Bill 19 – Overview

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In recent years, “gas and dash”, robberies and other violent incidents at retail fuel outlets and convenience stores have resulted in worker deaths and serious injuries.

Bill 19: An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers  has been passed to improve worker safety.

The act amends the Occupational Health and Safety Code to make the following initiatives mandatory in Alberta’s fuel and convenience stores:

  • pre-payment for fuel
  • violence prevention plans

Timeline

The new measures take effect on June 1, 2018.

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Hazards at Home – Burning Incense

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Article by Bonita Tucker

While I was in my tiny photography room this weekend trying to take some smoke pictures, which involve quite a few sticks of incense, I began to wonder “just what is in this incense”?  The weather was too cold to open a window so limited ventilation, plus any breeze would have ruined my photographs.   Most incense is made from a combination of fragrant gums, resins, wood powders, herbs and spices, so what exactly are the health effects ...

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How critical is it to wear PPE? Fentanyl Near Miss

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How important is personal protective equipment? In this startling story the truth of complacency and the need protection is laid bare;

Edmonton Police Services tactical officer Scott Innes was driving away from a raid at a suspected drug house when he realized something was wrong.

“I started to overheat. I started to sweat. I felt my pulse rate was starting to increase,” he told CTV Edmonton on Monday. “I suddenly started to feel ill.”

Innes was set to lead a group of officers ...

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Investigations – the power of an inquisitive mind

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The story of cyclops sheep may seem like a reach for investigation theory – however it is truly awe inspiring how the inquisitive and determined minds of the investigators determined what was happening in this case.

Each time we enter into an investigation, whether is is following an incident, near miss or hazard identification it is worth while to consider the far flung or not immediately apparent causes of such an occurrence. This case prompts thought and gives us an opportunity ...

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Do I need a joint health and safety committee or a health and safety representative?

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What are Joint Health and Safety Committees?
Health and Safety Representatives?

Joint work site health and safety committees (HSC) are a group of worker and employer representatives working together to identify and solve health and safety concerns at the work site. Health and safety representatives (HS representatives) also promote awareness and interest in health and safety, and take on many of the roles of the HSC.

Key Information

  • Employers with 20 or more workers at a work site are required to establish a joint
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Lessons for First Aiders – What Happens During A Stroke – TedEd

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A stroke is a condition in which part of the brain is affected by an interruption to the normal blood supply. This can result from a clot in a blood vessel that stops blood passing through to brain tissue. If this condition is recognized at an early stage and hospital care is readily available, drug treatment is able to dissolve the clot, resulting in a full recovery.

Sometimes a stroke is caused by a burst blood vessel when the ...

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Province looking for feedback on new OHS Act

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The provincial government is looking for feedback from Albertans regarding the new Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The new act, which will go into place on June 1, will define harassment and violence in all of its forms, and will require joint work site health and safety committees or a worker health and safety representative, depending on workplace size. The input from Albertans will help shape the specific rules around the new requirements to ensure fair and balanced legislation.

“Creating a culture ...

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Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Changes

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An improved OHS system to better protect workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians comes into effect on June 1, 2018.

Overview

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (the act) establishes the minimum standards for healthy and safe workplaces in Alberta. These laws are supported through the internal responsibility system and enforced through compliance activities.

An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans updates the act to better protect Albertans at work.

Most of the changes come into effect June 1, ...

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