Seasonal Affective Disorder; SAD – How to cope with the Winter Blues

Post submitted by: Veronica Ford September 21st 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta, today is the officially the first day of Fall but someone forgot to let Mother Nature know today is fall and not winter as the region was dumped with snow.  The stark reality of this snowfall is that the Continue reading

Occupational Health and Safety on Alberta Farms & Ranches

Alberta’s new Occupational Health and Safety technical rules for farms and ranches come into effect on December 1, 2018. What do these new rules mean for your farming operation? How can farm and ranch managers prepare? The requirements of the OHS legislation are applicable for farms and ranches with waged, Continue reading

It’s that time of year again – Flu Shots

But why? Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are 4 types of influenza viruses: A, B, C and D. Influenza B and C infect humans. Influenza D viruses primarily affect cattle, while influenza A viruses infect humans and animals like horses, pigs, cats, Continue reading

Better Safety Meetings – Mandatory to Memorable

“Humor activates the brain’s dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.  Essentially, humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins, so it seems logical that humor could enhance retention.” Source Do you suspect Continue reading

MELT = Mandatory Entry Level Training

Mandatory Entry Level Training, MELT, for commercial drivers was announced July 11th, 2018 by Transportation Minister Brian Mason.  The MELT program is slated to begin in early 2019 and will affect Class 1 and Class 2 drivers.  Currently in Alberta training requirements to obtain a Class 1 or 2 driver’s Continue reading

#FindAnAED Campaign – What is it and why AED Awareness is Important

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, it can save someone’s life who is in cardiac arrest, a situation where the heart no longer beats normally.  The AED is needed to ‘shock’ the heart into stopping momentarily so that it can start beating normally once more, and without an AED a patient may Continue reading

Worker Wellness Programs

Blog Post by Chris Neumann CRSP The inclusion of worker wellness programs is integral to safety program success and sustainability. Too often metrics focus on minimizing injury severity and hazard mitigation. What isn’t as much of a focus is worker suitability to the demands of the job, prior injuries or Continue reading

Summer Safety: Pets in hot cars

Summer has arrived with a vengeance throughout western Canada. This week, BC SPCA veterinarian and senior manager, animal health Dr. Emilia Gordon explains how quickly pets can suffer damage to their brain, internal organs and even death in as little as 10 to 20 minutes if left in a hot Continue reading

Fun Facts: What happens when you get heat stroke?

With temperatures rising the hazard of heat stroke and other heat related illnesses is being identified on work sites across Canada. Workplace plans for worker exposure and hazard control may be required, contact us for assistance. What is happening in a workers body when their internal temperature gets too high? Continue reading

Safety at Home: Poison Garden

Hopefully we have seen the last of snow, and we can get on with that favorite spring pastime of gardening.  Calm, serene, peaceful and potentially toxic. Did you know that several of the most poison plants are grown in our flower gardens as ornamental’s? Datura aka Angel’s Trumpet, Monkshood aka Continue reading