Forest Industry Health & Wellness Conference - October 4, 2016
Incident Investigation Reporting
Lockout: A Guide to Safe Work Practices
Making Your Dream of Better Sleep Come True
The SAFER Council believes trained and committed Joint Health and Safety Committee leadership is necessary to ensure committee’s function effectively.
The SAFER Council therefore is pleased to offer an opportunity for Joint Health Safety Committee Chairpersons, or other union and management health and safety leaders to attend the SAFER Health & Safety Excellence Conference. Employees of SAFER member companies must register and may attend at no cost.
The conference content has been designed to focus on the knowledge and skill sets that health and safety leaders require in order to maximize their committee’s efforts in making their workplace safe.
This one day conference will cover the following:
The SAFER Council recommends and encourages member companies to send both the management and union chairpersons to this worthwhile conference.
October 3, 2016 - Monday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hilton Hotel - Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue
Find out more about this conference and on how to book rooms at the Hilton Hotel Metrotown on our registration page. Click here for the SAFER Joint Heath & Safety Leadership Conference registration page.
Click here for the Forest Industry Health & Wellness Conference website.
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Incident Investigation Reporting
Incident investigations help identify root causes and hazards, while finding ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
This video shows a simple incident investigation and demonstrates the Employer Incident Investigation Report (EIIR) documentation and submission process.
If a workplace incident results in an injury, or could have caused a serious injury, both employers and WorkSafeBC have certain responsibilities. Incident investigations help identify root causes and hazards, while finding ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
Two different investigations may take place after an incident occurs: one that the employer conducts and one that WorkSafeBC conducts.
This safety video can be found on the WorkSafeBC YouTube Channel.
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Lockout: A Guide to Safe Work Practices
If there is a hazard to workers, lockout is required.
This video provides a comprehensive overview on locks used to control energy in machines. Protect your workers from accidents caused by the inadvertent operation of control devices.
Every worker who is required to lock out machinery or equipment needs a personal lock and keeps the key to that lock in his or her possession. This lock ensures personal lockout protection.
For example, the worker places the lock on the switch that controls the machine being worked on. Only that worker (or a supervisor) is able to remove the lock when the work is finished. Since no other worker has a key for that lock, the lock cannot be removed inadvertently. If more than one worker is working on the machinery, each worker must place a personal lock on the switch. Combination locks must not be used for lockout.
Five basic steps to locking out
Once you have determined that lockout is required, follow these five basic steps to lock out machinery and equipment. They apply to all types of machinery and equipment. Every worker must know these steps.
This video was created by WorkSafeBC and filmed on location in a number of sawmill operations in British Columbia. This video can also be found on the WorkSafeBC YouTube Channel.
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Making your dream of better sleep come true
Surrounding yourself with TVs, computers, or video games before slumber can literally, leave you feeling "wired" or stressed.
For many people, the notion of waking up feeling well-rested is just a vision from a dream. If you’re struggling to get the appropriate amount of rest, you’re not alone. In fact, several North American studies suggest sleep troubles are on the rise. But you don’t have to take poor sleep lying down: the tips below can help you discover simple solutions that will get your sleep cycle back on track.
Make your bedroom a sleep zone. Does your bedroom look more like a high-tech electronics store than a serene retreat? Surrounding yourself with TVs, computers, video games, etc., before slumber can all, literally, leave you feeling "wired" or stressed, making it nearly impossible for you to switch off and fall asleep. Remove sleep disrupters and work on creating a sleep-centred room that is comfortable, cool, quiet and dark. If you work shifts and usually sleep during daylight hours, then invest in some blackout curtains, an eye mask and something to generate white noise (e.g., a fan). Is your partner’s snoring sabotaging your snooze? Try wearing ear plugs or sleeping in a separate room. Better still, encourage your mate to consult a physician to ensure he or she is not suffering from sleep apnea—a potentially dangerous sleep disorder that slows or stops breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time.
Stay on schedule. Staying up until the wee hours of the night and sleeping in until noon on weekends might seem like a great idea at the time, but it can seriously disrupt your body’s sleep schedule—especially when it’s time to go back to your weekday, early-to-bed, early-to-rise routine. Whenever possible keep your snooze schedule relatively consistent: try not to go to bed more than an hour past your weekday bed time and limit sleep-ins to an extra hour in the morning.
Exercise (but do it early). As if improved health, weight loss/maintenance and a boost in mood weren’t reasons enough to get moving, several studies also suggest regular exercise earlier in the day promotes better sleep at night. Ensure you finish your workout two to three hours before you hit the sack though, as exercising too close to bedtime can actually "wake up" your body and make falling asleep more difficult.
Steer clear of stimulants and sleep disturbers. Consuming stimulants such as caffeine (found in coffee, tea, colas and chocolate) too close to bed time may cause you to toss and turn or clock-watch in the middle of the night. Depending on your sensitivity, you may need to avoid caffeinated food and drinks anywhere from two to 12 hours before your bedtime. And while you may think that glass of wine or beer will help you fall asleep, alcohol can actually spoil your slumber, so it’s best to pass on the nightcap.
Create relaxing rituals that encourage you to unwind before bed. Whether it’s soaking in a warm bath, reading a few chapters of a novel or meditation, creating a consistent pre-bed routine can help you shed some of the day’s stress (that can keep you up at night) and encourage your body and mind to unwind.
Get to the root of the problem. Insomnia or poor sleep can be a complicated issue caused by a series of factors. Medication, a physical condition—such as chronic pain, pregnancy, menopause and restless leg syndrome—as well as emotional or mental concerns—like depression, anxiety and stress—can all interfere with your ability to snooze. With over 85 different sleep disorders in existence, it’s wise to seek the support of a medical professional. Signs of a sleep disorder may include:
If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar, consult your health professional immediately.
Poor sleep doesn’t have to be a fact of life. By taking a few simple steps, understanding the source of your sleep disturbances and getting the support of a medical professional when necessary, it is possible to make that dream of great sleep a reality.
This wellness article is courtesy of Shepell at workhealthlife.com.
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