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  • A cold environment can cause several adverse health effects. Extremely cold or wet weather can cause occupational illness and injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite. In -15°F (-26°C) weather, it can take less than 30 minutes for frostbite to set in. These serious health risks can be minimized by wearing the right protection. Workers in industries such as construction, commercial fishing, food storage, forestry, oil and gas, infrastructure maintenance and machinery are in constant risk of frostbite and...
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  • Winter has started early this year with the first snowfall of the season in November in the Lower Mainland. It is predicted that the coldest periods will be in early and late December, early and late January, and mid-February, with the snowiest periods in early and late December. Winter conditions – such as freezing temperatures, rain, snow, black ice and reduced daylight hours –create additional hazards, typically for occupational drivers, whether they drive a vehicle full time, or just as part of their job....
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  • October is Respiratory Awareness Month; this month’s focus is to share information on respiratory hazards and to build awareness on preventative measures to limit occupational exposure to toxic air. The global threat of air pollution and presence of hazardous materials in the workplace can lead to serious respiratory issues, disease, and even cancers. Amongst the most at risk are individuals in mining, fabrication, and construction industries. Hence, it is important that workers are aware of the harmful...
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  • Crystalline Silica: Respiration and Health Risks What is Crystalline Silica? As a basic component of soil, sand and rock, Silica is one of the most widespread minerals on earth. It’s most commonly found in quartz, which in turn is used in products like concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, dental filings, jewelry, tombstones and more. Though it exists in many forms, it becomes crystalline and airborne when exposed to high heat or intense pressure like abrasive cutting, crushing and sawing. That’s when you need to...
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  • What is “prompt” rescue? According to ANSI, the recommended prompt rescue should be less than six minutes (ANSI Z359.4-6.1). Though these standards and regulations have been in place for some time, OSHA and ANSI are bringing this critical subject to the forefront. Why Prompt Rescue Is Critical Without prompt rescue, the worker is at risk of sustaining medical complications or a worsening of injuries from the fall. Keep in mind that injuries can occur before, during and after a fall. A worker might be struck...
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  • “Fall Protection” refers to anything that can fall, whether it’s a person, debris, tool or piece of equipment. For all objects at height—including humans—it’s not about catching the object (a reactive action), it’s about preventing things from falling (a preventative measure). When an object falls from height, it gathers energy and force. Heavier tools, some up to 80 pounds (36.28 kg), can be particularly dangerous. Tools that have pointed attributes, like a nail, screwdriver or spud wrench, can also cause...
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