The union representing British Columbia ferry workers has voiced concerns that excessive vibration on board one particular vessel may be contributing to complaints of hip, thigh and foot pain among catering staff.
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.https://www.hrsgroup.com/blog/heat-stress-the-law/