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 …

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 …

The Business Case for Workplace Happiness

Joelle McMillan 1Life News, Safety Leadership, Workplace Safety and Health

Scientific studies show that productivity, creativity, and profits directly correlate to the level of well-being experienced by employees in an organization. A Health Canada study showed that a stressful work culture creates three times the risk of heart attacks, two to three times the mental health problems and two times the number of conflicts. A study by Eastern Kentucky University …

Are you Walking on Thin Ice? Try The Simpler, Easier Program!

1Life Workplace Safety Solutions Workplace Safety and Health

The Simpler, Easier Program™ was created for organizations just like yours to do the “heavy lifting of safety management” so you can get more boots on the ground. Keeping up with regulations, ensuring worker safety, competent training, due diligence, record keeping, working within budget constraints, competing for production time… sound familiar? With the responsibility for employee safety on your shoulders, …

It matters what leaders do: Safety Culture is shaped by the worst behaviour the leader is willing to tolerate

1Life Workplace Safety Solutions Safety Leadership, Workplace Safety and Health

What might be changed if one were to ask the question “What is the worst safety behaviour tolerated in our organization and what action needs to be taken to change it?” As you ponder that question consider the wise words of Dr. W Demming: “Only 15% of your company’s problems can be controlled by individual employees, while 85% can only …

Force Creates Resistance

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Force creates resistance. Whether it’s your spouse, your kids or safety in the workplace; Newton’s Third Law applies. And since it’s NATURAL LAW; like a plant growing towards the sun, there’s no arguing with it… as much as our ego might like to. Yet we see it all the time, one forcing their views or agenda on another. Like the …

Ask the Expert – Supervisor Training

1Life Workplace Safety Solutions 1Life News, Workplace Safety and Health

Q: As an employer, do I need to have a formal training plan for my supervisors? Theo Heineman, CRSP, CHSC, B.Sc.Ag. President & CEO, 1Life Workplace Safety Solutions Ltd. A: YES. You must provide formal training to all employees that direct the work of others. Not only to mitigate risk of liability in the event of a workplace incident but …

The Latest Mobile Safety App Strengthens Your Safety Management System

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A Safety Management System is a form of quality assurance where there is clear accountability for safety outcomes. It is a formal documented system where operations are defined by written procedures and standardized practices. An effective Safety Management System is SIMPLE, but not necessarily easy. It involves: Setting clear standards. Establishing meaningful policies and procedures with the involvement of workers. …

Top Five Tips for Better New/Returning Worker Safety Orientations

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  Spring has spring and that means new and returning workers for many organizations. Did you know that new workers have 5 to 7 times the risk of injury in the first 4 weeks of a new job? Seasonal work like construction, landscaping and hospitality typically has credible safety and health risks. A cornerstone to both a great experience for …