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  Cold Conditions Guidelines for Outside Workers
These guidelines will help employers, occupational health committee members, safety representatives and workers reduce the risk of accidents and frostbite during outdoor work in cold weather.
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  Damaged Gymnasium Light Injures Teacher
These types of injuries are predictable and can be prevented. In this case, regular inspections and routine maintenance would have avoided the situation that led to the injuries from the ultraviolet light.
  Damaged Metal Halide Light Injures Workers
Hazard Alert - Describes a hazardous situation and precautions to take to prevent further accidents.
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  Emergency Showers and Eyewashes in the Workplace
This publication will help you to determine if your workplace requires regular or emergency showers or eyewashes under the legislation and learn the standards for emergency showers and eyewashes.
  Eye Injury Prevention
The purpose of this guide is to outline an employer’s duties in preventing eye injuries.
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  Flammable Hydrocarbon Mixtures as Freon Substitutes in Vehicle Air-conditioning Systems
Information Bulletin - Flammable hydrocarbon mixtures pose a new fire hazard to workers in repair garages and may also pose a fire hazard to passengers of vehicles if a substantial amount of the mixture leaks into the passenger compartment. This bulletin describes the danger and the employer OH&S responsibilities.
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  Guidelines for Treating and Using Wood With Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA)
Information bulletin
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Every employer is required to implement a policy to prevent harassment in the workplace.
  Hot Conditions Guidelines
This publication discusses how you can control hot conditions and prevent heat stress disorders. For more information, see the technical background publication "Working Under Hot Conditions." Thermal comfort is addressed in the background publication "Thermal Comfort in Offices and Retail Outlets."
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  Infectious Materials
Health care workers, sewage workers, animal handlers and emergency response workers, are examples of workers who may be at risk of contracting an infectious disease while on the job. Where workers are likely to have harmful exposure to infectious materials or organisms while on the job, an employer must prepare and implement a written plan (Section 85 of The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Regulations, 2005).
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  Latex Gloves
The use of latex gloves in health care has risen as workers have become more aware of the need for barrier protection against bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions were adopted.
  Lead Poisoning in Radiator Repair Shops
Workers in radiator repair shops can be exposed to unsafe amounts of lead. Fumes from soldering often contain more lead than the legal limit. When workers are tested, the amount of lead in their blood is sometimes higher than is safe.
  Loud Music Can Damage Your Hearing
Information bulletin: Loud sounds, including music, can cause permanent hearing damage. There is no way to repair a hearing injury caused by loud music or other noise. Prevention of damage is discussed along with legislation, noise level and exposure times.
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  Mercury and Dental Workers
Information bulletin. Hazards of working with mercury are discussed along with prevention of over-exposure and handling of spills.
  Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI)
Musculoskeletal Injuries: Symptoms, Causes, Risk, Factors, Prevention, Recognition. Covered by Section 81 of the OH&S Regulations.
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  Noise in the Workplace
Under the regulations employers are required to take various steps to minimize the chance of workers being overexposed to noise.
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  Occupational Health and Safety Program Review
The purpose of and Occupational Health and Safety program review is to help the employer assess whether the workplace's program complies with Section 22 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.
  Oilfield Workers Dies in Rigging Incident
A Saskatchewan drilling rig worker died when a twin clevis link used in a tugger hoisting assembly failed, dropping a 1,200-pound drill pipe onto him. The twin clevis link did not meet acceptable standards.
  Organophosphorus and/or Carbamate Insecticides
Monitoring Exposure to Organophosphorus and/or Carbamate Insecticides
  Overhead Powerlines in Farm Yards
Avoid Contact with Overhead Powerlines on Farm Yards
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  PCBs in Light Ballasts
Fluorescent light ballasts may become hot, give off smoke and rupture before failing. When this happens, a thick black fluid, made up mostly of asphalt, may leak out. In older ballasts, the fluid may also contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the capacitor within the ballast.
  Plumbers and PVC Pipe Glue
The glues and primers used by plumbers to join PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes contain a solvent called tetra-hydro-furan (THF). When plumbers work in poorly ventilated areas, the solvent concentrations may be high enough to cause dizziness, nausea or headaches. There have been some cases of liver and kidney damage. The glues and primers used on PVC pipes contain 20 to 90 percent THF.
  Preventing Falls From Grain Bins
Workers have been injured falling from fixed vertical ladders on bins that were not equipped with ladder cages or an approved fall-arresting device. A “fixed ladder” means a ladder that is fixed to a structure in a vertical position or at an angle that is between vertical and 25° to the vertical.
  Preventing Harassment at Work
Section 3 of The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 requires employers to ensure that their workers are not exposed to harassment at work. Section 36 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 requires the employer to implement a policy to protect workers from harassment.
  Protecting Emergency Response Workers from Infectious Diseases
Certain jobs may put workers at risk of contracting an infectious disease. Where workers are likely to be exposed to certain infectious materials or organisms while on the job, The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 require employers to prepare and implement written plans to protect workers.
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Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks. In the open air, the amount of radon gas is very small and does not pose a health risk. However, in some confined spaces like basements and underground mines, radon can accumulate to relatively high levels and become a health hazard.
  Respiratory Protection for Health Care Workers
Certain Health Care Workers (HCW) are at a significantly elevated risk of disease from exposure to infectious respiratory aerosols generated from patients with tuberculosis (TB) or other similarly transmitted diseases. Other HCW are not currently at risk, but may be in the event of an outbreak of a disease transmitted by respiratory droplets and aerosols that poses a serious risk to workers.
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  Safe Business is Smart Business
This publication is for employers in organizations with less than ten employees. Use it to: protect your employees, family, and yourself from accidents and illnesses at work, and learn your basic responsibilities under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 and regulations.
  Safe Operation of Forklifts
Saskatchewan injury statistics suggest that forklifts pose a significant risk to workers who operate them or work nearby.
  Safe Use ofMetal WorkingFluids
Metal Working Fluids (MWF) are used for machining metals to cool and lubricate the metal and to carry away debris. Unless handled safely MWFs can cause skin and respiratory problems.
  SARS and Health Care Workers
Health Canada has prepared a fact sheet to assist health care workers in physician's offices, clinics and other out of hospital settings with the assessment of potential cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and provide guidelines to prevent transmission of the disease.
  Service Rig Derrick Pins Not Adequately Seated or Secured
A service rig derrick worker was seriously injured after being pinned within a collapsed service rig derrick.
  Service Rig Supervisor Killed While Unseating a Standing Valve
Section 415 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations requires that all auxiliary rig equipment be designed, constructed, and operated to fulfill its intended purposes safely.
Section 77 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, requires employers, contractors and owners to restrict workers' exposure to second hand smoke in a public place to the extent possible.
  Spraying of Isocyanate Paints and Primers
Breathing unreacted airborne isocyanate can cause coughing, chest tightness, fever, fatigue and sensitization. Many cases of isocyanate-related sensitization have occurred in Saskatchewan.
  Summer Heat
The increased summer heat can affect workers and workplaces to different extents. The Saskatchewan Labour document, Thermal Comfort in Offices and Retail Outlets addresses heat and humidity combinations which can cause discomfort and fatigue but not serious illness. The Saskatchewan Labour document, Working Under Hot Conditions addresses heat and humidity combinations which are more extreme and can affect health more severely.
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  Taking Action Agricultural Industry
Farming and ranching are some of Saskatchewan's most hazardous occupations. Each year, 18 deaths and over 250 hospitalized injuries occur, on average.
  Taking Action for a Healthy and Safe Workplace Brochure
Each year approximately $15,000 workers are off the job due to workplace illness or injury.
  Taking Action for Healthy and Safe Workplaces: 5 Reasons
Saskatchewan has one of the highest workplace injury rates in Canada. In 2003, almost 5% of our workers, 15,000 in total, suffered an injury serious enough to be off the job.
  Taking Action January 05 Update
Saskatchewan has one of the highest workplace injury rates in Canada. In 2003, almost 5% of our workers, 15,000 in total, suffered an injury serious enough to be off the job.
  Thermal Conditions: Hot and Cold Conditions at Work
Temperature has a great impact on safety and comfort at the workplace. Safety issues occur when there are hot and cold extremes. Hot environments can cause heat stress, which can result in a severe illness called heat exhaustion. Cold environments can chill the body or cause hypothermia. Both extremes can occur indoors and outdoors depending on the industrial process or the outdoor weather.
  Training Schedule for April 2009 - March 2010
Occupational Health and Safety Division courses benefit employers, workers, and supervisors. Our courses answer commonly asked questions about the legislation and occupational health and safety in an easy to understand format. The course manuals can be used as reference material on the job.
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  Vaccinations: Guide to Vaccinations in the Workplace
The employer must take steps to ensure workers have been immunized before they begin tasks that may expose them to infectious organisms. Vaccinations should be started as soon as the worker is hired to do such work.
  Violence: A Guide to Developing a Violence Policy Statement
The possibility of violence in the workplace is an unfortunate reality. Everyone must deal with it. Employers and workers must work together to prevent it.
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  West Nile Virus: Protecting Outdoor Workers from West Nile Virus
Employers must take steps to reduce the risk to outdoor workers. People usually get the disease after being bitten by an infected mosquito. All outdoor workers need to take precautions to reduce their chances of being bitten by mosquitoes.
  WHMIS and Lab Chemicals
This publication will help employers comply with the labeling and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) requirements of Part XXII of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 for chemicals that are obtained solely for use in a laboratory (lab).
  WHMIS Controlled Products
Under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), a controlled product: is any substance which is a compressed gas, an oxidizing material, or a substance that is poisonous,infectious, flammable, combustible, corrosive or dangerously reactive and meets the criteria in The Controlled Products Regulations.
  WHMIS: Role of the Occupational Health Committee or Representative
Employers are required to set up and maintain a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  Worker Drowns After Exposure to H2S
Production water may contain deadly amounts Of H2S - Employers, contractors or owners must make sure that workers understand the hazards. The employer is responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing emergency spill response plans and procedures for production fluids. This should include a "buddy" system and the provision and use of personal protective equipment, such as an approved self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  Worker Killed In Fall While Installing Roof Decking
Section 116(1) of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 requires employers, contractors and owners to ensure workers are provided with and use the fall protection described, when a worker may fall a vertical distance of more than 3 metres in the case of a temporary installation. A building under construction is a temporary installation.
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