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#Cannabis in #Canada: What You Need to Know

In the United State, cannabis is creating a societal civil war. In Canada, the country is finally surrendering to cannabis. For the next several posts here, I will be looking to educate all of you about the just-passed Cannabis Act in Canada, which takes effect July 1. At the rates in which Canadian residents use [...]

2018-01-15T09:22:01+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Safety Matters|

New #Ontario Minimum Wage Driving This Group into Poverty?

All around North America over the last several years, there has been a big push for higher minimum wages to a "living wage," headlined by the #Fightfor15 labor "strikes" at many retail and fast-food establishments in various cities. Some of the various demonstrations in support of this have paid off in many places, as several [...]

2018-01-08T14:29:45+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Might #Trump be Blamed for Unsafe Work Conditions?

Hello, and Happy New Year. We took a bit of a sabbatical for the holidays, but we are back and ready to go for a dynamic 2018, after a full year of significant change in the political winds - and in the workplace-safety arena - in both the U.S. and Canada. This year, I've decided [...]

2018-01-08T11:27:35+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: The Potential of Proportions

Have you done an analysis of the hazards in your worksite and cross-referenced those hazards with related workers-compensation losses ove the last couple of years? If not, if you had 100 percent of safety resources available to you, and you note that 5 percent of the hazards are high-risk, and 95 percent of them are [...]

2017-11-06T15:59:00+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: Quantifiable Quadrants

yes, we're dividing your workplace into four possible safety quadrants. Hopefully your workplace actually only is in one of these, or is working toward it. Vladimir Ivensky wrote a piece in Professiona Safety magazine about safety, and how perception can often mean everything in terms of hazards and risks in a workplace. I've written a series [...]

2017-11-06T11:42:10+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: The Motivation of Mathematics

Do the math. That is one of the familiar expressions we all hear. It's all about connecting the dots and coming to a natural, logical conclusion. Do the math. Having a logical conclusion to safety is a challenge, but Vladimir Ivensky tried to make it simple in his recent Professional Safety magazine article about determining the [...]

2017-10-31T13:09:54+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: The Caution of Compromise

There are times when it is right to stand o principles and not give in. There are times when compromise is the prudent way, and it is useful to stay true to your values without compromising away those principles that you hold so firmly. But there is acquiescence. And there is the U.S. Congress, but [...]

2017-10-30T13:58:24+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: Pitfalls of Perception

Sometimes we lose sight of the truth, or the relative subjectivity of truth. There are facts, there is the truth, and there is how we each look at those  that determines our existence. And oftr, our perspectives and biases wil presnnt to us a "different" version of the truth. In safety, multiple perspectives can be [...]

2017-10-26T12:19:29+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Safety Matters|

Safety Risks: The Dangers of Disagreement

There is a saying in counterterrorism: Terrorists only have to be right once; we have to be right every time. That similar sentiment can be expressed for those who are in the business of assessing risk at a workplace. IN other words, hazards only have to impact a worker once, while safety officers have to [...]

2017-10-23T13:05:18+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Safety Matters|

Good and Bad Safety Checklists

Checklists can be important, both in everyday life and at work. Checklists are great at getting us organized, and are good for keeping us on the right track when we are going through a process that takes several steps due to its complexity or time. (Imagine how important that checklist is when you are buying [...]

2017-10-16T17:25:28+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Safety Matters|