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What happened to WHMIS 2015 and How does it work now?

(Transcribed from Video at Many people have asked me about WHMIS 215 which is also known as the Globally Harmonized System, which is used world wide now with nuances in every country. Canada is one of the last countries in the world to implement GHS WHMIS, or WHMIS 215 as it's known. We have had [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:36-07:00November 22nd, 2018|WHMIS|

Alberta Safety in Industry – Why should there be Incentives for Safe Work?

(Transcribed from Video at People often ask me, "Barb, why should I have incentives? "They're costly, they're trinkets, "they may prevent the reporting of incidents." "If I'm an accountant, do I get an incentive "for balancing the books? "No, I don't, it's just part of the job. "So why should I give incentives for people [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:36-07:00November 15th, 2018|Safety Matters|

A Safety power tip for Alberta Businesses

(Transcribed from Video at I have a tip in how to choose an auditor. When you're interviewing for the position, make sure that you have an auditor that you're comfortable with that has a great deal of experience in auditing. If they don't have a lot of auditing experience, you want to make sure that [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:37-07:00November 8th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Safety in Alberta Industry – The Canadian Model Drug and Alcohol Policy

(Transcribed from Video at People have asked me what to do in the workplace when cannabis becomes legal October 17. By the time you see this, it will have passed and it should be legalized. If you want to ensure that you meet the Canadian human rights code, you should follow the Canadian model drug [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:37-07:00November 1st, 2018|Drugs in the workplace|

Understanding Essential Workplace Skills and their impact on Safety in Alberta

(Transcribed from Video at I have recently taken a course in the nine essential workplace skills. And believe it or not, the federal government has analyzed all the occupations in Canada, and broken them out into nine essential skills. I won't talk about all of them, but some of them are working well with others, [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:38-07:00October 25th, 2018|Safety Matters|

The difference between Audits and Inspections in a Health and Safety environment

(Transcribed from Video at Most people get confused between a health and safety audit and an inspection. Basically, an inspection is done to monitor the status of health and safety hazards in the workplace. You walk around. You check over, under, around. You check workers to see if they're working safely and following the rules. [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-07:00September 27th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Job Safety Analysis and your Health and Safety Program

(Transcribed from Video at Job safety analyses are hazards assessments that you conduct before you got out in the field. It is a step-by-step breakdown of the task or job and for each task, health and safety hazards are identified and control measures are put in place. Job safety analyses are an essential part of [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-07:00September 20th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

How and Why Interviews are part of an Audit

(Transcribed from Video at When it comes to the audit process, the auditors have to select the interviewees, not the company. They will work with the company in selecting the interviewees, in terms of the fact that they have to know who is there? Who isn't? Who has a good command of the English language, [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-07:00September 13th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Avoiding Complacency

(Transcribed from Video at If you receive a high audit score, in your audit, do you not get complacent. Do not think you don't have to do an action plan. You don't have to work on your health and safety program. An audit is snapshot in time. It can change from one moment to the [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:40-07:00September 6th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|
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