Hygiene Stories (77)

When Dimitrio Guzzardi attended a rock concert with his spouse recently, they had great seats eight rows from the stage. They also had a good view of the person in charge of measuring sound levels. Guzzardi, an industrial hygienist, read the meter over the man’s shoulder.
Further study needs to be done to understand the reason why workers from western Canada have a higher risk of work-related injury than their counterparts in the east, according to one scientist from the Institute of Work and Health (IWH).
Combustible dusts are serious hazards that can potentially cause a massive explosion if not controlled properly. Here are some things employers and workers should know about combustible dusts, how to control them and prevent dust explosions.
Government occupational health and safety systems no longer meet the challenges of today’s workplaces, and policy-makers across Canada and the United States need to adopt a new approach, an OHS expert told a gathering at the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in Toronto last week.

How to test for indoor air hazards

Written by Stefan Dubowski Thursday, 15 November 2012 09:15
Poor indoor air quality poses serious health risks to workers – learn how to watch for telltale signs of bad air
CSA Group has announced Canada's first adopted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard on nanotechnologies. CSA Z12885, Nanotechnologies — Exposure control program for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings provides guidance for the safe use of nanomaterials in the workplace.
This fall the Ontario Ministry of Labour will focus on hazards at underground mines in Northern and southern Ontario checking on hazards involving systems used to transfer ore (rock containing metal or minerals) inside underground mines.

Chemical safety lessons from the experts

Written by Stefan Dubowski Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:07
Safety-minded organizations have new lessons to teach companies about protecting employees’ eyes and skin from chemical burns. One novel product that promises faster, more effective chemical neutralization; aprogram to help companies spread the word about eye safety; and a guide for small and mid-sized businesses for correct chemical handling.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Enform, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, has developed a tool to help companies in the oil and gas sector manage chemical hazards.

Controlling Chemical Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry is a new document developed by Enform, after both governments of Alberta and British Columbia have approached the organizations about the lack of knowledge among workers about chemicals and chemical hazards, according to Corinne Paul, program manager for Enform.
Over the past two decades, there have been some reasonable debates and some less reasonable marketing on the duration and energy of hydrocarbon flash fires, despite the fact that existing North American standards were quite clear on the subject. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) both defined flash fire with identical technical language: the main factors being diffused fuel in air, an ignition source, a rapidly moving flame front and a consequent duration of three seconds or less. 
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