Workplace Safety

What Is the Definition of a Safe Machine?

This is actually a legal question. The law in Ontario requires that employers and supervisors “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances” to protect workers under their employment. Taking “every precaution reasonable“ is also understood as Technical Due diligence. To understand the legal requirements associated with the achievement of Technical Due Diligence, one must ask [...]

Why Do Ontario Manufacturers Need an Owner’s Engineering Firm?

What Is an Owner’s Engineering Firm? An Owner’s Engineering Firm is a group of Safety Consultants that know and understand the technical safety standards and their application to your workplace. The Owner’s Engineering Firm ensures that their clients achieve technical due diligence. The Owner’s Engineer advocates for and protects the business interests of the owner. [...]

Why Safe Machinery Is More Efficient

When a Professional Engineer performs an Industrial Safety Audit he or she will make recommendations that could have a profound effect on the overall operating performance of the machine. This is particularly true when the Industrial Safety Audit determines that there are compliance issues that need to be addressed. Corrections often involve the redesign of [...]

You Can Make Excuses Or You Can Make Your Workplace Machinery Hazard-Free

It’s easy to make excuses especially when it helps you to avoid doing extra work or saves you time and money. Unfortunately, excuses can be very risky too, it may even cost a life. Ask yourself, are you willing to take that risk? Machine guarding in Ontario needs to be taken seriously. Machine Guarding is [...]

What Are the Responsibilities of the Management to Promote Health and Safety in a Workplace?

Creating a healthy and safe workplace means having an effective, efficient and updated program in place. It is a two-way street, a management that is committed to making the program work and employees involved in all aspects of the workplace health and safety program. As an employer, it is your responsibility to maintain workplace [...]

Workplace safety Concepts Everyone should Understand

When we mention workplace safety people often roll their eyes. They think, “well it’s just common sense. Or hey I’m safe, that is an easy job.” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The Occupational Health and Safety Act outlines the requirements for workplace safety and prevention services. It is down to [...]

Industrial Machine Guarding Compliance for Employee Safety

Why is machine guarding so important for employee safety? This is because most industrial establishments have many pieces of equipment that have hazardous motions. We must protect these hazardous motions from the reach of workers with the help of machine guarding. So why not just guard everything? Cover it up! If we cover up machinery, [...]

Basic Rules for Safe Maintenance

Maintenance is a high-risk activity which often requires working alongside a running process and in close contact with machinery. During normal production operations, automation typically diminishes the likelihood of human error that can lead to accidents and thereby improve health and safety in the workplace. However, in maintenance activities, contrary to normal operation, direct [...]

Procedures are Not Enough in Modern Times

Procedures are not enough to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. The best way to improve health and safety is to properly engage engineer safety into production machinery and processes. According to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, more than eight out of 10 workers [...]

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