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Check out this year’s winning videos from the annual WorkSafeBC student safety video contest. The theme for 2017 was “Speak up for Safety.”  Be sure to watch the winning student videos from the 2017 annual WorkSafeBC student safety video contest. Since 2006, the contest has garnered more than 550 videos from more than 2,100 high […]

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Millennials and Baby Boomers generally have different values, priorities, and communication preferences. What’s the best way to talk safety with everyone?  Effective communication is key to safety at work. This can be a challenge in today’s workplace with different generations working together. Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials generally use different types of technology to […]

When you’re driving, you’re driving. That’s your only role. Do a “self-check” to focus before getting in your vehicle. Tell yourself “Okay, I’m driving now.”  Our state of mind influences how we drive. Driving while angry, for example, is well-known as a bad idea. Just look at all the crazy road rage videos on YouTube! […]

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When you work in the forest – whether for forestry or oil and gas – it’s not uncommon to be working amid wildfires. How can employers be prepared for this?  I’ll never forget the footage of people driving away from the Fort McMurray fire. One year ago, on May 3, 2016, more than 90,000 people fled […]

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Young construction workers are less likely to wear hearing protection at work compared with other age groups — WorkSafeBC explores reasons why.  Twenty-four percent of young workers in construction do not use hearing protection. They’re also less likely to wear hearing protection compared to young workers in other industries. This information is based on data […]

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Bachmann Farms won AgSafe’s 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their dairy farm in Pitt Meadows, B.C.  Joe and Andy Bachmann won the 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their Pitt Meadows dairy farm. AgSafe presented the award to Bachmann Farms at the BC Agriculture Council Agri-Food […]

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This video shows how two occupational safety officers inspire and educate students in the Women in Trades Training program at Okanagan College.  “They were women in trades before it was very friendly for women in trades.” Now they’re occupational safety officers at WorkSafeBC, inspiring and helping to educate students in the Women in Trades Training program […]

Those in the motion picture and performing arts industries often work long hours. Actsafe offers recommendations to help workers manage their fatigue.  My friend who works on film crews says an average shift on set is 14 hours. “It’s cheaper to pay overtime and work the crew long days than it is to pay for […]

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A shop supervisor shares how he’s used humour to create a friendlier work environment and encourage workers to wear their PPE.  Recently I talked with a shop supervisor who told me a funny way he gets workers to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). “I try to use humour and light-heartedness to get the message […]

Watch and vote for your favourite video in WorkSafeBC’s 2017 student safety video competition. This year’s theme is “Speaking up for safety.”  You still have time to watch and vote for your favourite student safety videos in this annual contest held by WorkSafeBC. The theme for 2017 is What do you do? What do you […]