Summary of FMEA/HFMEA Process

FMEA/HFMEA® Steps In conducting a health care FMEA (HFMEA®) the basic steps are: Identify the process to be examined. Assign FMEA team members, team leader and team facilitator. Explain the methodology to the team. Develop either a flowchart or detailed process flow (outline format) of the process under analysis. All steps in the process should be […]

Nanotechnology Safety Concerns

  This article is adapted from a NIOSH nanotechnology bulletin.   Overview   Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. This technology promises scientific advancement for many sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing. Nanotechnology is somewhat loosely defined, although in general […]

Stricter Guidelines for Alberta COR Holders

  WCB Alberta’s Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) program promotes workplace health and safety through partnerships with employers, safety organizations, industry groups, educational organizations and labour organizations. For companies that develop a health and safety management system in accordance with established standards, PIR awards a Certificate of Recognition (COR), and COR-certified companies are then eligible for […]

WorkSafeBC-Preventable Construction Signage Pilot Project

  It goes without saying that construction is a high-risk industry, but recent statistics show that the term “high-risk” might be deemed “extreme-risk” instead. In 2010 alone, WorkSafeBC saw some 14,405 claims from BC construction sites. Of these, 7,620 were health-care-only claims, 6,014 were short-term disability claims, and 739 were long-term disability claims. There were thirty-two […]

Work Zone Safety Alliance “Cone Zone” Campaign

  Every day, countless individuals face serious hazards when they report for duty as roadside workers. WorkSafeBC statistics show that in the past decade, 386 British Columbia roadside workers have been injured by motor vehicles – with 46% of those injuries deemed as serious, and another 3% resulting in fatalities. The bulk of these incidents have […]

GHS Pictograms Part 2: Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Warnings

  Hazard pictograms are a major component of the GHS (Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). The GHS includes two sets of pictograms: one set used for labelling containers and for workplace hazard warnings, and a second set used during the transport of dangerous goods (TDG).   The GHS pictogram is […]