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NIOSH Develops Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System

Overview The nation depends on emergency responders to preserve the public’s safety and health when disasters strike.   To successfully meet this challenge, emergency responders must be protected from the hazardous conditions that disasters and other emergencies create.  A plan for monitoring emergency responder health and safety is an important part of protecting them. Recognizing this, … Continue reading »

Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals

Workplaces, such as schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and manufacturing plants, use cleaning chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of their buildings. Workers who handle these products include building maintenance workers, janitors and housekeepers. Some cleaning chemicals can be hazardous, causing problems ranging from skin rashes and burns to coughing and asthma. Many employers are switching to … Continue reading »

Two-Thirds of Corporations that Fought OHSA Charges at Trial Lost: FMC Study

An FMC study of 18 months of unpublished Ministry of Labour data has found that two‐thirds of corporations that fought Occupational Health and Safety Act charges through a trial were found guilty on at least one charge. Only 6% of corporations fought their charges all the way through to a trial. Of those, two‐thirds were found guilty … Continue reading »

WorkSafeBC: Notice of public hearings for the 2012 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The WorkSafeBC Board of Directors approved May-June public hearings regarding proposed regulatory amendments to: Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents Part 11, Fall Protection Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment; and consequential amendments to Part 23, Oil and Gas Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms, and … Continue reading »