Canadian Safety Reporter - sample

November 2016

Focuses on occupational health and safety issues at a strategic level. Designed for employers, HR managers and OHS professionals, it features news, case studies on best practices and practical tips to ensure the safest possible working environment.

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Safety Reporter Canadian November 2016 APPEAL COURT DRILLS HOLES IN COMPANY'S OHS CONVICTIONS Fact of fatal accident not proof of safety violation in absence of evidence of how it happened pg. 5 WEED IN THE WORKPLACE: AN EMPLOYER'S ROAD MAP pg. 3 GPS for the new terrain ahead as marijuana legalization approaches DEPRESSION FROM WORKPLACE ISSUES AND DISMISSAL NOT RELATED TO INJURY Worker worked for years following accident but didn't claim ongoing effects until termination pg. 6 INSIDE Penalties work: Citations and fines can reduce workplace injuries A recent study finds inspections that result in penalties for regulatory non-compliance motivate employers to improve BY MELISSA CAMPEAU DETERRENCE CAMPAIGNS or penalties: What's more effec- tive? While there are plenty of arguments on both sides when it comes to issues such as criminal behaviour, in terms of occupa- tional health and safety regula- tions, the argument in support of penalties is now even weightier. A new research study by the Institute for Work and Health (IWH), published online in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, finds government health and safety inspections that result in citations or penal- ties effectively motivate employ- ers to make improvements that Student's behaviour alarms instructors Faculty, union wanted health and safety investigation but there was no risk of physical violence: Arbitrator BY JEFFREY R. SMITH A BRITISH COLUMBIA college lived up to its duty to provide a safe workplace when it addressed a student's aggressive behaviour towards instructors through its student conduct procedure rather than a health and safety investigation, an arbitrator has ruled. A number of faculty members at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C., developed concerns over a specific student NEWS BRIEF CANADIAN WATCHDOG RAPS NUCLEAR REGULATOR (Reuters) — Canada's nuclear regulator is so bad at paperwork that it cannot prove it is properly inspecting nuclear power stations and ensuring operators follow the rules, the country's official environ- mental watchdog said. In an audit, Environment Com- missioner Julie Gelfand also high- lighted what she said were staff shortages at the Canadian Nu- clear Safety Commission (CNSC). The CNSC oversees Canada's 19 nuclear reactors. Gelfand, who reports directly to Parliament, said the audit had un- covered many cases of inadequate or missing documentation. The audit examined how the CNSC managed site inspections, not the overall safety of nuclear power plants in Canada. Gelfand said documentation was so poor that the CNSC could not prove its inspectors always fol- lowed correct procedures during site visits or that their reports accu- rately reflected plant inspections. In the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years, the CNSC only com- pleted 76 percent of planned site inspections, in part because it did not have the necessary staff. Some > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/michaeljung Student signed > pg. 2

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