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|

WorkSafe Sask. addresses increase in firefighter occupational cancer diagnoses and deaths

WorkSafe Sask. addresses increase in firefighter occupational cancer diagnoses and deaths Moose Jaw, SK – In 2018, firefighter cancer was the second leading cause of occupational disease-related fatalities in the province, accounting for 30 per cent of all workplace deaths related to occupational disease. In response, WorkSafe Saskatchewan commissioned a pilot program to gain a better understanding of the current firefighter preventive landscape throughout the province. Findings from the program were presented today at the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual convention in Moose Jaw. “The rise in firefighter cancer diagnosis is quite concerning,” said Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). “At WorkSafe, we saw a need to help both volunteer and career firefighters reduce their risk of being diagnosed with a job-related occupational disease.” Working with Jim Burneka Jr., Founder, Firefighter Cancer Consultants, LLC, WorkSafe developed a pilot program in collaboration with several [...]

2019-04-09T07:59:02-06:00April 9th, 2019|news|

2019 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented

2019 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented Saskatoon, SK: Today, WorkSafe Saskatchewan presented the 2019 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards in Saskatoon as part of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s annual Compensation Institute. 2019 Safe Worker Award WorkSafe Saskatchewan presents the Safe Worker award to a worker who goes beyond the expectations of their position to help create a safer workplace. The 2019 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker award winner is Darrell Wingerak of BASF Agriculture Specialities Ltd. in Saskatoon. Darrell Wingerak is a safety leader and role model on the BASF worksite. In addition to co-chairing the OH&S Committee, Darrell has made a number of recommendations to minimize injuries on the worksite. These include improving the mezzanine railing system, identifying visual hazards from glare, correcting damaged door sweeps, tool storage, improving housekeeping and adding bump protection to site fume hoods. Most recently, he brought in a new tool [...]

2019-05-10T09:08:11-06:00March 25th, 2019|news|

WorkSafe offers training tools for Sask. employers to create psychologically healthy workplaces

WorkSafe offers training tools for Sask. employers to create psychologically healthy workplaces The WCB has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of mental health claims Regina, SK – Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of mental health claims accepted. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is working to educate workers and employers on how to create safe and healthy workplaces. WorkSafe has a suite of psychological health and safety courses available on the WorkSafe website that the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) developed to help educate workers, supervisors and managers. In addition, employers are encouraged to take advantage of new resources made available to help create psychologically healthy work environments for their employees. “The increase in the number of mental health claims suggests a real need in our province,” said Kevin Mooney, Director [...]

2019-02-06T10:19:54-06:00February 6th, 2019|news|

WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks

WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks REGINA, SK – As homeowners and contractors prepare to begin renovation projects in the new year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is continuing to educate the public on the risks of asbestos exposure in residential and commercial properties. Asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of workplace deaths in Saskatchewan, causing 25 per cent of all workplace-related deaths over the last 10 years. Occupational disease-related fatalities are often diagnosed years after a workplace exposure and account for 44 per cent of this year’s workplace fatalities as of Oct. 31, 2018. Despite increased awareness of the hazards presented by asbestos exposure, it is expected that some workers in the province will be exposed, putting them at risk of disease or death decades into the future. “A lot of people aren’t aware that they might have asbestos in their homes or their offices. When asbestos is disturbed during renovations, [...]

2019-04-02T14:32:40-06:00December 13th, 2018|news|

WorkSafe Sask. connects employers with psychological health expertise

WorkSafe Sask. connects employers with psychological health expertise Saskatoon, SK – Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in mental health claims accepted. In response, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is hosting a one-day learning event for employers, human resource professionals and mental health experts in Saskatoon to bring awareness to psychological health and safety in the workplace. With over 325 attendees registered, today’s event features mental health experts from both industry and academia. “While psychological claims only equate to a small percentage of all workplace injury claims accepted, the increase in the rate of acceptance is concerning,” said Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the WCB. “The response to our learning event shows the need with employers to offer resources of this nature.” During the morning session, Dr. Rakesh Jetly, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, will deliver [...]

2019-04-02T14:34:07-06:00December 5th, 2018|news|