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Asbestos: What you need to know before renovating your home or workplace

Asbestos: What you need to know before renovating your home or workplace You’ve planned your project, set your budget, hired a contractor and got your building permit. You’re ready to begin your big reno but…hold on! Have you got the all-clear on asbestos? If you’re like a lot of Saskatchewan residents, you might not think you’re at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many residential and commercial building materials from the 1950s to the 1990s because of its strong fibres and resistance to fire. If your reno includes removing materials that contain asbestos, such as floor tiles, plaster, vinyl sheet flooring or blown-in insulation, you or your contractor(s) could inadvertently breathe in the invisible asbestos fibres that are released into the air when asbestos is disturbed. (Materials that are in good condition, with asbestos securely enclosed, don’t pose a threat unless you [...]

2019-10-23T14:43:55-06:00October 23rd, 2019|news|

The top five trucking tasks that can lead to injury

The top five trucking tasks that can lead to injury Independence, decent pay and travel are just some of the perks of being a truck driver. On the flipside, without proper safety training, experience and abiding by safety laws and rules, the job can be downright risky. The trucking, courier and commercial bus industry in Saskatchewan had the third highest Time Loss injury rate in the province compared to other industries in 2018. And in 2018, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) accepted more than 1,000 injury claims for the industry. So what trucking tasks are the riskiest? WorkSafe Saskatchewan partnered with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) to take a deep dive into trucking hazards and identified 13 tasks that lead to injury the most often. Here are the top five: Moving freight Injuries from moving freight — particularly from lifting cargo — happen the most frequently and include slips, [...]

2019-09-26T15:55:05-06:00September 26th, 2019|news|

Asbestos exposure is leading cause of work-related deaths in Sask.

Asbestos exposure is leading cause of work-related deaths in Sask. WorkSafe launches asbestos awareness campaign to educate the public REGINA, SK, Aug. 27, 2019 – Many homes and buildings in Saskatchewan were built before 1990, so they might contain asbestos. This means contractors and homeowners planning renovations could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos exposure, if they don’t take the proper steps before starting a construction project. Asbestos-related diseases remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in Saskatchewan, accounting for 23 per cent of the 388 work-related deaths in Saskatchewan from 2009 to 2018. This is why WorkSafe Saskatchewan – the partnership between the WCB and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety – has a provincial awareness campaign underway to educate the public on the danger of asbestos. “Many people don’t realize they might have asbestos in their building and homes and could be inadvertently exposed to [...]

2019-08-27T16:10:34-06:00August 27th, 2019|news|

New resources support first responders’ mental health

New resources support first responders’ mental health The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising, and if you’re a first responder, the risk is even greater. Firefighters, police, paramedics and others in the field are regularly exposed to traumatic events, which means they experience more work-related psychological injuries. First responders are four times more likely than the general population to experience mental health issues, according to research. Now, there’s comprehensive mental health supports you can access at www.saskfirstrespondersmentalhealth.ca. Developed jointly by WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan First Responders’ Mental Health Committee and its first responder partners, this new website for workers and employers features resources for managing work pressures, becoming psychologically resilient and building a supportive community. Improving mental health The website provides first responder organizations and professionals with easy access to the following materials: Phone numbers for confidential 24/7 crisis support centres Information on mental health support [...]

2019-08-21T10:42:35-06:00August 21st, 2019|news|

Resources support mental health

Resources support mental health The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising. From 2016 to 2018, mental health claims to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board increased by 142 per cent. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is empowering employers with more tools and resources to better support their employees’ psychological well-being. It has partnered with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to provide workplaces with access to digital courses on handling workplace violence, helping struggling workers, and creating safe, supportive work environments. Geared to both employers and workers and available at a fraction of the standard tuition fee, these offerings include: Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (course) Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work (certificate) Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (advanced certificate) Through another partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), WorkSafe Saskatchewan is providing employers with access to web-based psychological health and safety courses. These courses can help [...]

2019-08-21T10:40:53-06:00August 21st, 2019|news|

Six tips for keeping cool on the job

Six tips for keeping cool on the job It’s finally summer in Saskatchewan! And while the heat and humidity may be great if you’re by a pool or lake, it can be challenging — and potentially dangerous — if you work outside. Heat exhaustion can come on quickly when the body overheats to 40 C. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, headache, clammy skin and intense thirst. Worse, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a more serious condition that can cause brain damage, unconsciousness and even death. So how can you protect yourself (or your employees) from heat hazards at work? Here are some pointers, whether the work happens outdoors or inside under hot conditions. Acclimatize. If you’re new to the job or you’ve been away from work for a week or more, give your body a chance to adapt to the hot working conditions. According to the Canadian [...]

2019-07-25T13:40:33-06:00July 25th, 2019|news|

New mental health support launched for Saskatchewan’s first responders

New mental health support launched for Saskatchewan’s first responders New resources include confidential support lines and self-assessments Regina, SK – Workplace mental health claims continue to rise in Saskatchewan and due to the nature of their work, first responders are at a higher risk of mental health injuries. One step in addressing mental health in the workplace is WorkSafe’s partnership with the Saskatchewan First Responders’ Mental Health Committee to provide mental health resources for first responders, their families, friends and coworkers. Today, in Regina, WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the Committee unveiled the new resources. A 2017 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry survey indicated that of 5,813 first responders surveyed, almost 45 per cent screened positive for symptoms consistent with an operational stress injury. This is four times higher than the rate of mental injury in the general population, which is 10 per cent according to Statistics Canada. “Given the nature of their [...]

2019-07-26T09:30:41-06:00July 24th, 2019|news|

Spot the warning signs of workplace violence

Spot the warning signs of workplace violence Workplace injuries caused by violence are on the rise in Saskatchewan. In 2018, there were 16 per cent more of these injuries than in 2017. It’s safe to say that some of these injuries could have been prevented if employers and workers had paid attention to, and acted on, the warning signs of aggressive behaviour. So how can you spot the potential for violence at work? First, it’s important to know that workplace violence encompasses any situation in which an employee is abused, assaulted, threatened or harassed by a co-worker, supervisor, client, patient or a member of the general public. It includes physical attacks, such as hitting, biting and pushing, as well as verbal and psychological abuse, such as demeaning remarks and intimidation. Recognize high stress levels It’s hard to know when an individual may turn violent, but certain behaviours can indicate when [...]

2019-06-25T14:13:56-06:00June 25th, 2019|news|

How firefighters can cut their cancer risk

How firefighters can cut their cancer risk There’s a lot we don’t fully understand about firefighter cancer, but we know this for sure: Firefighter cancer diagnoses and deaths have been rising in Saskatchewan. So how can volunteer and career firefighters reduce their cancer risk? To find out, WorkSafe Saskatchewan partnered with Jim Burneka Jr., founder of Firefighter Cancer Consultants, who toured and inspected 15 fire stations in the province last winter and interviewed their staff. Burneka Jr. identified several ways the fire stations (representing eight departments) can step up their cancer prevention efforts. Some of these measures, the “low-hanging fruit,” have minimal or no cost and are relatively easy for firefighters to do. They include: Decontaminating gear at the fire scene. Firefighters can use the fire hose to spray down their colleagues. “Water alone takes off 42 per cent of contaminants from the outer layer of fire gear,” says [...]

2019-06-12T09:33:24-06:00May 23rd, 2019|news|

WorkSafe Sask. announces Youth Video Contest winners

WorkSafe Sask. announces Youth Video Contest winners Regina, SK –WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Youth Video Contest. Saskatchewan students in Grade 9 to 12 were invited to create a two-minute video with the theme, “Focus on Safety” to help students learn more about workplace safety. The 2019 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: It Doesn’t Just Affect You by Rajesh Rodney, Jack Andrew, Greg Boechler and Ali Asim (teacher Samantha Roberts), Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon Second place: Work Safety Video – Communications Media by Lorez Cossette and Maddison Landrie (teacher Scott Wicker), Central Collegiate Institute, Moose Jaw Third place: A Test of Focus by Nicole Steinley, Jenna Sloman and Lucas Friesen (teacher Lisa Bender), Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Swift Current This year, WorkSafe received 42 entries from 14 schools across the province. Entries were judged on their technical merit, adherence to safety regulations, creativity and overall [...]

2019-05-02T10:36:10-06:00May 2nd, 2019|news|