Hygiene Stories (79)

WorkSafeBC conducting asbestos enforcement blitz

Written by COS staff Monday, 21 April 2014 12:10
As part of the 2014 construction high-risk strategy, WorkSafeBC is conducting an enforcement initiative aimed at reducing occupational disease and death caused by exposure to asbestos in residential demolition work sites.
(Reuters) — Extremely loud noise on the job, as well as hearing loss from noise exposure, may cause workers to miss danger warnings, a Canadian study suggests.
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a memo to provide guidance around new combustible dust classification.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government must take immediate action to ensure fair compensation for the health problems suffered by former asbestos miners and their families, a new advocacy group says.
Manufacturing workers in Canada and the United States who use laundered shop towels may be exposed to lead and other metals, found a recent study.
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Public Health (Howard’s Law) Amendment Act which makes the web-based Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health regions and facilities and provincial government buildings.
The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched two new web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe from exposure to the thousands of hazardous chemicals that are used in workplaces every day.

Producing safe food safely

Written by Linda Johnson Tuesday, 01 October 2013 00:00
As consumers, many of us tend to take for granted the foods we find in our local grocery store. But for the companies that produce those foods, worker safety can never be taken for granted. From physical injuries to mental health concerns, processing plants can present a wide range of hazards.
The sum total of adverse working conditions explains a substantial portion of the risk of depression in working-age adults, suggests a recent study out of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). 
Workers who have been on the job for less than two months are at a greater risk of heat strokes, sun strokes and other health-related illnesses, according to a study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).
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