Joint Health & Safety Committees

  In British Columbia, the term “Joint Health and Safety Committee” (JHSC) describes a workplace committee consisting of worker and employer representatives united in the task of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety problems. A JHSC (also known by various other terms across Canada) can provide a multitude of benefits for both the employer […]

Partners Program and COR in BC

  In its ongoing efforts to encourage employers in British Columbia to develop and maintain effective occupational health and safety procedures, WorkSafeBC has established the Partners Program. The program is voluntary, recognizing those employers who take a “best-practices” approach in implementing occupational health and safety management systems and return-to-work programs, and whose safety management practices […]

Young Workers in Ontario

  Young workers aged 15 to 24 constitute 15 percent of Canada’s workforce, and statistics show that young workers are significantly more likely to get injured in their first month on the job. In acknowledgement of these statistics, Ontario’s Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) has led the launch of the Young Worker Safety Awareness campaign. […]

Resource Road Safety in British Columbia

  In November 2008, WorkSafeBCintroduced the Resource Roads Safety Demonstration Project, an initiative aimed at improving safety for those workers who travel and work on BC’s resource roads. The term “resource roads” refers to the over 400,000 kilometers of roads in BC which are not defined as public highways – also referred to as “industrial […]

PPE Personal Protective Equipment and OSHA

  According to the OSHA website, “OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels.” The term personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to a wide range of devices and garments, including face […]