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Safety First Newsletter - January 2020
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Winter Driving on the Job

Be prepared for travel during the colder months.

Prevent Problems Before They Occur: Top 10 TIps
  • Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall.
  • Install four matching winter tires.
  • Pack an emergency kit.
  • Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.
  • Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions.
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
  • Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.
  • Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads.
  • Travel with a fully charged cell phone.
  • SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt.
For more information regarding winter road safety and how to prepare, click here.

 
The safety of your employees while they complete work involved travel is your responsibility year-round. During Canadian winters especially, those who travel for work must take necessary precautions reduce the risks involved in winter driving.
  • Regularly communicate with workers about winter driving safety. This needn’t be formal. Just anytime you’re getting together with them. Here’s some ways you can do this:
    • Schedule regular distribution of relevant driving tips.
    • Use email; review at beginning of shift, a day-end debrief/check-in, etc.
  • Instruct workers to check road and weather conditions before setting out on any trip – both departure and destination conditions. 
  • Make sure all your workers understand winter driving hazards and what they can do to eliminate or minimize risk, whether or not they drive for work.
  • Encourage your workers to provide feedback about driving-related safety concerns during tailgate meeting guide and in safety meetings. Instruct them to report hazards or concerns immediately to their supervisor.
For more information on preparing your employees for travel during Canadian winters, click here.
Mental Health in the Workplace

With most adults spending more waking hours at work than anywhere else, a positive work environment is key to a person’s overall health.

Work is important to our well-being. In addition to the income it brings, it can be a big part of our identity, how we understand our skills, and a way to contribute to something bigger. However, a mental illness can have a big impact on the way we work.

Although it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the negative effects of the workplace, many of us forget the positive aspects a workplace can have on a person’s mental health. A positive and supportive workplace can give people the opportunity to feel like a vital contributor to the team. 
The Healthy Workplace Standard developed by Excellence Canada in partnership with health and safety professionals and mental health specialists, serves as a road-map for organizations in any sector that wish to encourage, support, and implement exemplary health-related programs in the workplace.
 
The Standard includes four elements that identify what a Healthy Workplace involves:

Physical Environment
Attention to occupational health and safety in the physical environment
OH&S has been legislated in Canada for more than 100 years, aiming to reduce the risk of fatalities and workplace disabilities. This driver involves fully and continually addressing matters of occupational health and safety, including the possible impacts of new technologies, production changes, increasing demands on time, and cost containment measures.

Healthy Lifestyles
Support for healthy lifestyles
This involves helping employees develop and maintain healthy lifestyle practices, drop unhealthy/risky habits and make optimal use of the health care system.

Mental Health and Workplace Culture
A workplace culture that supports mental health
OH&S has been legislated in Culture is created, reinforced and sustained by ongoing patterns of relationships and communications that are known to have an important influence on psychological health and safety. This driver involves an organizational culture that reflects values that support mental health, such as trust, fairness, respect, diversity, inclusion and teamwork.


Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR)
The interrelationship between the community, the workplace and the employee is known to influence employee health and well-being, as well as the health and performance of the organization. CSR activities are often seen as voluntary, going above and beyond what is legislated or required. This driver includes how the organization’s CSR activities address workplace aspects such as occupational health and safety, human rights, community development, environmental protection and emergency response.

For more information, visit their website

Steps for Life, an annual Threads of Life flagship fundraiser, is a 5-km fundraising walk to support families affected by workplace tragedy. 

Walking for families of workplace tragedy educates the community about the devastating ripple effects of every workplace tragedy and how we can work together to prevent others being injured or killed on the job. 

All proceeds from Steps for Life support Threads of Life. The organization currently supports more than 2,900 family members from across the country. All funds raised in Nova Scotia will be dispersed throughout the province to families in need. For more information, visit their website.
         
DATE & LOCATION

- When: May 9th, 2020
- Where: Open Hearth Park, Sydney
       
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