December 21, 2016
Full asbestos ban, changed codes and regulations expected by 2018
It has been known for decades that exposure to asbestos can cause significant negative health effects, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. In the 1960s pivotal research concretely linked health risks associated with asbestos. In Canada the estimation is that 2000 people die annually from asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization estimates as many as 100,000 people die from asbestos worldwide. We have spent millions to remove asbestos from parliament buildings, schools and industries across Canada. Hypocritically during the same time, Canada has long championed the importation and exportation of asbestos.
Read more: Full asbestos ban, changed codes and regulations expected by 2018 (CBC)
Brother Clem Côté
On July 21, 2016, former Boilermaker Clem Côté passed away from mesothelioma - a deadly cancer caused by asbestos. His family, including daughter Michelle Côté, live with the possibility that they may have been exposed to asbestos second-hand. Asbestos is the leading cause of work-related death in Canada, accounting for over 2,000 deaths each year. Check out a youtube video that was made on behalf of the family below:
December 16, 2016
Don't Rush Into Winter Driving
Harsh winter conditions can appear out of nowhere. When they do, many drivers may get caught off-guard. No matter how many winters you've driven through it's always a good idea to take some time to prepare before heading out into the elements keeping in mind some safe driving advice. Read More »
November 2, 2016
Radon - The Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
November is radon awareness month. Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it. To learn more: http://www.takeactiononradon.ca/all-about-radon
To order a testing kit: http://www.takeactiononradon.ca/test
October 25, 2016
Saskatchewan changes law to help workers with psychological injuries
New amendment presumes PTSD to be work-related
October 14, 2016
Boilermaker co-chaired Occupational Disease Committee receives Gil Samson award
Gil Samson Award for their work in amending regulations that will reduce accidents, injuries and industrial diseases for countless Ontario workers and our members. The Committee is co-chaired by Blair Allin, Health & Safety Instructor/Representative of Boilermakers Local 128.
Recent accomplishments include:
- The amendment to Ontario Regulation 833/490, which ensures that Construction workers are protected from exposures to biological and chemical substances that are potentially hazardous to human health. The regulation came into effect on July 1, 2016, and will impact how construction sites use, handle and store chemicals.
- Since noise hazards account for the highest non-lost time injury claims, the Committee has worked towards amending regulation to eliminate needless hearing loss in construction workers. This regulation will reduce costly claims, and allow all workers to enjoy living a productive life.
- The implementation of changes to Section 47, of the Ontario Construction Regulations, that ensures worker safety while internal combustion engines are used in enclosed spaces on the job site.
September 28, 2016
Ontario's WSIB announces 1st premium rate reduction since 2001
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups protested the meeting, saying that by reducing employer premiums, the WSIB is taking $250 million out of compensation payments to impoverished injured workers and giving it to corporations.
July 13, 2016
Keep Your Cool
Whether working in a hot smelting plant or outdoors during summer months, heat exposure can be dangerous. Extremely hot environments can overwhelm the body's coping mechanisms and lead to many serious conditions. Heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention; it can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is delayed or not administered. Click the images below to learn more:
July 8, 2016
As more people head outdoors this summer, the CPWR and CCOHS reminds everyone to be aware of ticks and diseases they carry, particularly Lyme disease. CPWR has developed a toolbox talk (PDF) providing information on how to protect yourself (e.g. wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, tuck pant cuffs into workboots).
Additional resource information is available from CCOHS by clicking here.
June 15, 2016
YouCheck What? The Boilermakers Youcheck Challenge.
Leading the way is the Canadian Men's Health Foundation, a national charity on a mission to inspire Canadian men to live better - 70% of men's health problems can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Complete the challenge and be entered to win 1 of 25 FitBit watches. Members can complete the challenge by logging in to Members Only and clicking the "Take the Challenge" button in the June 13th announcement.
January 28, 2016
Oil and gas workers losing their hearing at an alarming rate says WorkSafeBC
Drilling and pipeline work is noisy business and according to a new report it's taking an alarming toll on the hearing of workers in B.C.'s gas and oil industry.
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Canadian Labour Congress
- Institute for Work & Health
- National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
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