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Tips to Keep You Safe Going To and From the Parking Lot
Whether you park your vehicle conveniently close to work or in the garage a few blocks away, your personal safety may be at risk while walking to or from your workplace. Many people feel most vulnerable when they are leaving or returning to their parked car when it is dark, particularly at night.
The good news is that there are some basic safety principles that you can use to help keep you safer in parking lots and when traveling to and from your car.
Parking at the lot
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New Study Identifies Occupations Linked to Higher Rates of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in industrialized countries; in North America, the rates are amongst the highest in the world. Some of these cancers will be related to work, but very little research has been done in this area. A recent Canadian study set out to identify occupations associated with elevated rates of breast cancer.
The six-year study was conducted in Essex and Kent counties of Southern Ontario, a region with a higher incident rate of breast cancer that has continued over time. Researchers examined the occupational histories of 1,006 women who had breast cancer, and 1,146 randomly selected women who had no prior history of breast or ovarian cancer.
Information on up to 12 jobs and reproductive risk factors (e.g. number of live births, use of hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives, and family history) was collected for each participant.
Each job was coded by industry sector. An expert then assigned an exposure classification code to indicate the likelihood and intensity of exposure risk to carcinogens and/or endocrine disruptors; and ranked the exposure as "low", "moderate", or "high".
The results of the study confirmed already known relationships, for example, between increased risk of breast cancer and smoking history, and decreased risk of breast cancer and a larger number of pregnancies.
The study also identified specific industries that are associated with higher rates of breast cancer including:
Health and Safety To Go
This month's Health and Safety To Go! podcasts explore emergency preparedness and feature a timely encore presentation on substance use and the workplace.
Feature podcast: Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace
We don't always know when an emergency will occur; they can happen fast, with little warning. What we do know is that planning ahead and preparing can help you and your organization cope better during and after a major disaster, and minimize the impact on families, workplaces, and the community. This podcast offers tips for workplaces in developing an emergency preparedness plan.
The podcast runs 3:40 minutes. Listen to the podcast now.
Encore Podcast: Substance Use and the Workplace
In this episode we examine the issues surrounding substance use and the workplace with Dr. Matthew Young, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, and Barbara Butler, president of Barbara Butler and Associates Inc.
The podcast runs 12:20 minutes. Listen to the podcast now.
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CCOHS produces free monthly podcasts on a wide variety of topics designed to keep you current with information, tips, and insights into the health, safety, and well-being of working Canadians. You can download the audio segment to your computer or MP3 player and listen to it at your own convenience... or on the go!
Better yet, subscribe to the series on iTunes and don't miss a single episode.
Emergency Planning Fact Sheet
Substance Abuse in the Workplace Fact Sheet
Emergency Response Planning Guide
Emergency Preparedness for Workers e-course
Backing up is risky business! In organizations with vehicle fleets, almost half of all reportable vehicle incidents are a result of backing. These incidents take a human and economic toll often resulting in property damage and in some cases, injuries or death.
It is important to understand why these types of crashes happen so you can take effective action to reduce or eliminate backing incidents.
CCOHS has released an e-course, Safe Driving: Backing Up, designed to help you reduce the chances of becoming involved in an incident while backing up a vehicle.
You will learn the seven fundamentals of safe backing, including how to avoid the need to back up, looking back, circle check, how to back up slowly, using a guide, avoiding distractions, and practice.
Developed in collaboration with Thinking Driver, the course includes videos to provide an interactive e-learning solution. There are quizzes to help measure and encourage learning.
When you have completed the course you will know how to identify:
When your job involves serving the public, you may find yourself in situations where you have to deal with angry, frustrated and even aggressive customers or clients. Everyone deserves to work in an environment that is respectful and free of bullying, threats, and abuse.
Bullying behaviours and threats of violence affect the overall health of an organization. CCOHS has released a new poster for you to display where you or your employees are likely to interact with visitors, clients, and the public, as a reminder that respect is a two-way street. Everyone deserves to be treated with courtesy.
Download the free PDF or order the large, glossy double-sided print, with English on one side and French on the other.
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The Health and Safety Report, a free monthly newsletter produced by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), provides information, advice, and resources that help support a safe and healthy work environment and the total well being of workers.
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