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Fire and light safety tips for the holiday season
The holiday season is a special time of year but one that has greater safety risks than usual. The dry evergreen tree, those candles and electric lights you use to decorate or set the holiday mood, or the cosy fire you have blazing in the fireplace can all be fire hazards.
Here are some precautions you can take to prevent fires and help you and your family stay safe to enjoy the festivities of the season.
Decorative electric lights
Alerts & Bulletins
For those of you who may be out and about on your sleigh this holiday season, it is important to remember that in Ontario, you must follow the law:
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act Section 77 Sleigh bells
77. (1) Every person travelling on a highway with a sleigh or sled drawn by a horse or other animal shall have at least two bells attached to the harness or to the sleigh or sled in such a manner as to give ample warning sound.
(2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $5.
In an effort to make the fishing industry safer, Nova Scotia is establishing a fishing safety association dedicated to reducing workplace injuries and workers' compensation rates for the industry. The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia will be up and running in January 2010.
The safety association will be comprised of individuals/firms from the harvesting, processing, aquaculture and/or services sectors registered with the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia. The safety association will focus its effort on promoting safe work practices, improving safety, making the industry more attractive for new employees and keeping the existing employees safe and healthy. It is expected that the association's work will result in reducing accidents/injuries, along with workers' compensation rates for the fishing industry, and will help cultivate a safety culture in the fishing industry.
The WCB cites fishing as one of the most dangerous occupations in the province, and is encouraging workers and employers to take every precaution to prevent injuries to ensure everyone in the fishing industry comes home safely from work.
The province's fishing industry continues to be impacted by workplace injuries. In 2008, there were 421 fishing industry injuries, 172 of which were serious enough that the workers lost time from work. Tragically eight people died on the job in the fishing industry last year.
While injuries related to weather, conditions at sea and overloaded boats are often serious and tragic, sprains and strains are common and financially costly. These injuries are caused by hazards associated with the way work is designed and carried out such as lifting heavy loads.
Premiums paid by fishing industry employers for workplace injury insurance are among the highest in Nova Scotia - a direct result of the number and severity of injuries in the fishing sector.
"Safety associations in the forestry and construction industries have been very successful in lowering the rate of workplace injuries, and over time, the WCB premiums paid by employers in those sectors," said Stuart MacLean, WCB's Vice President of Service Delivery. "Our goal is for the fishing industry to experience similar improvements in injury prevention so far fewer workers and their families will experience the devastating impact of workplace injury."
Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
New CCOHS ergonomics posters
If your work involves lifting, you are likely at some risk for injury, especially to your lower back. In fact, lifting is the most common cause of low back pain at work in Canada.
The latest poster from CCOHS, Pick Up Tips, illustrates preparation, planning, and proper lifting methods. Displayed wherever workers may be lifting objects, it can be a helpful reminder for workers and help them protect themselves from injury.
A second ergonomics poster, Tension Relief - It's a Stretch, illustrates stretching exercises you can do at your desk or in a chair. It will be released in January 2010.
All CCOHS posters are double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other. They are available as free PDF downloads, or for purchase as glossy 16"X 25" prints.
Find posters to help you raise awareness and reduce injuries.
You may have noticed that the Health and Safety Report is sporting a new look this month. And it's not just a facelift! We made some changes based on the feedback that you, our readers provided. Look for a wider variety of article topics; print an individual article instead of the entire issue, in a printer friendly format (and save some printer ink); and for easy reference, check out the quick links to some helpful, free resources in the sidebar.
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Thank you for your continued interest in the Report, and here's to working together for positive change, so that all may come home safely from work.
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