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Summary Offence Tickets For Workplace Safety Violations: Are You Prepared? - Employment and HR - Canada

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12 Aug 2014 - Canada - Employment and HR - Summary Offence Tickets: Are You Prepared?
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This adds accountability to the responsibility for safety in Saskatchewan.

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Smartphones can be habit-forming - Worcester Telegram

Smartphones can be habit-forming - Worcester Telegram | Safety Education | Scoop.it
Smartphones can be habit-forming
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Worcester State University psychology professor Champika K.
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There is no doubt about the value to society of Smartphone technology but it comes at a severe price for some. Smartphones are on track to be the number one public safety and occupational health and safety hazard.

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Health and Safety - A Culture of Care

The Learning Connexion encourages you to maintain best practice health and safety working processes and conditions while engaged in your creative activities....
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I admire Australia for many things and its contributions to workplace safety practice and theory are among them. This short and simple video is an excellent example of workplace safety education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boQKe4-iw4A

 

Woe that large Canadian employers don't produce or sponsor workplace safety education segments for use as Television advertising of their brands.

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In five years time i plan to have improved safety education in developing nations in Africa by using various tools of learning. Unsafe work practices have to be made history by instilling safety knowledge in students from a tender age. Implementation of best safety systems can be costly and out of reach for most companies operating in developing countries. It therefore calls for the health and safety engineer to come up with methods that are adaptable to those particular countries.

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Brain Injuries Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

Brain Injuries Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out | Safety Education | Scoop.it
When you rent a bike, you usually have to bring your own helmet or go without one. If you ride with your hair flapping in the breeze, your risk for a brain injury goes up.
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CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013

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CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 - Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation (#JESleeth #OPCergo will discuss at #Davis #Conference May 9th CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 ...
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Future Development of the International Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard: Goodbye OHSAS 18001, Hello ISO 45001

Future Development of the International Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard: Goodbye OHSAS 18001, Hello ISO 45001 | Safety Education | Scoop.it
BS OHSAS 18001 is due to be replaced by a new international standard, ISO 45001 in late 2016. An ISO project committee has been formed to produce the new standard.
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Technology Trends and The Future of Labor - ISN

Technology Trends and The Future of Labor - ISN | Safety Education | Scoop.it
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The future bodes well for workplace safety in certain industries and for certain roles because robots and remote operated vehicles can take humans out of harm's way. But, sadly, the rapidly accelerating use of workplace robots will over time displace hundreds of thousands of workers.

 

Government policy makers need to start considering a dystopian world in which there will simply not be enough jobs for everyone. As this article points out, we may be in for a surprise as to what jobs can be done by a robot, or an artificial intelligence system.

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Why Can't We Walk And Wear Google Glass At The Same Time? - Co.Design

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Why Can't We Walk And Wear Google Glass At The Same Time?
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Psychologists have shown quite clearly that people have a hard time concentrating on other tasks, such as driving, while they're on their cell phones.
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Whether it's due to a cell phone or Google Glass, the fact is that the brain can't give full attention when it doesn't have full attention to give because these devices steal it.

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New WorkSafeBC Policies On Bullying And Harassment

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New WorkSafeBC Policies On Bullying And Harassment - A Review Of The ...
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... training practices. Such groups as ARETE Safety and Protection Inc.
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The WorkSafeBC definition of bullying and harassment by itself is progressive but the entire policy effectively brings psychological hazards into the Occupational Health and Safety rubric. And it does so while recognizing the role of the employer in managing and directing workers.

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Ontario Introduces Mandatory Safety Training for Workers and Employers

Ontario Introduces Mandatory Safety Training for Workers and Employers | Safety Education | Scoop.it
Keeping Ontario's Workers Healthy and Safe - Province Introducing New On-the ...
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"Mandatory basic health and safety awareness training was a key recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, led by Tony Dean in 2010"

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Why a scary texting-and-driving statistic won't go away - Boston Globe

Why a scary texting-and-driving statistic won't go away - Boston Globe | Safety Education | Scoop.it
Boston Globe Why a scary texting-and-driving statistic won't go away Boston Globe The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, used it as the lead statistic on the front of Distraction.gov, the US...
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The real statistics on texting and driving are still alarming even if they are only twice as likely. The additional scary part is that texting and driving accidents can be catastrophic.

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Situational Awareness for Safety

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This might also be described as hazard Indentification and personal risk assessment. Mining conglomerate Rio Tinto uses Take 5, a booklet-based process which employees are expected to use to identify and control the hazards present when they enter a workpace, even if it's a workspace they enter every day. It's also a good practice for people to adopt in their daily lives.

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8nm Gold Nanoparticles Ideal for Recycling CO2 - Occupational Health and Safety

8nm Gold Nanoparticles Ideal for Recycling CO2 - Occupational Health and Safety | Safety Education | Scoop.it
8nm Gold Nanoparticles Ideal for Recycling CO2 Occupational Health and Safety Brown University and the National Science Foundation announced that a group of researchers from the university developed a catalyst from gold nanoparticles that converts...
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Is Your Quest For Safety Putting You In Danger?

Is Your Quest For Safety Putting You In Danger? | Safety Education | Scoop.it
You CAN be too cautious (Is Your Quest For Safety Putting You In Danger?
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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ambigamy/201408/is-your-quest-safety-putting-you-in-danger

 

The central premise: "Safety is crucial but too much safety is deadly to your chances of winning." It reminds me of the growing chorus of parents who say that public playgrounds have become so safe that children who play on them are being prevented from experiencing the good and the bad of risk taking.

 

Playground safety isn't based on an economic model of risk but workplace safety systems very often are. As soon as we (Government and business) calculate the cost of a loss (of life or limb) and use the calculation to determine the strength of hazard controls to implement, we are choosing to balance risk with reward.

 

The author of this article summarizes it perfectly: "You can’t be too careful about your tendency to be too careful." But when economics come into play, who gets to draw the line about what is too careful? What role does the global economy play in making that decision? What role does the worker play? Government? Business?

 

 

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(EN) - Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety | ilo.org

(EN) - Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety | ilo.org | Safety Education | Scoop.it

"The new Encyclopaedia website is a cutting-edge global knowledge platform for sharing occupational safety and health (OSH) information and good practices. This online multidisciplinary book of facts and knowledge presents the general user with a panoramic view of the field. The Encyclopaedia was written and compiled by world class researchers and industry experts. It is the most comprehensive reference source on the subject and one of the flagship and widely respected publications of the ILO."


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This is an outstanding OH&S resource that puts the research at the centre. Sadly, OH&S research is too often demoted or invisible in professional OH&S publications and practice, even by those that have regulatory sanction.

 

In this edition of the Encyclopedia, Canada gets special (but ignominious) mention in the Transfer of Hazards section: "Canada now exports about half of its asbestos to the developing world..."

 

http://www.ilo.org/safework/info/publications/WCMS_113329/lang--en/index.htm

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Minnesota could be 1st in nation to require swimming lessons - Rick Kupchella's - BringMeTheNews.com

Minnesota could be 1st in nation to require swimming lessons - Rick Kupchella's - BringMeTheNews.com | Safety Education | Scoop.it
If approved, a bill in the Minnesota Legislature would become the first law in the nation to require swimming lessons for children in public schools, KARE (Minnesota could be the 1st state in America to require swim lessons/basic water safety...
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The Science of Emotions

The Science of Emotions | Safety Education | Scoop.it
exploring the science of emotions with Dr. Amelia Aldao (RT @DrAmeliaAldao: Are #safety behaviors good or bad for #anxiety?
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Freakonomics » Automobile accident deaths have declined by two-thirds since 1975.

Freakonomics » Automobile accident deaths have declined by two-thirds since 1975. | Safety Education | Scoop.it
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Public policy, public education and awareness, improved safety feature design, and tougher laws have dramatically reduced the number of deaths from automobile accidents but 33,000 deaths is still shocking. The positive news is that strategic safety interventions have proven their worth, and not just for automobile safety. But, clearly, much more needs to be done.

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Comprehensive orientation can prevent workplace injuries ...

Comprehensive orientation can prevent workplace injuries ... | Safety Education | Scoop.it
Safety education and on-the-job training must be consistent with current job functions and workplace conditions and include: Instruction in safe practices and procedures prior to conducting any on-the-job training.
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There's little doubt that a comprehensive orientation is a good start to preventing workplace injuries. And I agree completely with the idea of a mentoring program. Sadly, far too many organizations have orientation programs that turn new employees into glassy-eyed zombies. Orientations that are perfunctory, that throw information at participants with the hope that it sticks aren't going to offer the value that might be hoped for.

 

I've been hearing business leaders for years talk about the need for a safety culture. New employees can take their cues from the orientation as to the culture they are entering into. First impressions count but some organizations blow their chance to leave the right impression by the orientation that provide.

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TARGET CANADA HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM

TARGET CANADA HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM | Safety Education | Scoop.it

"Before the stores underwent renovation, Target Canada began building its health and safety program, using Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)’s health and safety system manual service as its foundation. “We want to meet best practices and expectations in each jurisdiction across Canada,” says Cunningham."

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Kudos to Target for its focus on health and safety and its partnership with WSPS to develop its health and safety program. Opening 124 stores in Canada in 2013 is a major feat that was no doubt fraught with hazards.

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On Dolphins' Incognito: Bullying way too common in workplaces - MiamiHerald.com

On Dolphins' Incognito: Bullying way too common in workplaces - MiamiHerald.com | Safety Education | Scoop.it
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On Dolphins' Incognito: Bullying way too common in workplaces
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In the end, providing a safe work environment is everyone's responsibility. Every job ...
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Retired NFL player John St. Clair says "Hazing is a rite of passage that all rookies have to endure", but he says that's not bullying. I think that hazing is indeed a form of bullying and that as long as it's allowed it's an invitation to embolden bullies. There should never be a time when the indignities that are a part of hazing are allowed.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/15/3756159/on-dolphins-incognito-bullying.html#storylink=cpy
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This article explains how bullying is everywhere and it's not ok. This article might be a little bit advanced  but it tells lots of examples and stories. It shows that bullying is a tremendous problem everywhere.

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Bullies put employer's reputation, pocketbook at risk. Psychological Safety

Bullies put employer's reputation, pocketbook at risk. Psychological Safety | Safety Education | Scoop.it
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Bullies put employer's reputation, pocketbook at risk
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It does no good for the employer to claim ignorance of the situation, because, after all, it is up to an employer to create a safe work environment for all employees.
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An excellent article that speaks about bullying as an occupational safety issue. What it doesn't do is say that bullying is about mental or psychological health and safety.

 

The author says that when creating a policy about bullying that the word bullying should be in the title of the policy. One organization that I'm familiar with has a Respectful Workplace policy. Respectful workplace is a more delicate and an euphemistic way of referring to bullying. It's not saying what it is. Similarly, this article isn't explicitly saying what it's about, namely, mental / psychological health and safety.

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Safe Handling of Take-Out Foods

Safe Handling of Take-Out Foods | Safety Education | Scoop.it

Ordering pizza or other take-out this weekend? How long leftovers will last, & other foodsafety considerations.

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"Discard all perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, and casseroles, left at room temperature longer than 2 hours;"

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Safety training is key to health of all workers

Safety training is key to health of all workers | Safety Education | Scoop.it
According to the American Staffing Association, there are almost 3 million temporary workers in the nation's workforce today - many doing highly hazardous construction and manufacturing work.
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A good example of why safety training is always necessary. New employees, including students in temporary seasonal jobs, are the most vulnerable to workplace injury. But all employees are at risk when hazards are not controlled.

 

I highly recommend New Brunswick-based Candace Carnahan as a safety and motivational speaker. She was seriously injured at summer job at the age of 19. Her heartwrenching story is a reminder of why safety is important. https://www.facebook.com/candacecarnahanmotivationalspeaking

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Farai Mhandu's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:40 PM

Since most injuries at the workplace are from personal errors it is certain that safety training would empower workers and help reduce careless mistakes which can lead to serious health consequences. In some workplaces temporary workers are at high risk of being involved in accidents or dangerous situations. This is because companies are usually reluctant to spend resources on giving temporary workers full safety training. In five years time i look forward  to be part of a team that ensures every worker receives relevant safety safety training before embarking on a particular job.