What You Need To Know About Staying Safe While Working In Extreme Heat

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What You Need To Know About Staying Safe While Working In Extreme Heat

When you think of dangerous jobs, you might think of firefighting. You might think of being a pilot. Maybe you think of something more technical, like welding.

Those are all dangerous jobs, and all of them involve heat in some way or another. And it’s very likely your job can involve heat, especially if you work outside and the climate changes unexpectedly.

You might think it’s tornados. Fires. Hurricanes. But the biggest weather-related danger to people in the United States is actually extreme heat. Every single year, hundreds of people sustain injuries from working in extreme heat, or even die.

Athletes, too, particularly need to watch out for heat-related illnesses. Before they can even realize it’s happening, they can become dizzy and faint. That’s all due to exertional heat stroke, or EHS.

Heat Related Illnesses

Heat stroke and exertional heat stroke are both very serious illnesses that can occur when working in extreme heat.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is what happens when your body’s core temperature goes about 40°C. This extreme rise in temperature of the body makes it so your body is no longer capable of regulating itself. The signs start to show when a person acts disoriented or confused. They can also faint. Heat stroke can put someone at risk for permanent damage. It could result in brain, heart, or kidney damage. Sometimes, it can even be fatal.

Exertional Heat Stroke

When someone is experiencing exertional heat stroke, it doesn’t necessarily need to be extremely warm outside. Athletes are the people who most frequently deal with exertional heat stroke. The high temperatures in their body is caused by their own physical exertion. People who work in labor outside can also be very susceptible to this type of heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion

This is generally what someone will experience before it leads to full heat stroke. The person will sweat excessively, which means their body is still able to cool itself down from the heat. They can still experience confusion and exhaustion, and if not treated immediately, can result in heat stroke.

Heat Cramps

When your body is lacking in electrolytes, it can result in cramping of the arms, legs, or stomach. A person experiencing heat cramps needs to rest and hydrate, which will alleviate the symptoms.

How to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

All heat related illnesses are preventable. The more informed you are about heat illnesses when you’re working in extreme heat, the safer you’ll be. Awareness is the number one thing that’s going to prevent people from getting heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or any other type of illness from exposing the body to too much heat.

Obviously, the best way to avoid heat illnesses is to stay out of the heat. But if you’re working in a hot environment, it can’t be avoided. If you can, increase your exposure to working in heat gradually. Instead of working the full eight hours of the day in the sun, spend some time getting used to the heat and ramping it up until you can safely work the entire day. Many cases of on the job illness occur because workers haven’t taken the time to acclimatize themselves to their conditions.

You might know exactly what we’re going to say, but hydrating your body is of the utmost importance. Drink water every fifteen minutes when working in extreme heat. Even if you’re not thirsty, it’s important to drink to keep your body hydrated before you start feeling that thirst, which means you’re on your way to being dangerously dehydrated.When you’re working somewhere hot, always plan ahead.

If you and your company need a plan, F.A.S.T. Rescue can help teach you the ropes and provide a safety course that will allow you to work in the heat without contracting any of these illnesses.


Ways To Make Workplace Safety Training More Exciting

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Ways To Make Workplace Safety Training More Exciting

When you hear the phrase “Workplace Safety Training,” do you jump for joy? The answer is probably not. In fact, it’s probably more of the opposite of that reaction. Workplace safety training can often be a very boring topic, and seem like just another chore for you to have to go through in your business as an employee or an employer.

Yet you know the importance of getting your employees trained effectively, efficiently, and comprehensively. But everyone knows that information is easier to retain when it’s presented in an easily digestible manner that people will actually enjoy.

Here’s how to get the most of your employee’s workplace safety training.

Have a Conversation

If you’re doing a presentation about workplace training or simply guiding your employees through a safety lecture, don’t do so without allowing a place for feedback. Most studies report that the education that attendees yield from lectures is relatively low. On the other hand, when you incorporate room for interaction into your presentation, retention of the topic is increased.

When you’re preparing to train your employees on safety, structure the event so you’re having a conversation with your workers. Instead of talking at them, you can talk with them, and they will feel more engaged.

A Little Incentive Never Hurt

If you used a rewards-based program as an incentive for employees to complete their training, they’ll have a whole new level of motivation associated with their task.

You can turn the training into a friendly competition, based on who can complete it in the shortest amount of time, who can score the highest on the tests, or who can answer the most questions.

You can use a gift card as a reward, or just bragging rights that they did the best. You can even offer an extended break to the person who performs the best.

Use Roleplay

Getting your head into the game with roleplay is a great way to increase retention of materials and allow the training to make a lasting impact. When you assign roles to your workers, you can act out real-life scenarios that may arise on the job. This way, your employees can engage in kinetic learning and have already been walked through a potential dangerous situation. That way, if the dangerous situation did actually arise, they’ve already experienced a similar scenario and will remember how to react.

Use Multimedia

Wherever possible, incorporate ways for your employees to interact with the information that you’re giving to them. Depending on your work situation, you can make video games that simulate situations that they might encounter, or use quizzes to keep them paying attention to the presentation at hand.

The closest you can get to simulation a real-life situation that you’re describing, the better. Not only does this make your presentation more fun, it gives workers some experience dealing with potential situations.

Get it at F.A.S.T.

You knew we were going to go there. Yes, when you do your workplace safety training with F.A.S.T., you’re getting all that exciting workplace safety training. You might have thought that the word “exciting” and “workplace safety training” couldn’t be used together in the same sentence, but we’ve got your back for engaging safety seminars of all types.

We make safety a way of life, not just a one-time training session that your employees are going to be likely to forget. We offer all measure of safety and training solutions for your business, and can consult with you to create the most effective training session possible.


Private Workplace Training

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Private Workplace Training

If you run a business, you’re well aware of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. You know, the labor law that says each employer needs to furnish their employees with a workplace that’s safe from physical hazards. And that employees must go through a workplace safety training program.

So you know you’ve got to train your employees on their safety. But are you doing the best that you can?

What Does OHSA Require?

OHSA was enacted to cover workers and protect them from safety and health hazards that might arise on the job.

It puts procedures into place for employers to be required to have a plan in case of workplace hazards. It enforces these laws, which helps create a safe workplace for employees, because employers may not have done so voluntarily in the past.

It details what to do in case of harassment, toxic substances, how to follow codes of practice, the duties of employers, and more.

You can read about the requirements of OHSA in their entirety.

So What Do You Do?

You’re aware of OHSA. So you know you need to provide your workers with safety training. There’s a lot of options out there for you to choose from. Many people might want to turn to an online training program to get the work out of the way, but online training has been proven to be much less successful than working with someone face to face.

E-learning can provide employees with the bare minimum of what they need to learn. But the information doesn’t stick in their heads as well as it does with in-person training.

Learning the safety elements in the actual field instead of learning them online provides a hands-on experience your employees wouldn’t get otherwise. It makes your program more credible, your employees even safer, and your company reputation more reputable.

In-person training sessions also eliminate the ability of your employees to slack off and miss vital information that will help keep them safe. They can ask questions specific to your business and be prepared for incidents particular to your work environment.

Private Workplace Training

F.A.S.T. private workplace training offers you any possible type of training you could need. We cover every element of the workplace safety world. Forklift training, First Aid & CPR, Fall Arrest, Spill Response, Event Coverage – there’s workplace training program for it all. Learning these safety measures effectively is critical to an employees safety and success, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.

Online Training

If you absolutely can’t work with in-person training, we’ve still got options for you with online programs. We cover everything from chainsaw safety to trenching and shoring with our online safety videos.

Whatever your need is, F.A.S.T. Rescue has just the thing to cover all the safety information out there.


Why Do You Need Business Continuity Management

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Why Do You Need Business Continuity Management

What Is It?

Business continuity management sounds like a big string of complicated words that you may never heard of before.

Business continuity is a management process that holistically analyzes the needs of your business. It identifies the potential threats that the business might face from cybersecurity to theft.

Once the potential threats to the business are realized, a framework is built to place guards against these things happening. The stakeholders, business values, and brand reputation will stay intact when safeguarded against these things.

Business continuity management looks at both internal and external threats to the company. It involves disaster recovery planning, crisis management, management of incidents, contingency planning, and management in case of emergencies.

Why Do I Need It?

The business world is, to put it mildly, an ever-evolving place. We work amidst a constantly evolving environment, which means constantly evolving threats.

That means that developing strategies to manage the threats that might arise in your business is extremely important. You need to defend yourself against serious internal disasters or external incidents. A business continuity management plan will have safe holds in place to guard against these things.

Having a business continuity management plan in place helps increase your organization’s reputability. Not only do regulations require that certain businesses have one in place, people will recognize that you had the foresight to enact the plan if things go wrong.

If your company was to experience a cyber risk, your plan will be in place with a protocol on what to do if the worst happens. The downtime of recovering from the incident will decrease, and the cost will decrease as well.

When a plan is securely in place, it adds to the consistency of your company. Investors and employees alike can feel confident that their best interests are well-protected.

For example, if a fire were to occur in your operation to where the business could temporarily not operate, you’d have a plan in place of what to do. You’d know about threats to your business operations when production comes to a halt, what to do about potential worker’s compensation, and any other specific plans your business would need to go through.

Now imagine that same situation without having a plan to act on in place. You’d look unprofessional and lose revenue in the time you spend trying to clean up the mess. You need a plan in place in case an emergency occurs.

How Do I Get It?

Well, it’s pretty clear that your business needs continuity management. There are many places to turn in order to get consulting, but you don’t want to trust such an important element of your business to just anyone. You might be putting yourself in the hands of someone who doesn’t have experience and won’t be able to create a plan that will actually guard you.

That’s why you should turn to FAST for consulting. You’ll get someone to personally look at your business and work with your for your specific needs. A plan tailored to your exact business is much more effective than a general plan that someone didn’t really care about. They care at FAST. Trust your business to someone who cares as much as you do.


Would You Pass a Workwell Audit?

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Would You Pass a Workwell Audit?

A workwell audit, in a nutshell, makes sure that you work well.

In reality, its an audit put into place by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board to review a number of aspects of the workplace. These include employee representation, training, workplace standards, policies, performance, and record keeping.

What Does The Audit Look At?

It’s hard to know if you’d pass an audit if you don’t even know what the audit would be assessing. Are you aware of your workplace health and safety policy? Do you even have a workplace health and safety policy? That’s a good place to start. You should also make sure you have training that’s specifically adapted to fit your respective departments.

During the audit, an evaluator will look at your workplace procedures and practices and watch as they are performed.

They’ll also assess your health and safety documentation to see if it’s up to code. Your return-to-work program documentation like policies, procedures, and records will also be under review.

Your workplace will get a tour to see if it meets requirements, and staff and management may all be subject to interviews. These interviews are conducted at random.

The Workwell audit contains about forty pages for the evaluator to go through when looking at your facility and workplace. The following are the categories that the evaluator looks through:

 

  1. Health & Safety Policy
  2. Health & Safety Responsibilities
  3. Posted Health & Safety Materials
  4. Health & Safety Standards and Procedures
  5. Health & Safety Representative/Committee
  6. Health & Safety Education/Training
  7. First Aid Requirements
  8. Health & Safety Inspections
  9. Preventative Maintenance
  10. Injury/Incident Investigations
  11. Senior Management
  12. Early and Safe Return to Work

 

Once those elements are assessed, the evaluator will help you to identify things that are top top priorities that need to be fixed immediately. These things might have a direct impact on the quality of work.

To pass the test, you must get a score of 75% or more when it comes to the evaluation criteria. If you don’t pass the test, you have six months to correct the problems that were observed during your audit. If the problems aren’t fixed within those three months, then large fines may be incurred.

Get Help

Still not sure if you would pass the test from the WSIB Workwell Audit? Our team of experts will make sure that you pass it on the first try, saving you your valuable time.

We’ll give you a hands on approach to the safety audit by personally assessing the safety program you have in place and seeing if it matches up with the standards that the audit is looking for.

If we see any gaps in your safety program, we’ll provide you with personal training and support to get you everything you need to pass the test without ever having to break a sweat. The majority of companies that receive a Workwell audit do not pass the first time. Don’t let that be you.


Fending Off The Flu: Influenza Prevention Tips For The Workplace

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Fending Off The Flu: Influenza Prevention Tips For The Workplace

During flu season, keeping your employees healthy isn’t just a moral duty— it’s also good business! If your workers are frequently too sick to work, it disrupts your business, making it harder to stay productive. A reputation for sickness can also turn off customers, who don’t want to patronize your business if they think they’ll get the flu there. It is thus essential to protect your employees from the flu virus and other contagious diseases to the best of your ability. The following tips will help you do just that, creating a workplace that is safe and healthy for employees and customers alike:

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JHS Certification Level 1 – June 20th, 2016 in Toronto

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JHS Certification Level 1 – June 20th, 2016 in Toronto

JHSC Certification Toronto OntarioOn March 1st , 2016, new training standards for Joint Health and Safety Committees were introduced in Ontario. The Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act requires that all workplaces with more than 20 employees have two Certified Health and Safety Committee Members; one representing the workers and the other representing management.

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The New Standard for Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario

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The New Standard for Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario

 Joint Health and Safety OntarioThe Ministry of Labour has released new standards for Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario.  The new standard comes into effect March 1, 2016

In Ontario, any workplace with 20 or more employees on payroll, is required by law, to have a Safety Committee.  At a minimum two members of that Committee must be Certified, one from management and one non-management.  Continue reading The New Standard for Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario


Some Of Ontario’s Mandatory Training Requirements

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Some Of Ontario’s Mandatory Training Requirements

Our friends at MacLeod Law Firm recently had a great Workplace Health And Safety Regulationsblog post on some of Ontario’s mandatory training requirements that we wanted to share with you:

“In recent years, the Ontario government has imposed several new mandatory training requirements on employers carrying on business in Ontario.

As an employment lawyer who advises employers of all sizes I see that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up to date on these obligations.

This blog summarizes some of the mandatory training requirements that are set out in the Occupational Health & Safety Act, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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Protect Your Eyes In Your Workplace

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Protect Your Eyes In Your Workplace

Protect Your Eyes In Your WorkplaceAccording to many medical authorities our eyes are particularly vulnerable because the cornea (the transparent layer protecting the eye) is only 1/2mm thick. The workplace can present a number of risks to your eyes, from foreign objects to harsh chemicals, which need to be managed.

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