Hygiene Stories (84)

Workers in British Columbia's upstream oil and gas, drilling and pipeline construction industries are more likely to suffer hearing loss than other industries, according to 2014 hearing tests results.

AIHA provides preventative guidance on Legionella

Written by COS staff Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:10
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released a new guideline on Legionella in building water systems.
Starting in July, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will be increasing inspections of residential demolition and renovation sites to ensure contractors are adhering to health and safety laws when identifying and removing asbestos.

Saskatchewan launches new asbestos registry

Written by COS staff Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:05
The government of Saskatchewan is launching a new user-friendly and searchable web-based asbestos registry as part of its ongoing work regarding asbestos safety.
(Reuters Health) — Fumes from cleaning products used at work can make existing asthma worse, according to a new study of professional cleaning service employees.
Just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can lead to fundamental health-related changes in biology by switching some genes on, while switching others off, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health.
A new international standard on occupational health and safety management is currently under development and Canadian comments are requested until May 1.
The Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has updated its policy related to occupational hearing loss.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to amend selected provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation, as a part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 
HOUSTON (Reuters) — Four workers who died on Nov. 15 at a DuPont plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment.
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