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Safety Snap Shots December 2018

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OHS NEWS 

 

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Code were announced that prohibits Alberta employers from requiring workers to wear high heels. The change takes effect January 1, 2019

 

For more information click here to visit our website for links to the OHS news release and bulletin. 

 

 AHSA Training News 

 

Comprehensive Joint Health and Safety Committee/Representative training will be available as soon as January 2019. When available, this course will be the 2nd part to the required joint health and safety committee/representative training as per Alberta OHS legislation.  You will be required to take the Introductory online training prior to being able to register for the comprehensive training. 

 

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course to help committee co-chairs and representatives learn about their roles and responsibilities. This is an approved introductory training course for all Alberta work places. 

 

This course will help employers meet their requirements to ensure committee members and representatives have adequate training.

 

Participants will receive a two hour credit. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion.

 

You can access the course free of charge via the AHSA training page at: AHSA Online Training 

 

It is important to remember that in order for your property to meet the obligations of the comprehensive joint health and safety committee/representative training, you must take the training from an approved training provider as delegated by the Government of Alberta. The AHSA will be the approved training provider to the hospitality industry for this course. 

 

Please check the AHSA website frequently for the schedule. 

 

With Christmas almost upon us, it is important to keep safety in mind. 

Here are some tips to ensure you are safe and healthy during the upcoming holiday season;

 

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

 

The AHSA team would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and healthy holiday season! 

 

 

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