Three Common Ways The “Safety Person” Becomes a Liability to Your Business

Xanthia Coates Article Home Page, Safety Leadership, Safety Legislation, Workplace Safety and Health

Are you a business owner that’s invested in a ‘safety person’ to take care of workplace safety? While this is a well intended and common practice, most business owners are unaware that they can be creating a liability for themselves and their company. Here are three common ways your ‘safety person’ can be creating a risk exposure for your business. …

10 Reasons Why the Best-Managed Companies Don’t Focus on Compliance or Documentation

Xanthia Coates Safety Leadership, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

Beating the drum of compliance & documentation is common amongst many Safety Managers & Coordinators. When hearing them speak with workers, I hear things like “You’re not documenting, we need to see the documentation.” They come by it honestly, because that’s how they are taught. It’s a tangible way for safety peeps to measure their success. However, here’s 10 reasons …

Avoiding Heat Stress When Working in Extreme Temperatures

Xanthia Coates Safety Leadership, Safety Talks, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

Extreme heat is predicted in the next few days, and will likely occur throughout the summer. In 2021 Canada was hit with one of the most devastating heat waves on record. One of the provinces hit the hardest was B.C. with nearly 600 deaths resulting from extreme temperatures between June 18th – August 12th, 2021. High temperatures combined with humidity …

The Neuroscience of Safety Leadership

Xanthia Coates Safety Leadership, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

The ever-evolving field of neuroscience is providing clearer insight into how leaders everywhere can foster safe, healthy, and highly productive workplaces with a basic understanding of how their employees’ brains and nervous systems work. High levels of employee stress have been shown to: Increase workplace injuries. Heighten the risk of heart attacks. Increase mental health problems. Create more conflicts. Increase …

NEW 1Life Employee Training & Development Program – Eligible for Full Reimbursement Through Retrain Manitoba Initiative!

Xanthia Coates 1Life News, Safety Leadership, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

The Province of Manitoba & Manitoba Chambers of Commerce recently launched the Retrain Manitoba Initiative, offering reimbursement of up to $2500/employee or $75,000/business towards the continued education and upskilling of your workforce! At the end of the day, losses due to injury, illness, and property damage are paid from your company’s profits. Enlightened leaders are realizing that effective safety management …

The Neuroscience of MSI Injuries – The Link Between Psychosocial Risk Factors and Musculoskeletal Injury

Xanthia Coates Safety Leadership, Uncategorized, Workplace Safety and Health

Chronic stress is a lot like a motor that is revved too high for too long, and after a period of time, it can have a cascading effect on the body. Statistics provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada show that one in five Canadians experience a mental health problem or illness each year, with stress and trauma sited …

The Neuroscience of Safety Habits

Xanthia Coates Article Home Page, Safety Leadership, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

One of the most challenging aspects of safety management is changing employee’s safety habits.   At best; it’s exhausting, and at worst; initiatives don’t seem to work at all! However, when we understand what a habit is and how it develops, we can use this understanding to help employees change their “bad” habits more easily.   The dictionary defines habit …

Manitoba Workplace Safety Fines Have Doubled – Our Recipe For Due Diligence

Xanthia Coates 1Life News, Environment Safety and News, Uncategorized, Workplace Safety and Health

Maximum prosecution fines for offences under the Act have been increased from $250,000 for a first offence to $500,000, and from $500,000 for a second or subsequent offence to $1,000,000. See all amendments here We have walked through the worst of the worst with owners when it comes to workplace safety issues; fatalities, prosecutions, debilitating WCB costs, and more. These …

Workplace Happiness as a Leading Indicator?

Xanthia Coates Safety Leadership, Safety Training, Workplace Safety and Health

  In safety management, leading indicators are highly valuable predictors of future losses to people, property, process and the environment. They are early warning signs of potential safety management system failures and give organizations the opportunity to identify and control deficiencies before they result in incidents. Typical examples of leading indicators include: hazard and near-miss reporting; the amount of time …