Tag Archives: workplace hazards

Going to pot

Knowing marijuana’s risk

It’s not just a joint . . .

Canadians’ increasingly casual attitude to marijuana has prompted the federal government to promise it will make the substance legal on April 4, national marijuana day, lifting a 97-year-old prohibition on weed.

With its growing acceptance, lots of people might think marijuana is harmless.

But a growing number of experts don’t. One of them is Diana Dow-Edwards, the distinguished visiting research chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness with the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation, who’s studied marijuana for more than two decades.

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Can’t take the heat? How to know when it’s safest to get out

Ah … those lazy days of summer! Sitting on the patio with a cold drink, soaking up some rays might seem like a great way to spend a day off, but what about those busy days of summer when you’re outside working hard in the scorching heat? Then the hot weather might not seem like such a gift.

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New process safety guideline will help you prevent a major incident

In a previous blog post, we talked about process safety as a way to help you avoid major incidents. While it’s a fairly new concept to the Canadian oil and gas industry, it’s a way of addressing safety that has been used in the U.S. for some time. Continue reading

Spot the hazard – staying safe from falling objects

This is the second post in our spot the hazard series, and this week we’re challenging you to find all the objects that could fall and cause an injury: Continue reading

Safety survivors: how a serious injury led to changes in safety regulation

Sometimes it takes a tough lesson to create change, and that’s just what Trevor Soppracolle discovered in 2002.

Trevor was working on a snubbing rig near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, when he became the catalyst for a serious overhaul in oil and gas safety. Continue reading

When to say ‘NO’ – your right to refuse dangerous work

We work in an industry where workplace hazards are part of the job. That’s why hazard management and process safety protocols play such a huge role in our day-to-day operations.

We’re all striving for zero incidents, and we believe that no employee should ever be exposed to danger during their workday Continue reading

Watch your head – 5 things you should know about brain injury

Getting a blow to the head is a pain at the best of times. The end result could be anything from a bruise or headache to a concussion or much worse. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell when a head injury warrants a trip to the hospital. Continue reading

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning – a day to remember those impacted by workplace injury

Last week on this blog, we heard from Shirley Hickman, who shared the story of her son, Tim, who died in a workplace explosion.

Shirley also talked about the National Day of Mourning – a day dedicated to those whose lives have been lost or changed forever by workplace injury. We promised, in that post, that we would come back to the Day of Mourning to explain more.

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Updated IRP helps keep your workers safe around flammable fluids

Fire and Explosion safetyWhen you’re on a wellsite conducting pumping operations, the last word you want to hear is “Fire!” That’s why hazard management is such a huge priority
– and when you’re working with flammable fluids, minimizing the risks can mean the difference between life and death.

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Safety alert! How miscommunication caused a worker’s hand to be crushed

In this, the third installment of our ‘Safety alert!’ series, we’ll be looking at a situation where poor communication, and a failure to follow procedures, almost cost a worker his hand. Continue reading