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What to do When Jack Frost Nips at more than your Nose

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The two most common environmental injuries to Canadian outdoor workers are, in order of prevalence, sunburn and frostbite. While it is possible to get sunburnt year round, frostbite is a concern only in the colder half of the year in most of Canada. Frostbite can be serious – if left untreated it can lead to the loss of fingers and toes – but it is possible to prevent frostbite, and treatment for early stage frostbite can be done at home or on the jobsite. What is frostbite? Frostbite is the medical term describing what happens when tissue (skin) freezes due...

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Out of Sight, Out of Work – Vision Protection on the Job

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How many times have you pushed safety glasses up on your head and forgot to put them back down when you went back to working? Over 700 Canadian workers sustain eye injuries on the job every day according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), and the vast majority of these injuries are entirely preventable. Eye injuries can lead to vision loss, which negatively affects the quality of daily life, and causes absences from the workplace. The most common causes of eye injury in the Canadian workplace include the following: flying objects such as metal, glass, stone, or...

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Winter Work Hazards – Slips and Falls

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Icy weather brings added danger to the Canadian worksite. Even if your job is predominantly indoors, slips and falls on icy sidewalks, parking lots, or on slush brought in from outside can cause serious injuries to Canadian workers. While there is no way to completely eliminate the risks presented by icy and wet weather, there are ways to lower the chances of slips and falls in the workplace and help keep everyone safe this winter. Ice is not nice If you ask most people to think of winter ice, they’ll describe an opaque layer of frozen water on the sidewalk...

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Winter Outerwear that Works

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We’ve written before about ways to stay warm when working outside in winter , and about the importance of good winter work boots and gloves . Now it’s time to add the next piece of the winter work wear puzzle – outerwear. While waterproof and insulated coveralls are the best option to keep your legs warm, there’s no question that a good work coat will help keep you warm and dry on even the coldest day. Just as you don’t wear your everyday snow boots to work outside in, you shouldn’t wear your everyday winter jacket as a work jacket....

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Staying Warm with Lined Pants and Coveralls this Winter

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One of the worst things about working outside in the winter is when your legs get cold. Often this happens because we aren’t wearing enough layers, but sometimes it is caused by air getting between the layers – such as when a cold wind gets between your snow pants and your work pants. Or when your workpants get wet and you get chilled right to the bone. Sometimes even the best layers create issues of their own – chaffing and bunching uncomfortably at the most inconvenient times. One way to solve these problems is with lined work pants and lined...

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