places should guard against standing water hazards, and be prepared especially around entries and exits for staff and visitors.
- Slips, trips and falls. Scan parking lots for fall hazards, ensure entry and exists are clear and not frozen over and those businesses with retail traffic must take extra pre-caution for customers.
- Sun hazards. The sun in April is no safer than the sun July, so have a sun exposure policy in place for outdoor workers, and be sure to practice good hazard control habits such as breaks, water, and shade.
With extreme temperatures moving into Alberta this week, remind your staff to take precautions working outdoors, even for short periods of time.
If you need help with any of these topics please let us know, so we can assist you.
Assess the hazards, address the hazards, and stay safe!
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) incident monitoring shows an increase in COVID-19 exposure with the failure of controls in workplace common areas.
What can you do?
Have your safety representative conduct a hazard assessment and control to consider things like:
When a hazard cannot be eliminated, it needs to be controlled.
Be sure to follow the standardized hierarchy of controls that must be followed:
1. first choice – engineering controls (e.g. plexiglass barriers) 2. second choice – administrative controls (e.g. staggering break times) 3. third choice – personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. gloves, face shields, respirators).
Don't forget, all employers need to have procedures for rapid response if or when workers show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
Are you and your business compliant?
Mandatory restriction – Effective Nov. 27
Businesses that are closed for in-person service include:
We can help protect you and your business with simple measures to ensure you are comlying with government regulation and standards. OH&S officers are now doing random checks on compliance, so you need to be prepared to show you are doing your part to combat COVID-19 and adhering to the rules.
Masks becoming mandatory...
Stay up-to-date on what you and your business can do to stay safe, and ensure compliance with the recommended best-practices from the Province of Alberta.
COVID-19 can be spread by infected individuals who have not yet, or who may never develop symptoms. Masks, including homemade cloth masks or non-medical face masks, are another way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing (2 metres distance between individuals) may be challenging or not possible.
For more information, follow the link:
COVID-19 information:guidance for wearing non-medical masks
Simply put, working alone is defined by CCOHS as, "when they are on their own; when they cannot be seen or heard by another person."
While working alone isn't always a problem, it can be when high risk activities are being completed. This includes:
For more information visit:
6 Important Tips to Stay Safe When Working Alone
Legislation and construction regulations require that almost every business have a ladder policy in place. The policy should cover: inspection; repair, and disposal.
If you choose to use a ladder at work, you should do a risk assessment for ladder safety. There is a lot of information available on ladder safety, and it is a serious issue and cause of workplace accidents, and even deaths.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a thorough muli-module review of all facets of ladder safety, which you can access through the link below (click on the CCOHS badge below).
Do | Don't...
Here is a very helpful overview of basic ladder safety. Every employee who uses ladders should be very familiar with ladder safety, and every employer has a duty to review and discuss workplace ladder safety with their employees.