Safety

February 23, 2017 - Have you or someone you know encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat?
February 9, 2017 - Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.
December 26, 2016 - Bona Building & Management Ltd.—an owner-operator of residential and commercial buildings—pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker received an electrical shock and was injured while replacing part of a light fixture.
December 15, 2016 - The Ontario Electrical Safety Authority honoured Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems and four other companies recently for its dedication to worker safety during its annual award program.
December 9, 2016 - Hoya Vision Care is buying 3M’s safety prescription eyewear business, which is part of the latter’s Safety & Graphics Business, Personal Safety division. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
December 8, 2016 - What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation from CCOHS’ Forum 2016: “The Changing World of Work”, held earlier this year in Vancouver, B.C.
December 12, 2016 - In my last column, I addressed the basic theory and concepts behind CSA’s family of occupational health & safety (OH&S) standards. Among them is CSA Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management”, CSA Z463 “Guideline on maintenance of electrical systems”, CSA Z460 “Control of hazardous energy: lockout and other methods” and, of course, CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety”.
September 12, 2016 - Did you know the original health and safety management system standard was the British BS OHSAS 18001? This was the precursor to not only CAN/CSA-Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management” but also ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z10 “Occupational health & safety management systems”, which is used in the United States.
July 7, 2016 - To ensure electrical safety is being observed on the jobsite, it is imperative for supervisors and managers to regularly get in the field and make comprehensive observations and perform audits.
February 9, 2017 - Health Canada has further expanded a recall (which commenced back in January 2011) involving certain line-voltage thermostats that may overheat, emit smoke and damage the wall, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
January 20, 2017 - Big Game International (BGI) is recalling Shoreline Marine liquid electrical tape with model number SL57589 and UPC code 013893657589 after Health Canada's inspection program determined the products do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).
January 17, 2017 - Transport Canada is notifying the public of a recall on Altec Industries AA755 and AN650 booms due to safety concerns.
January 14, 2017 - Honda Canada is recalling the owner’s manual provided with certain Honda EU2000iT1 inverter-type 1600W generators because of missing pages in the French-language section.
November 10, 2016 - In a joint recall with the U.S. CPSC, Kidde is recalling hard-wired NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarms (KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA) manufactured between June 1, 2004, and March 2011.
November 10, 2016 - In a joint recall with the U.S. CPSC, the L.D. Kichler Co. is recalling two (2) models of Kichler Krystal Ice flush-mount ceiling light fixtures due to a fire hazard.
January 27, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about DVI Lighting Inc. luminaires bearing Intertek certification marks for Canada that may pose a public hazard due to wiring malfunctions.
January 20, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about the Noribachi Corporation LED high-bay luminaire for use in hazardous locations (Class I Division 2 Groups A-D Product Class II Division 2 Groups F, G) as it may pose a public hazard.
December 9, 2016 - Intertek has issued a warning for an Authorization to Mark (ATM) certification document and “paint spray” lighting fixture products, both of which are known to be in the marketplace bearing unauthorized ETL certification marks for Canada. The unauthorized products have not been evaluated by Intertek, and it is not known whether they comply with any safety requirements.
December 6, 2016 - Intertek has issued a warning about certain electric radiant heating panels bearing an unauthorized ETL certification mark for Canada. The products have only been evaluated by Intertek for the United States and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements for Canada.
November 18, 2016 - CSA Group is warning consumers of unauthorized use of CSA Group trademarks on light bulbs sold in the Canadian market, branded as “Value Power” and “Prestige Lighting”.
October 3, 2016 - Users are being cautioned about certain Shenzhen Ledsion Lighting Technology Co. (Enviro-Light Solutions branded) self-ballasted T8 LED tubes that bear unauthorized Intertek certification marks for Canada and the United States. Intertek has not evaluated the products and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements.
November 29, 2016 - MSA Safety’s Latchways Mini personal fall limiter (PFL) for fall protection is now available in single and twin-leg tie-back versions.
November 25, 2016 - Eaton says its new 2016 arc flash relay system “helps improve worker safety and maximize electrical assembly uptime by quickly clearing arc flash events”.
November 21, 2016 - The remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Merlin Gerin insulated case circuit breaker (ICCB) has made its debut from CBS ArcSafe, a manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear.
November 2, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a mobile app that provides instant access to workplace health and safety advice and information.
October 25, 2016 - Intelex Technologies—a provider of cloud-based environmental, health, safety & quality (EHSQ) management software—recently debuted its new mobile platform to put safety into the hands of your frontline workers.
October 21, 2016 - MSA has launched the Latchways 10-ft cable personal fall limiter (PFL), featuring multiple spring radial energy-absorbing technology. This new design eliminates the need for an external energy-absorber outside of the housing, the company says, making it the “smallest self-retracting lanyard on the market in its class”.

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