Hygiene Stories (79)

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).

When hazards come calling

Written by Linda Johnson Thursday, 04 July 2013 16:20
An occupation that requires workers to spend much of the day making and receiving telephone calls may sound like a relatively safe job. But call centre work has many serious health risks.
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.
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