It has been my pleasure to write many stories on health and safety in the workplace. I have been blessed with much material to choose from and I will continue, God willing, to address occupational health and safety concerns in the workplace.
Excerpt from the OH&S Canada Magazine
April 28th, the National Day of Mourning, is a time for Canadians to remember those who have died at work, but the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) says with fatality rates on the rise, it is also a time to realize the need for change.
Data from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada shows that worker fatalities have been increasing since 1993, when there were a total of 758 fatalities across the country, to 1,014 last year – almost three people every day. There have been more than 16,000 worker fatalities since 1993.
I have had the honour of suggesting changes in the Ontario, as well as the rest of Canada, health and safety legislation. The previous 99 blogs deal with Canadian content, specifically those in Ontario.
I thought it appropriate to complete the 100th blog with a recent example of an accident in the Galveston , Texas area. It just goes to show that health and safety in a 24/7 responsibility and occupational accidents have no borders.
I do not know the legislation and what laws are broken and it is my hope that someone from the great state of Texas will fill our readers in. Is it covered under Federal or State law? If I receive any follow-up on this particular incident I will forward it to the readers.
Thank you all for the dedicated readership during the first 100 blogs. The comments number over 6,900 as of todayâ€™s date, June 26, 2011 and it is my sincere wish to continue to provide quality blogs on health and safety for a long time to come.
Daniel L. Beal
Senior Trainer for HRS Group Inc.
The first thing every employer needs to understand is that there is, without question, a legal duty to safeguard workers against the risks of heat stress. Seven provinces/territories (BC, NB, NL, PE, QC, SK and YT) include in their OHS regulations specific measures that employers must take to protect workers against heat stress. For example, Part 7 of the B.C. OHS Regulation requires employers to:
– Limit workers’ exposure to excessive heat;
– Conduct heat stress assessments to determine workers’ risks of hazardous exposure;
– Put into place a heat stress exposure control plan; and
– Implement engineering and administrative controls.http://www.hrsgroup.com/blog/heat-stress-the-law/