New High-Risk Industry Equipment to Transform Safety Management

Recently, there have been several developments in safety equipment. Some protective equipment comes with sensors, allowing safety officers and managers to gain information on the safety practices done. There are a lot of safety advancements that have been introduced in the market. Although these do not guarantee 100% protection, they can make the workplaces better.

The sensors also give the safety managers permission to gather data based on various factors. These can allow them to get measurements for particular body parts. From this, they can determine if the worker is doing the job safely and properly, such as carrying a heavy object. Data about the temperature, level of noise, atmosphere, and the overall environment can be collected. This kind of technology could also check the physical objects in the area to avoid injuries.

The sensors’ key objective is to alert the worker if there are safety problems so that they can take action right away. This is useful because it allows communication about safety to the workers and their safety managers.


Making Sure that Campuses Are Safe as Canadian Students Return to School During the Pandemic

Since fall is just around the corner, Canadians have another issue to deal with amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several concerns over the recovery from this and the actions to be done on campuses before students return to school. These concerns are discussed so that there is more awareness about the protocols in universities. As a result, these institutions can prepare more for the coming semester.

One of the plans is to slowly transition students to face-to-face classes but with restrictions. Some students can attend a rotational schedule while the rest will attend their classes online. Some faculties of these universities have started to work to make recorded lectures. These lectures will be included in the online service.

The universities have been working hard to create effective strategies for the new semester. The campus events would be smaller, and residences and departments would have to adjust when these strategies are implemented. There would also be questionnaires for health screening, changes in access controls, and cashless transactions.


The Launch of a Virtual Event by a Telehealth Company

SWORD Health or SWORD, a provider of digital musculoskeletal therapy, introduced a virtual event so that Benefit leaders from across the globe can find it easy to attend conferences that interest them for the benefit of the employees and the health of the digital industry.

SessionBot, the virtual event’s name, aims to conduct online sessions and conferences about employee benefits and digital health. These include conferences such as the Conference Board’s Employee Healthcare Conference and National Business Group on Health conference.

By attending these, the Benefits leaders and staff can have an easier time making decisions. This can then help in lessening the negative impacts of canceled events and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to SWORD, many of their clients had dropped out of many conferences. That is why they decided to do something about it. They know how critical conferences are to the decision-making of the Benefits staff. The teams from Benefits expressed that this innovation has made the job a little lighter for them.

Leadership and Culture

Ontario Spends on Safety and Health for Indigenous Workers

Ontario is planning to spend more than $280,000 to give appropriate programs and training for the Nokiiwin Tribal Council. These programs and training focus on protecting the people’s safety and health, especially among the First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario.

The minister of energy, northern development and mines, and minister of Indigenous affairs want to focus on the safety and health in this community’s workplace because it can provide a good and long-lasting change.

Under the G’minoomaadozimin, these programs will concentrate on mental health, violence, and harassment in the workplace and support workers vulnerable to these.

The training’s goal is to develop respect in the workplace and make programs that use the Seven Grandfather Teachings which are truth, love, courage, respect, humility, honesty, and wisdom. These teachings are part of the community’s beliefs.

All the programs and training are based on the priorities and needs of the community. It is important to make these solutions and initiatives in which the foundation is the community’s tradition and culture, especially during this time.

Leadership and Culture

The Government of Ontario to Invest Over $2M for Training Projects

The Ministry of Labor, Training, and Skills Development of Ontario is planning to invest in different skills development programs.

They plan to start in the Brantford region where more than $700,000 in the “Construct Your Career” program will be invested by SkillsAdvance. The project wants to help workers in preparing to take on construction jobs. They also aim to assist 60 job hunters with skills and experience to qualify for entry-level positions. It will be introduced on August 31.

The provincial government of Hamilton/Halton and Niagara plan to invest in 2 programs, so they plan to invest over $1M. These projects hope to help over 200 job hunters in training for skills in the manufacturing and automotive industries. McMaster University will facilitate the training. Aside from teaching new technologies in the manufacturing sector, they plan to offer job placements and internships. As a result, post-secondary students and new graduates can gain the required skills to start their careers.

The ministry hopes that making this collaboration with local groups and educational institutions can help the economy and people find a job.


Focus on PPE and Protection Against Fall

The CCOHS or the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety describes working at tall places as a workplace where someone could fall and get injured from a certain distance. Some instances include falling from a roof, step ladder, or an open hole on the floor or ground. Protection may also be required when working on a vat, bin, open-top tank, or hopper.

Even though the measurements may vary, in occupational and safety laws, some kind of protection should be given to a worker if they are working 3 meters or 10 feet above.

There are many considerations when choosing the equipment for fall protection. One of the basics is a proper hard hat. It is vital to have the proper protection to the head when working with heights. Instead of using the normal hard hat that is not very secure on the head, workers should use a hard hat that has been rated for top and side-impact. There should also be a chin strap. Nevertheless, it will be best to assess if the work can be done on the ground to avoid fall accidents.


Construction Safety Online Materials You Can Get for Free

The ASSP or the American Society of Safety Professionals said that they would be introducing an online library filled with resources about construction safety this week. From this library, people can access different educational resources. ASSP aims to reach as many health and safety professionals across the globe.

They believe that construction and bulldozing sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces for workers worldwide. They found out that this industry is where most cases of injury and death come from.

Now, through this online library initiative, they hope that people in the construction industry can better understand the risks. They hope that as a result of being informed, they will be able to keep themselves safe and have better productivity.

They also think that the next generation of professionals working in the industry will benefit by learning the best practices online.

Moreover, through this innovation of learning, a better program is more practical and far-reaching. ASSP is looking forward to the results of this effort despite the pandemic. Some of the materials that can be accessed are about safety management and fall protection.


More Cybersecurity Woes as Telework Rises Because of the Pandemic

Many employers worry about safety online since most employees work from their homes. This is one of the major concerns of employers, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Since employees have to use their personal internet to connect to their work servers, employers worry that personal internet is not as safe as the office internet. Bloomberg added that workers tend to click links that connect them to unsafe sites due to the anxiety they get from their environment.

Because of the present uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the rising numbers of people who work from home, there are more online scamming cases. Many reputable institutions have given a warning about opening questionable emails and answering private messages and phone calls.

Employers from finance, banking, and public service, among many others, are more worried since they handle volumes of personal information and confidential data. Many hackers take advantage of the vulnerabilities of many businesses and organizations.

Some simple steps that employees can take to avoid hacking include updating their passwords from time to time and installing the latest antivirus updates on their computers.


How Food Safety Is Handled During the Pandemic

The food industry in Canada has a big responsibility, especially now considering that several months have passed since the pandemic. Have there been significant changes in Canada’s food industry? Have there been improvements implemented? Are there actions that can be taken to improve safety worldwide? These are the questions constantly asked by the public.

Even though it shows in recent studies that the COVID-19 virus stays on cardboard for only 24 hours, there has been no conclusive evidence showing that packages possibly contaminated or exposed to the virus can transfer the infection.

Nevertheless, practicing good hygiene, such as handwashing and following safety protocols, is still a must for the people handling food and doing food-related services. Strict rules in hygiene have always been a priority in food production.

Moreover, the implementation of these is subject to authorities that mandate food business to follow them. The hygiene practices that are implemented by these businesses’ operators aim to prevent food contamination by pathogens. This also includes the prevention of food contamination by the COVID-19 virus.


Ontario Governments Giving Aid to Local Business in Fighting COVID-19

The government of Ontario is allocating more than $700,000 from the Ontario Together Fund. This is to give aid to 2 local businesses to make hand sanitizers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

More than $450,000 from the funds will be given to Dairy Distillery. It is a startup business based in Almonte that manufactures alcohol such as cream liquors and vodka. Around $290,000 will be given to New Ontario Brewing, a craft brewery established in 2014 in Northern Ontario. The funds are granted to assist them in their operations to make more hand sanitizers.

This is done in the hopes of improving and recovering the economy. Also, this can ensure that Ontario has solutions prepared whenever and wherever needed. Therefore, they plan to work with other world-class businesses. Through this, they can sustain the economy in Canada and come out stronger than before.

Dairy Distillery has donated over 30,000 hand sanitizers to those in Canada. New Ontario Brewing has plans to change some of its facilities and set up special equipment to produce ethanol in response to COVID-19.
School Bus Drivers in Ontario Demand Standardized Safety Protocols Amid COVID-19

School bus drivers who are members of Unifor want the government of Ontario to have standardized COVID-19 safety policies to protect not only themselves but also the students.

The protocols for COVID-19 are different from one school board to another. As a result, there are no specific regulations about social distancing, wearing face masks, sanitation of buses, and passengers who can board a bus.

This demand was made around 2 weeks after Unifor communicated this on behalf of more than 2,000 drivers on August 13. The 5 demands they asked are as follows:

● Proper regulations on the use of gloves, gowns, masks, and shields and to make sure that all bus drivers are provided with protective equipment for their and the passengers’ safety
● Set a limit for the number of passengers who can board the bus as buses are confined spaces
● Give more funds in hiring and retaining drivers
● Students are required to wear masks while inside the bus
● After each run, buses have to be sanitized