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New and Young Workers – Mitigating the Risk

April 23, 2014
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), new and young workers aged 15-24 make up for 10% of the hours worked in Canada. New and young workers are injured at a rate of 16%, which equates to over 48,000 worker injuries that are severe enough to result in time off work. Being new to a job and working in settings, or jobs with hazards put them at a higher risk for injury. Often new or young workers are unaware of the hazards associated with their job....


Confined Space Planning: Getting It Right

April 4, 2014
Confined space is a term from labor-safety regulations that refers to an area which is enclosed with limited access, making the work itself dangerous and potential rescues challenging. An example is the interior of a storage tank, which workers may enter for maintenance but which is not ordinarily a habitable space. Hazards in a confined space often include suffocation by unbreathable gases which may be present but not visible, or submersion in liquids or free-flowing granular solids...


New Partnership Announcement

March 25, 2014
In early 2014, Spectrum Environmental Consulting Ltd. (Spectrum) and Irwin’s Safety & Industrial Labour Services (Irwin’s) formed a synergistic partnership to provide the highest standard of environment, health and safety (EHS) services to clients in the industrial sector. With our shared values of cost containment, environmental protection, legislative compliance, and our customer focused commitment; we have significantly strengthened and diversified our suite of EHS services....


Burgeoning Mega Project Landscape in British Columbia

November 17, 2013
There is a convergence of mega project either in the works, or planned in British Columbia in the near future.  The majority of these projects are planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), mining, or transportations/shipping terminals/ports. In Northern British Columbia alone, the value of these construction projects totals $ 60 Billion Cdn. Looking at LNG alone, the BC Government reports there are currently 14 LNG Terminal construction proposals being reviewed. The office of the Premier...


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