Fun Facts: Is radiation dangerous?

The quick answer is: it can be. But it has also been an incredible boon to our society through it’s use in medical imaging, sensors and other technologies. Even though we must use it carefully, we have figured out many ways to use radiation to improve the quality of life Continue reading

Safety on the road: Cyclists & Motorcycle Safety

Blog post co-written by Alex Bakken and Bonita Tucker The temperatures up and the street sweepers are out. What does that mean? More pedestrians but also cyclists and motorcycles sharing the roads. Many of us know someone who has the passion for two wheels, or own our own bikes. The Continue reading

Respiratory Protection – What does it all mean?

Blog post by Alex Bakken Did you know that the colors on your respirator mean something? Many times I have walked around sites and noticed that workers are wearing the wrong filters/cartridges for the respiratory hazards identified for the task being done. Often times, when purchasing doesn’t know what cartridge Continue reading

Safety at Home: Do you know what products are under your sink?

Blog post by Alex Bakken Do you know what is in the products in your cleaning closet? Under your sink? In your bathroom? Want to know what’s in those Tide Pods all the kids are eating these days? Many products that are bought by consumers aren’t given much thought, as Continue reading

Fun Facts: How to visualize one part per million (PPM)

What is a part per million (PPM)? Often when we are measuring workplace contaminants the limits of exposure or the reading on the device used to measure the contaminant will read in PPM – but what exactly does that mean? This TedEd video helps us visualize this idea.

Fun Facts: Why do some people have seasonal allergies?

Seasonal Allergies Asthma and allergy rates are on the rise across Canada, according to a chorus of environmental experts and advocacy groups. Mounting evidence shows that the hay-fever season now lasts up to a month longer than in the past, and parts of Canada that were once too cold for Continue reading

Bill 30 – WCB Changes

Some interesting changes are coming our way in relation to Bill 30-An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans. Not only are there going to be changes to the way Occupational Health and Safety is regulated, but there will be changes to the administration of the Workers Continue reading

Bill 19 – Overview

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 Continue reading

Hazards at Home – Burning Incense

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, Continue reading