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Women in Trades: Shatter the Stereotypes

Posted by Janet Wakutz on

A recent article in the Globe explored the concept of increasing the number of women who work within skilled trades. The article explains that the number of women working in trades is significantly less than men. “In fact, men accounted for 93.4 per cent of all trades workers in 2011, with this proportion not having changed materially over the past two decades.” The fact that Canada’s labour market has a shortage of skilled workers has been well documented throughout the news over the past several years. The author suggests formal targets be established for women in trades and that the...

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Summer, Sun and Safety

Posted by Janet Wakutz on

Welcome back to Work Authority’s Blog!   With renewed enthusiasm, we want to provide you with information and ideas to support you at work. Safety in the workplace must remain top-of-mind. During summer months many working environments expose people to warmer temperatures both indoors and out. The Ministry of Labour provides information on their website that includes First Aid, Prevention, Resources and Standards.  To further support you, Work Authority sources products for comfort and protection. Our Ultra Cooling Bandana is made of 100 per cent cotton and lined with cooling PVA foam that is activated by soaking it in cool water. ...

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The Yellow Rectangle

Posted by Katherine Burlock on

Or What’s With Static-Dissipative Shoes Anyway? If you work in manufacturing of electronic products, your protective footwear needs are very different from someone who works in a trade such as construction. If you’ve ever received a shock from walking across a carpet, or getting out of your car in the winter, you know that your body is a good conductor of electricity. When working with electronics, this can be dangerous – the electrical charge is enough to damage both the parts and the equipment. Enter static-dissipative footwear. Static-dissipative shoes allow the electricity in your body to flow between you and...

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Staying Dry When the Weather’s Wet

Posted by Katherine Burlock on

Spring is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about putting away the warm winter gear and getting into gear that can keep you dry even during a downpour. When you work outside you need gear that can withstand every type of weather, and in Canada – especially in the spring - that means rain and wind. It’s very hard to be productive when you’re cold and wet, and getting a chill could lead to illness, which can lead to days off of work – so staying dry is very important for any employee who works outside...

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Insoles

Posted by Katherine Burlock on

Because Life is Too Short to Wear Boots That Hurt Your Feet Even when you’ve done everything right and picked a work boot that fits properly and is the right size, after a few months, you may start to notice that your feet are sore at the end of the day or that your arches hurt. Standing all day is tough on your feet, and even with good work socks you may find that you need a little more support, enter insoles. It used to be that insoles were primarily for adjusting the fit of shoes – making shoes that...

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