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October 2013

Health and safety excellence in Ontario workplaces recognized by Workplace Safety North

President's Award winners Kidd Operations - Glencore and Kruger Inc. Packaging recognized at annual general meeting


On Thursday, September 19, Workplace Safety North hosted their annual general meeting in North Bay, Ontario. The evening also included the inaugural President's Awards, honouring companies with top safety records in their sectors. Board chair Bill Shaver, CEO of DMC Mining Services, opened the meeting by discussing many changes WSN has experienced: the amalgamation of three safety organizations into one...


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WSN advisory committees report on industry trends and activities

Latest health and safety trends in mining, forestry, paper, printing, and converting sectors   


Two WSN volunteer advisory committees each provide sector-specific expertise to the association: one representing the combined forestry, pulp and paper and converting sectors, and... 


Fire Prevention Week October 6-12
Learn about the current fire situation in Ontario and access health and safety resources and tools

While the 2013 forest fire season has been below average, over 8,000 fires occur each year in Canada, and burn an average of over 2.1 million hectares. Also, lightning causes about 50 percent of all fires but accounts for about 85 percent of the annual area...

October is Healthy Workplace Month
Is it time for your company's annual 'physical'?

How healthy is your workplace? Want to get your organization in tip-top shape? The goal of Healthy Workplace Month is to increase awareness of the main elements that make up a healthy workplace, including: (1) Health and lifestyle practices, (2) Workplace culture and a supportive environment...


Occupational cancer is biggest killer

Work-related cancer deaths in Canada exceed those from traumatic injuries and disorders 

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


When you hear about work-related deaths, what first comes to mind? Falling from heights, being smothered in collapsed trenches, or sustaining tragic fatal injuries - these are the types...


Chainsaw maintenance and sawchain sharpening

15-min video complements formal and on-the-job training  


A saw chain that is properly sharpened and maintained means all the difference when it comes to efficient and safe felling.  Featuring professional chainsaw operators, this video looks at the high-tech structure of the modern saw chain cutting link (or cutter) and demonstrates the safety implications of filing angles and depth...

Sawmill study makes surprise finding: Wet wood just as explosive as dry wood
Vancouver Sun

The smallest-sized wet wood dust is just as explosive as dry wood dust from B.C. Interior sawmills, according to a report prepared by FPInnovations for the provincial sawmill sector.

The surprise finding - which raises questions about the...


Forestry "key economic driver" in northern Ontario

New plant in Hornepayne, plus two northern sawmills announce exclusive sales agreement


With support from the Ontario government, Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd. has opened the Becker Cogeneration Plant in Hornepayne, Ontario. This 10-megawatt facility will use sawmill wood by-products to generate electricity for the provincial power...

WorkSafe BC wraps up on-site inspection following Carrier Lumber explosion
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Investigators from WorkSafe BC have wrapped up their onsite work at Carrier Lumber in the wake of a fire and subsequent explosion that injured one employee. WorkSafe's Director of Investigations, Jeff Dolan, says the the incident was isolated to the planer mill...
World's deepest base metal mine wins President's Award from Workplace Safety North
Timmins Kidd Operations, Glencore wins mining safety award

On September 19 in North Bay, Ontario, the provincial occu-pational health and safety expert for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors recognized the commitment of...


2013 International Mine Rescue ConferenceInterest in global mine rescue event expands 

Ontario Mining Association


The interest from around the world in the sixth International Mine Rescue Body (IMRB) conference being hosted in Ontario this fall continues to expand.  Registration for the event has now surpassed 200 delegates from 22 different nations - both numbers are higher than originally anticipated. The symposium portion of the event...


So you think you know safety?
Technical Advisory Committees on lookout for new members


Are you a stickler about safety? Do you have a passion for protecting others? Are you mechanically inclined? Then Workplace Safety North wants to talk to you about joining their technical advisory committee on mining equipment. This committee is just one of five mining technical advisory committees (TAC)...


Prepared for MOL inspection blitz on hoisting?

Register for free Nov 29 webinar hosted by WSN and MOL: Locking and Tagging in Mine Hoisting Plants


In January and February 2014, the Ministry of Labour will be conducting a mine safety inspection blitz focused on locking and tagging in mine hoisting plants, and it's important for Ontario mining companies to ensure their mine hoisting plants are...


Kruger: A winning safety package
Brampton containerboard and packaging plant wins President's Award from Workplace Safety North

On September 19 in North Bay, Ontario, the provincial occupational health and safety expert for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors recognized the commitment of companies to the prevention of illness and...

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews: When are they required by law?

Register for free breakfast seminar on November 5 in Vaughan


If you're in the neighbourhood of the 400 and the 407 on Tuesday, November 5, Simon Fridlyand, P. Eng. from S.A.F.E. Engineering will making a presentation on legal responsibilities under Section 7 of the Occupational Health and Safety Industrial Establishments...


Paper recycling
MOL Recycling and Waste Management Blitz 
November-December 2013 - Industrial Program

In October and November of 2013, Industrial inspectors will focus on the safe operation of recycling and waste management facilities. According to the WSIB, the total injury rate (January-June) has increased by 12.8 percent in this rate group from 2010...




Oct 2013: MOL mining inspection blitz on ground control






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