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>July 2014

Infographic: Get a Handle on Manual Materials Handling

Learn tips to lift safely in the workplace

Get a Handle Manual Materials Handling collage

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Manual materials handling (MMH) is the most common cause of occupational fatigue and low back pain.

About three of every four Canadians whose job includes MMH suffer pain due to back injury at some time. Such back injuries account for about one third of all lost work and even more than one third of all compensation costs.

More important than financial cost is human suffering. Each year several thousand Canadian workers are permanently disabled by back injuries. Many others are unable to return to their former jobs. Their lives are disrupted.

Learn prevention tips for both employers and workers, and get practical tips to lift safely, in our latest infographic.

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Learn the Latest About GHS

Updated free resources reflect the latest information

WHMIS After GHS Fact Sheets: Raising awareness about WHMIS After GHS

With the expected implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada, WHMIS will change. Canadian employers and the suppliers of chemical products will need to prepare to comply with the revised WHMIS rules.

CCOHS has worked in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS) to develop a series of WHMIS After GHS fact sheets and e-courses. These free resources have been recently updated to reflect the latest information.

Since the final regulatory changes are not yet known, the fact sheets and e-courses will be updated in the future. Final requirements will be integrated into these resources, and registered users will be contacted regarding this update.

Access the WHMIS After GHS fact sheets

Take the WHMIS After GHS e-courses

More GHS resources from CCOHS

Working in the Heat

Increased temperatures? Increase awareness

Whether you work in a hot smelting plant or outdoors in the summer months, heat exposure can be dangerous. Very hot environments can overwhelm the body's coping mechanisms leading to a variety of serious conditions.

CCOHS has developed two posters to assist with working in hot conditions:

  • Heat-Related Illness: Watch for Signs - Heat illness is a serious but preventable health risk. Know the signs and take action.

    Heat-Related Illness: Watch for Signs

    Heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke. Know the signs to watch for. Display this awareness poster so workers, managers and supervisors can all be vigiliant and take action if the need occurs. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention - it can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is delayed or not given.

  • Keep Your Cool: Keep your cool with tips to help you safely work outdoors this summer.

    Keep Your Cool

    This poster is packed with safety tips for workers who take it outdoors in the sun and extreme heat. Drink up, acclimatize, cover up, shield yourself, time your tasks right, and take breaks so you can keep it cool all summer long.

    See all posters

    Working in Hot Environments Health and Safety Guide

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Whether you are starting from scratch or have part of your program already in place, its built-in Gap Analysis tool helps identify what you have done and what you still need to do, and helps you establish an OHS program that supports ongoing compliance.

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Running the Gap Analysis tool sets you on a course to compliance by first identifying where you are in your OHS program development process. A to-do list is generated, which provides a step-by-step procedure to guide you through your program development process. Along the way helpful links to relevant program steps and resources provide information on ways to improve your program. Plus, it tracks your process and displays your status as you work through the analysis.

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