JHSC 3-day Training
Miramichi (E), Moncton (F),
Saint John (E), Sussex (E)
Florenceville (E), Moncton (E), St.
Stephen (E), Tracadie (F)
(E), Moncton (E), Saint John (E), St. Stephen (E), Woodstock
(E), Moncton (E), Saint Quentin (F)
WHMIS (1/2 day)
Bathurst (E), Moncton
(E), Saint John (E), St. Stephen (E), Woodstock (E)
indicates workshops given in English
indicates workshops given in French
or call 1 800 222-9775 for more information.
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Day of Mourning remembers workers killed on the
2007, eight workers lost their lives in New Brunswick.
That’s eight families whose lives will forever be
changed, marred by tragedy. It’s all the more tragic
when you know these deaths could have been prevented –
because injuries are no accident!
while eight workers were killed on the job last year,
many more were injured or became ill. The WHSCC asks all
New Brunswickers to mark April 28, the National Day of
Mourning, by observing a moment of silence, wearing a
black ribbon or lapel pin, attending remembrance
ceremonies, or lowering flags to
National Day of Mourning is observed April 28
it was the day the third reading took place for the
first comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Act
(Ontario 1914) in Canada. The first Day of Mourning was
years ago by the Canadian
Congress; it is now observed in more than 100
keep safety in mind not only as you mark this very
important day, but every day. By doing so, you honour
the memory of those workers killed and injured on the
a listing of Day of Mourning activities, click here.
American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH)
American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week
focuses the attention of employers, employees, the
general public and all partners in occupational health
and safety on the importance of preventing injury and
illness in the workplace and at home. This year, NAOSH
Week will be celebrated from May 4-10, with the theme
“Safety & Health: Start today! Live it every
Week evolved from the Canadian Society of Safety
Engineering’s (CSSE) Canadian Occupational Health and
Safety Week, which had been observed from 1986-1996.
When labour representatives from Canada, the United
Sates and Mexico discussed workplace safety during the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks in the
mid 90s, the idea for a tripartite celebration was born.
The CSSE was approached to support and expand their COHS
week into a North American wide program, and the plan
for NAOSH Week was implemented between 1997-2000. Since
then, the CSSE has sponsored NAOSH Week with the support
of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and
and events will be held in communities, businesses,
schools, colleges and universities throughout North
America to demonstrate and distribute key safety
information, and highlight occupational safety "best
practices" to help prevent accidents. Post your NAOSH
Week events at the NAOSH Week website for your chance to
win a prize valued at $180. For more on NAOSH Week,
Injuries Are No FunWhat
can be the harm of wearing running shoes or sandals at
work? After all, your job as a custodian is not
particularly dangerous, is it?
work has many risks of foot injury. Dropping even a
small item such as a tool or a bucket on your foot can
do a surprising amount of damage. Stepping on a sharp
object such as broken glass is another possible source
foot injury may not seem like a big deal until you have
one. Crushing injuries, fractures, punctures, cuts and
even damaged toenails can keep you from walking and
working for days, weeks or months. In fact, a foot
injury can be permanently disabling. Minor foot injuries
have escalated into fatal infections. Your
toes and feet can be injured on the job in a number of
could step on a board with nails sticking up, and
puncture the sole of your shoe and your foot.
objects could cut into your feet, or you could slip or
fall and sprain toes and feet.
tools or loads on feet is a hazard that could smash a
could be moving heavy boxes on a handcart and roll the
cart over a foot and crush it.
extremes can cause frostbite or blisters. You could
also burn a foot with hot liquids.
here to read
In the Courts
pleaded guilty on March 20 to a charge under the OHS
Act for failing to ensure that the power to
electrical equipment was de-energized before allowing an
employee to work on it. His apprentice was instructed to
drill into a live panel to apply labels; when his drill
bit contacted the lug, there was an arc flash, and the
apprentice received 2nd degree burns to his face. Brewer
was fined $400, plus a victim surcharge of $80. Brewer
was a supervisor for FCC Engineering at the time of the
incident but has since joined another
pleaded guilty on March 11 to one charge under the
OHS Act, General Regulation 91-191, for failing
to ensure that a machine is placed in a zero energy
state by a competent person, made inoperative, and
locked and tagged out before an employee is to work on
it. The company’s directors were fined $500, plus a $75
pleaded guilty on March 17 to a charge under section
9(2)(a) of the OHS Act for failing to ensure that
the necessary systems of work, tools, equipment,
machines, devices and materials were maintained in good
condition and of minimum risk to employees when used as
directed. McCains was fined $4,000, plus a victim
surcharge of $800.
wearing a baseball cap under a hard hat
*Name has been changed for privacy
protective headwear in
New Brunswick workplaces, we cite ANSI Z89.1-1997 or
equivalent, which must meet both the standard and the
standard ANSI Z89.1-1997, referred to in both sections
40(1) and 40(2) of the General Regulation 91-191, is
silent when it comes to the wearing of baseball caps
under hard hats. However, section 40(1) of the General
Regulation 91-191 allows for the option of using
headwear that conforms to a standard offering equivalent
or better protection, and section 40(2) of the General
Regulation 91-191 allows for the option of using
protective equipment that is appropriate to the hazard
and conforms to a standard offering equivalent or better
New Brunswick legislation does not cite the most recent
CSA Standard on Industrial Headwear, CSA Standard Z94.1
– 05, a review of the standard states, in section 5.7.4,
“Because baseball-style caps will interfere with the
ability of a suspension to work properly during an
impact, they should not be worn under protective
It must be noted that the use of the term
“should “ in the CSA Standard indicates a
recommendation, or that which is advised but not
38(1) of the General Regulation 91-191 states that
employers are responsible to ensure that employees are
instructed and trained in the proper use of the
protective equipment they are required to use.
Furthermore, under section 38(2)(a) of the General
Regulation 91-191, employees must use the personal
protective equipment that is required in accordance with
the instruction and training
training manager of one protective headwear manufacturer
and distributor indicated that when training users they
condemn the wearing of baseball-style caps under
protective headwear as they could affect the ability of
the suspension to work properly during impact.
Therefore, unless the workplace can demonstrate in
writing that the manufacturer of the hard hat allows the
wearing of ball caps under the protective headwear,
employees are not allowed to wear baseball-style caps
under protective headwear.
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Recent Accident Reports
sulphur fire forced the evacuation of an area of
the refinery; during evacuation four contractors
were briefly exposed to S02 (hydrogen dioxide)
WHSCC is pleased to welcome Keith Rogers to
the board of directors, as an employer representative. Rogers
replaces John Mahar, who died in
founder, and owner/operator of D.M.K. Marine Services Ltd. in
Saint John, Rogers brings many years of experience in small
business to the table. He lives in
frequency for focus firms in New Brunswick decreased by 15% in
2007, from 14.4 accidents per 100 workers in 2006 to 12.2 in
2007. Focus firms are individual workplaces identified by the
WHSCC for focused attention, based on their accident record
and the accident history of their industry
Nichol is a WHSCC health and safety officer, recently profiled
in the Canadian Society of Engineering's (CSSE) newsletter,
contact. Click here to
you know a person, organization or program that deserves to be
recognized for outstanding achievement in the safety field?
Nominations are being accepted for the SafetyXChange’s 2008
Saxcies™. Categories include: Safety Hero of the Year, Safety
Trainer of the Year, Best New Safety Product, and Safety
Program of the Year. For more information, click here.
IAPA Conference & Trade Show:
Health & Safety Canada 2008
Safety Matters @ Work: Workplace
Health and Safety Conference 2008
Day of Mourning
Public Health Association 2008 Annual
Public Health in
Canada: Reducing Health Inequalities Through Evidence and
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