We are rolling out a whole year of health and safety resources for you to grow your occupational health and safety program. Whether you need Toolbox Talks, topics for your safety committee meanings, or just want to step up your OHS program, we’ve got you covered!
You can use the topics below to conduct your workplace safety talks and keep safety top of mind for workers. Through safety talks/toolbox talks, you connect with workers on health and safety requirements for the tasks they do every day.
- The workplace can be an essential factor to maintain positive mental health – but it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to mental health issues. Get 11 resources to improve your Mental Health program.
- All machines and equipment come with some levels of hazard. Machine safeguarding protects workers from the hazards created by the machine during regular operations. Get 8 resources to improve your Machine Safeguarding Resources program.
- Hearing loss isn’t easy to notice but with time, overexposure to loud noises decreases our ability to hear. Damage occurs deep inside your ear, so there’s no way to see the damage, and there is no pain. Get 4 resources to improve your Hearing Conservation program.
- Machines and equipment contain hazardous energy which can cause injury to employees if it’s not appropriately contained. De-energization and lockout/tagout prevent the release of this energy to protect workers. Every year in B.C., workers are significantly injured or even killed when machinery is not properly de-energized and locked out. These accidents can be significant and […] Get 3 resources to improve your Lockout/Tagout and Machine Safety program.
- Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and power outages — whatever the emergency is — can happen without warning. Emergency preparedness ensures that when an emergency strikes, you have a plan ready to go, and are not scrambling last minute to get all your resources in order. An emergency preparedness and response plan is a document that […] Get 10 resources to improve your Emergency Preparedness program.
- Heat-related illnesses happen when a person heats up faster than they can cool down. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can quickly escalate into a medical emergency if untreated—but you can prevent heat-related illness in most cases. Early signs include nausea, light-headedness, fatigue, muscle cramping, and dizziness. Heat-related illness can affect everyone – even […] Get 5 resources to improve your Heat stroke and heat stress prevention program.
- An MSI (Musculoskeletal Injury) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue including a sprain, strain and inflammation, that may be caused or aggravated by work. MSIs, including strains and back strains, took up around 69% of the top five injury claims in BC in […] Get 19 resources to improve your Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) Prevention program.
- Effective inspections are one of the most important incident/accident prevention tools in a company’s safety and health program. Properly trained inspectors in a systematic inspection program will help reduce incidents and property damage. Workplace inspections help prevent accidents, injuries, and illness. By critically examining your workplace, a workplace inspection can help identify hazards that need corrective action. Your […] Get 3 resources to improve your Workplace Inspections program.
- Employers are legally obligated to ensure employees are safe at work, including in any vehicle they drive while on the job. And yet, one-third of traumatic workplace fatalities (2015-19) were due to motor vehicle crashes. The driving environment is constantly changing. Road, weather, and traffic conditions can often change quickly and dramatically. Safety on the […] Get 8 resources to improve your Driving and transportation safety program.
- A dynamic risk assessment can help employees make decisions when they encounter situations or environments that may be unsafe. This assessment is a field practice for observing hazards, assessing risk, and analyzing the environment. Dynamic risks assessments identify hazards in the field and allow employees to make quick, but informed, decisions to remove them and […] Get 6 resources to improve your Dynamic Risk Assessment/Hazard ID program.
- Slips, trips, and falls are one of the top contributors to workplace injuries in Canada. In fact, over 42,000 workers are injured annually due to fall injuries (about 18% of lost-time injuries). Most (more than 60%) falls occur at the same level (slips and trips) while the remainder is falls from a height. Slips often […] Get 5 resources to improve your Slips, Trips, and Falls program.
- The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) supports the employer to create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone. The committee includes representatives from the employer and the workers – who come together to identify workplace health and safety issues and propose solutions. All workplaces with twenty (20) or more workers need a joint committee. […] Get 8 resources to improve your Joint Health and Safety Committee program.