Quick Reference Cards

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CO2 Awareness

Carbon dioxide gas is colourless and odourless gas or extremely cold liquid under pressure or refrigeration. It will not burn. Carbon dioxide is a compressed gas. It can displace oxygen in air and may accumulate in low areas which can be a confined space hazard. Carbon dioxide is a very mild central nervous system tranquilizer. Very high concentrations may cause headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, restlessness and disorientation. Liquefied gas may cause frostbite.

Competitive Advantage

Every successful senior executive wants to reduce costs and improve productivity and profitability. Although meeting production schedules is traditionally seen as the highest priority, a business case can be made for seeing effective safety performance as an equally viable means of improving the bottom line. The cost of poor safety performance negatively impacts the bottom line for organizations. It can be shown how good safety management practices help senior executives achieve a competitive advantage and obtain lower operational costs, increased efficiency, potential workers’ compensation premium rebates and improved shareholder confidence.

Confined Space Entry

A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a worker to enter. It is not designed for someone to work in regularly, but workers may need to enter the confined space for tasks such as inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair.

Ergonomics 101

Has been present ever since human beings began interacting with the environment. Ergonomics actually emerged as a scientific discipline in the 1940s due to the technological advances of World War II

Fundamental Principles, Processes and Legislation

An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program is a system to manage health and safety issues in the workplace. It is intended to prevent injury or illness to people, and damage to property or the environment.

Hazard Identification

A hazard is any work‐related condition or behavior that has the potential to cause injury, illness, property or environmental damage.

Incident Investigation

Several parts of the Worker’s Compensation Act (WCA) and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) apply to Incident Reporting and Incident Investigation:

  1. WCA Part 1 Division 5
    1. Section 53: Worker’s Notification of Injury
    2. Section 54: Employer’s Notifications of Injury
  2. WCA Part 3 Division 10
    1. Section 172 thru Section 177

Joint Health and Safety Committee

A JHSC is a primary component of any employer’s Occupational Health and Safety Management system. It helps to address one of the basic rights of workers, the right to participate in workplace health and safety. A JHSC has been a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more workers since 1977.

Leadership: Fundamentals of an OHS Management System

All incidents are preventable
Occupational Health and Safety is an ethical responsibility
Occupational Health and Safety is good business
Occupational Health and Safety is a shared responsibility
Occupational Health and Safety is a culture
Occupational health and safety objectives and goals
Occupational Health and Safety is universal

Safety Culture

A strong safety culture consists of Shared Beliefs, Sound Philosophy and Practices as well as Healthy Attitudes.

Stay at Work / Return to Work

A stay-at-work/return-to-work program provides the financial, social, and psychological benefits and stability of remaining in the workforce while injured or unwell.