X-Ray Safety

Radiation is simply energy that is in motion. It can travel either in waves or as particles through space or some other material medium. All matter, whether at rest or moving, has energy. X-rays are
a form of high energy electromagnetic radiation. It has the potential to harm us, so it is important to receive training on X-ray equipment operation and safety practices.

WHMIS

When dealing with hazardous products in Canada (in-use, handling, storage) you need a WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) program. WHMIS is aligned with the GHS
– the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. This is a global program developed by the United Nations.

Fall Protection – Types

A fall protection system is components to support or suspend a worker at a worker point:

  1. A fall restraint system
  2. A fall arrest system
  3. Work procedures that minimize the risk of
    injury to a worker from a fall

These include guardrail systems, travel-restraint systems, safety net systems, and fall-arrest systems.

Pedestrian Safety

Pallet jacks, scissor lifts, aerial lift platforms, forklifts, and other equipment are used in manufacturing. Safe use of this equipment includes pedestrian safety. Workers are at risk when they are near mobile equipment. Operators and pedestrians need to be aware of hazards and safety tips when working near mobile equipment.

Manual Material Handling

Manual materials handling is handling items by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, or restraining. It is the most common cause of occupational fatigue and lower back injuries. Three quarters of Canadians whose job includes manual handling suffer from back injury at some point. Many are unable to return to their jobs and some are permanently disabled.

Machine Safeguarding

All machines have hazards. Machine motion from care and use can harm workers and the workplace. 35% of injuries related to machine motion are serious. Machine guarding is an important safety measure to protect workers.

Lockout-Tagout

Lockout/tagout is a safety practice. Dangerous machinery is shut off and can’t be started again before maintenance work is done. Lockout/tagout protects workers from serious injury or death
while working on equipment.

Lockout/tagout injuries tend to be traumatic. They include crush injuries, cuts, and amputations. Despite being 100% preventable, these injuries continue to occur in BC.

Leadership and Committment

Leadership allows leaders to influence to achieve a quality that inspires and attracts people to follow and demonstrates that a leader acts on the cause. A strong and visible leadership can help prevent accidents, injuries, and other risks. It also helps create a high standard of safety management and health.

Industrial Storage Racking

Storage racks are common in industry. Racks used to store materials have inherent risks. Poor maintenance can result in serious injuries and death. Ensure your storage racks are correctly designed, installed, used, and maintained. Understand the hazards of racking to prevent incidents, injuries, lost time, and costs.

Hazard Identification

Every day we encounter hazards. Some are easily identified but others may be difficult to identify.

A hazard is something that puts a worker at risk of injury or occupational disease. Hazards can also damage equipment and property, increase insurance premiums and lead to serious injury
or death.