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Spread the Message - Not the Germs

New handwashing awareness tools from CCOHS

'Tis the season of sniffling, sneezing, coughing and wheezing. And chances are that germs will be easily and quickly spread throughout workplaces across the country. But by regularly and properly washing your hands you can help fight against seasonal afflictions such as the cold and influenza, plus more serious illnesses like C.Difficile and the avian flu.

Proper hand washing technique involves using an adequate amount of soap, scrubbing the hands together for at least 20 seconds, rinsing thoroughly under running water, and drying with a single use towel or air dryer.

CCOHS offers several tools to help you spread the message - and not the germs.

Start by watching and sharing this short video on how to properly wash your hands.

Next, make sure the message sticks by affixing these eye-catching reminder stickers to a variety of surfaces - hand dryers, the back of washroom doors, on mirrors, in commercial kitchens, schools offices, healthcare facilities, and other places where workers, students, and the public wash their hands. Made out of polypropylene, these stickers are easy to peel and re-position, and leave no residue when removed.

Wash Your Hands - Prevent the Spread

And display this awareness poster to help make proper handwashing a healthy habit at your workplace. Download a free PDF or purchase double-sided - English on one side, French on the other - full-color 16" x 25" copies for only $5 each.

Shedding Light on Computer Vision Syndrome

Latest podcast outlines how to be kind to your eyes

With the evolution of technology, more and more workers are spending greater amounts of time on computers, smart phones, and tablets. While these tools offer conveniences and allow us to get our work done, the increased time spent looking at digital screens may also result in strain to the eyes.

If you suffer from strained eyes, blurred or double vision, irritated and dry eyes, and headaches, you may be afflicted with Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS.

In our latest podcast, Dr. Cheryl Zimmer from the Canadian Association of Optometrists discusses CVS. Learn how to identify, treat and prevent this common condition affecting workers in the computerized workplace.

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Be Air Aware

Save 25% on featured e-courses, including Indoor Air Quality

Save 25%

Many of us spend our working hours indoors. The quality of the indoor air we breathe can affect our comfort, productivity and health. Understand the factors that contribute to good indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices and non-industrial workplaces, by taking CCOHS' Indoor Air Quality: An Introduction e-course. Purchase by November 30 and save 25%.

You can also save 25% on these other featured e-courses:

  • Lockout - Lockout is used during operations such as maintenance, repair, cleaning and replacement of machinery, during which normal control measures may not be working, and new hazards may occur. Learn to recognize hazardous situations and know when lockout is required to control electrical or other energized hazards.
  • Dealing with Robbery - This course provides managers, supervisors and workers with the CORE mental and practical skills to successfully deal with a robbery incident. Identify different types of robberies, understand the psychological aspects involved, and discover advice and techniques that can be used to defuse both soft and hard robberies. You will also learn about post-robbery procedures, from the practical aspects to the emotional aftermath.

See all CCOHS e-courses


Studying OSH? It can Pay Off

Apply now for the Dick Martin Scholarship Award

Tell the OSH student in your life about the 2012-13 Dick Martin Scholarship. This national award is open to students enrolled in an occupational health and safety course or program in an accredited college or university in Canada, leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree.

To apply for the award, post-secondary students are invited to submit a 1000 -1200 word essay on one of two topics related to occupational health and safety.

Two scholarships worth $3000 each will be awarded to one university student and one college student. And for the first time in the award's 10-year history, $500 awards will be given to the winning students' academic institutions. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2013.

Learn more and apply



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