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The number of people overdosing from opioid prescription painkillers is staggering, killing 45 people each day, according to the National Safety Council (NSC) in the United States.
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On July 15, the British Columbia government announced it will be acting on all recommendations in the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan, released the same day.

Written by Mallory Hendry
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:09
An employee who was fired after complaining to the Ministry of Labour that she felt threatened by “disgruntled and aggressive clients” was entitled to damages for the retaliatory discharge, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided.
Written by Adrian Miedema
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:20
The United States refining industry has not agreed to a deal reached by oil producers and railroads on improving the safety of oil tank cars, it said, suggesting a key piece of anticipated reforms remains unsettled.
Written by Patrick Rucker
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:39
  • Columns
    The phrase normalization of deviation was made famous by the investigation report from the space shuttle Challenger. This speaks to how deviation from requirements or safe practice became normal and accepted. Very few organizations have systems in place to detect deviation from established processes in order to prevent ongoing normalization…
    Written by Dave Rebbitt
    Monday, 28 July 2014 12:29
    In the middle of summer the weather is at its best and also at its worst. The dangerous impact of spiking summer temperatures is demonstrated by horrifying stories of pets or children perishing in a hot vehicle. Workers are also at risk when heat and humidity reach extreme levels. Employers…
    Written by Brian Wasyliw
    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:27
    On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building, an eight-story commercial building in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed. The search for the missing ended on May 13, 2013, with the death toll of 1,129. About 2,515 injured people were rescued from the building alive. The Rana Plaza collapse is…
    Written by Norm Keith
    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:18
  • Canada's Safest Employers
    Nominations now closed for 2014 Canada's Safest Employers award Thank you to all who submitted a nomination!
    Written by Amanda Silliker
    Friday, 04 July 2014 10:12
  • Safety Leader of the Year

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2014 Safety Leader of the Year. Nominations are now closed. The winner will be featured in the December/January issue of COS

    Find out more about the COS Safety Leader of the Year program and past winners.

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