Safety Advisor Corner: Top 3 Safety Tips for Spring 2017

Tip #1 – Document Management
OHS Program administration can be a daunting task, especially when resorting to binders and bookshelves full of forms, policies and paper. Cloud based applications, like Xilo, help keep track of job descriptions, physical demands analysis, standard operation procedures, safe work practices and much more. If you are still putting pencil to paper, perhaps now is the time to look into software solutions.

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Tip #2 – Biometrics in Safety
The future of technology in safety include PPE that will measure heart rate, body temperature and other critical metrics that can be reported back to a central location. These new technologies can sound alarms before an incident, assist individuals who are working alone and when necessary disable equipment that could put a disabled worker in danger.

Tip #3 – Online Learning
Training and education in the health and safety world has been transformed in recent years due to the accessibility and user friendly approach to computerized, online training. Although the days of instructor-led classroom training are not over, online learning is quickly becoming the preferred choice of companies who want to train their staff in an affordable, non-disruptive way.

Did you know the Alliance has just launched FREE on-line Combustible Dust courses?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is pleased to offer three FREE online Combustible Dust training courses for:

  • Workers
  • Contractors
  • Employers & Managers

Accurately identifying, assessing and controlling combustible dust is an essential part of a properly functioning OHS program. These courses are designed to help participants understand the properties of combustible dust, and how these properties need to be managed to mitigate possible fire and explosion hazards in the workplace. As a result of these courses, participants will be better prepared to control combustible dust hazards, develop safe work procedures and prevent incidents and injuries.

Course Description
Each course will provide participants with the key principles and concepts for recognizing the hazards, unsafe conditions and preventive actions associated with combustible dust.

Course Length
3 hours to complete each course, including quizzes.

Delivery Format
Online Learning Centre.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset, but not a requirement to enroll.

Course Topics

  • Characteristics of Combustible Dust
  • How an Explosion Occurs
  • When Does Accumulation Become a Hazard?
  • How To Control Ignition Sources
  • Controlling Explosion Risk
  • Controlling Dust Accumulation
  • Explosion Protection
  • Physical Site Inspection

Register for FREE safetyalliancebc.ca/online-learning

This story appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of Make It Safe, the Quarterly Occupational Health & Safety Newsletter for BC Manufacturers